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  • BMW X3 2022 front cornering
  • BMW X3 2022 rear cornering
  • BMW X3 2022 interior dashboard
  • BMW X3 2022 interior rear seats
  • BMW X3 2022 interior infotainment
  • BMW X3 2022 right tracking
  • BMW X3 2022 rear cornering
  • BMW X3 2022 front left tracking
  • BMW X3 2022 left static boot open
  • BMW X3 2022 headlights detail
  • BMW X3 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • BMW X3 2022 interior front seats
  • BMW X3 2022 interior steering wheel detail
  • BMW X3 2022 interior detail
  • BMW X3 2022 boot open
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

Our pick of the BMW X3’s engine line-up is the 187bhp mild-hybrid 2.0-litre diesel, which is badged as the 20d. It offers strong performance, whether you’re negotiating suburbia or the M1, with 0-62mph arriving in just 7.9sec. In fact, it’s way punchier than the rather lacklustre Land Rover Discovery Sport D180 and will just about see off the impressive Audi Q5 45 TDI in a drag race. The 282bhp 3.0-litre straight-six diesel model (30d) is faster still, and its extra power makes it an even more relaxing car to cover ground in.

Petrol power starts with the 2.0-litre 184bhp unit, called the 20i. We’ve yet to try it, but on paper it offers pace that’s similar to the Discovery Sport P200, although it won’t quite match the Q5 45 TFSI.

M Sport versions, including the xDrive30e, offer adaptive suspension as an option. That lets you choose between different settings, from softer Comfort through to a firmer Sport Plus mode. It delivers the best ride comfort on the X3, but is expensive because it comes as part of the M Sport Plus Pack. 

The M40i and M40d models have their own sports suspension set-up, with a version of the adaptive suspension system as an option. Both are lower and stiffer again, but the adaptive set-up has enough adjustment to make it work well on all but the roughest roads.

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Handling

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