BMW X3 xDrive20d MHT SE 5dr Step Auto Review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
diesel
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
5 doors
Available colours:
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RRP £42,415What Car? Target Price£38,650
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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Entry-level trim is packed with kit, including luxuries including LED headlights, automatic lights and wipers, interior ambient lighting, 18in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, a powered tailgate, cruise control and heated leather seats and an 8.8in infotainment screen with sat-nav and Apple CarPlay. There’s no need to spend any extra, apart from adding adjustable lumbar support to the front seats.

Our pick of the X3’s engine lineup is this 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel. It offers strong performance (0-62mph takes 7.9sec) whether you’re negotiating suburbia or the M1. In fact, it’s way punchier than the rather lacklustre Land Rover Discovery Sport D180 and will just about see off the impressive Audi Q5 45 TDI in a drag race. Mild hybrid 48v assistance helps deliver good fuel consumption if driven sensibly, and it's RDE2 compliant so there's no diesel surcharge on your company car tax.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH7.9 seconds
Fuel TypeDiesel
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

47.9

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

550

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

154

g/km

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