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3 out of 5 stars

For The BMW X3 is great to drive, has some off road ability and is spacious.

Against The X3 suffers from a firm ride, high running costs and lacklustre image.

Verdict A competent mid-sized 4x4, but it's not that exciting.

Go for… 2.0d SE

Avoid… 3.0i M Sport

BMW X3 4x4
  • 1. It’s a bit drab to look at, while the design of the cabin does nothing to inspire, either.
  • 2. As mid-sized 4x4s go, the X3 is certainly one of the best to drive with sharp handling, decent grip and little body roll.
  • 3. You shouldn’t look beyond the 2.0-litre diesel with 175bhp. It’s the best all-round buy, and will hold its value better than the rest.
  • 4. Electrical gremlins are not unknown, so check all the controls work.
  • 5. Check the wear of the brake discs and pads on used X3s, as they can wear faster than expected, as can the expensive tyres. Check across the face to ensure even wear.
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