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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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BMW X3 (10-) 4X4
19 reader reviews for BMW X3 4x4.
  • xDrive20d SE 5dr

    David Woollard , Cornwall . Date: 09/03/2015
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      44

    My car

    Although I have only owned this 7 month old car for two weeks it is the most satisfying car I have owned in 50 years. I had two previous BMW 3 Series Touring models which I found to be very good but this X3 ticks all the boxes for me. It looks good, has a great engine and 7 speed auto gearbox and rides well on 18" wheels with 50 profile runflats - better than my last Touring model. It is much easier to get in and out of (yes, an age thing), and has a very comfortable raised driving position. The iDrive system is excellent and the inclusion of the Professional Multi Media Navigation System makes it even better. Although the full sunroof was not a requirement it certainly makes for a very light and airy cabin environment. Thus far very, very pleased.

  • xDrive20d SE 5dr

    Roger Daniels , . Date: 29/07/2014
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      41.2

    My car

    I made the mistake of ordering a manual gear change; ignoring warnings about it as I thought BMW would not produce an inferior manual change. Well they have. It is the worst gear selector I have ever had. Perhaps it will improve with use. I certainly hope so. It is very disappointing. Clunky doesn't describe it. I worry about missing changes and reverse. Avoid it.

  • xDrive20d SE 5dr

    David Wilson , Berks . Date: 07/10/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    11 months and 10,000 miles down the road and still waiting for the diesel clatter to subside. A very good car marred by the awful racket of a bag of nails under the bonnet. I did notice the noise on the test drive but assumed that it would subside when the engine was run in - wrong! Above 40 mph the racket subsides to acceptable, not good , but acceptable. I'm shocked that BMW can produce a car with such an agricultural engine and it is such a mismatch to the elegant interior and very good driving experience. This is my 4th BMW and when I think of the super smooth E39 straight 6 I cannot believe this engine is produced by the same company. OK the six was petrol but I thought that diesel technology had moved forward, obviously not. The rest of the car is great but future buyers be warned, around town and at speeds under 40 mph you will get tired of the noise. If anybody out there knows of a company that can supply and fit an effective noise suppression kit, I'm in the market. The rest of the car is great, well the Sat Nav has a mind of its own and I'm awaiting an update to the system, but it is a nice car and would have got 5 stars if it wasn't for the racket from the front. In Germany they offer a petrol turbo 4 with the same bhp, why are we denied in the UK. Dear BMW, not everybody runs it as a company car and is a slave to the CO2.

  • xDrive20d SE 5dr

    Humphrey Richards , Devon . Date: 01/09/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    Really pleased with this car. Previously owned a couple of Mercedes and a SAAB, all of which were very good cars, but the BMW is the complete package. A really good practical car and outstanding service from my local dealer. I am not a great believer in adding extras as they depreciate very quickly and what you don't have you don't miss! Split rear seats, heated front seats and automatic box and that's about it. I should have ordered privacy glass as the standard tint is too light but other than that I do not regret adding further to the cost. I drive significant distances 60,000 miles over the last 20 months both in the UK and Europe, I am a relatively gentle driver and once the engine passed 20K miles I find over 45mpg the norm, and usually above that on a long run. (best being 50mpg over a 400 mile run M5,M4 and M25 in the main). The trip computer confirms that the average over the last 9 months is 45 mpg reflecting a lot of motorway and "A" roads. This is different from many other reviews, but there again I do get overtaken by a lot of X3's and perhaps that tells a story. In summary a great car whether it is for general use or for blasting down to the South of France or the Alps, proved invaluable in the snow although the Pirelli P7's have their limitations as might be expected. The only thing that I am less comfortable about is the lack of a spare wheel, I will look at the wheel choice more carefully when I come to change. No hesitation in recommending.

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