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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.
  • 3.0i Sport 5dr

    ian mercer Date: 04/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Generally very pleased. I don't think there are any quality issues. Yes it is heavy on the juice, but you don't buy a car like this for fuel consumption alone.

    It is not much smaller than an X5, so therefore I saved about ten grand for the same spec car but also got a £6,500 discount. I like the car that much I hope to trade in for a 3.0 diesel when this goes on sale.

    We also have a Mercedes E-class 320 CDi estate (54 plate) so I have general idea of quality and see no fault with the so called quality issues this car is supposed to have.

    Also the BMW dealer I found to be able to meet my high standards of customer care.

    Finally yes the drive is a little harsh, but you get used to it, and the overall driving experience compensates for this (you very seldom get your cake and eat it).

  • 2.0d SE 5dr

    noel coloe Date: 01/02/2005
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    After driving a 330D you need to get used to the fact that it chugs like a taxi when you start it up in the cold.

    However, once you get going it runs very smoothly, if a little bit firmly, and accelerates smoothly and well when required.

    The interior is fine I think, solid, pretty good quality (I chose leather seats) - it is to an X5 what and 3-series is to a 5-series - and there is loads of room. It's doing about 36mpg (after about 1500 miles) driving motorways and traffic (50/50).

    All in all I am happy with my investment and the only thing that I would consider swapping for at this stage would maybe be the X3 3.0D next year.

  • 2.0d SE 5dr

    Saurabh Misra Date: 12/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 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

    Test drove this car a few days back and then the decision to buy it was no-brainer. It runs like dream, and the fuel-efficient diesel engine produces enough torque to give the car a good zip even in the higher gears. The interior is typically ergonomic, just like other BMWs. Handling is excellent.

  • 3.0i Sport 5dr

    john barnes Date: 05/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    In July 2004 I took delivery. The delivery was a little rushed and the coffee poor. My third in three years from the dealership and it never gets any better! But the car! I drove away and immediatley drove to central Germany. Fantastic!

    Yes the ride was a touch hard, yes the interior feels a touch tacky but a great drive. Seven months on, without doubt this is the best car I have ever owned.

    Last week I drove back from Austria after a week's skiing. The car drove like a dream, seven months on the suspension appears to have softened, the interior is as good as new and people still look. As for the auto box a dream on the autobahn there is nothing better than switching to sports mode and accelerating away from Mercs.

    Would I recommend the car? No doubt, in fact I will replace this one in July with another, this time the oil burner.

BMW X3 4x4

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