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BMW X3 review

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23 Aug 2016 12:40 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:26

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It’s almost a given that you’ll have come across a BMW X3 on your travels. Indeed, worldwide, BMW has managed to shift some 1.5 million of the first and second generations of its large SUV, and a good chunk of those have found their way onto UK driveways.

Now into its third iteration, the X3 is lighter, more efficient and armed with the latest gadgets to amuse and schmooze. And, being a BMW, you’d expect it to handle well. But does it?

Keep on reading and we’ll let you know the answer to that, as well as whether you should be buying an X3 or one of its competitors instead, including the Audi Q5 and Land Rover Discovery Sport.

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There are 5 trims available for the X3 4x4. Click to see details.See all versions
Adds larger wheels, a sports steering wheel and various visual upgrades. Unless you’re particularly bothered about the ritzier looks, xLine isn’t worth the extra over SE...View trim
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M Sport
This top-of-the-range trim adds larger wheels and a more aggressive-looking bodykit. Sadly, you also get overly stiff sports suspension, although you can opt out of this for no extra charge. The ch...View trim
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Entry-level trim comes with luxuries such as climate control, a powered tailgate, sat-nav, cruise control and heated leather seats, so there’s no need to spend any extra...View trim
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The M40i, with its raucous straight-six engine, stands on its own with 20in wheels, an optional bespoke suspension set-up and a hefty price tag...View trim
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