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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.
  • 2.5i SE 5dr

    Rod Gronow , Denbighshire WALES . Date: 17/03/2007
    • 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

    I purchased a used 2 year old BMW X3 2.5 SE Tiptronic in November 2006. Working and travelling within a rural area, I have found my X3 to be a comfortable and practical vehicle. It came very well specified (loaded with +£6000 in extras when new) in light blue with cream heated memory seats and has put a smile on my face ever since I bought it! My only complaint is its inability to average more than 24mpg overall fuel consumption, but as I don't do a high milage that doesnt matter too much. An excellent choice for me.

  • 3.0d SE 5dr

    Samir Shah , Middlesex . Date: 03/03/2007
    • 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

    My car

    I recently purchased the 3.0sd twin-turbodiesel (not the 3.0d - for some reason, What Car? does not list my model, the 3.0sd) with all the extras.

    The road holding of the car is very good - almost as good as my previous 3 Series. The engine is extremely powerful (286bhp, 580Nm torque) and provides all the necessary power to overtake.

    The six-speed automatic (standard specification) makes the car frugal as well. It is also very spacious and has a very large boot.

    The only down point is that it needed to have the passenger wing mirror replaced under warranty for sticking when the car was in reverse. Otherwise there have been no problems - it is an excellent car and very enjoyable to drive, with a soft rather than hard drive (avoid the sports suspension).

  • 2.0d Sport 5dr

    Nancy Taylor , Kent . Date: 12/02/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We leased this car on a 1 year deal and I can't wait for it to go back in March. Having driven a Freelander previously, I couldn't believe how hard the ride is, every man hole cover is like a bash on the spine! The equipment on the car is extremely basic for the price and I'm just thankful we didn't buy it! During the recent cold weather, the rear of the car totally lost grip whilst turning a corner and the back of the car narrowly missed a bollard so I can't really rate its road holding capabilities either. The only saving grace is that it's been reliable but shouldn't that be expected of a brand new car? I'm going back Land Rover and it can't come soon enough!

  • 2.0d Sport 5dr

    t b Date: 28/12/2006
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Thankfully, we have today seen the last of our 2005 2.0d unloved sport - it was bought for my wife ten months ago.

    Ok, it looks good, but that’s it. Ours had the M sport body kit, which together with the sport seat’s raised edges, high floor pan and low headroom, made entry a painful contortion. My wife’s heels rarely touched the carpet, causing her hip and thigh pain.

    Inside is tacky plastic, and acres of it, the ‘sensatec’ (acts like Velcro!) imitation leather of our vehicle sticking the occupants in place like superglue.

    Do not try to pull away quickly in this car - the engine will almost certainly stall! Yes, I know it’s a diesel, but I have had many diesel cars, non of them suffering this problem.

    Intuition? Forget it; each time you need to operate the satellite-navigation or computer, you really do need to stop the car! The menu system on this vehicle to access this is a tribute of non-compliance to rational thought and illustrates brilliantly how BMW has let technopohbia triumph over common sense. Driver aids should aid! The manual gearbox feels as though it's from a tractor, with reverse especially requiring a lumberjack’s arm for the gear lever to engage (that’s if you can depress the clutch), and the foot pedals skew over to the right causing the left foot to foul the footrest. Power steering? Try to park this car! Reliability has been good in 4000 miles, but the car has returned only 33mpg.

    If you do consider this car please take an extended tes

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