The BMW X3 is a staple within the luxurious mid-sized SUV world, and it’s displaying no signal of slowing down.
So far in 2023 it’s been a top-three vendor in its class (prime two if you happen to take away the cheaper, electrical Tesla Mannequin Y), and it’s been comfortably the best-selling automobile for BMW in Australia.
Lots has modified because the present X3 launched. Now six years outdated, it was up to date final yr with a contemporary look and inside know-how, together with the next price ticket. It’s additionally about to face off with new competitors within the type of the Mercedes-Benz GLC300.
Our spy photographers have snapped the next-generation X3 testing within the snow but it surely’s not anticipated to debut till subsequent yr on the earliest, so there’s loads of life left within the automobile you see right here but.
Does the X3 nonetheless have what it takes to face out from the group?
Pricing jumped throughout the X3 vary for 2023. The xDrive30i on check right here is up by $4600 in comparison with the similar automobile in 2022.
Regardless of the value hike, it nonetheless undercuts the brand new Mercedes-Benz GLC300 ($104,900) primarily based on checklist value. It’s considerably costlier than the equal Audi Q5 45 TFSI quattro ($82,800).
You may as well get a Volvo XC60 Final B6 Darkish for $86,990 earlier than on-roads, or a Genesis GV70 3.5T AWD Sport for $84,600 earlier than on-roads.
2023 BMW X3 pricing:
- BMW X3 sDrive20i: $81,700
- BMW X3 xDrive20d: $84,700
- BMW X3 xDrive30i M Sport: $96,500
- BMW X3 xDrive30d M Sport: $102,900
- BMW X3 xDrive30e M Sport: $110,400
- BMW X3 M40i: $125,400
- BMW X3 M Competitors: $175,300
Costs exclude on-road prices
The present BMW X3 has one of many greatest, most sensible cabins within the mid-sized SUV class.
With huge home windows, a excessive roofline, and loads of house between the entrance seats, it might be confused for an even bigger automobile at first look. That’s no accident, given the X3 is dimensionally similar to the first-generation X5.
The driving place provides a panoramic view of the street forward, however the sports activities seats drop low sufficient and provide sufficient bolstering to nonetheless maintain you in place.
Tall or brief drivers received’t have any bother getting snug, and the M Sport steering wheel is a high quality merchandise.
It could be a bit too fats for individuals with small fingers, although. BMW loves a chubby steering wheel, and the X3 is not any exception.
All-round visibility is superb due to these outsized home windows, and the cameras, sensors, and 3D surround-view constructed into the newest iDrive system make the X3 a cinch to position in tight garages or parking spots.
Certain, a rising belt line and coupe roofline look sharp, however the extra standard wagon physique on this SUV is much extra sensible.
The know-how within the up to date X3 is superb. iDrive 7.0 has been usurped within the newest BMW electrical vehicles, however the system is up there with the very best within the enterprise – though at this value, it actually ought to be proper on the bleeding edge.
It responds to the touch, voice, and inputs from the traditional BMW controller on the transmission, and the large on-screen tiles are straightforward to discern on the transfer. BMW was the primary to supply wi-fi Apple CarPlay, and its system stays some of the dependable.
BMW has some work to do on its digital dashboard, although, which may’t match the newest Audi Digital Cockpit for customisability or readability. Our tester additionally had some misaligned trim items across the local weather controls, which isn’t adequate in a luxurious SUV.
There’s loads of storage up entrance, from the wi-fi cellphone charger beneath the dashboard to the deep house beneath the central armrest.
The rear seats within the X3 are glorious. Headroom is standout, even with the panoramic sunroof fitted to our tester, and there’s sufficient legroom for tall teenagers to get snug.
You’ll get three individuals throughout in consolation due to the broad bench, and the door opening is broad sufficient to make loading little one seats straightforward.
There are air vents again there, standalone local weather controls, twin USB-C ports, and a fold-down central armrest with cupholders.
You get ISOFIX factors on the outboard rear seats, together with three top-tether factors. The rear bench folds 40/20/40, and will get fairly near utterly flat.
The boot opening itself is vast, and options netted pockets tucked into its sides. Claimed house is 550 litres with the rear seats in place, increasing to 1600 litres with them folded.
Energy within the xDrive30i comes from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine making 185kW of energy and 350Nm of torque, mated with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed ZF computerized transmission.
The 100km/h dash takes a claimed 6.3 seconds, and claimed gasoline financial system is 7.9 litres per 100km. We noticed 8.3 litres per 100km over every week of blended driving.
The gasoline tank holds 65 litres, and 95 RON premium unleaded gasoline is required.
The X3 may slot into the mid-sized SUV phase on paper, but it surely drives like an even bigger automobile.
It feels rock strong, and the two.0-litre engine punches effectively above its weight. We’ve raved in regards to the diesel engine within the 30d, however the turbocharged petrol within the 30i has a lot to supply as effectively.
BMW has tuned in a fruity flare of revs if you flip it on, however for essentially the most half it flies beneath the radar with easy, easy efficiency. It’s silent at idle, with no vibration within the cabin, and the eight-speed transmission simply slurs from gear-to-gear on the town to maintain the engine under about 2500rpm.
Put your foot down and it revs out easily, with loads of punch within the mid-range and a pleasant noise behind it. It lacks the final diploma of easy shove you get within the 30d, however at no level does the X3 really feel like a giant automobile with a small coronary heart.
Many of the X3 fashions offered in Australia are the M Sport, like our tester. Which means you get huge wheels, sporty appears, and loads of M badging.
Not like the correct X3 M, nonetheless, you additionally get a suspension tune that’s snug within the metropolis. It nonetheless errs on the facet of sportiness, however nonetheless does an excellent job conserving nasty metropolis streets on the surface. It’s a bit busier than some rivals; the trade-off is superb physique management and a rock strong feeling on the freeway.
With gentle steering, glorious visibility, and a few of the finest cameras within the enterprise, there’s no excuse for scraped bumpers or wheels.
Up the velocity and the X3 settles down properly. It’s very environment friendly at a cruise, with the reside gasoline financial system readout sitting at round 6.0 litres per 100km with the engine ticking over at 100km/h in eighth gear, and there’s little or no wind or street noise.
It settles rapidly over freeway crests and dips, and there’s nonetheless sufficient punch in reserve for overtakes at nation freeway speeds.
The adaptive cruise management system is among the smoothest and smartest within the enterprise, and the lane-keep help strikes the appropriate steadiness between getting concerned if you drift, and leaving you to your individual gadgets if you don’t.
With its tall window line, elevated driving place, and fairly comfort-oriented journey, the X3 doesn’t possess the recent hatch-like agility of a Porsche Macan, nor the laser focus of its X3 M Competitors huge brother.
X3 sDrive20i + xDrive20d highlights:
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- Run-flat tyres
- Aluminium roof rails
- Adaptive LED headlights
- LED tail lights
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Energy-folding facet mirrors
- Anti-dazzle (driver’s facet solely)
- Auto-dipping (passenger’s facet solely)
- Energy tailgate
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
- 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Wi-fi Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
- Satellite tv for pc navigation
- DAB+ digital radio
- 6-speaker sound system
- Wi-fi cellphone charger
- 3yr ConnectedDrive Companies subscription
- Tri-zone local weather management
- Ambient lighting
- Electrical parking brake
- Keyless entry and push-button begin
- Sport leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Black ‘Sensatec’ leatherette upholstery
- Energy-adjustable entrance sport seats with driver reminiscence
X3 xDrive30i M Sport + xDrive30d M Sport add:
- 20-inch alloy wheels
- M Aerodynamics package deal
- BMW M high-gloss black window highlights
- BMW M high-gloss black roof rails
- M Sport brakes
- 12-speaker sound system
- M leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Anthracite headliner
- M inside trim
- M door sill trims
- ‘Vernasca’ leather-based upholstery
- Driver’s seat bolster adjustment
Visibility Package deal: $5400 (20i, 20d, 30i, 30d)
- Metallic paint
- Panoramic glass sunroof
- BMW Laserlight headlights
Consolation Package deal: $1200 (20i, 20d, 30i, 30d)
- Heated entrance seats
- Driver lumbar help
- Heated steering wheel
The pre-facelift BMW X3 managed a five-star ANCAP security ranking primarily based on assessments carried out by Euro NCAP in 2017.
It obtained scores of 93 per cent for grownup occupant safety, 84 per cent for little one occupant safety, 70 per cent for susceptible street person safety, and 58 per cent for security help.
This five-star ANCAP ranking applies to all variants besides the xDrive30e plug-in hybrid.
Commonplace security options embrace:
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
- Lane departure warning
- Lane change warning
- Cruise management
- Rear-view digicam
- Reverse parking sensors
- Reversing assistant
Stepping as much as the xDrive30i or above will get you security options together with junction help, blind-spot monitoring, entrance and rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep help, adaptive cruise management with cease/go, and surround-view digicam.
The BMW X3 is backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee just like the broader BMW vary.
BMW Australia provides Service Inclusive pre-paid packages that cowl the primary 5 years or 80,000km – whichever comes first.
The usual Service Inclusive Primary package deal prices $2400 for the core X3 vary.
It’s costlier than ever, however the X3 nonetheless has a lot to supply in 2023.
The inside is beginning to present its age, one thing that’ll solely change into extra pronounced when the brand new Mercedes-Benz GLC touches down, but it surely stays essentially the most sensible luxurious mid-sized SUV on the market, and there’s nothing out-of-date about the way in which it drives.
Though the punchy diesel engine sitting above it within the vary is tempting, and the rear-wheel drive sDrive20i is considerably cheaper, the 30i nonetheless represents a candy spot for many patrons.
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