2017 BMW X3 xDrive30d review - verdict

If you prefer your diesel large SUV with six cylinders, we've driven the BMW X3 30d on UK roads for the first time. Should you buy one before an equivalent Audi Q5 or Mercedes GLC?...

2017 BMW X3 xDrive30d review - verdict

First of all, we can't see the need to go for an X3 in M Sport trim; entry-level SE gets a very high level of equipment for conisderably less outlay. At this lower level, a 30d X3 costs £44,380, which is almost exactly the same price as the cheapest six-cylinder diesel Mercedes-Benz GLC but a little cheaper than the equivalent Audi Q5. However, for company car drivers, the BMW emits less CO2 than either rival.

But, ultimately, unless the extra performance is a must, we'd still recommend BMW's four-cylinder 20d diesel first. It's cheaper to buy, emits less CO2 and is nearly as smooth, while none of the X3's agility is lost in the process.

What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5

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BMW X3 xDrive30d M Sport

Price £47,180 Engine 6cyl, 2993cc, diesel Power 261bhp at 4000rpm Torque 457lb ft at 2000rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic 0-62mph 5.8sec Top speed 149mph Official economy 48.7mpg CO2, tax band 153g/km, 32%