The BMW X3 is BMW's Land Rover Freelander rival, and is a compact 4x4 aimed at families who want the practicality and security of an off-roader in a compact, easy-to-drive package. It's available with a six-cylinder diesel engine, whilst those wanting more power can choose the petrol twin-turbo V8. Inspired by the larger BMW X5, it's capable on and off-road thanks to BMW's xDrive four-wheel-drive system.
- Great 3.0-litre engine
- Low running costs
- Spacious and well made interior
- Expensive to buy
- Costly options
- Transmission tunnel cuts into rear space
The BMW X3 is a premium mid-size SUV with seating for five passengers and a large boot. Boasting excellent road-holding from its sophisiticated four-wheel-drive system, three efficient diesel engines are offered in either SE or M Sport trim. The 3.0-litre versions are fast, but produce low emissions.