BMW X3 information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the mid-sized SUV. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine's news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the X3 car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on 'More' to browse even more of our archive.
The X3 is Munich's attempt at a Freelander/Q5 rival. It's always been the poor relation of the bigger, slicker X5, but the latest version has evolved into a much better compact SUV. For more information on the BMW X3, click on our further stories on the links below.
60sec road test
Where the first-generation X3 flunked, the latest one flies. It's night-and-day better, with a pleasant, BMW-spec driving manner, a much-improved cabin and loads of family-friendly practicality throughout. As usual, BMW's in-house engines are punchy, cultured and very efficient - low CO2 and high mpg are part and parcel of this model range. Will it go off-road? For most users' occasional needs, it'll be fine, the xDrive models easily able to cope with towing up slippery slopes or trudging across a festival car park. But the lowest emissions come with the sDrive two-wheel drive models, with claimed combined economy of up to 60mpg. Impressive for a mid-sized compact crossover.
The one we'd buy
The one we'd avoid like the plague
Rivals to consider
Audi Q5, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Volvo XC60
Great handling, roomy, well equipped SUV
Not much not to recommend here folks