The X3 has been our SUV of the Year for the past two years, and nothing has come along in the last 12 months to take its place at this price point.
The 20d diesel engine represents the sweet spot in the range, because it has enough power and torque to pull the X3 along swiftly, but without compromising fuel economy. It's particularly good when combined with BMW's super-slick eight-speed automatic gearbox, which seems to get things right all of the time.
X3 buyers get a car that's as good to drive on twisty B-roads as on motorways, because it combines agile and composed handling with a smooth ride.
Finally, the cabin is spacious enough for four adults, and the large load space is impressively versatile, thanks to rear seats that split and fold 40/20/40. This practicality, economy and driving prowess combine to make the X3 a clear winner.