What's the used BMW X3 4x4 like?
BMW launched its first 4x4, the X5, to almost universal acclaim in 1999, so when a smaller X3 version was announced it was expected to be as accomplished as its bigger brother. In some respects it was, as it offers the same car-like handling and road holding as the X5. But in other areas it falls short.
While the X3 can boast exceptional driver appeal for a 4x4, it does suffer from an overly firm ride, and if larger wheels and sportier suspension are fitted it can be unacceptable on a family car. As such, we’d advise avoiding Sport and M Sport models, which come with these fitted as standard.