The BMW X3 is the company’s humble middle child of the X-series. The X3 is a mid-size SUV and offered in three trims to buyers.
The BMW X3 operates on a 4-cylinder diesel engine with 6-speed manual transmission, offering both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. BMW lists acceleration times at 6.4 seconds 0-62 in the 35d to 10.3 seconds 0-62 in the 18d, with a top speed of 121-128mph.
Fuel economy and environmental impact are decent for the X3. It is constructed with lightweight materials which can improve fuel economy. Fuel consumption averages 43mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 165g/km, securing the BMW X3 nicely into our going-green society.
Interior comfort in this series is good for driver and all passengers, although the transmission tunnel running through the X3’s spine may make the centre rear-seat passenger’s journey a bit unpleasant. The driver’s seat sits higher in the X3 than in the X1 and offers a wide range of adjustments, enabling any size driver to comfortably cruise the roads. Boot space is huge, rivaling the larger X5’s boot but in a more compact model.
Drivers of the used BMW X3 will find the rides to be smooth with a bit of stiffness in the handling. The all-wheel drive has a steadfast grip on the road, providing the driver with a sound ride in inclement weather or off-roading. Tyre and wind noise is at a minimum even in all-wheel drive mode allowing for a relaxing voyage in the cabin by one’s self or with car mates.
Standard safety features for the BMW X3 include six airbags, traction control, ABS, front and rear anti-roll bars, tyre puncture warning system, crash-sensor activations, and child-locking system, to name a few. A first-aid kit and warning triangle are staples of BMW safety and are included in all new vehicles. Receiving a 4 out of 5-star adult passenger and child safety rating in crash tests by the Euro NCAP should give buyers peace of mind when investing in and driving their new BMW X3.