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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 Sport 5dr

    jim henderson , rosshire . Date: 26/03/2005
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've had the X3 for four months now coming up to 5000 miles on the clock. Both myself and my wife really enjoy driving this as our previous car had sport suspension and we don't find the ride on X3 bad at all.

    I read reports in other mags about not liking the steering but we find this to be better than our last BMW. The only thing we could find fault with is that the plastics could be of better quality and there could be lights on the doors when they open.

  • 2.0d Sport 5dr

    John Roberts Date: 16/03/2005
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Smooth executive feel drive. Plenty of head room and room for the unending quantity of children's bric a brac that one carries around. Frugal on the fuel and nippy on the pull. New, modern, stylish design.

  • 2.0d SE 5dr

    Kris Verleye Date: 05/03/2005
    • 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

    My car

    I have had my X3 2.0d since the end of January 2005 and after 6000km I am extremely happy with it.

    It is fun to drive, extremely surefooted in the wintery conditions we have had for the last two weeks and also very frugal (7.1 l/100 km average - giving a touring range of about 900km). Standard 17-inch wheels seemed to be the best choice for comfort.

    Fit and finish is ok (but not up to the standards of my previous BMWs). The look and feel of the materials used could be better. The optional sunroof and leather do wonders to lift the look of the cabin, however.

    All in all the best car I have ever had.

  • 2.5i Sport 5dr

    Barry Hodges , Essex . Date: 25/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 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

    Outstanding handling although the criticisms about an over-firm ride are valid. Build-quality issues? Not on the car I bought, although I have had several BMWs over the last 10 years and think generally the build quality is not as good as it was.

    The 6 cycl petrol may be thirstier than I am but it's a superb engine - I also have a 320d Touring, which, as much as I love it, now feels like a tractor by comparison. The level of discount I was able to get on this car versus the 2.0d diesel was staggering and should offset the higher running costs - I'm not sure where BMW gets its official mpg from but the car is not hitting their numbers and tops out at about 28mpg on motorways.

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