For With the optional Variable Damper Control, the BMW X3 strikes a fine balance between comfort and agility. The cabin is classy and spacious, and running costs are low.
Against Its wide transmission tunnel makes life uncomfortable for a central rear passenger and the manual gearbox is a bit clunky. We’re yet to try the X3 on standard suspension.
The BMW X3 is the best compact 4x4 you can buy, and that's why it's our reigning SUV of the Year. It’s classy, practical and good to drive. The engines are very efficient, too, and standard kit pretty generous.
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We haven’t driven the entry-level X3 (18d sDrive) yet, and until we do, the next one up (xDrive20d SE) is our favourite. It provides all the performance you need and comes with lots of luxuries, including leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control.
There are two other diesel engines available, both 3.0-litre units with either 255bhp or 309bhp. They're both fast, but cost thousands more that the perfectly-adequate 20d.
There's also an M Sport trim available, but we'd resist the temptation. It looks great, with a sporty body kit, but again, it costs thousands more than the SE.
BMW also offers numerous cost options, and we’d be tempted to specify the eight-speed automatic gearbox because the standard six-speed manual has a stiff action that makes it a bit too much like hard work.
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The BMW X3 xDrive20d SE is our pick of the X3 range. It has all the performance you need, and it's efficient enough to keep running costs down.