BMW X3 Car Reviews

BMW’s X3 mid-sized off-roader is becoming very popular. The vehicle’s stylish looks and high levels of performance both on and off the road make this BMW a huge hit with buyers. It has the ability to perform as well as the larger X5, but is a fraction of the size, and cost.

Price Range: £-1 - £-1
Insurance Groups: N/A - N/A
MPG Range: N/A - N/A
Score: 4.5/5
Well built
Better fuel economy than rivals
Generously equipped
Quite a firm ride
Limited rear space
Manual geabox can be clunky

Latest BMW X3 Car Reviews:

BMW X3 xDrive 20d SE 5dr - February 2012
The angles and edges of the X3 xDrive have been contoured and cut for a more proportioned look. The version no longer looks unwieldy but elegant and polished. The suspension of this 2nd generati...
BMW X3 xDrive 20d M Sport 5dr - February 2012
The X3 is a appealing option in the crossover market, and provides the space and comfort that would be expected from such a vehicle. A flexible car that performs well as a family car as well as be...
BMW X3 xDrive 35d SE 5dr - March 2012
The 35d offers impressive performance, low running costs, good looks and plenty of interior space. However, most drivers will be perfectly satisfied with the cheaper 20d, making the 35d seem overpr...

BMW X3 Overview

Despite its smaller size, space is still plentiful. It can spaciously accommodate a growing family with easily enough room for four, and a fifth if they don’t mind placing their legs either side of the transmission. It can handle family excursions around town or outdoor activities and long family road trips. The boot is huge too, and once the back seats are folded down, this car can transport almost any cargo with a capacity over 1500 litres.


The interior is well equipped and finished to a high standard. A number of impressive features come as standard, while the list of optional extras appears endless. The cabin features easy to read and easy to use controls. Every switch and control is located in an easy to find practical place.


Resale values are high, due in part to the reliability and excellent build quality that is synonymous with the BMW badge. In addition the smaller diesel engines are incredibly fuel efficient for such a large car. The X3 also achieved the 5 star Euro NCAP safety rating in 2011.

Background

The X3 is a medium sized 4x4 that has been produced since 2003. It is based on the 3 series platform and is part of a growing trend towards crossover 4x4s in recent years, with a number of other competitors producing similar models, such as the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLK. The release of the X3 represented the introduction of the xDrive system developed by BMW which splits torque between the front and rear axles depending on wheel-spin, instability etc. From its production until a mid-generational refresh in 2007, the X3 received a facelift in every successive model year, the first BMW to receive this.


Now in its second generation, first produced in 2010, the X3 is almost as large as the original X5. There are 3 engine choices, all of which are diesel, either a 2.0 litre four cylinder, or two 3.0 litre straight sixes. The smallest engine is brisk and flexible, while the 3.0 litre, 309bhp 35d is incredibly quick.

Summary

The X3 is a medium sized 4x4 that offers the space and practicality of a much larger car. It shares similarities with some of the rival brands crossover models, but the cars xDrive system is one that has yet to be matched.

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