BMW X3 2018 TESTDRIVENOW VIDEO REVIEW BY AUTO CRITIC STEVE HAMMES.
From 1 all the way to 7, BMW will soon have an uninterrupted Sports Activity Vehicle lineup. But today’s X-rated review focuses on their freshest SAV: the all-new, 3rd generation 2018 X3.

MSRP as-tested: $57,820
testdrivenow.com/bmw-x3-2018-video-review/

Click to Subscribe! bit.ly/subTestDriveNow
Check out my SUV and Crossovers playlist! bit.ly/SUVandCrossovers

Like my Facebook: www.facebook.com/testdrivenow/
Browse my website: testdrivenow.com/
Follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/DriveTimeVideos

About TestDriveNow:
Welcome to TestDriveNow official YouTube channel! I deliver trusted, top-rated popular car reviews on cars like the Honda Accord, Audi s5, Dodge Durango, Subaru Crosstrek and more! TestDriveNow.com features Drive Time with Steve Hammes offering video program segments showcasing the newest vehicles and industry innovations coming to market.

BMW X3 xDrive30i 2018 | Complete Review | with Steve Hammes | TestDriveNow
automobilrevue.net/v/YmNsVWt1c1BMVkE

TestDriveNow
www.youtube.com/stevehammes

Comments

    • Lisa Black Cat
      Lisa Black Cat

      BMW is always good at guessing what the market whats. Also from my observations, people nowadays want more comfort and in reality 99% of the time even sporty people just want to get from A to B in comfort and without drama. Not everyone would be test driving their cars spiritedly in their daily drive.

      about 6 months ago
    • Anonymous
      Anonymous

      2:47 US premium pkg does not have full-digital gauge

      about 10 months ago
    • Anonymous
      Anonymous

      0-60 is 6.3 s

      about 11 months ago
    • David Steuer
      David Steuer

      Why was the (right side of the) hood unlatched in all your exterior shots?

      about 1 year ago
    • That BMW Guy
      That BMW Guy

      It doesn't have the same plat form as a 7 series what the ... that's wrong very wrong

      about 1 year ago
    • That BMW Guy
      That BMW Guy In reply to That BMW Guy

      Good to know thanks

      about 1 year ago
    • TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes
      TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes In reply to That BMW Guy

      BMW 4 Life The X3 moves to BMW's versatile CLAR architecture, a light-weight modular system that already underpins the 7-series sedan and will be used on several other nameplates.

      about 1 year ago
    • Kristen Moon
      Kristen Moon

      I'm hopefully gonna be placing my order for a 2018 X3 in August. So excited! Will be my first BMW. I honestly don't care for the whole "sport" thing, I want comfort and tech. Only 4 things missing for a perfect build imo ; 1. AC seats, not just ventelated, 2. Option for more plush seats, 3. Better autonomus driving aid help, and 4. Hybrid electric as an option. In time, but still. :)

      about 1 year ago
    • Kristen Moon
      Kristen Moon In reply to Kristen Moon

      pertown yeah I wish android auto was on it, but its also kinda nice not being there, I can jist let my phone relax and charge while driving. But still, agree itd be nice.

      about 1 year ago
    • pertown
      pertown In reply to Kristen Moon

      Kristen Moon ah cool thanks for the info. Grats on the new car btw! Hoping to save up some money to get mine in the future, but android auto will be a must... here is hoping they finally match audi and include both!

      about 1 year ago
    • Kristen Moon
      Kristen Moon In reply to Kristen Moon

      Excellent pun. lol. Yeah basically venelated seats push air through it and have a kinda cooling effect by circulating air on your back. AC seats actually get cold. Both are good options, the AC seats are way more noticable, but the Venelated seats are good for making sure your back isn't sweating. The Ford Edge Sport has AC seats, for reference.

      about 1 year ago
    • pertown
      pertown In reply to Kristen Moon

      Ive only ever heard of ventilated seats. Curious, what car has AC seats? Sounds cool(pun intended).

      about 1 year ago
    • Kristen Moon
      Kristen Moon In reply to Kristen Moon

      lol, i'm aware that 2026 is a silly date, my point still stands though. As a potential client, it's hard to decide whether you should wait for an eDrive to come out ( which who knows when that'll be, was my point) , or decide that whats currently offered will be enough. If I knew that 2019 would have eDrive, i'd wait. But if it's going to be 3-6 years away... i'll go with whats there now.

      about 1 year ago
    • John Smelt
      John Smelt

      Yes it’s a 4 cylinder but still 315 HP. How many cylinders is the X3?

      about 1 year ago
    • redboatandrew
      redboatandrew

      The 2018 X3 interior is beautifully luxurious and very practical. But while it takes corners quickly, this is a lot of weight to throw around. I found the X1 much more inviting in this respect.

      about 1 year ago
    • John Smelt
      John Smelt

      Nice job with the review. I agree with the comment that it is already starting to look dated. Just updated a fully loaded 2015 X3 for a fully loaded 2018 XC60 which I think is better looking with a nicer interior than the 2018 X3.....I NEVER thought I would say that,,,,

      about 1 year ago
    • U.N. Owen
      U.N. Owen In reply to John Smelt

      John Smelt Volvo only has a 4 cyl.

      about 1 year ago
    • Arlind22
      Arlind22

      It feels outdated and it is already new. Why? Because it looks exactly like the rest of the family so it basically seems like a 2 year old SUV but with just a slightly different dimensions.

      about 1 year ago
    • Tobyas Lé Fear
      Tobyas Lé Fear

      Nice interior, but the exhaust sounds terrible.

      about 1 year ago
    • Vanuatoo
      Vanuatoo

      As I understand Samsung Galaxy owners are not target segment for BMW

      about 1 year ago
    • Khu NoPie
      Khu NoPie

      Looking forward to another year of top-shelf Hammes-quality car reviews! Keep those soliloquies coming!

      about 1 year ago
    • alex rakit
      alex rakit

      Love your reviews. Keep it up. The best wishes from across the pond! Toronto, ON

      about 1 year ago
    • Alex
      Alex

      Finally, a comfortable and luxurious SUV from BMW. They need to keep this up. People buy SUV’s for utility and comfort, not to take it to a drag race.

      about 1 year ago
    • U.N. Owen
      U.N. Owen In reply to Alex

      Alex So you don't know about BMW M? When Car and Driver tested X6 M, they said you could use it to tow your race car to the track. And then race your tow car. Why do you think Porsche build Turbo VW SUVs? What does this page have to do with vans? Sienna has 300 hp, is that 3/4 stupid?

      about 1 year ago
    • Alex
      Alex In reply to Alex

      U.N. Owen ...Of course you still can. You’d just look stupid taking an suv to a drag race, lol. What next? A family van with 400 hp? Lol.

      about 1 year ago
    • U.N. Owen
      U.N. Owen In reply to Alex

      Alex With 355 hp., pretty sure you still can.

      about 1 year ago
    • xxthehuskycaboosexx
      xxthehuskycaboosexx

      the GLC looks and feels more high end, so that would be my pick!

      about 1 year ago
    • U.N. Owen
      U.N. Owen In reply to xxthehuskycaboosexx

      xxthehuskycaboosexx Not if you want turbo I6. Mercedes just brought one back. Not for GLC.

      about 1 year ago
    • jpmackin
      jpmackin

      Review the 40 for us Steve, please...

      about 1 year ago
    • TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes
      TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes In reply to jpmackin

      jpmackin Would love to!

      about 1 year ago
    • A F A
      A F A

      If you follow Steve for years, you can tell if he likes a car or not from the tone of his voice. I can tell he didn't really enjoy it either. BMW has lost its soul, and this vehicle is evident of it. I think it is because BMW doesn't know how to compete against likes of Lexus, Audi, and Benz in this segment.

      RX350 is best in class when you consider the overall quality, and there is a reason there are over 800,000 RXs on north American roads.

      about 1 year ago
    • U.N. Owen
      U.N. Owen In reply to A F A

      Alex Not enough. BMW turbo I6 makes it party of one, unique in the marketplace.

      about 1 year ago
    • Alex
      Alex In reply to A F A

      U.N. Owen ...But you are getting more with a Lexus than a Toyota. Suspension is different. Sound insulation is different. Tech features are different. Materials used are different. Even the paint they use are different on a Lexus. Service is also way different when you go to a Toyota dealership from a Lexus. So yes, you are getting more with a Lexus than a Toyota.

      about 1 year ago
    • U.N. Owen
      U.N. Owen In reply to A F A

      Alex Corporately they are Toyota, as with VAG higher priced Audi, Porsche are often VW based. BMW are BMW, X models mostly American. RX is Camry fwd. platform. Just because they charge more doesn't mean you're getting more.

      about 1 year ago
    • Alex
      Alex In reply to A F A

      U.N. Owen ....Honda and Toyota are volume sellers, but not Lexus. Lexus prices are in the same price point as BMW’s.

      about 1 year ago
    • Craig D
      Craig D

      Steve do you feel that the dash looks dated despite the tech or does this feel like a nice update?

      about 1 year ago
    • U.N. Owen
      U.N. Owen In reply to Craig D

      Craig D Moot point if it had HUD.

      about 1 year ago
    • TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes
      TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes In reply to Craig D

      Craig D I really don’t. Think it looks classy.

      about 1 year ago
    • Edysin Simon
      Edysin Simon

      So..."all" run on what? A 2 liter turbo? The X3 is a "all run on the 2 liter"  I could of sworn I've read about a 3 liter 6 cylinder mill as well! In addition, the run flat tires are  less than desirable for my driving style so...

      about 1 year ago
    • Edysin Simon
      Edysin Simon In reply to Edysin Simon

      Got ya!

      about 1 year ago
    • TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes
      TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes In reply to Edysin Simon

      Edysin Simon Sorry. I was referring to the base models of the entire group.

      about 1 year ago
    • CarsofGlasgow
      CarsofGlasgow

      Love BMWs and love your videos Steve! Great work! Feel free to check out my latest video I uploaded of the 2 series today :D

      about 1 year ago
    • DFWbro
      DFWbro

      The new X3 won us over from Audi, and we turned over a first-gen Q5 for a new 2018 X3. The ride quality, front and rear seat comfort, powertrain, and infotainment all seemed a notch above the new Q5; opposite of what we thought with the previous generations of both vehicles. Other than Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit and Bang & Olufsen 3D surround sound, the new X3 has all the new Q5 has and more. It’s definitely not a very sporty BMW, but it does what it’s supposed to do for the target buyer. It’s like BMW built a Lexus but with better color choices and no awkward design creases.

      about 1 year ago
    • Bautista Prea
      Bautista Prea In reply to DFWbro

      RCBR awesome, nice data.
      Yeah, We had two A4s and both had lots of important mechanical issues. Later Mercedes C class worked flawlessly for 5 years, then it became to have small problems. Now a BMW 330i, nicer sound as for the engine, no problems(except the auto start stop cannot be turned off permanently), but quality and design is worse than merc.the merc had no sounds from cheap materials, where in the Bmw I find the led strips doing strange sounds, theres also a noise in the back seats in the roof...I don't know, I liked MB more

      about 1 year ago
    • DFWbro
      DFWbro In reply to DFWbro

      Bautista Prea Frankly, all 3 are good choices at the end of the day. But between the 3, here’s what I didn’t like on the other 2. On the Q5, you cannot get adaptive LED headlights; the LED headlights have a cornering function at low speeds, but nothing above 5 MPH. If you want wireless charging, you can’t get that on the Q5 either; oddly, it is available in Europe, though. Also, I think the X3 has a better Heads Up Display (larger area, brighter at night) and a better infotainment system than the Q5. MMI is improved, but I don’t like that everything has to be done with only voice recognition or a knob; sometimes, a touch screen just works better, and the BMW provides that option as well. And, frankly the previous-gen Q5 we had experienced tons of mechanical issues after 60K miles. Radiator leaks, oil leaks, etc. In fact, even before the warranty expired, it was going through so much oil that we were at the dealership every few weeks to get a complimentary oil top up. That engine, which is still the same basic design in the new Q5, is what Audi paid a settlement out on for people with 2008-2011 model years on the Q5/A4/A5. We had a 2012 and it was not included in the lawsuit despite having the same engine code, so no free fixes for us. But, oh well, the new B-series engines BMWs are more refined than the Audi engine.

      As for the GLC, I thought it wasn’t as controlled as the X3 when attacking a curve or a highway exit ramp. It’s definitely comfortable, but the Q5 and X3 are sportier (GLC43 AMG not included, of course). I was also not impressed with the Burmester surround sound system in it; it’s not as deep in bass compared to the X3’s Harman Kardon system, but both as below the Q5’s Bang & Olufsen setup. At the end of the day, however, the GLC is getting “old” and is coming up for a refresh. The refresh will have a new 12.3” digital gauge cluster and a 12.3” infotainment screen...at least, that’s what the C-Class refresh in Geneva shows now, and the GLC is just a larger C-Class.

      about 1 year ago
    • Bautista Prea
      Bautista Prea In reply to DFWbro

      RCBR I'm between Q5, new X3 and GlC, what would you say?

      about 1 year ago
    • DFWbro
      DFWbro In reply to DFWbro

      Billy Sou Pretty much! The difference is that Steve's tester has the Dynamic Handling Package but doesn't have the Executive Tier like ours. I'd rather have the Executive since it has the best headlights and nighttime look, the fully digital 12.3" instrument display vs the partial digital one, and the gimmicky but kind of fun to show off Gesture Control. Frankly, if we wanted The Ultimate Driving Machine, we would've gotten the X3 M40i for that sweet engine. Upgraded sport components just seem wasted on a car with a 2.0-liter turbo engine. But to each their own!

      about 1 year ago
    • Billy Sou
      Billy Sou In reply to DFWbro

      Nice and congrats on the purchase. Sounds like you may have forked over $57k (MSRP of Steve’s tester) before the trade of your old Q5.

      about 1 year ago
    • Mike McGlock
      Mike McGlock

      You seem to be on a roll lately.... since when did you publish 2 videos in just 2 days? Is this a New Year's Resolution? Btw you didn't close the hood properly on the left at 3:20.

      about 1 year ago
    • TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes
      TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes In reply to Mike McGlock

      I noticed that!

      about 1 year ago
    • Ray King
      Ray King

      They didn't produce any major upgrades in the last 5 years . Most BMWs look the same and feel the same

      about 1 year ago
    • U.N. Owen
      U.N. Owen In reply to Ray King

      Ray King Thus their record sales volume. BMW X out of Spartanburg are biggest American exporter.

      about 1 year ago
    • Cody Fletcher
      Cody Fletcher

      I’d rather get a 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium 4Motion

      about 1 year ago
    • U.N. Owen
      U.N. Owen In reply to Cody Fletcher

      Cody Fletcher Yes, VAG need help with fines, bail & legal fees.

      about 1 year ago
    • TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes
      TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes In reply to Cody Fletcher

      Not a bad non-luxury option.

      about 1 year ago
    • mx5hong
      mx5hong

      Is the rear defroster grid set up like a rainbow as seen in the previous X3? Or BMW went conventional this time around?
      And how would you compare the new X3 (4 cylinder) to the X1? Is the X3 significantly larger? Do you see a big overlap between the two? Yeah, I know one is based on a compact FWD platform while the other is based on a RWD set up. But I doubt the typical buyer would know or care.

      about 1 year ago
    • U.N. Owen
      U.N. Owen In reply to mx5hong

      TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes Car and Driver say X1 best in class. But different segment, really only if you can live with a 4.

      about 1 year ago
    • TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes
      TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes In reply to mx5hong

      Nothing annoying or unusual about rear defroster. I didn't care for the new X1. This is MUCH better from a styling, driving, and amenity standpoint so I don't understand this popular take that people should just get an X1.

      about 1 year ago
    • Billy Sou
      Billy Sou

      Still when it comes to the compact luxury SUVs, the BMW X3 is still the benchmark. By the way, when is Mercedes let you test a GLC (and likewise Audi with the Q5)?

      about 1 year ago
    • U.N. Owen
      U.N. Owen In reply to Billy Sou

      TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes Because Mercedes cloned an X4?!

      about 1 year ago
    • TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes
      TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes In reply to Billy Sou

      GLC Coupe is AMAZING!

      about 1 year ago
    • TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes
      TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes In reply to Billy Sou

      Billy Sou Hi, Billy. I’ve done the GLC Coupe but I’m waiting on Q5.

      about 1 year ago
    • Trades46
      Trades46

      So BMW built a nicer car, but not exactly a nicer BMW. It is an over-used term, but BMW really feels like it sold it soul for sales especially if you don't pony up for those pricey M-sport models.

      about 1 year ago
    • Trades46
      Trades46 In reply to Trades46

      Matthew Payne which is disappointing. The C63 despite going turbo still retained it's angry AMG V8 growl. The Alfa Giulia Quadrofoglio with its 2.9L V6 turbo sounds glorious too. Seems the talented engineers no longer exist at BMW M.

      about 1 year ago
    • Matthew Payne
      Matthew Payne In reply to Trades46

      Totally agreed. The growl seems to be gone. My neighbors have an M3 and M4 and they both sound like hell until they get warmed up. Then only marginally better. Marginally...

      about 1 year ago
    • Anton Ch.
      Anton Ch.

      Are you filming on iPhone? Sorry, but bad quality

      about 1 year ago
    • Adam Bernard
      Adam Bernard In reply to Anton Ch.

      TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes it's all about that analog hipster quality haha

      about 1 year ago
    • Maddie H
      Maddie H In reply to Anton Ch.

      The quality is great.

      about 1 year ago
    • TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes
      TestDriveNow Reviews by Auto Critic Steve Hammes In reply to Anton Ch.

      Anton Ch. VHS camcorder

      about 1 year ago