X3 gets bigger and better - BMW X3 Car Review


Added: 14 Dec 2010
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THE new BMW X3 sounds like a superb re-drawing of what was already an excellent urban 4x4.

There is only one engine available to start with – a 184bhp version of BMW’s excellent 2.0-litre turbo diesel.

This with SE spec and four wheel drive, will set you back £30,490 with manual transmission – £115 cheaper than the old model – and £30,605 for the automatic.

Now obviously, that’s before you personalise your car with a few of the add-ons from the long extras list.

It is loaded with all the latest high-tech systems and yet is still cheaper than the car it replaces.

There is also more standard kit for your money, with leather upholstery, air conditioning, the i-Drive control system – which still has to win me over - and a colour display.

It is wider and longer than the old model and much better looking, with a good deal of the design notes from the new 7 and 5 series.


On the inside, build quality is up to what we have come to expect from BMW and the materials now feel premium class.

The space on offer is also much improved with more generous rear legroom and load space anything up to 1,600 litres.



Price: £30,490

Mechanical: 184bhp, 1,995cc, 6cyl diesel engine driving four wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox

Max speed: 130mph

0-62mph: 8.5 seconds

Combined mpg: 50

Insurance group: 28

CO2 emissions: 149

BIK  rating: 21%

Warranty: 3yrs/ unlimited miles

Marks: 9/10

Main rival: Audi Q5 

Words: Peter Hayward

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