BMW X3 xDrive20d
Not many SUVs have toilets at the back, but our BMW X3 did in a two-week test during the Christmas holiday.
Picking up a new loo for our home is just the beginning of the odd 800 km with the xDrive20d M-Sport that brought gifts and people all over town before Santa Claus arrived, then on New Year, all both are hot.
So, how does it compare to rivals like Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5 or Volvo XC60? Is it realistic? What the point of diesel? And how do I burn my fingers in the driver’s seat?
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
At the end of 2017, BMW launched this all-new X3, and at first glance it looked like the old one, but it didn’t. The third generation car was in fact redesigned, and sat on a new platform.
Putting them side by side and the new X3 looks much sturdier, with a prominent kidney-shaped grille, chunky front bumpers and large wheels with cutting gills on them.
The M-Sport body kit features a strong and sporty look with a black grille, plus large air intakes in the front bumper and side sill that make the car look lower than the ground.
You might be interested to know that Australian, Calvin Luk designed the X3 exterior. He was also responsible for the slightly smaller X1, while the X3 brought the presence of a more epic SUV, closer to its larger X5 sibling.
For me, the X3 is a more beautiful SUV than the Q5, GLC and XC60, but it doesn’t appear to be complete or formally complete like the larger SUVs in their respective product lines. .
The interior of the X3 is not as beautiful as the GLC but it is a step up from the Q5.
This X3 is bigger than the previous one, measuring 4708mm long, 1676mm high and 1891mm wide.
If you’ve been in a BMW for the past decade, the X3 cabin, will be a familiar place, with it’s large media / climate control / ventilation vents in the center of a slab-like sloping ramp. . It is almost unchanged.
That said, it’s still an extremely pleasant place to sit, and modern updates like screens, digital instrument cluster and display will remind you that you’re no longer in 2009. again. The interior of the X3 is not as good as the GLC but it is a step up from the Q5 in my mind.
The M-Sport package adds aluminum trim to the doors, center console and dashboard, which looks great but is super reflective in the Australian sun. Speaking of that, on Christmas Eve 44.5 degrees, the metal stop button was hot enough to fry my fingers.
Our car also features Vernasca Cognac leather upholstery, priced at $ 2500. Take a look at the pictures, it’s a brown color and while almost everyone went to eat hmmm, I think it was a mmmmmm.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
This is an area that Christmas is seriously experimenting with as we transform into a low-flying sleigh filled with gifts and travel all over Sydney and up the coast to Newcastle.
The X3 has many heads, legs and shoulders up front and in the back seat. I am 191cm tall and can sit behind my driving position with about 30cm to spare between the knees and the back of the front seat. It’s good that BMW hasn’t compromised with the practicality of the X3 by giving it a convertible roofline – that’s territory of the X4 – and that means the tall, wide doorway helps you in and out. easier.
Meanwhile, the lower window line means my son can look out from his car seat.
The 550 liter X3 boot is larger than the XC’s 505-liter cargo space but fits the Q5 and GLC luggage capacity.
And yes, as you can see through the new photos, the loo and the tank are placed vertically in the cargo area, plus we can leave all the luggage and the stupid amount of presents for the journey. go home.
The cruises also saw us trying the plastic under-floor storage compartments for our wet sandwiches, and the shells and stones we had to take home.
You’ll also find a wireless phone charging pad for Android and iPhone 8 devices, and there’s a 12 volt power outlet in the second row below the rear vents.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
XDrive20d is an entry-level X3 diesel engine at $ 69,900, making it $ 4,000 higher than its twin petrol sDrive20i. Our vehicle is equipped with the $ 4550 M-Sport package and the $ 3250 ‘Innovation.
If you decide not to add these packages (they’re very good, but not important, so don’t feel pressured), the usual list of standard xDrive20d features is more than enough. Leather and fabric upholstery, media system with six-speaker stereo, 6.5-inch screen with sat nav (‘Business Business’ version) and reversing camera, head-up display and cruise control Adaptation.