BMW X3 review - strong engines help make this an impressive SUV - Interior and tech

Do you really need an X5?

Evo rating
from £33,945
  • Decent to drive, strong diesel engines, good interior tech
  • Bested by Macan dynamically, numb steering, slightly stiff ride, dated interior design

On the inside, the X3 is spacious and well-made. There are plenty of soft-touch plastics and the overall finish is high quality. Controls and instruments are lifted from other BMW models and are angled towards the driver.

The driving position is good with plenty of adjustment for the seat and steering wheel. Rear space is also generous, although the transmission tunnel makes the middle-rear seat uncomfortable for adult passengers. The boot has a capacity of 550 litres and can be increased to 1600 litres with the rear seats folded flat.

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The X3 is well appointed in standard SE trim but there are a range of options available. The professional media package (£900) adds large screen satellite navigation with BMW online services and live traffic reports. Individual options include: heads-up display (£895), panoramic sunroof (£1190), xenon headlights (£610) and surround view (£530).


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