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