BMW

BMW X3 DIESEL ESTATE xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto [Tech Pack]

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2154 g/km

The improved version of BMW's third generation X3 is a premium mid-sized SUV that's a smarter and more sophisticated choice than the car it replaces, stacking up impressively against prestigiously-badged alternatives from Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar and Volvo in this sector. Like its rivals, dynamically targeted almost exclusively towards on-road use, it's another example of just how car-like a model of this kind can be.

THREE MARKET ECONOMY

The third generation BMW X3 has been significantly improved. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at what's on offer.

Ten Second Review

The improved version of BMW's third generation X3 is a premium mid-sized SUV that's a smarter and more sophisticated choice than the car it replaces, stacking up impressively against prestigiously-badged alternatives from Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar and Volvo in this sector. Like its rivals, dynamically targeted almost exclusively towards on-road use, it's another example of just how car-like a model of this kind can be.

Background

You wouldn't would you? Dramatically change a car that's already a best seller. So the improved version of this third generation BMW X3, the Munich maker's entrant in the ever-growing premium mid-sized SUV segment, very much emphasises evolution over revolution when it comes to the alterations made. This 'G01'-series design was originally launched at the end of 2017, like its predecessor built at BMW's US plant in Spartenburg, South Carolina and styled by Australian Calvin Luk. With this revised model, cabin quality takes a big leap forward. And there's also a properly potent 'M Competition' petrol flagship variant for the first time equipped to take the fight to road-burning rivals like the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 4MATIC+. Which is just one of a wide range of powerplants for this model line that these days includes both PHEV and all-electric options.

Driving Experience

You might think that sandwiched between the X1 and the X5, the X3 wouldn't have to spread its talents too broadly, but such is the span of rivals of this size that this improved version of the third generation X3 needs now to cater for quite different customer expectations in the mid-sized luxury SUV segment. If those expectations extend towards a dynamic driving experience, then the X3 comes well prepared. With ideal 50:50 weight distribution, a finely honed chassis and standard xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive, linked to Dynamic Stability Control, this SUV proudly shows off the handling characteristics for which the Munich maker is renowned. As for engines, well as before, most buyers will choose a diesel, probably the 190hp 2.0-litre xDrive 20d variant. There's also a 286hp straight-six xDrive30d diesel derivative. BMW thinks that petrol power will get more of a take-up going forward, so is offering an entry-level xDrive 20i version with 184hp, plus there's a range-topping 360hp X3 M40i variant to take on rivals like Audi's SQ5. The Bavarians has also now added an even faster X3 M Competition six cylinder petrol high performance model to the line-up, with 510hp on tap. If you'd like your X3 electrified, there are two options. The xDrive30e variant is a Plug-in hybrid, with 252hp from a 2.0-litre petrol engine mated to a 12.0kWh lithium-ion battery and an all-electric driving range of up to 34 miles. The all-electric iX3 uses an 80kWh battery and offers a 285 mile driving range.

Design and Build

This updated version of the third generation model gains a smarter look, courtesy of a larger front kidney grille with a single-piece frame. It's flanked by now-flatter headlights that now have standard LED beams and there's a revised front bumper with vertical air intakes; and a re-styled lower apron. The rear tail lamps are revised too, now of the full-LED sort, sitting above flush-fitting tailpipe trims. With a drag coefficient of 0.29Cd, the X3 boasts the slipperiest silhouette in its segment. And a 'Digital Key' system's now optionally available so that if you wish, you can unlock or lock the car with your smartphone. Inside, the twin-screened 'BMW Live Cockpit Professional' set-up is now standard. That brings a 12.3-inch instrument binnacle display and the 'BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant', a voice control system responding to the command 'Hey BMW'. 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring is now (at last) standard. And the infotainment set-up now updates itself with 'over-the-air' upgrades, so you'll get into your X3 one morning and find it able to do something it couldn't do the day before. As before, there's just about room for three on the back seat, which features a reclining backrest. Out back, there's a 550-litre boot with conventionally-engined models, extendable to 1,600-litres with the 40:20:40-split backrest folded. The all-electric iX3 has a 510-litre boot; and the PHEV xDrive30e model's boot is 450-litres in size.

Market and Model

Pricing has risen a bit this time round, presumably to give the only slightly smaller BMW X1 SUV slightly more elbow room. The figures start at around £43,500 for the base xDrive20i and rise to just over £59,000 for the top variant in the mainstream range, the M40i model. The even faster X3 M Competition derivative costs a cool £85,000. As before, all variants come with xDrive 4WD and 8-speed auto transmission. If you want an electrified X3, the xDrive30e PHEV variant costs around £50,000; the all-electric iX3 costs from around £59,000. In basic specification, this revised X3 has a significantly improved range of standard equipment now that includes enhanced sports seats, with upholstery featuring smarter 'Sensatec' man made leather on base models. The X3 'M Sport' models feature Vernasca leather upholstery as standard. Automatic air conditioning with three-zone control is standard across the range, allowing separate temperature settings for the driver and front passenger as well as separate climate control at the rear. Whichever variant you select, it'll be easy to spend more than you budgeted or, thanks to a wider range of tempting options. Optional perforated leather climate seats will be popular, perhaps fitted out with active seat ventilation. Another option is a generously sized panoramic glass roof, while optional acoustic front side windows will complement the standard acoustic windscreen glazing to help create even lower noise levels in the cabin.

Cost of Ownership

As you'd expect from a current BMW, emissions are low and fuel economy is excellent. To give you an idea of how far we've come, when the MK1 X3 was first launched in the UK in 2004, its 3.0-litre engine made 231bhp and emitted 293g/km of carbon dioxide. The benefit of a decade's engineering is evident in the fact that today's M40i flagship variant develops 360bhp and (under much stricter WLTP industry efficiency tests) emits just 204g/km, with a combined cycle fuel figure of up to 32.1mpg. Obviously, the mainstream derivatives do much better than that. With the diesel variants, well today's 286hp xDrive30d model will get up to 45.6mpg from a gallon of fuel and up to 160g/km of CO2, which is impressive for a six cylinder diesel SUV. Go for the entry-level X3 xDrive20d and you'll see up to 48.7mpg and emit up to 153g/km. You'll do much better with the electrified variants of course. The xDrive30e PHEV manages up to 141.2mpg and up to 43g/km of CO2. Charging from a 16A source takes 2.6 hours from 0-80%. The all-electric iX3 has a 285 miles WLTP-rated range and offers 150KW DC rapid charging for an 80% charge in 34 minutes.

Summary

BMW has had a lot to do with the rise in popularity of mid-sized premium SUVs, having sold getting on for two million of them since the X3 was first launched, pioneering this segment back in 2003. Rivals have grabbed the headlines since, but with the improved version of this third generation model, the Bavarians are out to redefine what a car of this kind should be. In many ways, this car does just that. Yes it's true that it doesn't offer much that's radically different to what we've seen before in this class, but everything it does do is so complete and polished that it's hard not to admire the end result. In summary, we think that buyers in this sector who can afford the asking price should find that this improved X3 adds up very nicely indeed. A vehicle this good ought to speak for itself. Try one and we think you'll find that it does.

  • Rear wiper
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Green tinted heat insulating glass
  • Fingertip control / anti-trap function on electric window
  • Windscreen wipers with adjustable interval
  • Acoustic glazing
  • Automatic windscreen wipers and automatic headlight

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Brake drying
  • Braking pre-tensioning
  • ADB - Automatic Differential Brake
  • Dynamic stability control plus
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Hill descent control
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes

  • M sport suspension
  • Multi-link rear suspension
  • Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode

  • Bluetooth hands free telephone connection with USB audio interface + audio streaming

  • Variable sports power steering
  • Front/rear Parking distance control
  • Cruise control with brake function + speed limiter
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Active Guard

  • Electric boot lid
  • BMW gesture control
  • Stop/start system

  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • BMW Online services
  • Head up Display
  • Connected drive services
  • On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption,service interval, clock date,odometer,trip meter,outside temperature display with acoustic ice warn
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with mph readout, tachometer, fuel gauge and oil temperature gauge
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional nav system including 12.3" instrument display + 12.3 high resolution control display
  • Condition based service - BMW service history, electronic service booklet, integrated owner's handbook
  • BMW Drive recorder
  • iDrive Controller with 8 favourite buttons
  • Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable

  • Folding wing mirrors with auto dimming
  • Direction indicator, side repeaters, integrated in exterior mirrors
  • Interior rear view electrochromatic mirror with automatic anti dazzle function
  • Body colour electric adjust heated aspherical door mirrors

  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Incorrect fuelling protection
  • Larger capacity fuel tank

  • DAB tuner
  • BMW professional radio/CD/MP3
  • 6 speakers

  • Black finish on B pillars
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • M aerodynamic bodystyling
  • BBody colour roof mouldings
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Model designation
  • High gloss black shadow line roof rails
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Side exterior M designation badges
  • Exhaust tailpipes - dual, round, split left and right with chrome finisher
  • Gloss chrome tailpipes finishers
  • High gloss shadowline exterior trim in decorative moulding side frame/recess cover/guide rail/B, C pillars/mirror frame and triangle with mirror base

  • High level 3rd brake light incorporating LED Technology
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Welcome lighting
  • High beam assistant
  • LED tail lights
  • Dynamic brake lights

  • 3 zone automatic air conditioning

  • Two front cupholders with removable oddments tray/lid
  • Front and rear bottle holders integrated into door trim storage compartments
  • 12V power socket in front centre console
  • Parcel shelf removeable and storable under boot floor
  • Storage compartment in rear centre console and front/rear door trims
  • Foldable storage floor with compartment
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • M sport leather steering wheel
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Vernasca leather upholstery
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Removable / retractable luggage cover
  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment
  • Luggage area underfloor compartment
  • Leather gear knob
  • 4 lashing points to secure luggage
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Anthracite headlining

  • Front/rear reading lights
  • Front footwell lights
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Ambient lighting
  • Front/rear courtesy lights with soft on/off dimming
  • Automatic interior light when door is opened/ignition switched off or via remote key

  • Connected pro pack - X3
  • Driving assistant pack - X3

  • Driver and front passenger front and side airbags with passenger deactivation and ITS front and rear head airbags
  • Seatbelt security check for front seats
  • Battery safety cut-off
  • Deactivation of fuel pump in the event of a crash
  • Crash Sensor - activation of central locking release, hazard warning light and interior lighting
  • Three point seatbelts to all seats with front and outer rear pyrotechnic belt tensioners and seat belt force limiters
  • Tyre pressure sensor
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Two tone horn
  • Side impact protection

  • Front sports seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Front head restraints
  • 3 rear headrests
  • Isofix rear child seat preparation
  • Seat backrest width adjustment
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat with loading system
  • Slope adjustable rear seats

  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
  • Remote control including two integrated key - one button for open/close all lockable content, windows and separate button for open luggage compartment
  • Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts

  • Performance Control
  • Automatic transmission with gearshift paddles

  • Sun visors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket

  • Low rolling resistance tyres

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 164
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 154

  • Engine Code: B47D20O1
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90
  • CC: 1995

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 44.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.3

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 190
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: M Sport [Tech Pack]
  • Coin Description: d MHT
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Power - KW: 140
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 190
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.9
  • Top Speed: 132
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 245/50 R19
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: Y SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 245/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2138
  • Height: 1676
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4708
  • Width: 1891
  • Wheelbase: 2864

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1840
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2500
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 68
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 550
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 660
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1600
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12

  • Sun protection glass: £320

  • Parking Assistant Plus with 360 degree surround view camera: £500
  • Reversing assist camera: Included
  • Parking assistant: Included

  • Sensatec dashboard: £500
  • Aluminium fine cutting interior trim with pearl chrome highlight trim finishers: £0
  • Galvanic embellisher for controls: £110
  • Ash trunkwood with pearl chrome open pored interior trim: £150
  • Aluminium rhombicle with pearl chrome interior trim: Included

  • Panoramic glass sunroof, two parts, electric actuation, sliding function, wind deflector, sun protection with floating headliner: £1,190
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £695

  • Adaptive LED Headlights with Low and high beam headlights + auto height adjustment + White LED BMW Icon light design DRL and LED front indicators: Included

  • Heated steering wheel: £170

  • Visibility pack - X3: £1,500
  • Comfort package plus - X3 M Sport: £1,880
  • Additional storage compartment pack - X3: £190
  • Comfort pack - X3: £820
  • Technology plus pack - X3 M sport: £650

  • Metallic - Phytonic blue: £695
  • Metallic - Brooklyn grey: £695
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £695
  • Metallic - Mineral white: £695
  • Metallic - Sophisto Grey: £695
  • Metallic - Carbon black: £695

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • Front seats lumbar support: £265
  • Deletion lumbar support/width adjustment passenger side: Included

  • Towbar: £850

  • Vernasca leather - Black with blue contrast stitching: £0
  • Vernasca leather - Black with grey contrast stitching: £0
  • Vernasca leather - Oyster with grey contrast stitching: £0
  • Vernasca leather - Mocha with night blue contrast stitching: £0

  • Run flat tyres: £0

  • 21" Individual V spoke alloy wheels in bicolour orbit grey - style 726 with run flat tyres: £1,400
  • 19" Y spoke midnight grey alloy wheels - Style 887M: Included

  • Tyre repair kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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