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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.
  • 2.0d SE 5dr

    Jeremy Lloyd Date: 20/08/2006
    • 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

    We've had this car for 18 months and travelled 14,000 miles in that time. Throughout it has been faultless and a joy to drive. It has proved to be highly economical - we typically get 38-42 mpg depending on mix of urban and inter-urban roads - and we only have to fill up every 550-600 miles. The car is deceptively spacious, easily accommodating our three kids and all our luggage for holidays.

    The engine is smooth and willing - albeit a little under-powered if you want to be boy racer - but has plenty of low end torque making urban driving much easier than my previous 4x4 which was a petrol CRV.

    The oft heard complaints in reviews - price, fuel consumption, quality of build and ride - are not borne out in practice. The 2.0d is reasonably priced with good residuals, fuel consumption is good, the fixtures and fittings are solid and have proved robust, while the ride is perhaps a little firm it is by no means uncomfortable and gives excellent road holding. You certainly don't feel like you are driving a 4x4.

    Overall an excellent purchase which we would repeat.

  • 2.0d SE 5dr

    matt Neville , surrey . Date: 13/08/2006
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Ive owned my X3 since March 2005, and have averaged 32mpg with most town use.

    I have covered 18,500 miles and have not had a service or any problems. The ride is good as I didn't opt for the big wheels. The 2.0d is not the fastest engine, but overall does cope well.

    My wife suffers from back problems and finds getting in and out very easy. I would have another, but would go for the 3.0d auto.

  • 3.0d M Sport 5dr

    Stephen Thompson , Brent . Date: 12/08/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this car for a year and am very happy with it. As a previous 5 Series driver, the X3 handles extremely well. The ride is firm, but never uncomfortable.

    The running costs are brilliant. The 3.0-litre diesel is exceptionally torquey and rather quiet. Servicing is quite good, too. My BMW dealership is very friendly and helpful. The fuel economy surprised me, as the car averaged 38-42mpg.

    The only downside of the car is the interior. Most equipment I had to pay extra for, and the fit and finish of everything is abysmal. In compensation, though, the X3 has a very spacious boot and comfy seats.

    Overall, I am extremely happy with my X3 and will carry on my passion for BMW cars.

  • 3.0d M Sport 5dr

    Lisa Cornwall , Cornwall . Date: 28/07/2006
    • 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 bought my X3 in April 2006 after having test driven every 4x4 known to man! One test drive from our local dealer was enough to convince my husband and I this was the car for us. Now, 7000 trouble-free miles later, it has proven to be a joy.

    Initial fears over the firmness of the ride were proved groundless, as the slight harshness is more than compensated by handling that surpasses our previous 3 Series. This proves a 4x4 can handle. Possibly the weight of the six-cylinder engine helps with this.

    And what an engine! It's smooth, quiet, torquey and with enough power for almost any eventuality, and all with the fuel comsumption in the low 30s. All diesels should be like this. The steptronic gearbox has proven faultless with sport mode really unleashing the full potential of this amazing powerplant.

    The cabin has proven to be hard-wearing with two children and dogs with everything well screwed together and rattle-free. Multiple power points are great, with gadget-mad kids and the stereo is powerful and easy to use. Legroom is exceptional and roof height more than enough.

    Externally, the car looks good from most angles, although possibly a little back-end heavy. Being the M Sport it has colour-coded bumpers, 18-inch alloys and different side skirts.

    Overall, I can't fault the car and take great pride in ownership. I would replace it with another without hesitation and I think that says a lot for the much-maligned BMW X3.

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