Used BMW X3 4x4 2010-2018 review

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(2010 - 2018)
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What used BMW X3 4x4 will I get for my budget?

As a BMW, it’s perhaps not surprising that the X3 holds onto its value better than most SUVs. For example, an early 20d with more than 120,000 miles on the clock will still command £7000 on the used market.

Increasing your budget to between £8000 and £10,000 will grant you access to a 20d that has covered just under 100,000 miles or a rear-wheel-drive (sDrive) 18d from 2013.

For a six-cylinder X3, expect to pay at least £8000 for a car with a six-figure mileage.

Facelifted X3s from 2014 onwards cost from £14,000 for a 60,000-mile example.

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How much does it cost to run a BMW X3 4x4?

For the lowest running costs, you’ll need an 18d in rear-wheel-drive (sDrive) form and a manual gearbox. This combination managed 56.5mpg and 135g/km of CO2 in official NEDC fuel economy tests and should return close to 50mpg in normal driving. Adding an automatic gearbox will cost you another five or so mpg and increase your CO2 emissions to 142g/km.

Go for a 20d with four-wheel drive (xDrive) and an automatic gearbox (as most do) and you should average 38-40mpg, but your annual road tax bill will depend heavily upon whether you go for a pre or post-facelift car, because the emissions differ considerably between the two: 178g/km for the former and 147g/km for the latter. 

The six-cylinder 30d and 35d models will average between 30-35mpg, but emissions differ between the two because the earlier 30d is 206g/km, while newer 35d versions are better at 162g/km and then 157g/km for the revised version. 

All X3s registered after 1 April 2017 will pay a flat rate of £145. Find out the latest about road tax costs by reading our guide here.

If you’re looking at an X3 that’s less than five years old, it might still be covered under an original BMW servicing agreement. Failing that, you’re looking at about £150 at a BMW main dealer for a minor service or £350 for a major one. The servicing schedule itself is variable, but reckon on the car telling you it’s ready for attention at least every two years or 18,000 miles.

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