Used BMW X3 2018 - present review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Our recommendations

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Our recommendations

Which used BMW X3 4x4 should I buy?

Engine

Of the numerous engines available it’s the 20d that we would recommend, for its smooth power delivery, strong torque and good fuel economy. The other engines in the range tend to be quite expensive to buy and aren’t as readily available. However, if you only do short journeys, the 20i petrol might be better to avoid diesel particulate filter (DPF) clogging issues.

Specification

Our favourite specification is SE, because it gives you all the equipment you really need. The next model up, xLine, is more of an appearance package and doesn’t offer any meaningful extras for the money, while M Sport has firmer suspension as standard and really needs adaptive dampers to soften the ride on badly maintained roads, and not all examples will have this essential extra fitted.

Our favourite BMW X3: xDrive20d SE

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