Long-Term Test: 2013 BMW X3 28i M Sport

Over the last several years, I’ve test-driven a flotilla worth of sport utility and crossover vehicles that have the body roll of a dinghy in a ship’s harbor. Some manufacturers have taken note of this vomit-inducing phenomenon, thus producing vehicles with less of a wet noodle suspension. Bavarian engineers from BMW offer up not just an anti-boat rocking “sport activity vehicle” with the 2013 BMW X3 M Sport, but also a more environmentally conscious engine.


2013 BMW X3 28i M Sport
This real-world tester is going to get dirty, log some serious miles and even endure family duty over the next year.

In this particular article, you’ll be able to see the specs of the tester, along with basic impressions. Future articles will cover features more in-depth, along with everyday use, utility and maintenance or warranty issues.

Tested Sticker and Configuration of 2013 BMW X3 28i M Sport

MSRP: $38,500

As configured MSRP: $52,725 (includes destination charge of $895)

Tested Options:

  • Space Gray Metallic Paint: $550
  • Convenience Package: $1,300 (Comfort Access keyless entry, rear manual side window shades and Xenon headlights)
  • Cold Weather Package: $700 (Heated steering wheel, 40-20-40 split folding rear seats, and heated front seats)
  • M Sport Package: $3,000 (19” M alloy double spoke wheels, performance control, sport seats, aerodynamic kit, shadowline exterior trim, anthracite headliner, M steering wheel with paddle shifters
  • Premium Package: $3,450 (Panoramic moonroof, auto-dimming mirrors, ambiance lighting, leather seating
  • Premium Sound Package: $950 (SiriusXM satellite radio, Harmon Kardon hi-fi system)
  • Technology Package: $3,200 (Rear view and top view cameras, park distance control, navigation system, BMW Assist with Bluetooth telephone connectivity and USB, Realtime traffic updates
  • Cargo Net: $180
  • BMW All-Weather Floor Mats: $81.00
2013 BMW X3 28i M Sport Interior
Orange leather? Red leather? Call it what you will — BMW calls this, “Chestnut Nevada Leather”.

First Impressions

  • The all-new engine doesn’t play the silky sweet sounds of an inline six-cylinder power plant BMW is known for, but in the age of higher gas prices, the 4-cylinder twin-scroll turbo eases the pain at the pump
  • The longer wheelbase — over the previous generation model — provides a supple ride
  • The technology options available in this car can boggle the mind if your not careful
  • The driver selectable, “Sport” mode turns the engine into a beast
  • The 63.3-cubic feet of cargo volume (rear seats folded) make this family wagon a first place podium finisher in the utility department
  • The lack of a spare tire raises the anxiety level of this reviewer
  • Competition from Audi, Acura and Cadillac nips at its heels, especially in the price department

Stay tuned for the next review, which provides an in-depth summary of vehicle impressions.

Ryan’s passion for automobiles began at age eight when his father brought home the quintessential sports car: A Guards Red, 1974 Porsche 911 Targa. Ever since, his free time has been consumed with following the latest developments of the automotive industry.