The BMW X3 is undeniably one of the best compact premium crossovers on the market and has been since the day it arrived on the scene. What else would you expect from BMW?
With a variety of different tire sizes available the tire options are varied and vast. Taking that into account we’ve complied a list of the best BMW X3 tires based on performance, all-weather capability, warranty, value and price.
BMW X3 Tire Sizes
Below is a list of most BMW X3 trim levels and their corresponding available tire options. The tires detailed in the lists that follow are for the 18-inch and 19-inch sizes, with many of the 21-inch sizes also available.
- X3 xDrive 30i 225/60/18 or 245/50/19 or 245/45/20 (front) 275/40/20 (rear) or 245/40/21 (front) 275/35/21 (rear)
- X3 xDrive 30e 225/60/18 or 245/50/19 or 245/45/20 (front) 275/40/20 (rear) or 245/40/21 (front) 275/35/21 (rear)
- X3 xDrive 30e w M Brake 245/50/19 or 245/45/20 (front) 275/40/20 (rear) or 245/40/21 (front) 275/35/21 (rear)
- X3 xDrive M40i 245/50/19 or 245/45/20 (front) 275/40/20 (rear) or 245/40/21 (front) 275/35/21 (rear)
What are the best tires for BMW X3
Best Tire for BMW X3
Continental Cross Contact LX 25
One of the most highly rated tires with the best combination of features, the Continental Cross Contact LX 25 stands out among the rest. These tires offer an excellent balance of wet and dry weather braking with a reasonably dynamic driving feel. At the same time these touring tires deliver the premium ride (low noise and high comfort) befitting a BMW.
They come with an impressively long 70,000 mile tread life warranty and are extremely reasonably priced.
On top of this there’s Continental’s additional warrant features that include three years of roadside assistance for a flat tire (or a 150 mile tow) as well as a free replacement tire for any tire damaged as a result of a road hazard during the first 2/32-inch of treadwear.
Best Replacement Tires for BMW X3
Hankook Kinergy GT H436
As an alternative to the Continental’s above, the Hankook Kinergy GT H436 is another solid choice and one of the tires BMW offers on the X3 from the factory. Two other factory equipped options include the Michelin Primacy MXM4 and Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season, although the Hankooks, despite having a less prestigous name, deliver excellent performance, come with a 70,000 mile tread life warranty, are runflats and don’t cost a fortune either.
Best Budget Tire for BMW X3
Falken Pro G5 CSV
These tires won’t wow you but they deliver enough in every area that unless you’re a particular driver, you probably won’t notice. As touring tires they’re focused more on a quiet and calm highway drive with less focus on driving engagement. And that’s ok if you’re not looking to push your X3 to the limit. Wet and dry braking power are decent, plus it comes with a solid 60,000 mile tread life warranty. With an extremely attractive price, the Falken Pro G5 CSV makes a compelling argument.
Best Performance Tire for BMW X3
Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV
If you’re looking to improve the grip of your X3 there’s no better way to do it than with these ultra high-performance tires from Michelin. The Pilot Sport 4 SUV is the brand’s lest innovation with incredible summer grip and amazing driving feel. As dedicated summer tires the do come with a 20,000 mile warranty. So tread life isn’t very long, but the pricing is decent.
Best Performance Tire for BMW X3 (alternative)
Hankook Ventus S1 Evo2 SUV K117C
As an alternative to those Michelins there are these Hankooks which BMW actually equips on some X3s from the factory. The extra wide center tread rib means there’s immediate responsiveness in the tire and a very stable ride at speed. The tread itself has a lower profile for improved responsiveness and less flex in the tire, while to combat this feature in the wet are extremely wide channels to help evacuate water. There’s no mileage warranty on the tires, which is certainly a strike against them, but they are runflats, something we suspect most BMW drivers will appreciate.
Best All-Season Tire for BMW X3
Goodyear Assurance Weather Ready
If you don’t want to be swapping between summer and winter tires, or putting up with some all-seasons when you probably shouldn’t be, then the Goodyear Assurance Weather Ready is a perfect solution. This all-season tire is certified for true winter use and even features the three peak mountain snowflake logo on the sidewall to prove it.
With winter grip handled, the tread blocks actually lock together under cornering to give a stable driving feel and capable performance in dry summer conditions. And when the rain falls, water evacuation channels do their job of clearing water from the tread pattern. Better yet, they’ll continue to do so for the life of the tire, as they actually expand as the tread wears, so as to maintain this wet weather grip.
A 60,000 mile warranty is a bit less than some of the available touring tires and the price for these tires is on the high side. However, for not having to think about swapping tires in different seasons (or having to own a second set of tires) these tires pay for themselves.
Longest Lasting Tire for BMW X3
Goodyear Assurance Max Life
Available for some X3 fitments the Goodyear Assurance Max Life boasts what no other tire can, an 85,000 mile tread life warranty. All around capable and luxurious tires, if you don’t want to be replacing your tires again any time soon, or even think about it, these are a perfect choice.
Cheapest Tire for BMW X3
Westlake SU318 HT
At under $100 a tire, Westlake’s budget offering doesn’t promise much. Dry weather grip from these performance all-seasons is decent, although they’re somewhat lacking in the wet. A warranty of 50,000 miles mean they will last for a number of years. Technically speaking the Ohtsu FP7000 is cheaper, so you can give that a look as well, but with no warranty, we wouldn’t bother.
Best Tire for BMW X3
Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4
When you move up to the 19-inch wheel size on an X3 the tire options become significantly fewer, more expensive and much more high-performance focused. And of that group, theMichelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 stands out.
Dry and wet weather grip are significantly superior than on rival tires. In fact, dry performance, including everything from braking to handling is outstanding. The BMW X3 can handle fantastically well and this tires let it do just that. If you enjoy driving, do your self a favor and make sure to get these Michelins.
The do cost more than the competition and the warranty range is slightly less at 45,000 miles, but its very much worth it.
Best Tire for BMW X3 (Alternative)
Continental Extreme Contact DWS 06
Cheaper and with more warranty (50,000 miles) than the Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 you might be surprised this tire isn’t umber one on our list. But that just goes to show how fantastic those Michelins are.
However, that’s not to say there’s anything at fault with the Continental Extreme Contact DWS 06. Far from it. These are exceptional all-season performance tires with solid dry performance and plenty of built-in tread technology to help them grip in the wet. There’s also some light winter grip. While not much, it’s better than what you’ll find on other tires, so this does give the Continentals an edge in some areas. Stamped on the tire tread are the letters, D, W and S for Dry, Wet and Snow, and that built in indicator lets you know that when the corresponding letter has worn off, it’s no longer ideally suited to that type of driving.
Cheapest Tire for BMW X3
You won’t find any real bargains when looking for high performance summer tires, especially in a low profile 19-inch fitment. That said, pricing on the Nitto Motivo is good, but don’t get your hopes up about saving a bungle. Grip is slightly reduced compared to the Continentals both in the dry and wet. The real value in these tires is more incremental with a longer tread life warranty (60,000 miles) making them a better long-term investment.