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  • 2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i Gets 21 City, 28 Highway MPG with Turbo Four

2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i Gets 21 City, 28 Highway MPG with Turbo Four

Official EPA Ratings Put It Ahead of Audi Q5 2.0T, Other Six-Cylinder Rivals

Edward A. SanchezApr 10, 2012
The nail in the coffin of BMW's beloved N52B30 engine -- known to non-Bimmerphiles as the naturally aspirated 3.0-liter inline six -- gets one more, and possibly fatal hammer-swing with the introduction of the 240 hp, 260 lb-ft N20 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the X3 crossover. The engine has been well-received by critics in other applications but if you're a fan of the 2012 X3 xDrive28i yet need more fuel economy and higher performance, you're about to get one.
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Don't fret, if you absolutely must have a six-cylinder under the hood of your Roundel-festooned ride, the X3 xDrive35i is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six. But with the N20 coming very close to the performance of its six-cylinder sibling, with better fuel economy, you might just decide the four fits your needs.
The N20-equipped X3 is thriftier than both its six-cylinder 2012 counterpart, as well as its most direct competitor, the Audi Q5 2.0T, which returns 20/27 mpg city/highway. The six-cylinder 2013 xDrive28i manages 19/25 mpg. Fuel economy figures for the just-announced 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 4Matic are not yet available, but the 2012 manages a comparatively ravenous 16/21 mpg. The six-cylinder-powered Infiniti EX 35 AWD manages 17/24 mpg.
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The 2013 X3 turbo-four may be king of the premium crossover MPG hill for now, but Mercedes-Benz promises unprecedented class fuel economy for the upcoming GLK250 Bluetec diesel, with well above 30 mpg highway a strong possibility.
Source: EPA, BMW

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Fair Market Price $36,434
MSRP $38,500
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Mileage 21 City / 28 Highway
Engine 2.0L I4
Horse Power 240 hp @ 5,000 rpm
Torque 260 ft lb of torque @ 1,250 rpm
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