BMW X3 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

BMW X3 2021 infotainment
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  • BMW X3 2021 front cornering
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  • BMW X3 2021 M40i Interior
  • BMW X3 2021 M40i rear seats
  • BMW X3 2021 infotainment
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  • BMW X3 2021 front right studio
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  • BMW X3 2021 boot open
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

When it comes to buying an X3 with cash, there’s little to separate it on price from its main rivals. Generous discounts are available from dealers, as well as through our hassle-free New Car Buying service. However, the X3 is predicted to depreciate quite a bit more after three years (as a percentage of its list price) than an Audi Q5, Land Rover Discovery Sport or Porsche Macan. PCP deals are relatively pricey as a result, at least among its premium peers, with higher like-for-like monthly payments than the equivalent Q5. 

The xDrive30e plug-in hybrid is the obvious choice for company car buyers, with by far the lowest CO2 emissions in the lineup and a generous company car tax break. If you can keep its battery topped up and run on electric power alone most of the time, you won’t pay much in fuel costs, either. Our pick – the 20d with 48v mild hybrid assistance – still makes sense if you're a higher-mileage driver because its near-50mpg WLTP average economy will trounce the xDrive30e's when its battery has run out. Across the X3’s engine lineup the official fuel economy figures are impressive compared with many of its rivals.

If you go for xLine trim you get 19in wheels, silver side sills, LED front foglights, sports seats and more off-road orientated exterior styling but, unless you’ve a particular desire to upgrade the X3's looks, it isn’t worth the extra money. 

M Sport is the next step on the ladder, and offers an even sportier appearance as well as the larger infotainment screen and digital driver display we mentioned earlier. Range-topping M40i and M40d, meanwhile, feature even bigger 20in wheels and upgraded brakes among their upgrades.

BMW X3 2021 infotainment

Reliability

Overview

The X3 offers a superb driving experience with a deeply impressive lineup of engines, as well as a spacious and high-quality interior. That all adds up to make it one of the very best large SUVs to buy, but it’s still worth checking out the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60 as highly capable alternatives.

  • Sharp handling
  • Class-leading infotainment
  • Strong engines
  • Slightly firm ride in M Sport trim
  • Popular 20d engine sounds relatively gruff
  • Comparatively pricey PCP finance