CarAdvice Comparison: The Lexus NX 200t vs. BMW X3 xDrive28i

In a CarAdvice comparison test between the Lexus NX 200t and BMW X3 xDrive28i, reviewer Matt Campbell found the contest too close to call:

The Lexus is the pick if you think getting a lot of equipment for your money equates to good value. The NX may not be as sharp a tool when it comes to carving up corners, but it beats the X3 for luxury accommodation.

That said, the sports part of the SUV acronym can’t be better served than by the way the BMW does it. It’s head and shoulders above the Lexus in terms of dynamic ability, but if you care less about that and more about practicality, the BMW can’t compete.

Update: The NX 200t in this review is not an F SPORT model, but an Australian Sport Luxury package. My mistake!

Read the full NX 200t vs BMW X3 xDrive28i review at CarAdvice

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A lot more luxury for the $buck, tis NX is... I get grossed out by the X3, X1 and any baby X5 wanna be's... BMW people actually look down on them. Bleh LOL
  • S
  • April 15, 2015
The absolute best part about the fuel consumption tests is that the NX trumps its closest rivals with a 6 speed gearbox as opposed to the rest using 8 or even 9 speed. The chief engineer Kato-san and his team did an excellent job with getting the best efficient packaging for the NX. Well thought out gear ratios, compact and light 6 speed gearbox proves sufficiently up for the task for this class. Lexus will probably drop in the 8 speed for the NX facelift in time to come and by then, i am sure it will take this up another notch!
  • D
  • April 16, 2015
The Lexus engine can switch to the more efficient Atkinson cycle under light to moderate load. I think this is one of the main reasons for the better real-world fuel economy.
The NX needs better looking wheels!! =)
  • C
  • April 16, 2015
Easily fixable As for the article, the comparison was with a non-F Sport NX. If they did compare apples to apples, NX F Sport with AVS set to S+ might have equaled or beat the X3 M Sport in the "Sporting" equation of SUV. I can vouch for how composed and comfortable the AVS transforms the NX in Eco, Normal, and Sport S modes, yet becomes firmer (not harsh) with near-flat cornering in Sport S+ mode.