What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For It's one of the sharpest 4x4s to drive, as well as spacious and well equipped

Against Even cars with the standard suspension ride too firmly, and quality could be better

Verdict You'll find the X3 has great handling, but it's compromised by the ride. It's dear to buy, too

Go for… 2.0d SE

Avoid… 2.0i

BMW X3 4x4
  • 1. Diesel values in particular are on the increase
  • 2. The handling is so crisp you forget it’s a 4x4
  • 3. All models are well equipped, but it’s worth seeking out an SE
  • 4. Ride quality is too poor for many buyers, and even worse on Sport models
  • 5. The quality of materials inside the cabin is uncharacteristically poor for BMW
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