2018 BMW X3  RealSafeCars88Safety Rating

#18 of 2018 SUVs

#24 of all 2018 vehicles


Pictured: 2019 BMW X3
The X3, part of BMW's lineup since 2004, is a midsize SUV with seating up to 5. Having better than average EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and pollution. The X3 has offered Android Auto since 2021 and Apple CarPlay since 2017. The BMW X3 has exceptional horsepower for its class, packing substantial oomph. With standard all-wheel drive (AWD), it bypasses mud and snow with ease. BMW offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2018 BMW X3 is safe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2018 BMW X3 has a score of 88, implying a 0.032% chance of driver death (2.8% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.027%, and the chance of injury falls to 2.4%.

We estimate that the 2018 BMW X3 has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0316% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.6122%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0316% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.6122% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2018 BMW X3 is 34% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2018 BMW X3 is 24% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2018 BMW X3 offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.


And it is safer than many comparable models.

9672INFINITI Q50Volvo V60Lexus NXLexus ES-350Acura RDXLexus ISLexus RXAudi Q5M.-B. GLC-ClassLincoln MKXBMW X3M.-B. C-ClassComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2018 BMW X3 with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 72 to 96. The 2018 BMW X3 is safer than the 2018 INFINITI Q50, the 2018 Volvo V60, the 2018 Lexus NX, the 2018 Lexus ES-350, the 2018 Acura RDX, and the 2018 Lexus IS and less safe than the 2018 Lexus RX. It is about as safe as the 2018 Lincoln MKX.

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