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66 BMW X3 xDrive20d xLine 5dr Step Auto

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Automatic tailgate operationBMW emergency call
BMW Online servicesBMW teleservices
Engine start/stop buttoniDrive Controller and Display w/6.5" monitor
On board computer 

Entertainment

Auxiliary socket for external MP3 playerBMW professional radio/CD/MP3
DAB Digital radio 

Exterior Features

Auto dimming rear view mirrorBody colour door handles
Body colour electric adjust heated aspherical door mirrorsBody coloured bumpers
Chrome kidney grille with aluminium vertical slatsFingertip control / anti-trap function on electric window
Follow me home headlightsFront and rear electric windows
Heated windscreen washer jetsHeight adjustable headlamps
High gloss black finish B and C pillarsMatt aluminium exterior trim
Matt aluminium roof railsMatt chrome exhaust tailpipes
Rain sensor including auto headlights activationRear wiper

Interior Features

12V socket in centre console and luggage area3 spoke sports leather multi-function steering wheel
4 lashing points to secure luggageAmbient lighting
Anthracite Velour floor matsCentre console storage tray
Cupholders in centre consoleDriver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders + illuminated vanity mirrors
Dual zone automatic air conditioningFolding grab handles with rear coat hooks
Front centre armrest with storage compartmentFront footwell lights
Front/rear courtesy lights with soft on/off dimmingFront/rear reading lights
Heated front seatsHeight adjustable front seats
Height adjustable front/rear head restraintsIlluminated glovebox with lock
Isofix rear child seat preparationLuggage area underfloor compartment
Nevada leather upholsteryRake/reach adjustable steering wheel
Rear armrestRemovable / retractable luggage cover
Storage pockets - front doors 

Safety

3 rear 3 point seatbeltsABS/EBD
Automatic Stability Control (ASC)CBC - (Cornering brake control)
Child locks on rear doorsCrash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
Driver/front passenger airbagDriver/front passenger side airbags
DSC-Dynamic Stability ControlDynamic brake control
Dynamic Traction Control - DTCElectromechanical parking brake
Front and rear head airbagsFront passenger airbag deactivation
Hill descent controlHill start assist
Inertia reel front seatbelts+pretensionersTyre pressure monitoring system
Warning triangle and first aid kit 

Security

Engine immobiliserLocking wheel nuts
Remote central lockingRemote control Thatcham category 1 alarm

Technical

Diesel particulate filterSports function on gearbox with steering wheel mounted gearshift paddles

Trim

Centre instrument panel in high gloss black
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO0.145CO2 (g/km)136
HC+NOx0.079Noise Level dB(A)71
NOx0.035Particles0.0002
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1995Compression Ratio16.5:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)84Cylinders - Stroke (mm)90
Engine CodeB47D20O0Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTH
Fuel DeliveryCOMMON RAILGears8 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionSEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)54.3EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)57.6EC Urban (mpg)50.4

General

Badge Engine CC2.0Badge Power190
Coin DescriptiondCoin SeriesxLine
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0730EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Service Interval Frequency - Months24
Service Interval Mileage18000Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)8.1Engine Power - BHP190
Engine Power - KW140Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM4000Engine Torque - LBS.FT295
Engine Torque - MKG40.8Engine Torque - NM400
Engine Torque - RPM1750Top Speed130

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front245/50 R18
Tyre Size Rear245/50 R18Tyre Size SpareRUN FLAT TYRES
Wheel StyleY- SPOKEWheel Type18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1661Length4657
Wheelbase2810Width1881
Width (including mirrors)2089 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)67Gross Vehicle Weight2365
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1600Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)550
Max. Loading Weight620Max. Roof Load100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked2400Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750
Minimum Kerbweight1745No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.9
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

BMW X3

The latest BMW X3 offers British buyers a seriously strong compact SUV. But will that translate into orders? Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

The second generation BMW X3 compact luxury SUV has been given a mid-life facelift, during which point the Germans have tweaked the engines for more power and efficiency, slotted in another trim level and loaded more standard gear into what was already a class act. Forget what you knew about the old X3. This one deserves your undivided attention.

Background

Buyer behaviour is a curious thing to study. The perception of a product often lags some way behind the reality. Car manufacturers can launch a mediocre product and it's sometimes the much improved successor that bears the brunt as customers are turned off. BMW's X3 is a car that has never really recovered from a shaky start. When it was first launched in first generation form in 2004, it warranted its reputation as capable but built down to a price. Next to the larger bulletproof X5, the X3 felt reedy and half-baked, with no diesel engine even offered to begin with. Come 2010, the second generation X3 arrived and the model finally came good. Despite that, it never made the sales it deserved. By then, the damage seemed to have been done. The X3 was an also-ran in the eyes of many customers. BMW has steadily improved the car since then, with more efficient engines and a raft of well-judged upgrades. It's now been facelifted and now offers better value than ever but will the penny finally drop with UK buyers?

Driving Experience

You might think that sandwiched between the X1 and the X5, the X3 wouldn't have to spread its talents too broadly, but such is the span of rivals of this size that the X3 needs to cater for quite different customer expectations in the compact luxury SUV segment. To that end, the all-diesel range opens with a front-wheel drive model, the 150PS sDrive18d. Need drive going to each corner? Then try the xDrive20d model with an uprated 190PS version of BMW's 2.0-litre diesel installed. With 380Nm of torque on tap, you'll get to 62mph in 8.1s. Above this, there are a couple of six-cylinder engines. The xDrive30d makes a healthy 258PS and takes just 5.9 seconds to get to 62mph, while the xDrive35d is a real powerhouse, its 313PS demolishing the sprint in just 5.3 seconds. It also makes a monstrous 630Nm of torque and might be Britain's most underrated and overlooked performance car. The four-cylinder X3 engine lines in the UK offer the choice of a six-speed manual that comes as standard or a lovely eight-speed automatic by ZF, with the auto fitted as standard to the six-cylinder cars. The independent suspension does a good job on our notoriously poor road surfaces and BMW's Drive Dynamic Control system is available as an option. The DDC set up that was previously seen on a number of BMW's other products allows drivers to switch between Normal, Sport and Sport+ modes to alter the set-up of the vehicle. Adaptive dampers adjust the ride and body control, throttle response and steering weight are altered, automatic gearshifts are varied in speed and the DSC stability control system is tweaked, all transforming the way the car drives.

Design and Build

Often these mid-life facelifts are real blink and you miss it stuff, a tweaked side repeater here, different grille elements there. Not this time. The X3 gets much the same frontal treatment as the larger X5, with the kidney grille monopolising the real estate between the redesigned headlight units. Push a bit more money into your dealer's hand and the headlights can be full LED units. Both the front and rear bumpers have gained shapelier contours, while the LED indicators are now housed in the exterior mirrors. Add four paint finishes and five alloy wheel designs and that's the lot on the outside. The second generation X3 was always a class act inside, with only some of the less obvious plastics feeling a bit scratchy. This latest car improves the look and feel, as indeed it needs to up against quality like the Audi Q5 and the Porsche Macan. There are understated chrome fillets, as well as other quality finishes like piano black trim and wood panelling with pearl chrome highlights, plus functional improvements like cupholders beneath a sliding cover in the centre console. One thing that hasn't changed is that the X3 still offers a serious amount of interior space. Pop the hatch and there's 550-litres with the seats up and 1,600-litres with the seats folded.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £31,000, which puts entry-level X3 models around £300 over an equivalent Volvo XC60 but still around £400 less than an Audi Q5, which is pretty much where this vehicle needs to be. The eagle-eyed amongst you may well have noted that the price has crept up by around £2,000, which seems quite an ask for a more imposing front end treatment. Fortunately, there's a good deal more to this product revision than just the styling and engine tweaks. You now get heated seats, an automatic tailgate and BMW Business satellite navigation on every model. That's on top of leather upholstery, climate control, cruise control, a DAB radio, 17in alloy wheels, front and rear parking radars, automatic wipers, and automatic lights. BMW offers the usual SE and M Sport models but has also inserted an X Line trim into the range. The new xLine models can be identified from the outside by metallic inserts in the bumpers, satin aluminium side cladding and bars in the air intakes, simulated underguards at the front and rear and 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside, there's xLine leather upholstery, dark copper trim and a sport leather steering wheel. Is that worth £1,500 over the price of an SE model? That's entirely your call.

Cost of Ownership

As you'd expect from a current BMW, emissions are low and fuel economy is excellent. To give you an idea of how far we've come, when the MK1 X3 was first launched in the UK in 2004, its 3.0-litre engine made 231PS and emitted 293g/km of carbon dioxide. The benefit of a decade's engineering is evident in the fact that today's 3.0-litre develops 313PS and emits just 157g/km. Today's xDrive35d will also get 47.1mpg from a gallon of fuel which is astounding. Go for the entry-level X3 sDrive18d and you'll see 56.5mpg and emit 130g/km. The updated all-aluminium, 2.0-litre diesel engines use common-rail direct injection with solenoid valve injectors and work with increased injection pressure of 2,000bar. This drops the fuel consumption of the X3 xDrive20d, when partnered with the eight-speed automatic gearbox, by 7.1 per cent compared to the outgoing model. You can also add an optional 17-inch aero wheel with reduced-rolling-resistance tyres which trim CO2 emissions by a further 7g/km. In this configuration, the X3 xDrive20d can manage 56.5mpg with emissions of only 131g/km. Go for the sDrive18d in that guise and the numbers are 60.1mpg and 124g/km. That takes some beating.

Summary

Almost by stealth, the X3 has morphed into one of the best all-round products in BMW's portfolio. No rival manufacturer can get close to the way it delivers power and efficiency and the prices being asked for this latest model, despite creeping up quietly, are still more than reasonable. Drive an X3 after driving a similarly-priced Volvo XC60 and the BMW will feel like an iPhone 5 compared to Volvo's Motorola flip phone. They will not feel like the same thing. Not remotely. BMW's difficulty is in communicating that to a British public who, once they're committed to spending £30,000 on a premium compact SUV, tend to start and finish their search with Range Rover Evoques. The X3 has been thoroughly rehabilitated and deserves a second chance. A vehicle this good ought to speak for itself, but since many of you are not listening, it needs all the advocates it can get. Don't take my word for it. Try it for yourself and make your own mind up. This one more than merits a fair crack.

Performance
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Handling
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Comfort
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Space
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Styling
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Build
80%
Value
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Equipment
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Economy
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Depreciation
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Insurance
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Hire purchase (HP)

Representative finance example
Monthly payment£651.58
Deposit£5519
Term (months)60
Cash price£36,795
Credit amount£31,276
Completion fee£1
Total amount payable£44,614.80
Fixed interest rate5%
APR representativeFixed 9.55% APR representative

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