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BMW X3

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BMW X3

(2017 - present)

    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 May 2022, the BMW X3 has an Expert Rating of 75% based on 35 different reviews. That puts it in the top half of the field in the medium SUV marketplace but two points behind the electric iX3.

    Key specifications


    Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
    Engines: petrol, diesel
    Price: From £44,205 on-road

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


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

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

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

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of February 2022, the BMW X3 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    The BMW X3 has a better-than-average reliability score, according to used car 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. When the X3 does have problems, they tend to be relatively inexpensive. Even big-ticket items like engine repairs have cost less than on many other cars – an average of £637, compared to £1,500+ on a lot of vehicles – while gearbox warranty claims have been non-existent.

    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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    BMW X3The BMW X3 has received consistently positive reviews from the UK motoring media, with particular praise for its driving dynamics and high-quality interior.