BMW X3 (2010–2018)

Model History

November 2010

BMW X3 goes on sale

With a volume of between 550 and 1600 litres, the luggage compartment of the BMW X3 is also one of the best in its segment. The rear seat backrests can be split 60/40 as standard or as an option 40/20/40 where the three segments can be folded down either individually or together. In this way it is possible to adapt the luggage compartment according to requirements.

Powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with aluminium crankcase and common rail direct injection, the xDrive 20d delivers a maximum power output of 184PS at 4000rpm and peak torque of 380Nm between 1750 and 2750 rpm. This results in a 0-62mph time of 8.5 seconds, yet CO2 emissions are only 149g/km, with average fuel consumption of 50.4 mpg.

Other engines will launched later, but in the UK the BMW X3 xDrive20d accounted for approximately 80 per cent of all sales.

4,565 mm long x 1,881 mm wide x 1,675mm high.

Standard wheel and tyre size 17-inch with 225/60 R17 tyres. The 18-inch tyre size is 245/50 R18.

For drivers who want to personalise the feel of their BMW X3, Variable Damper Control is available for the first time. The electronically controlled dampers adapt to road surface conditions and the style of driving, while the driver is able to influence the action of the dampers by means of the Drive Dynamic Control system.

This function enables the driver to choose between Normal, Sport and Sport+ modes using a button on the centre console. As well as damping behaviour, it can adjust the character of the accelerator, engine response, power steering weight, DSC response thresholds and – depending on desired options – the shifting dynamics of the automatic transmission.

Electric Power Steering, is incorporated in the BMW X3 for the first time, allowing precise handling and increased efficiency. Variable sports steering is also available for the first time as an option, and reduces the degree of steering movement necessary to turn the front wheels in various conditions including parking, cornering and swerving manoeuvres.

As standard, the BMW X3 comes with xDrive permanent four-wheel drive, an electronically controlled system that ensures variable distribution of drive to the front and rear axles. Linked to DSC, Dynamic Stability Control, xDrive can counteract oversteer or understeer at an extremely early stage, and help to control the car through bends by sending increased drive to the rear wheels while, if needed, braking the inside rear wheel to increase the car’s mid-bend agility and traction.

At £30,490 OTR, it is actually £115 less than the outgoing model, yet is equipped as standard with Nevada leather upholstery, two-zone air conditioning, iDrive controller and colour display.

The BMW X3 can be specified with a range of innovative features. The choice of options range from a panoramic sunroof, high-end audio equipment and the Professional Multimedia package with hard-disk storage, to automatic boot lid operation and a tow coupling with electronically pivoting ball head.

The choice of systems offered under the BMW ConnectedDrive driver assistance banner is also unique in the segment, and include Head-up Display, Adaptive Headlights, High-beam Assistant and reversing camera including Top View, giving a 360 degree panoramic view for the driver.

Business Advanced Media package at £2,165 which includes Business navigation, Bluetooth with USB interface, voice control and telematics, and BMW Assist.

Professional Multimedia Media package at £2,465 which comprises the Professional navigation, Bluetooth with USB interface, voice control and telematics, and BMW Assist.

The Visibility package at £1,490 has xenon headlights, headlight wash, adaptive headlights, high-beam assistant and dimming and folding exterior mirrors.

A Cold weather package for £790 is available and comes with steering wheel heating, front and rear seat heating and through loading with 40/20/40 seat split.

August 2011

New engines added

The higher powered, higher specification X3 xDrive30d and X3 xDrive35d became available.

Benefitting from an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard, the 3.0-litre engine in the X3 xDrive30d produces 258PS and 560Nm of torque to accelerate from zero to 62mph in just 6.2 seconds before going on to a top speed of 130mph. Emissions are 159g/km while returning a combined fuel consumption of 47.1mpg.

The BMW X3 xDrive35d produces an impressive 313PS and 630Nm of torque, taking it from zero to 62mph in just 5.8 seconds. It emits just 162g/km of CO2 while returning a combined fuel consumption of 46.3mpg.

The X3 xDrive30d is available with prices starting from £37,600 OTR for the SE and £39,975 OTR for the M Sport, while the X3 xDrive35d SE cost from £40,205 OTR and from £42,225 OTR for the M Sport.

Model Power Hp Torque Nm 0-62mph seconds Top speed mph Combined mpg Emissions g/km
BMW X3 xDrive30d 258 560 6.2 130 47.1 159
BMW X3 xDrive35d 313 630 5.8 149 46.3 162

August 2012

BMW X3 sDrive18d announced

Rear-wheel drive only at £28,580. Powered by a 143PS 2.0-litre diesel engine, and available with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox. BMW X3 sDrive18d emits 135g/km of CO2 and has a combined fuel consumption of 55.4mpg.

With exception of Hill Descent Control, X3 sDrive18d matches the standard equipment on the xDrive20d. SE models feature Auto Start-Stop, Drive Performance Control, 17-inch alloy wheels, Nevada Leather upholstery and BMW iDrive with a 6.5-inch colour screen. M Sport models feature a host of sporty additions such as 18-inch alloy wheels, M aerodynamic bodystyling, Sport seats and Sport suspension, amongst other items.

16-1-2013: New generation Professional Navigation System now available The latest generation of the BMW Professional Navigation System capable of locating 7 digit UK postcodes works even faster thanks to an extremely powerful processor, offering additional route display functions and sharp 3D graphics for all menus. From Spring 2013 this system will be available in all BMW 6 Series models, the new BMW 1 Series and in the BMW X3.

February 2014

BMW X3 revamped. N47 2.0 litre diesel engine replaced by B47 2.0 litre diesel.

Lead-in model BMW X3 sDrive18d (now £30,990 OTR) achieves a combined fuel consumption figure and CO2 emissions of 60.1mpg and 124g/km in the ECDC tests. Meanwhile, at the top of the range the new xDrive35d can reach 152mph and gets to sprint to 60mph from rest in just over 5 seconds, while still achieving over 47mpg in the EC tests.

Revisions to exterior styling identify the improved X3. At the front, new twin circular headlights – available in optional full LED specification along with optional LED front fog lamps – combine with the prominent BMW kidney grille and its new surround. Both the front and rear bumpers have gained new contours, while the LED indicators are now housed in the new exterior mirrors. There are four new exterior paint shades and five new light-alloy wheel designs to choose from. Inside, new cupholders, with a sliding cover, can be found in the centre console, and a leather steering wheel is amongst the standard equipment. There is a choice of four new upholstery colours and four new interior trims.


Power (hp)

Torque (Nm)

0 – 62mph (seconds)

Top speed (mph)

Combined (mpg)

CO2 emissions (g/km)

BMW X3 sDrive18d



9.5 (9.8)


56.5 (55.4)

131 (133)

BMW X3 xDrive20d



8.1 (8.1)


52.3 (54.3)

143 (138)

BMW X3 xDrive30d







BMW X3 xDrive35d







The new-generation, all-aluminium, B47 2.0-litre diesel engines use common-rail direct injection with solenoid valve injectors and work with increased injection pressure of 2,000bar. This pushes the output of the X3 xDrive20d from 184PS up to 190PS, with the maximum torque available also rising from 380 to 400Nm.

The increase in performance cuts the zero to 60mph acceleration time by 0.4 seconds to just 7.8 seconds. At the same time, the fuel consumption of the X3 xDrive20d, when partnered with the eight-speed automatic gearbox, drops by 7.1 per cent in the EC tests compared to the outgoing model, and CO2 emissions are down to only 138g/km.

Furthermore, with a new optional 17-inch aero wheels and fourth-generation reduced-rolling-resistance tyres, CO2 emissions are cut by a further 7g/km. In this configuration, the X3 xDrive20d – in which the new 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine premieres – delivers class-leading figures: fuel consumption is just 56.5mpg with CO2 emissions of only 131g/km in the EC tests.

The new 150PS X3 sDrive18d, with rear-wheel-drive, a six-speed manual gearbox and reduced rolling resistance tyres, is even more frugal. The optional 17-inch aero alloy wheel records just 60.1mpg, and CO2 emissions, at 124g/km in the EC tests

The new BMW X3 fange toppers are powered by further developed versions of BMW’s 3.0-litre, straight six turbo-diesel. The X3 xDrive30d does 0 to 62mph in 5.6 seconds, yet achieves an EC combined fuel consumption of 47.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 156g/km. It develops 258PS with a peak torque of 560Nm.

The flagship X3 is the X3 xDrive35d, 313hp and up to 630Nm of torque. Reaching 62mph in just over 5 seconds it has an EC combined fuel consumption of 47.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 157g/km – both reduced over the outgoing X3. The BMW X3 18d is available in two wheel drive sDrive form, while all other X3 models come with four wheel drive xDrive as standard.

What does a BMW X3 (2010 – 2018) cost?

List Price from £54,605
Buy new from £48,133
Contract hire from £380.80 per month