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It’s almost a given that you’ll have come across a BMW X3 on your travels. Indeed, BMW has managed to shift some 1.5 million examples of this large SUV worldwide since the original model’s introduction in 2003, and a good chunk of those have found their way onto driveways in the UK.
Of course, with burgeoning SUV sales and some tough competition in the recently released second-generation Audi Q5 and the established Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW has been busy preparing this third-generation X3 pictures to keep pace with the class best.
This latest X3 has had a new 2.0-litre petrol engine added to its range and has lost weight in pursuit of better efficiency and sharper handling. There’s also more distance between its axles, making it roomier inside, plus upgraded interior quality, more standard equipment, up-to-the-minute safety tech and BMW’s latest iDrive infotainment system.
Read our full review to see whether all these changes have taken the X3 to the top of its class.