BMW X3 xDrive M40i 5dr Auto Review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP £56,520What Car? Target Price£52,450
Review

The X3 offers a superb driving experience with a deeply impressive lineup of engines, as well as a spacious and high-quality interior. That all adds up to make it one of the very best large SUVs to buy, but it’s still worth checking out the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60 as highly capable alternatives.

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Along with its high-performance engine, the M40i adds 20in wheels, upgraded brakes and an optional bespoke adaptive suspension set-up. Other highlights include electrically operated front seats with memory function and adaptive LED headlights.

The quickest engine in the standard X3’s lineup, this range-topping petrol M40i delivers truly breathtaking pace that sees it crack through 0-62mph in 4.8sec. That’s quicker than anything you’ll find in the Discovery Sport and Volvo XC60 lineup, and will also outgun the performance-focused Audi SQ5 and even the Porsche Macan S. It sounds better than the diesel M40d, but costs about the same to buy and will need a lot more trips to the filling station. The regular 30d is almost as quick in the real world and a lot more frugal.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH4.8 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

31.4

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

550

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

204

g/km

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