Fantastic quality, great road handling, and very quiet cabin.
Plenty of immediate space and flexible with alteranative space in the boot.
Overall a great car.
Fantastic performance. To coin a phrase, it's a wild man on wheels.
It isn't too thirsty either, averaging about 26mpg, which for a 4x4 with near supercar performace ain't bad.
The only gripe, and it is a big gripe, is the rip-off phone system. I dunno how much I paid to have it fitted, but it's useless because the handsets on the list BMW provide are for phones out of the ark, so that was a complete waste.
I'm really ticked off about that, but all in all, it's a fabulous little performer.
My car is not listed yet - it's a 2.0d M Sport (177bhp) This is a reply to a review below (which is about if you need to use your mobile).
Yes, you're right about the bluetooth hands-free kit. If anyone is thinking of getting it, it's pants! I had it on my convertible - a little line on the radio comes up telling you if it is ringing. Also, when you ring out using the steering wheel it's to fiddly to scroll (you need to take your eyes off the road for too long!).
Get a Parrot colour screen - they are great and very easy to use. The rest of the extras are top drawer.
BMW X3s are cool - the best all-round town and country vehicle. 10/10.
I'm into my third month of ownership and all in all it's been pretty enjoyable.
The ride is definitely over firm but it does handle well- almost like a 3 Series with extra room and height. As I'm never likely to go "off road" this four-wheel drive is an ideal compromise.
Cabin quality etc is quality. I chose the cream leather option and against the black paintwork it looks great. I've got the business sat nav option but frankly its too much of a fiddle. Buy a Tom Tom instead! Wish I'd bought the electric seats package as well.
I've got the 3.0i petrol model and it really performs in terms of pull, acceleration and top speed. But it comes at a huge cost: petrol. In town where I do most of my driving I'm barely scraping 20mpg. On the motorway at 75mph with the cruise control you can manage 30mpg. The tank is not that big either so you need to fill up too often: on retrospect I wish I'd bought the 3.0 diesel.
Good car though: roomy and powerful yet not in an overbearing Range Rover way.
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