BMW X3 Review 2022

BMW X3 At A Glance


+Longer wheelbase X3 for 2018. Features a new 2.0 litre petrol engine and a 360PS turbocharged straight six. Massively improved over previous X3.

-UK starting price now £38,800 and all to easy to load it up with extras.

New prices start from £43,070
Insurance Groups are between 10–45
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure

Third-generation BMW X3 combines rugged off-road looks with sporting presence.

New 2.0-litre petrol engine offered alongside the familiar diesel, plus a new performance flagship, the M40i – the first M Performance vehicle in the X3 line-up, emphasising the dynamic appeal of the model.

A whole range of Driver Assistance systems also ensure it is one of the most advanced, as well as safest, cars in its class, with multi-platform connectivity that reaches new levels.

UK arrival 11th November 2017 for 2018 model year at prices from £38,800 OTR.

Looking for a second opinion? Read heycar's BMW X3 review.

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Real MPG average for a BMW X3


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Average performance


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16–52 mpg

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What should I replace my Honda CR-V with?
"I'm looking for a shortlist of possible options for a used (up to 3 years old) replacement for an ageing Honda CR-V. The Honda has been very practical, but it is now over 10 years old and I would like to try something different. I would still like my wish list to include the best features of the Honda, including good reliability, high driving position, automatic transmission and large luggage carrying capacity, but as it will be used for mainly local journeys with occasional longer trips, I would definitely like much better efficiency, so a petrol/hybrid option would also be preferred."
The Toyota RAV4 is the obvious choice. Both the current and the last generation RAV4 came with a hybrid option that makes them very cheap to run and you don't need to charge them. Both versions are known for their reliability and are also spacious. The Lexus NX is another option but it's quite small, while the RX is big but expensive. If you fancy a plug-in hybrid – which I'd only recommend if you have somewhere to charge the car at home – I'd suggest the new Kia Sorento. You can get PHEV versions of cars like the Land Rover Discovery Sport, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC, but they're more expensive and not as spacious. Reviews of all these cars, below:
Answered by Russell Campbell
Is the BMW X3 petrol hybrid a good car?
"I am thinking of changing my diesel BMW X3 for a petrol hybrid, as I no longer cover very many miles since retiring. I would value your opinion on the BMW petrol hybrid X3. Or any alternatives?"
The BMW xDrive30e is the PHEV SUV that I would choose. It can travel 30 miles on a charge and makes sense if you do lots of short drives like this and have somewhere you can charge the car at home on a cheap tariff. If you do longer drives and/or have nowhere to charge the car, you'll be better off with a petrol model.
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What SUV models are rear-wheel drive?
"I am an old school driver and want a car with the engine, gearbox, prop shaft and differential driving the rear wheels Are there any SUVs that match that configuration?"
Two-wheel drive versions of the BMW X3 and X5.
Answered by Russell Campbell
Will a service reminder have any affect on my MOT?
"My BMW X3 is due an MOT next month, but there's an onscreen warning to tell me to replace the brake fluid at my next service. Will it affect my MOT result? Thank you."
It shouldn't affect the MoT as it's only a service reminder. The car will only fail on the brake fluid if it is visually contaminated, with the colour changing from clear to dark.
Answered by Dan Powell
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