BMW X3 2018 first drive: It’s certainly not beautiful, but it grows on you – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

However, it’s not particularly loveable and it’s certainly not beautiful, but it grows on you. You’d never be too far behind quicker rivals such as Alfa’s Stelvio or Porsche’s Macan, but you’d be more comfortable – and that feeling of high quality production and fine engineering is, I have to say, slightly addictive.

THE FACTS

BMW X3 30d

TESTED 2,993cc, six-cylinder turbodiesel, eight-speed automatic gearbox, four-wheel drive

PRICE/ON SALE range £37,980 to £50,530 (as tested £44,380)/November

POWER/TORQUE 261bhp @ 4,000rpm /457lb ft @ 2,000rpm

TOP SPEED 149mph

ACCELERATION 0-62mph in 5.8sec

FUEL ECONOMY 49.6mpg/42.8mpg (EU Combined/Urban), on test 39mpg

CO2 EMISSIONS 149/km

VED £200 first year, £450 for next four years, then £140

VERDICT Nothing exactly new, more a raised game from this premium family SUV. High-tech suspension rides well and provides good handling, although there is rather a lot of car to throw around. Accommodating and comfortable cabin, with excellent rear space and a decent-sized boot. Quite likeable, though a little dull and not a great-looking car.

TELEGRAPH RATING Four stars out of five

THE RIVALS

Volvo XC60, from £32,935

You need to spend £34,465 to get a 4×4 version of this lovely SUV, with the heavy but lovely five-cylinder 2.4 diesel. Looks great, rides beautifully and the interior is a delight. Soft-road rather than off-road, but then that’s what all these cars are about.  

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