BMW X3 (2004–2010)
Smaller but still 4,550mm long four wheel drive SUV with 5 doors, drop-down tailgate and 3 Series running gear. Standard xDrive "intelligent" permanent four wheel drive which feeds optimum torque to the required axle countering understeer and oversteer. Testers say this gives the best road handling of any 4x4. Standard Hill Descent Control. Optional Trailer Stability Control. Standard Dynamic Stability Control. Engines will include 231bhp 3.0 straight six, giving up to 137mph in Sports Package. Also 204bhp/410Nm 3.0d with tops speed of 135mph in Sports Package. Both have 6-speed manual of 5-speed autobox.
UK launch prices are £32,015 for the 3.0iSE 5-speed automatic (no manual option) and £28,615 for the 192bhp 2.5SE 6-speed manual (5-speed auto optional). Sport versions of both available at launch.
X3 2.0d from October 2004 priced at £26,175 and £26,175 for SE. Has 150bhp at 4,000rpm and 330Nm (243lb.ft) of torque at 2,000rpm, power fed through standard 5-speed manual gearbox. 0-60 in 9.9 seconds, top speed 123mph, 39.2mpg combined cycle and 191g/km CO2. X3 2.0d Sport announced late November 2004 at £28,375, comes with Park Distance Control, Dynamic Stability Control, six-speed manual transmission, 18-inch star-spoke alloy wheels, Sports suspension, BMW Sports seats, multi-function sports steering wheel, Automatic Air-Conditioning and BMW Business radio and CD player.
150bhp X3 2.0i launched September 2005. 0-60mph 11.2, top speed 123, mpg 30.4 combined, CO2 223g/km, price from £25,010. Also 218bhp X3 3.0d. 0-60mph 7.1 seconds, top speed 130 - 136, mpg 35.8 combined, CO2 210g/km.
Improved with more luxurious interior from September 2006 Five engines:
X3 2.0d: 150PS, 330Nm, 0-60 9.9, top speed 123, 39.2mpg, combined.
X3 2.5si: 218PS, 250Nm, 0-60 8.2, top speed 137, 28.5mpg combined.
X3 3.0si: 272PS, 315Nm, 0-60 7.2, top speed 142, 27.4mpg combined.
X3 3.0d: 218PS, 500Nm, 0-60 7.1, top speed 137, 35.8mpg combined.
X3 3.0sd: 286PS, 580Nm, 0-60 6.4, top speed 149, 32.5mpg combined.
With the exception of the BMW X3 3.0si and 3.0sd, which use a six-speed automatic gearbox, all X3 variants come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. A six-speed automatic gearbox is also an option on all six-cylinder engined cars. The 3.0sd is ludicrously quick for an SUV, but stiff suspension makes the ride more sporting than supportive and off-road ability is fairly limited.
Revisions include 1,995cc diesel engine offering 177hp, up 27hp compared to the previous model, and 350Nm of torque, up 20Nm. X3 2.0d now records 43.5mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions fall from 191g/km to 172g/km seeing it drop into Band E for VED. Achieved by EfficientDynamics technology. 0 to 60mph time of 8.6 seconds comparef to 9.9 seconds previously, while top speed has increased from 123mph to 128mph. Also offered with 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission at a cost of £1,470. Still maintains 42.2mpg on the combined cycle and posts a 178g/km emissions figure.
3 year UNLIMITED MILEAGE warranty from 2005.
New BMW X3 models announced. Two special edition BMW X3s are now available in the UK. The BMW X3 xDrive20d SE Edition Premium and the BMW X3 xDrive20d SE Edition Exclusive come with additional equipment as standard compared to existing models. The Edition Premium adds uniquely-styled 17-inch light alloy wheels, chrome exhaust pipe and chrome kidney grille with graphite vertical slats, Space Grey metallic paint and matching interior trim. Pearlpoint cloth and leather upholstery is standard but can be upgraded to Nevada leather upholstery.
The BMW X3 xDrive20d SE Edition Exclusive comes with bespoke 18-inch light alloy wheels, chrome exhaust pipe and chrome kidney grille with graphite vertical slats, extended lighting, headlight wash and xenon headlights. To complete the package Mineral Green metallic paint, Nevada leather upholstery and a Light Walnut wood interior trim are standard.
The BMW X3 xDrive20d SE Edition Premium costs £30,345 OTR and the BMW X3 xDrive20d SE Edition Exclusive costs £31,925 OTR.
Apri9l 2009 BMW X3 xDrive18d announced. Powered by a 143hp 2.0-litre diesel engine, it is capable of 45.6mpg on the combined cycle and records CO2 emissions of just 165g/km. With a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, the BMW X3 xDrive18d offers 350Nm of torque from 1,750rpm through to 2,500rpm which makes for effortless overtaking and town driving.
BMW X3 xDrive18d: 143PS, 350Nm torque, 0-60 10.0 seconds, top speed 121, 45.6mpg combined, 165g/km CO2
BMW X3 xDrive18d SE costs £27,865 OTR
BMW X3 xDrive18d M Sport is £30,030 OTR.