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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

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

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45 reader reviews for BMW X3 4x4.
  • 3.0d Sport 5dr

    Ed Pickard , Devon . Date: 14/02/2014
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      32

    My car

    If you're looking for a 4x4 - The X3 is a hidden gem.

    Like a lot of people we wanted an X5, then discovered the X5's low mpg (akin to any big 4x4), then the extraordinary cost of the X5 tyres (the worst of an big 4x4). And so started looking at the X3, it's only 2 inches shorter than the X5 and mpg is vastly better. Running costs much better. Cabin is bigger than our current BMW 320d, but not as big as an X5. We started considered the 2.0d and but saw 0-60 was much slower compared to our current '06 BMW 320d.

    So found and bought the hidden gem the X3 3.0d Sport As it's the same engine as X5, it is silky smooth and lovely to drive. The handling is pin sharp and much better than our 320d SE Touring. The ride is firmer then the SE, but no where near the bone shakers of 1 & 3 series M Sports I've driven. 0-60 is 7.7secs (Golf GTi territory) it's a pleasure on A roads and over takes anything with confidence.

    MPG: 36mpg is achievable with the Auto box. We're getting more around the 30mpg through the villages we live in. But on our average of 700 miles/month, it's only costing us £30/month extra in fuel compared to our 45mpg 320d. And much better than an X5 would be.

    Off road: it's been great in a wet field in January. The ABS stops the wheels from spinning and tearing up the grass and trickles over it without any mess or fuss, ground clearance isn't big so for sure it isn't a mud plugger, but fine to drive onto grass and not need pulling out like any 2wd.

  • 2.5i SE 5dr

    Andrew Clapp , Devon . Date: 27/11/2011
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      25

    My car

    When its good it very good, when its bad its a nightmare. In general its a superb Car plenty of room, good MPG, comfortable, solid and a total work horse. I have owned 2 of these cars and both have thrown up very expensive issues that seem to be design flaws. What makes it worse is us poor unsuspecting owners have to pick up the very large hard to swallow bills for errors at the BMW works. I have had the dreaded swirl flap issue which cost me around 2.5k (Full strip down, clean & rebuild by BMW dealer). The 'you must have approved tires fitted to prevent diff damage' line which cost another 1k. Then the diff starts to rubble and then die. All of the above was X3 number 1. X3 Number 2, Folding mirror and electric window failure, severe diff rumble and whine. Leaking door seals and swirls flap issues. My point is be careful when purchasing and try to buy from approved dealer with 12 months warranty so all issues are there's for that period. Miles don't seem to matter the diffs and swirl flaps can fail at any time. FSH a must and an inspection is advised prior to delivery and handing over any cash. Tires are very costly due to the approved tire requirement. Have the swirl flaps removed and blanked off to prevent failure.

  • 2.0d SE 5dr

    mat sofield , cheshire . Date: 28/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      30

    My car

    Bought a 3 year year old x3 diesel with 19,000 miles 4 months ago, overall we are very pleased with it mpg rarely moves from 30mpg not bad round town. The ride as mentioned is firmish but certainly not unpleasant, and it goes round corners like it's on rails (well for a 4x4). our car has senstatic upholstery which i wouldn't have again, other than that would highly recommend.MAT Sofield

  • 3.0d M Sport 5dr

    Roger Bird , Devon . Date: 08/01/2008
    • 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

    My car

    I purchased an ex demonstrator BMW directors X3 last year, and must say that it a fantastic car to drive. The twin turbo diesel engine is brilliant, with the torque being absolutely amazing. The suspension had been changed from sports setting to 'delete suspension' setting, and has improved the ride beyond recognition. I was told by my BMW dealer that they are doing this to all their cars, unless the customer wanted otherwise, so the hard ride mentioned by other drivers is obviously a problem which has been addressed. My X3 came with several extras, although with the 'M' version, you do get a lot for your money(you need to for the price!), and after owning a 3 series 330d saloon before, I must say that this is the best BMW I have owned. My son drives a 5 series, but if he can take mine instead, he will, so it must tell you something about this car. The higher driving position, fantastic engine and performance, as well as the improved road holding has given me a car which I shall not be changing for many years.

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