BMW X3 review - strong engines help make this an impressive SUV - Design

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  • Decent to drive, strong diesel engines, good interior tech
  • Bested by Macan dynamically, numb steering, slightly stiff ride, dated interior design

The X3 has much more in common with its X5 bigger brother than the original model did. It’s an attractive SUV and features BMW’s signature kidney grille, giving the X3 a commanding presence. M Sport models look more aggressive with lower bumpers, gloss-black trim and larger alloy wheels.

At the rear, LED tail-lights are standard. The tailgate opens to reveal a low loading space, which can be accessed hands-free if you choose the optional comfort access package. The rearmost windows are angled up at the bottom in classic BMW SUV fashion. 

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Despite solid aesthetic foundations though, the X3 does look dated compared to new rivals like the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. An all new model promises to take on board the lastest BMW design cues, but till then, the X3 will struggle to make the other parents at your kids football match look over in envy.  

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