BMW fully redesigned the X3 compact crossover for the 2018 model year. However, its guiding principle seems to have been: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fiddle with it.”
Much of the previous-generation X3 remains intact, with a few tweaks here and there for better usability and some updates to technology. Most of the changes are subtle rather than boastful, making this one of the lightest-weight updates (in terms of obvious changes) the industry has seen.
The changes to the 2018 X3 are welcome and well done. BMW wisely chose which things to change and how to do so. The interior is more spacious, accommodating passengers more readily, and the central infotainment display became a touchscreen to make it more intuitive. In addition, all-wheel drive is now standard in the X3.