BMW X3 Review 2023
BMW X3 At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 10–45
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure
The X3 is BMW's mid-size family SUV, combing rugged off-road looks with sporting presence. Competing against the likes of Audi Q5, Volvo XC60 and Land Rover Discovery Sport, the BMW X3 is the best of the bunch when it comes to handling, while its complemented by a quality interior and raised driving position. But does it make it the pick of the bunch? Find out in our BMW X3 review.
The BMW X3 is now in its third generation and we now think it's one of the best SUVs going. That's not to say it's always been the pick of the crop. The first iteration of the X3 arrived back in 2004 and received a lukewarm reception, while the second version appeared in 2010 and took things up a notch. While it was an improvement, it wasn't quite enough to muscle its way to top of a pile that was beginning to look increasingly crowded.
Despite all models featuring four-wheel drive, the BMW X3 shouldn't be thought of as a go-anywhere 4x4. The focus here is very much on a versatile family car that delivers an engaging drive and is happiest on the open road or a motorway.
If you're set on an SUV but still want something entertaining to drive, then the BMW X3 is the pick of the bunch compared to rivals like the Audi Q5, Volvo XC60 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. It tackles bends that bit more competently, feeling more planted when you head into a corner.
The BMW X3 also comes with a decent range of engines. There's both four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel options, including a 510PS M Competition option. There's also a plug-in hybrid option as well with a range of 30 miles on electric power alone, while those looking for an electric-only option have the recently launched BMW iX3.
The interior of the BMW X3 is everything you'd hope to find in a luxury SUV. There's plenty of space in the cabin, while the quality of finish and materials used excellent. You'd be hard pushed to find a nicer quality interior in a premium mid-sized SUV.
The boot space in the BMW X3 is also very good at a roomy 550 litres, though if you opt for the plug-in hybrid version, the boot shrinks down to 450 litres to accommodate the additional batteries.
There's also plenty of tech on offer with the BMW X3, with the latest cars coming with a large 12.3-inch touchscreen and digital dash. The infotainment system is one of the best around, especially if you use the intuitive iDrive interface to work your way around it.
The BMW X3 is an easy premium SUV to recommend. It drives well, the interior quality is excellent, there's a spacious cabin, decent boot and an engine option to suit. Add in the fact that it's the best driving car in its class and comes with a decent range of standard kit and it's definitely one of our top picks.
Looking for a second opinion? Read heycar's BMW X3 review.