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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
17 reader reviews for BMW X3 4x4.
  • 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.

  • xDrive20d SE 5dr

    Mike Wilkinson , Gwent . Date: 11/11/2011
    • 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
      39

    My car

    I have had my X3 for 10k miles now. I specified the pro nav, sunroof, dab, heated seats, sports seats, auto box and different 17" wheels. I drive mainly motorway miles but live in the country. The car arrived with a couple of rattles which were addressed by my dealer in the first few days without any dramas.

    Living with the car is a delight. It is the most comfortable car I have ever owned literally eating up motorway miles and speed bumps round town. The ride is exceptional so long as you specify the 17" wheels and standard tyres (not run-flats).

    When I made the decision for the X3 I was considering the Freelander and Q5. I opted for the X3 because of 4 things:-

    1. The X3 is much better product. It is bigger, faster and more economical than the Freelander and Q5. It is also a new product so the depreciation should also be lower in the next 3-4 years. 2. BMW have never given me reliability issues. I was very wary of the Freelander in this regard. 3. Comfort and safety. The X3 is a big car that has road presence so you feel safer in it. It's ride quality is exceptional. In fact every time someone has a lift off me they comment on the ride quality of the car. 4. I love my technology and the BMW idrive system with pro nav is fantastic. I can even have the car read my emails to me whilst driving! The DAB was a revelation when listening to radio 5.

  • xDrive20d SE 5dr

    Allan Simpson , Aberdeenshire . Date: 20/10/2011
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I took delivery of the vehicle in June 2011 after a 6 month wait.

    Initially I was very happy with it, the build quality is normal BMW standard, the cabin is fine and it is very easy to drive. I live in the North-East of Scotland and the ride quality is perfect for the country roads I drive on. I've previously owned BMWs with the M-Sport suspension and the ride is too harsh for poorly maintained roads.

    After a few months of ownership though, I have discovered a major problem - fuel consumption. No matter how I drive it, or indeed where I drive it, the fuel consumption falls well below the figures quoted by BMW. The best I have acheived is 43.2mpg on a long motorway journey, with the norm being around 38mpg. In town, this falls even lower to around 34mpg. A major factor in choosing this car was the fuel consumption figures. Obviously BMW have over-stated the economy possible by this vehicle as I can see by doing some basic research that a lot of owners have the same problem.

    This has put me off recommending this vehicle to anyone else and I shall be looking to change marque when I come to replace it - which is now going to be sooner than I anticipated.

  • xDrive20d SE 5dr

    Steve Krawczyk , Derbyshire . Date: 01/05/2011
    • 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
      36

    My car

    My X3 was finally delivered on April 15th - 3 months later than anticipated when ordered in November. Main options were the auto transmission, dynamic package, heated front seats and a few other bits and bobs. Build quality and finish seem much better than on the previous model there's plenty of standard kit. I traded in a 120D and found it remarkably easy to move to this much larger beast, such is the ease of driving this car and the excellent all round visibility helped by the large door mirrors.The engine is as quiet and BMW's other diesel offerings and performance is strong and lively. The car handles remarkably nimbly for such a large tall vehicle and the grip on winding roads is reassuring. It drives much more like a car than the Freelander I drove recently. The steering feels almost too light at times though I suspect this is something I will get used to. There is plenty of storage space in the cabin with large door bins though the centre console storage is rendered almost unusable to due the location of one of the two 12v power sockets. The boot space with rear seats in place is adequate rather than generous though there is plenty of concealed under-floor storage for more valuable items. Fuel economy following around 500 miles of mixed driving conditions is currently around 36mpg which is far short of the claimed figures and I hope this improves as the car is 'run in'. All in all I am very pleased with the car and would recommend the X3 to anyone considering a 4x4.

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