What's the used BMW X3 like?
If you expect every 4x4 to wallow around on Tarmac, the BMW X3 will blow your mind. On the road, there's so little body roll and the handling is so crisp you forget it's a 4x4. It's even pretty decent off-road.
The trouble is there's a heavy price to pay for this ability in the corners, and that's the ride. When it was new, sports suspension was an option, but we'd avoid these cars because even the standard set-up is very firm.
Perhaps the real surprise, though, is just how much room there is inside – so much that you wonder why anyone would bother shelling out even more money for the BMW X5 of the same era, especially as the supposedly larger car has a smaller boot.
In theory there's space for five in the cabin, although the size of the transmission tunnel leaves little legroom in the middle rear seat.
All X3s are well equipped, but perceived quality is disappointing. Although it's all put together well enough, the choice of materials in a car of this price leaves a lot to be desired.