BMW X3 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Introduction

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  • BMW X3 2021 front cornering
  • BMW X3 2021 M40i rear tracking
  • BMW X3 2021 M40i Interior
  • BMW X3 2021 M40i rear seats
  • BMW X3 2021 infotainment
  • BMW X3 2021
  • BMW X3 2021 front right studio
  • BMW X3 2021 rear left studio
  • BMW X3 2021 left studio
  • BMW X3 2021 boot open
  • BMW X3 2021 boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

Would you believe it? Such is the trend of modern cars to grow and grow, that today’s BMW X3 is actually bigger than the original version of its big brother, the BMW X5.

But don’t worry, the comparisons between the current X3 and a car more than 20 years old stop there. This X3 is as bang up to date as the very best new large SUVs. It is available with all the latest gadgets to amuse, assist and inform, and there's a terrifically diverse range of power options for you to choose from. They include silky diesels, punchy turbocharged petrols, frugal plug-in hybrids, and there’s even a fully electric version called the iX3 (read our review of it here).

FAQs

  • Yes. Petrol versions of the BMW X3 came top in the large SUV section of our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey and diesels did well too, finishing fourth. BMW came 13th out of 30 car makers in the brands section of the survey. That was behind Lexus but ahead of Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes and Volvo. Read more here

  • You can’t buy the BMW X3 as a fully electric car but you can have it as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). The other petrol and diesel engines – including our favourite xDrive20d diesel – have mild-hybrid technology to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The PHEV xDrive30e is a good choice for company car drivers because of its low tax rate and can officially do up to 32 miles on electric power alone. Read more here

  • Our favourite BMW X3 is the xDrive20d in xLine trim. The 190bhp four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel engine has 48v mild-hybrid assistance and accelerates from 0.60mph in 7.9sec. It’s an efficient choice, with near-50mpg WLTP average fuel economy. Entry-level xLine trim is well-equipped, with LED headlights and rear lights, front and rear parking sensors, an automatic tailgate, sports seats, cruise control and other kit. Read more here

  • If you upgrade the BMW X3 from entry-level xLine to mid-level M Sport, the car gets a sportier look, with extra exterior trim and 19in M light alloy wheels. It also adds leather upholstery and an M-specific steering wheel. BMW offers option packs – including Visibility Pack and Technology – so you can tailor your car to your preferences. Read more here

  • Very good. The BMW X3 comes with a large infotainment touchscreen (12.3in) that you can control with the iDrive rotary dial controller between the front seats. We prefer it to touchscreen-only systems because it is much less distracting to use when you’re driving. You also get DAB radio, Bluetooth, built-in sat-nav and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring as standard. Read more here

  • It depends which engine you choose. Most versions of the BMW X3 have 550 litres of boot space – enough for eight carry-on suitcases. The PHEV model (xDrive30e) has a smaller, 450-litre boot because of the battery pack fitted below the floor. The X3’s rear seats can be folded down flat in three separate sections, split 40/20/40, so you can create a larger load bay. Read more here

At a glance
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Target Price from £44,382
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RRP price range £45,585 - £62,065
Number of trims (see all)4
Number of engines (see all)6
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)diesel, petrol, hybrid
MPG range across all versions 134.5 - 48.7
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3 years / No mileage cap
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £1,181 / £4,484
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £2,362 / £8,969
Available colours