BMW X3

4/5
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Verdict

2010 saw the introduction of the second generation of the BMW X3. With its introduction we saw a much better machine in comparison with the model before it. Everything from looks to performance improved. Some will be surprised to read that the current generation X3 is almost as large as the first generation of the X5. The X3 is a comfortable, spacious and capable machine that might even be one of the best in its class. In 2015 the X3 received a subtle update.

Performance

The X3 range is made up of a selection of 2.0 litre and 3.0 litre engines. The 2.0 litre four-cylinder engines offer maximum power outputs of 150 bhp (X3 sDrive 18d) and 190 bhp (xDrive20d SE/xLine/M Sport). The 3.0 litre six cylinder engines offer 258 bhp (xDrive30d) and 313 bhp (xDrive35d M Sport). This is one of the few BMW cars that does not have a petrol option available in Ireland – which means that potential buyers should ensure that they do adequate mileage to own a diesel.

Ride & Handling

This car handles excellently, in fact we would say that it is on par with a normal saloon vehicle. If you opt for four-wheel drive you will find that xDrive offers an excellent amount of traction as well as grip. That four-wheel drive however won’t bring you over the roughest of terrains, but it certainly won’t leave you stranded on snowy or icy days.

Refinement

At higher revs the engines can create a bit of noise, which is a bit of a common thread among BMW diesels. With that said though, they all level out at cruising speeds. The automatic transmission is definitely the better option, but choosing this will increase the overall cost of the vehicle.

Quality & Reliability

During 2015 BMW added some reshaped bumpers to the exterior as well as LED indicators. The vehicle now has a slightly more aggressive look – but the update was by no means extensive. As per usual, the interior material quality is excellent but somehow it is lacking in excitement. It’s a bit like the interior of the Audi Q5 – in that we all know it’s made of the good stuff, but it could do with being a bit more enticing.

Safety & Security

The X3 received a full five stars in the Euro NCAP safety test. As standard there are many safety and driver aids. Owners will receive adaptive headlights that illuminate the sides of a road while turning or on a bend. Purchasers will also get Park Distance Control to the front and rear. Tyre pressure monitoring systems are also available. Other safety items can be purchased at a high enough price though. These options include; run-flat tyres, headlight wash, lane change warning system and Xenon headlights. You will also find the X3 kitted out with side, front and curtain airbags.

Space & Practicality

The interior of the X3 is roomy. There is plenty of room for two adults in the rear, and head room is certainly not an issue. Unfortunately the tunnel in the centre of the rear does make the seating slightly uncomfortable if you are trying to fit a third adult in there. The boot is practical offering 550 litres. With the back seats down this stretches to an impressive 1,600 litres.

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Key Facts

New Price
€46,850
Make

BMW

Model
X3
Variant
X3 LCI sDrive18d SE
First year of model production
2014
Engine (L)
2.0
Transmission
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
SUV

Running Costs

Tax
€270
Tax Band
B1
Average Cost Per 200KM
€11.95
Cost of filling a tank
€81.67
Average L/100km
4.9
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
67
Fuel Tank Range (km)
1367
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
129
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Brake Horsepower
150
Top Speed
195 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
9.5
Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, longitudinal
Number of Valves
4
Aspiration
Turbo
Torque
360

Space & Practicality

Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
550
Automatic Parking
Available as optional extra
Bluetooth
Yes
Cruise Control
Yes
Folding Rear Seats
Yes
Front Cup Holders
Yes
High Adjustable Seats
Yes
Parking Sensors
Available as optional extra
Power Steering
Yes
Rear Cup Holders
Available as optional extra
Reversing Camera
Available as optional extra
USB Connectivity
Yes
Kerb weight
1660
Tyre Size Front
225/60 R17
Tyre Size Back
225/60 R17
Wheel Base
2810

Warranty

Warranty All Components
2 Year warranty
Warranty Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
2 Year warranty
Warranty Car Body
12 Year bodywork warranty
Warranty Paintwork
3 Year paint warranty
Warranty Mileage
No distance limit

Safety

Isofix
Yes
Euro NCAP Star Rating
5
Hill Hold Assist System
Yes

What Experts Say

Auto Express
The BMW X3 is a capable SUV with a roomy interior, although it's showing its age
Top Gear
The latest X3 offers a much improved cabin and driving experience.
What Car
The BMW X3 marks the midpoint in the German firm's SUV range, sitting between the entry-level X1 and large X5 both in terms of size and price.

Security

Air Conditioning
Yes

Dimensions

Boot capacity
550 L
Wheels
Rear wheel drive
Tyre size front
225/60 R17 mm
Tyre size back
225/60 R17 mm
Rim size
7.5J x 17 mm
Length
4657 mm
Width
1881 mm
Height
1661 mm
Wheel Base
2810 mm
Front Track (mm)
1661 mm
Rear Track (mm)
1632 mm
Kerb weight
1660 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
2300 KG
Turning circle (m)
11.9 m

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, longitudinal
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Suspension
Independent, spring
Rear Suspension
Multi-link independent
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Ventilated discs
Steering
Steering rack
Power
150 bhp