BMW X3 (2018) Review

BMW X3 (2018) 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 £52,865
Contract hire deals from £380.80 per month
Insurance Group 40
On average it achieves 82% 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.

BMW X3 30d M Sport Road Test

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Real MPG average for a BMW X3 (2018)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance


Real MPG

16–52 mpg

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Which SUV is the best for road handling?
"I want to buy a medium size SUV, can you tell me which model is best for handling? "
Probably the BMW X3 or Mazda CX-5. Consider an estate car like a BMW 3 Series if handling's important.
Answered by Andrew Brady
My car broke down when I drove through floodwater. Before recovery, someone crashed into it - is it now multiple claims?
"I drove through floodwater in my BMW X3. The car broke down. The BMW breakdown service initially advised that they could not recover me and I'd have to call the fire service. The firemen got me out of the car, leaving the car behind. Eventually, the BMW service sent a recovery vehicle, but the driver refused to recover the car because it was dark and he was worried he did not have the correct equipment. The car was left in the road and recovered the next day in my absence. I was told that someone had crashed into the back of my car and the front window had been smashed too. BMW are telling me that flood damage is not covered in my comprehensive insurance warranty. I involved another insurance company who want to make it three separate claims, rather than one claim. I have had nine years with protected no claims and I'm concerned I'll have to pay my excess three times and lose my no claims."
Firstly, you are not covered for the mechanical damage you caused by driving through floodwater. Mechanical damage is not covered under the terms and conditions of your policy. The window damage would be a "glass claim" and as such is not a claim on your policy. The only valid claim would be for the rear damage. You only have one claim to make and one excess to pay as part of a comprehensive insurance claim, but you are still liable for the engine damage you caused driving through the floodwater. You will also have to pay the glass excess.
Answered by Tim Kelly
Does having smaller wheels on my car count as a modification?
"I’m buying a nearly new BMW X3 20d Sport which comes with 20-inch wheels. I have asked the dealer, who agreed, to swap these for 18-inch wheels. Asking for an insurance quote I was told that this change constitutes a modification. I am not sure that it is. Could you please give me your expert opinion?"
This is categorically not a modification. If the wheels are designed for the vehicle, manufactured for and supplied to BMW and are supplied by them, they are an option not a modification. A modification is non OE adaption away from the manufacturer design specifications.
Answered by Tim Kelly

What does a BMW X3 (2018) cost?

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