BMW dynamics, plus new design - equals ultra-desirable sports SUV


The BMW X3 wasn’t the first luxury mid-size SUV, but its combination of versatile space and BMW dynamics has made it one of the most popular. The all-new BMW X3 aims to renew a winning formula with an all-new platform, new styling and the latest in-car technology. ​

BMW X Series Range


BMW design is evolutionary so even without sight of the famous blue and white propeller badge you’ll always know you’re looking at a Bavarian-bred premium SUV. But look closely and you’ll see it’s quite a step forward from the last model. The grille is larger, there’s a long, sharply-styled bonnet and the sides taper outwards around the rear wheels, with a more curvaceous rear-end treatment than the model it replaces. Inside it’s roomier and both the design and the quality of materials used are a major step forward. 


If you like to give sports-car owners a surprise, the model to opt for is the seriously fast X3 M40i. It’s powered by a 335bhp 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six petrol engine and is capable of 0-62mph in just 4.8 seconds. Almost as fast and just as relaxed at a canter is the 335bhp 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six diesel engine in the 30d. There’s also a respectably quick and fuel-efficient petrol 2.0i as well as the model that most owners will probably choose, the refined and torquey 2.0d diesel. This delivers 0-62mph in a brisk 8.0 seconds while achieving 54.3 combined mpg with 138g/km CO2. All models put their power to the tarmac via an eight-speed auto and all-wheel drive xDrive system. 


The X3 comes with an impressive suite of safety features, including front, side and even overhead airbags to protect you should the worst happen. To prevent that happening Dynamic Safety warns the driver if it detects signs of tiredness. Choose Driving Assistant Plus, and the Steering and Lane Control assistant keeps the X3 in the centre of its lane. If an accident is about to happen, front safety belts are pre-tensioned, electric seats (if fitted) are returned to upright positions and sliding roof closed. After an accident occurs, the brakes are automatically applied until the car reaches a standstill.


There are three trim levels, SE, xLine and M Sport, but all benefit from a lavish specification. This includes LED headlights, leather seats, heated front seats, 18-inch alloys, three-zone air conditioning and ambient lighting with six colours. A 6.5-inch 6.5in touchscreen that can also be controlled via a rotary dial between the front seats comes as standard, while the optional Professional iDrive system features a wider 10.25in screen. The X3 is also inching closer to autonomous driving capability; the optional Driving Assistant Plus allows for up to 30 seconds of automated driving in certain situations, such as traffic jams, slow-moving traffic or on long journeys.

​BMW X3 Technical data (X3 xDrive20d M Sport)

Vehicle length 4,657-4,716 mm
Vehicle width 1,881-1,897 mm
Vehicle height 1,676-1,678 mm
Wheelbase 2810 mm / 110.67 in
Unladen weight (DIN) 1825 kg
Engine Cylinders 4
Engine Capacity 1995 cc
Max Torque 400 nm @ 1750-2500 rpm
Max Power 140 kW @4000 rpm 
Top Speed 132 mph
Acceleration 0-62 mph / 8.0 sec
Combined cycle 56.4 mpg
Urban Cycle 52.3 mpg
CO2 132g/km 

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