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Used BMW X3 4x4 (11 - 17) review

(2011 - 2017)
BMW X3 4x4 (11 - 17)
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What alternatives should I consider to a used BMW X3 4x4?

The BMW X3 has been at the top of its class for a long time, but the Volvo XC60 gives it a run for its money in terms of ride comfort, space and interior quality, even if it’s ultimately not as satisfying to drive.

The Land Rover Freelander is a more capable off-roader and also pretty spacious, while the Range Rover Evoque ups the cool factor and is decent to drive, albeit much smaller than the BMW.

The Audi Q5 is another close rival for the X3 but again lacks its dynamic polish. Finally, if you need seven seats the more recent and brilliantly packaged Land Rover Discovery Sport is well worth considering.

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Verdict

The second generation of BMW X3 put right all the wrongs of its predecessor – and then some

  • Spacious
  • Fun to drive
  • Relatively cheap to run
  • Expensive to buy
  • No seven-seat option
  • Hard ride on M Sport versions