BMW X3 2018
If SUVs are a horror movie, then they must be the classic The Blob: a special drive in 1958 that tells the story of a shape that grows and grows, eventually consuming everything on its path. A bit like James Packer, then.
But it’s a bit like the BMW X-stamp SUV. Taking the X3, for example, has grown slowly but endlessly for the past 15 years, so much so that this all-new third-generation model is now larger in every important aspect than the original BMW X5.
That means the X5 has also evolved, which means that the X6 has evolved, which means … well, you understand. If the current trend continues, we will not drive the next generation X because we will switch to using them.
But unlike that cinematic story, the new and larger X3 size has a happy ending, especially for drivers sitting in the back seat really spacious. And there are many better things going on for this big update, too.
It has a new and more muscular design written by Aussie ace Calvin Luk, and it is equipped with smart technology (including BMW’s latest autonomous technology) controlled from the new 5 series.
But while the X3 is both growing and developing better, so does the competition, and high-end mid-size SUV space is one of the toughest segments available.
Is there anything interesting about its design? October 8
The exterior of the X3 is designed by Australia Calvin Luk, who is tasked with making it “sportier, tougher and bolder” than the outgoing model. And while, with our untrained eyes, the changes don’t seem so harsh as Calvin claims, there’s no doubt that the X3 cut a handsome figure on the road.
Viewed from the front, that traditional kidney shaped grille has been raised to give it a more proud look on the front, and it flows into a bonnet with new and defined folds touching. from front to back towards the windshield. The muscular arches, roof rails and a razor-sharp body add attitude to the side profile, while in the back, a slimmer rear is framed by a hint of rubber from the rear tires. .
So how does X3 measure it?
Inside, materials and layouts are taken directly from the BMW playbook, but there has been a technological overhaul, albeit clearer on more expensive models, with wireless phone chargers and touch screens. updated and, on 30i and 30d, binnory’s new digital drivers.
So evolution in the inner revolution, but the cabin exudes a predictable premium feeling regardless of decoration.
How realistic is the space inside? 9/10
With a length of 4708mm, 1891mm wide and 1676mm high, this third-generation X3 is larger than the original X5 (4666mm long and 1872mm wide), and all that extra mileage begins to make sense when you climb the cabin.
At the front, every X3 feels spacious, has plenty of space and with standard electric front seats at every level of decoration, there are plenty of options for comfort. There are two cupholder separating the front seats (connecting two in the separator that pulls down in the back seat), and there’s room for a 1L bottle at each of the four doors. Front riders also share two USB ports, as well as a wireless charger for compatible phones.
Climb into the backseat and you will find more space provided. There’s so much airy space between the knee and the front seat when sitting behind my driving position (5ft10inch) and impressive headroom, even with the optional sunroof equipped.
Elsewhere in the back, the three-zone climate is standard on the X3 range, so rear seat riders have both vents and temperature controls, and also have a 12 volt power supply – though No USB. There are also two ISOFIX attachment points on the back and the top third point in the middle seat, so you can squeeze three child seats in the back.
The starter serves up to 550 liters with the rear seats folded 40:20:40, but if you drop them through the levers mounted on the boot, that number rises to 1600 liters. There are also some interesting highlights when booting, like a storage area hidden under a boot-in partition, the lid is held with a gas bar to make loading easier. That extra space is also large enough to store the boot lid.
Does it represent good value for price? What features does it come with? October 8
The BMW X3 range has three types, diesel-powered xDrive20d (68,900 USD), BMW xDrive30i (75,900 USD), and the largest and best diesel option, xDrive30d (83,900 USD). They will be joined by the smallest petrol model, the xDrive20i and the fast and attractive M40i version, both will drop next year.
However, currently, the cheapest way in the X3 range wears the xDrive20d badge and your investment will earn you 19-inch alloys, roof rails and external LED headlights, while in the cabin you’ll find Leather-covered seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, color display, navigation and wireless charging table for compatible phones. You will also get three-zone climate control and a 6.5-inch touch screen combined with six-speaker stereo.
Step up to 30i or 30d (both are identical) and you’ll add a 20-inch alloy, full leather seats, and a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen that runs the latest iDrive system and screen. Other 12-inch digital images replace traditional gauges in driver boxes.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are still a cost option, with the smart wireless version of your system for $ 623, and you might want to use stereo 16 Harman / kardon speakers ($ 2000 other). Both of them should really be standard on more expensive models.
What are the important statistics for engine and transmission? October 7
XDrive20d starts the proceedings with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine, 140kW capacity and 400Nm. It combines with an eight-speed automatic that boosts all four wheels. The combination will serve a sprint speed of 8.0 seconds to 100km / h (although it doesn’t feel that fast).
Step onto the gasoline-powered xDrive30i, and you’ll find a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit under the bonnet, producing 185kW and 350Nm, paired with an eight-speed “sport”. It also sends its power to all four wheels and will cut the sprint down to 100km / h to 6.3 seconds.
But our choice of the current engine bundle is the xDrive30d, which uses a good six-cylinder diesel engine for 195kW and 620Nm. It combines with the eight-speed “sports” similar to 30i, but produces a sharper sprint to 100km / h in 5.8 seconds.