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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
16 reader reviews for BMW X3 4x4.
  • 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.

  • xDrive20d SE 5dr

    Mark Steers , Berkshire . Date: 21/01/2013
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      39

    My car

    After 4 years of a Volvo XC90 D5 we wanted to down size to get better economy BUT still needed space for kids university run. I went for the SE but blinged it up with 19inch wheels and the X pack...and in mineral silver it looks great. I also went for the variable damper control, professional media, cold weather pack, visibility pack and auto box plus some other bits and pieces. I was concerned that the 2 litre diesel would not be up to the job but has proven to be a punchy unit and both quiet and smooth. I like a spirited drive now and then and after 1000 miles I continue to be amazed just how quick the and refined the unit is...much better than the Audi Q5 I tested.

    The Variable damper control is amazing with the 19 inch low profile run flats I get a really comfortable ride. The auto box is well matched and the media, nav, phone, voice command works really well....once you get used to it, very impressed.

    I have been also been impressed by the space in the car and the many nice touches like the dipping driver mirror when reversing. Like many others, I am not getting anywhere near the official MPG with an average of 39 so far. I knew this before I bought the car so no real disappointment. One final comment, I have been amazed by how well the electronic aids have dealt with the recent snow. I passed a Q5 that couldn't get up our hill to the village! with no dramas at all. Overall, really impressed so far...quiet, punchy, well equipped and the tech works well.

  • xDrive20d SE 5dr

    Jon Frederics , Surrey . Date: 18/02/2012
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I needed a reliable all-purpose vehicle with a high driving position, a good long distance cruiser, reasonably spacious with good fuel consumption. Bought in May 2011 and after 8,000 miles, the new BMW X3 has fulfilled nearly all of my requirements. To drive, the X3 is very solid and stable and is an especially good long distance cruiser with generally a good, if firm, ride. With hindsight I should have opted for the variable dampers as on some surfaces in rural France the normal suspension can’t cope with certain surfaces. The six speed manual is very smooth to operate and the offset pedals are not an issue for me. The X3 is generally quiet at speed with some wind noise from the large electric wing mirrors. As others have commented on, I haven’t achieved anything like the trumpeted 50 mpg. On long runs at a speed of 80 mph, I get around 39-40 mpg with a range of 550-600 miles on a tank full, which is good. On shorter stop start runs, about 36-7 mpg is achieved. I like the interior, which is spacious, with good legroom and well laid out controls and instruments. I opted for the Professional Media package to get the 8” control screen and the business features such as email via my Blackberry. I especially like the Sat Nav with the ability to look up local facilities and features including guidance to them. Other useful extras I opted for, are the split rear seats to increase the boot load capacity, run flat 7” tyres and the very useful electric tow bar.

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