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Used BMW X3 (04 - 11) review

(2004 - 2011)
BMW X3 (04 - 11)
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What alternatives should I consider to a used BMW X3 4x4?

When it was launched, the BMW X3 was almost in a class of its own, but there are now many rivals to choose from. The Volkswagen Tiguan offers similar space inside, albeit a smaller boot, but has a higher quality interior that’s more durable than the X3’s.

The Land Rover Freelander 2 was significantly better built than the first generation car but like the X3 it can be dogged with interior build quality issues. It rides far more comfortably, though, and its exterior design has aged better than the X3’s.

The Hyundai Santa Fe may not have the premium badge of the BMW, VW or Land Rover but in second-generation form it’s a fine car, well made and reliable, and with the bonus of seven seats and a five-year warranty.

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What alternatives should I consider to a used BMW X3 4x4?

 

BMW X3 (04 - 11)
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Verdict

The X3 is a roomy 4x4 with an excellent blend of performance and driver appeal, but is hampered by a poor ride and build quality concerns

  • Handling and road holding
  • Powerful engines
  • Roomy inside
  • Diesel reliability concerns
  • Poor ride
  • Gawky styling