When it comes to power and handling, the BMW X3 is fitted with a six-cylinder engine and BMW’s xDrive, which offers precise steering and full time all wheel drive system. It can instantly sense slippage and then redirect the power to the wheels with maximum traction. This enables the car to have the best handling capability even under the most demanding condition. The xDrive was fitted to the X3 and the X5 to give the four-wheel drives its required power.
The X3 had most of the parts of the BMW 3 Series, including the E46 330xi which was not change nor modified for the X3. Additional modifications and improvements, of course was done on the X3 especially its first generation. The X3 was meticulously designed, from the exterior to the interior. The BMW X3 has spacious passenger and cargo room and at the same time it has many storage spaces inside to enable carrying of loads and even oddly shaped items. Another distinct feature of the interior is the 3 Series based cockpit. Similar with the BMW 3 Series, the X3 has the same high quality switch gears and large analog gauges.
The 2003 model has seen several modifications and improvements. For one, Bluetooth came with the car, unlike when it was offered for the 2004 models. The interior of the 2005 models also saw changes and upgrades which included more plastic panels and right carpeting color which compliments the leather interior. The 2005 also had softer suspension and one-piece front wheel fender. In 2005, the 2.0d BMW engine was also introduced in the market. The 2.5i and the 3.0i engines were released for the North American market while the 3.0d engine was sold across the globe.
Data in (brackets) applies to auto manual models in specs of the BMW X3 models.