The second-generation BMW X3 represents a seismic leap in dynamics and quality over the original model. Not only is it bigger than the car it replaces, but it’s also claimed to be quicker, greener and even slightly cheaper once extra standard spec is factored in.
The second-generation X3 – known within BMW by its F 25 design code – faces a far tougher test in a more crowded and competitive marketplace. Everything from the Land Rover Evoque to the Audi Q5 is vying for a share of an increasing market, while now the BMW X1 sits beneath the X3 in BMW’s SUV line-up.
Most of the X3 range come with four-wheel drive, but more recently BMW has introduced a rear-drive-only sDrive18d, which uses a lower-powered version of the xDrive20d’s 2.0-litre, four-pot diesel to yield even more spectacular fuel economy and CO2 figures.