The original BMW X3 could be tall, narrow and somewhat gawky, but the dynamic SUV segment entered into a sporty segment. Now in the third generation, the last X3 is more sophisticated. Also, it's bigger, heavier – and no zippy …
It's really a real reason that the latest BMW X3 is significant from South Africa: the BMW Rosslyn plant in the northwest of Pretoria is the first BMW SUV.
X3 is proud of SA, for local and export markets, and the complexity and sophistication of the vehicle makes the contract a feather in the BMW SA production cap. BMW AG also made R6.16 million investments in local operations.
BMW's X-model only acts as a sports action vehicle, but it's just SUVs, and it's true that X3 has always been paying more attention to dynamic virtues, rather than practical utility.
The original SUV was the beginning player of the compact space, the invisible BMW movement in more than 1.5 million X3 sales over the last 15 years. Thus, this latest model has large bottles to be filled.
The X3 model offers gasoline and diesel derivatives in a wide range of engines and a wide range of driving, two-liter turbodiesel derivatives have been known for a long time. For this reason, it commits a mix of compactness that respects the user, the efficiency of the fuel and the medium range.
It's not called cheap X3 xDrive20d: As the M-Sport's intention is here, prices start at R759,300 and you've added some nicer means to the list of options, you've entered the R800 territory well.
However, dealers from the top X3 have sold more than one million smackers – before extras. And the cheapest model is also in R649,000. So it is reasonable that xDrive20d offers a better range proposal.
Close, you realize how X3 has become big and beefy. Due to the strong identity and consistent detail of BMW, it's easy to make an X5 mistake, obviously, to compare the two devices that are next to each other.
The cut of the original text and the brightest have been more demanding and confident, aesthetically appealing. This transition was obvious when Gen2 X3 arrived, but this latest model is even bigger and bold.
Frontal brand kidney networks have been bigger and more aggressive, light LEDs today, hexagons running daylight and a smaller intake of the M-Sport model are starving for air cooling.
The front and back aluminum slab sheet has added a few attitudes to the bride along with the profile and roof rails. As counterpoint, deep sills, double suspension, roof spoiler and open air curtains fit into sports.
The most commonly used silhouette X3 escapes most SUVs, thanks to a sloping roof that measures aerodynamic efficiency, short and spinal lanyards while helping BMW's athletic presence.
However, back haunches are finally looking for heavyset, but rather than muscles, compared to X3 with the angle of the back angle. Slowly shakes 19-inch standards to fill simple wheeled bows.
The back mirror is a complex shaped taillight cluster and an obligatory tailgate that opens up an easy and deep 550 km high speed access. So practicality is amongst the many talents of this X3.
As you would expect, a combination of 4.7 meters long and 2.86 m wheels creates great booths and guests, making the boats more efficient and ergonomic easier. The result is an interior committed to luxury comfort.
It is also a BMW, a driver-based switchgear that integrates the Integrated Integrated Component System with the iDrive controller for the BMW family, the driving style of analogical style-style tools and the most luxurious features, the first model is expected.
Finally, it is a leather mix, soft textured smooth touch and aluminum surfaces and accents. This M-Sport model also has powerful seats, with a multifunction steering wheel and alloy pedals. From a quality point of view, the test car execution was rock-solid and excellent, which should be at the price point.
Speaking of the price, BMW continues to showcase its brand-name brands by offering a wide selection of options. It is the ability to choose the extra extras you like. The problem is very expensive and, in most cases, it does not reflect on the value of the resale.
Actually, BMW will select pre-ordered cars including the most popular options. If you want to determine your car to your preferences, you'll have to wait a few months …
Under the hood, you'll find one of the best four-cylinder turbocharger in the business. With 140kW and 400Nm plugs, the Steptronic eight-speed quick-charging efficiency is automatically used.
From the heart of the motorbike singing up to 1,750 rpm, I expect the X3 to be fresh, I expected, but at the height of 1,600m in Johannesburg I did not have a little wait.
A part of the reason can be a frontier of X3's 1.8-ton mass, which can cause some initial inertia. But I would like to know that my latest model does not have a slightly higher gear for better efficiency, perhaps even when it's not obvious on the coast, at altitude.
As a result, you must use the speed beforehand to make the turbocharges fast enough to make a move. It also helps to change it as a manual.
However, I suspect that the majority of X3 20d drivers will have more content than the content of the container and that the car box will be about interactive intervention.
When you're always in a conventional mode from Sports mode, if you show a faster speed, slightly better on the rise, more communicative management and increase brigs gear. There is also an Eco mode, which saves fuel and is licensed at the start of the stop.
X3 moves shine. Although in bulk, the SUV has a mix of lightweight and blend with the BMW driver's car's reputation. And while the engine is getting busy a bit, at the end of the rising end of the red, the overall improvement is admirable.
Yes, the route is strong, but it is not a problem, and the suspension is quite capable of recovering most of the surface irregularities, faces upset and severe blow. Wind and road noise levels are very good.
Distributes all the XDrive wheel units between the front and rear axes, with damp or slippery surfaces while driving the driver's strength and intelligence.
Likewise, tar and gnarly gravel crush when 204 mm crust irregular surfaces are available. But you do not go too far off the beaten track: Low-profile tires improve the final surface and have not broken.
However, X3 is enough in a leaner gravel, and the middle of the turbodiesel is punching to beat the speed of the average fast speed and ease.
BMW never even reached the figure of a consumer with a combined cycle of 5.4 liters / 100km, but then I'm glad to enjoy my bike with a brio-bun, which has not earned a lucrative reward. However, with the intention also driven, xDrive20d should maintain a diesel hunger between seven and eight liters / 100km in confusing conditions.
This third-generation X3 is still the best? As regards space, comfort, improvement and composition, it is definitely a step forward than its predecessors.
BMW's sports reputation is also maintained in terms of manipulation. And we do not touch all of the technology and connectivity, from the smart key, the driver's customization and inductive devices to the BMW Connect application, allowing extended remote functionality and functionality.
I lose the original functionality and functionality X3, even if it is not a low brightness in the last model. Considering the soft economy, X3 becomes an expensive home-made purchase.
But the overall package presented here is very well prepared and ultimately goes well, soon the X3 success rate will not be available soon. DM
Smart and comfortable, with a lot of sophistication. Safe roads. Impressively refined.
Option price list. Diesel car is not the ultimate surprise.
BMW X3 xDrive 20d M-Sport
Four-cylinder line, 1,995 pounds, turbodiesel line
140kW @ 4,000rpm
400Nm @ 1 750 – 2,500rpm
80.0 kW / tonne
Eight speeds Steptronic car, AWD
Wheels / tires
19-inch alloys, 245/50 R19 tires
0-100 km / h
213km / h
Fuel tank capacity
Fuel consumption (claimed / tested)
5.4 / 8.2 liter / 100km
Operation range (claimed / tested)
1.110 / 732 km
132 g / km
Retail price / as tested
R759,300 / R850,150
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