BMW X3 4x4 running costs
When it comes to buying an X3 with cash, there’s little to separate it on price from its main rivals. Generous dealer discounts are available. However, the X3 is predicted to depreciate quicker than an Audi Q5 or Land Rover Discovery Sport.
PCP deals are relatively pricey, with much higher like-for-like monthly payments than that for a Q5. On the plus side, the 20d model makes sense as a company car, with similar CO2 emissions to the best rivals in the class, resulting in sensible benefit-in-kind tax payments.
We don't yet have a True MPG fuel economy figure but BMW claims an average 54.3mpg for the popular 20d version. This is very similar to the claimed figures for equivalent engines in the Q5 and Discovery Sport.
BMW X3 4x4 equipment
You don’t need to spend more on the higher trims levels, because entry-level SE comes stacked with all the equipment you'd need. Heated leather seats, an electronic automatic tailgate, climate and cruise control, a DAB radio, sat-nav, Bluetooth, automatic headlights and wipers and alloy wheels are all standard.
XLine trim then adds larger wheels, a sports steering wheel and various visual upgrades. Unless you’re particularly bothered about the car's looks, it isn’t worth the extra money.
M Sport is above that and – you guessed it – you get larger wheels and an even sportier appearance. Sadly, you also get overly stiff sports suspension, although you can opt out of this for no extra charge. The range-topping M40i, meanwhile, gets the option of even bigger wheels, a fully digital driver display and upgraded brakes among the highlights. It gets M Sport suspension as standard, but for a little extra you can have the excellent adaptive M suspension.
BMW X3 4x4 reliability
In our most recent survey, BMW rated average for reliability, finishing 17th out of 32 manufacturers. Audi finished a little higher, although Land Rover, Volvo and Jaguar came in considerably lower down the pecking order.
Every X3 comes with a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty to protect against large and unexpected bills. This also includes a three-year paintwork warranty and a 12-year anti-corrosion promise.
BMW X3 4x4 safety and security
All X3s come with stability control, six airbags and a tyre pressure monitor as standard. Euro NCAP awarded the X3 five stars in its crash tests, where it scored similarly well compared with its rivals across the individual categories.
Of course, being a premium car, you would expect many of the latest safety aids to be available. Well, you get automatic emergency braking as standard, while blindspot monitoring, lane assist, rear cross traffic alert and traffic sign recognition are among some of the useful options.
Security firm Thatcham Research has carried out tests on the X3’s resistance to theft. It scored very highly, achieving above-average marks for guarding against being stolen or broken into.
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