BMW adds rear-wheel-drive X3 to line-up

BMW has added a rear-wheel-drive, entry-level version of the X3 SUV to its range.

BMW has added a rear-wheel-drive, entry-level version of the X3 SUV to its range. Called the X3 sDrive18d, the new model goes on sale in October in SE and M Sport versions, priced from £28,580.

The entry-level X3 is powered by a 141bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine, which produces 55mpg and emits 135g/km. This means it's cheaper to tax than the current entry-level X3 - the xDrive 20d - which emits 149g/km and returns 50mpg.

Despite the improved economy, the X3 sDrive18d can still go from 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 121mph.

Standard equipment includes a stop-start system and brake energy regeneration. A six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard, although an eight-speed automatic will be available as an option.

To view the full BMW range, visit the CarBuyer BMW reviews page.

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