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BMW X3

(2017 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

63
%
C

Used car score:

62
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

73
%
B

Safety Rating:

59
%
C

Eco Rating:

67
%
A

Reliability Rating:

78
%
C

Running Costs:

46
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

63
%
C

Used car score:

62
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

73
%
B

Safety Rating:

59
%
C

Eco Rating:

67
%
A

Reliability Rating:

78
%
C

Running Costs:

46
%
D

Summary


The BMW X3 is a mid-size SUV/crossover, with the current model launched in 2017. This is the third generation of X3, with the first model being launched in 2003 and the second generation launched in 2010.

The X3 has received positive reviews from the UK motoring media, ranging from good to outstanding. It has received particular praise for its driving dynamics and high-quality interior. The main criticisms have been directed at the relatively poor standard equipment list, with many features only available as expensive options.

An electric version of the BMW X3, called the iX3, joined the range in the UK in Summer 2021. We have a separate page for that car here. A facelifted X3 range arrived in the UK in the Autumn of 2021, which features lightly revised styling and more standard equipment.

As of January 2024, the BMW X3 has a New Car Expert Rating of C, with a score of 63%. It scores well for CO2 emissions and media reviews, but its Euro NCAP safety rating has now expired due to age and it’s expensive to live with.

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £48,005 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2017
Last updated: Autumn 2021
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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The Sun

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2017
Date expired: January 2024
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 93%
Child protection: 84%
Vulnerable road users: 70%
Safety assist: 58%

Notes on safety rating

The BMW X3 was originally crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2017 and awarded a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2024 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

However, if you are comparing a used X3 to vehicles of similar age, whose ratings will have probably also expired, its safety rating score is still useful.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the BMW X3 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The BMW X3 has a good reliability score of 71% as of January 2024, according to workshop and warranty data provided by our partner, MotorEasy. This applies to both the current (2017 onwards) generation as well as the previous models. That’s good news if you’re looking at buying a used X3.

There’s more good news. The average repair cost is less than £500, which is much better than most vehicles – regardless of price point.

When the X3 does have problems, they tend to be relatively inexpensive. Even big-ticket items like engine and gearbox repairs have cost less than on many other cars – an average of £800-£900, compared to £1,500+ on many similar cars from other manufacturers.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models35 mpgD31 – 37 mpgD – E
Diesel models46 mpgC39 – 48 mpgC – D
Plug-in hybrid models141 mpgA123 – 149 mpgA – A
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models183 g/kmC173 – 209 g/kmC – D
Diesel models162 g/kmC154 – 187 g/kmB – C
Plug-in hybrid models47 g/kmA44 – 52 g/kmA – A
Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models28 milesE26 – 32 milesE – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models37C28 – 50B – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£285C
Year 2£643C
Year 3£1,050C
Year 4£1,363C
Year 5£1,810C
Overall£5,151C

Running costs for the BMW X3 are higher than the market average, according to numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Fuel consumption for petrol models is below par, although diesels are a bit better. The plug-in hybrid looks good on paper, but this is deceptive – every plug-in hybrid looks great in theory, but this is because of rubbish EU/UK government lab testing. You certainly won’t get 141 miles of driving from one gallon (4.5 litres) of fuel and a bit of electricity…

The battery range of the plug-in hybrid is poor when compared to its SUV rivals too, offering 28 miles on a full battery. Should you opt for the X3 plug-in hybrid, you’ll still need to charge it almost daily to get best use out of the electric motor and battery. By comparison, an equivalent mid-size full EV would get more than 250 miles out of its battery so most households would only need to charge it once a week.

Scheduled servicing costs are average when compared to the market as a whole.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the BMW X3 has received

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Sports SUV for Families

2019

  • What Car? Awards – Best Sports SUV £40K – £60K (X3 M40i)

2018

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Mid-Size Premium SUV

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The BMW X3 has received consistently positive reviews from the UK motoring media, with particular praise for its driving dynamics and high-quality interior.BMW X3