The BMW X3 marks the midpoint in the firm's SUV range, and sits between the entry-level X1 and large X5 both in terms of size and price. It faces strong competition from other large premium SUVs such as the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60.
If you want a petrol X3 you’re out of luck, because the X3’s engine line-up is diesel-only. There’s one 2.0-litre unit and two 3.0-litre motors. Even the entry-level 20d has enough power to feel comfortable on most roads, and it offers the best balance of economy and performance. The entire X3 range gets four-wheel drive as standard. There are three trim levels; SE, xLine and M Sport.
The BMW X3 has been one of our favourite large SUVs ever since its launch in 2011. Rivals have come and gone, but it has always proved the best to drive, high quality inside and comparatively cheap to run.
The 20d version provides the best balance of power and efficiency and is sensibility priced. Likewise, sticking with SE trim guarantees you a long list of standard equipment and does without the large wheels and stiffer suspension set-ups that spoil the X3’s ride. However, there are many options to choose when speccing your X3 - read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions, along with our recommendations for trim levels and engines.