The BMW X3 xDrive20d M Sport is available on BMW Select Personal Contract Plan.
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.
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.
|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 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|
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