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).
There’s also a hardcore, performance-focused version, called the X3 M Competition. Read more on that car by clicking on the link, because here we’re focusing on the standard X3, and there’s lots to get through.
Now into its third iteration, the BMW X3 is lighter, more efficient, and being a BMW, you’d expect it to drive well. But can this chunky SUV maintain BMW’s tradition of handling that’s sharp and poised enough to please even the most enthusiastic drivers? And how does it compare with its impressive rivals?
There are many of those in this large SUV class: the plush and comfortable Audi Q5; the spacious and rugged Land Rover Discovery Sport; the sporty Porsche Macan and the elegant Volvo XC60. Where does the X3 fit in among all of those?
At a glance
|Number of trims||7 see more|
|Number of engines||7 see more|
|Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you?||electric, hybrid, diesel, petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||141.2 - 47.9|
|Avaliable doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / No mileage cap|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£118 / £4,079|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£235 / £8,158|
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