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BMW X3 ESTATE xDrive M40i 5dr Step Auto

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  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG34.40
  • 0-62mph4.8 secs
  • Top Speed155 mph
  • C02188 g/km
  • BHP360
  • Torque369 lbs/f
  • P11D37%


BMW's third generation X3 is a premium mid-sized SUV that's a larger, plusher and more powerfully efficient choice than its predecessor, stacking up impressively against prestigiously-badged alternatives from Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar and Volvo in this sector. Like its rivals, dynamically targeted almost exclusively towards on-road use, it's another example of just how car-like a model of this kind can be.

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The third generation BMW X3 is a premium mid-sized SUV with some very strong competition. Just as well then, that the Munich maker has delivered a very strong package. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at what's on offer.


It isn't often that BMW gets it wrong - and even when it does, it usually still manages to turn a profit. Their original X3 compact SUV was a case in point, launched in 2004 to more affordably extend the reach of this Bavarian brand's road-biased SUV model range following the success of the larger all-conquering X5. But early X3s felt cheap, rode poorly and, even by the modest tarmac-orientated standards of the class, were woefully short of any kind of off-road ability. The second generation version, launched in 2010, was much better, but - in this country at least - it still lagged behind its arch-rival Audi's Q5, in terms of perceived desirability. Much has changed since 2010 of course. BMW launched a second generation X1 model in late 2015 that trod uncomfortably on the toes of lower X3 derivatives. And the X3's task was made even harder by the launch in 2016 of a Mercedes entrant (the GLC) in the mid-sized premium-badged SUV segment and the introduction of a second generation Audi Q5 model in early 2017, to join other key rivals like Volvo's XC60, Jaguar's F-PACE, Alfa Romeo's Stelvio and the Lexus NX. It all means that the X3 needs to re-assert itself. Can this third generation model do just that?

Driving Experience

You might think that sandwiched between the X1 and the X5, the X3 wouldn't have to spread its talents too broadly, but such is the span of rivals of this size that this third generation X3 needs to cater for quite different customer expectations in the compact luxury SUV segment. If those expectations extend towards a dynamic driving experience, then the X3 comes well prepared. With ideal 50:50 weight distribution, a finely honed chassis and xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive, linked to Dynamic Stability Control, this SUV proudly shows off the handling characteristics for which the Munich maker is renowned. To further improve dynamics, the car is now lighter and rear bias of BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system has been increased. As for engines, well as before, most buyers will choose a diesel, probably the 190bhp 2.0-litre xDrive 20d variant. There's also a 265bhp straight-six xDrive30d diesel derivative. And a potent 326hp M40d variant. BMW thinks that petrol power will get more of a take-up this time round, so is offering an entry-level xDrive 20i version, plus there's a range-topping 360bhp X3 M40i variant to take on rivals like Audi's SQ5. There's also a plug-in hybrid petrol version, the 252hp xDrive30e. As usual with the brand, there's an optional Dynamic Damper Control system, optional Variable sport steering and an optional sports braking set-up. BMW also boasts that a fording depth of 500 millimetres gives this SUV decent off road ability too. Across the range, 8-speed auto transmission is standard.

Design and Build

The exterior dimensions of this third generation X3 are largely the same as those of its MK2 predecessor, but its five-centimetre-longer wheelbase, long bonnet and short front overhang emphasise its 50:50 weight distribution between front and rear axle. At the front, the chunky three-dimensional kidney grille and LED fog lamps feature a hexagonal design. Moving to the rear, the three-dimensional LED light clusters, downward-sloping roof spoiler and twin exhaust pipes further enhance the appearance.The interior of the this X3 follows BMW tradition with a driver-focused and ergonomically designed cockpit. Hexagonal forms and precise, bevelled edges are a distinct design theme. The material quality and fit and finish are of a class above what you'd expect for a mid-range SAV, as you'd expect from a BMW, while it is also impressively functional, with more cabin stowage compared to its predecessor.To further improve comfort in the rear compartment, the angle of the standard 40:20:40 split/folding rear seat backrests can be adjusted individually and through various stages thanks to the optional rear comfort seat. This feature also allows the backrests to be released remotely from the load compartment, which expands the standard load capacity of 550-litres to 1,600-litres.

Market and Model

Pricing has risen a bit this time round, presumably to give the only slightly smaller BMW X1 SUV slightly more elbow room. The figures start at around £41,500 and rise to around £54,000 for the top M40d and M40i models. All variants come with xDrive 4WD and 8-speed auto transmission. There's also a full-electric iX3 model priced from around £62,000. Whichever variant you select, it'll be easy to spend more than you budgeted or, thanks to a wider range of tempting options. Optional perforated leather climate seats will be popular, perhaps fitted out with active seat ventilation. Another option is a generously sized panoramic glass roof, while optional acoustic front side windows will complement the standard acoustic windscreen glazing to help create even lower noise levels in the cabin. In basic specification, the X3 now has 18-inch light-alloy wheels (it had 17-inchers previously), while wheels up to 21-inches in diameter are available depending on the specification and engine variant. A nice touch this time round is the optional BMW Display Key - like the one found on the BMW 5 Series and 7 Series. The Display Key offers a series of additional features, keeping the driver informed of fuel levels and any service or maintenance work due, and letting them know that the windows and sunroof are closed. Plus, it can also be used to operate the optional auxiliary heating.

Cost of Ownership

As you'd expect from a current BMW, emissions are low and fuel economy is excellent. Let's get to the WLTP figures. To give you an idea of how far we've come, when the MK1 X3 was first launched in the UK in 2004, its 3.0-litre engine made 231bhp and emitted 293g/km of carbon dioxide on the old NEDC cycle. The benefit of a decade's engineering is evident in the fact that today's M40i flagship variant develops 360hp and emits just 209g/km (under tougher WLTP ratings) - the combined cycle fuel figure is 30.7mpg (WLTP). The base xDrive20i petrol manages 35.8mpg and 179g/km. For the xDrive30e plug-in hybrid petrol, the figures are 128.4mpg and 49g/km, with a WLTP-rated all-electric driving range of 34 miles. As for the diesel variants, well today's 265bhp xDrive30d model will get 40.9mpg (WLTP) from a gallon of fuel and 181g/km of CO2 (WLTP), which is impressive for a six cylinder diesel SUV. Go for the X3 xDrive20d and you'll see 47.9mpg and emit 154g/km. As usual with the brand, there's a 'Driving Experience Control' set-up that lets you switch between drive modes, one of which is 'ECO PRO', a setting that focuses all of the car's systems on achieving ultimate frugality. An overall weight reduction of 55kgs and sleeker aerodynamics also help here, this X3 boasting a class-leading drag coefficient of 0.29Cd. This has been achieved thanks to aerodynamic enhancements including a roof spoiler with aero edges at the sides and an 'Active Air Stream' system, which regulates the flow of cooling air for the engine, brakes and air conditioning. Finally, the all-electric iX3 has a 279 mile WLTP-rated driving range. Plugging the vehicle into a direct current rapid-charging station opens the door to charging outputs of up to 150 kW, meaning the high-voltage battery can be charged from 0 to 80 per cent of its full capacity in 34 minutes.


This X3 has come of age in third generation guise. If it struggles to match the profitability of its predecessor, then that'll be because competition in the premium mid-sized SUV sector is so much tougher these days. This model is, after all, an immeasurable improvement over the MK2 version in every possible way. Even the best of this car's prestige rivals can't match this one's hugely impressive blend of handling and efficiency. It feels up-market, it rides impressively and, thank goodness, on-tarmac, it drives just as a BMW should. All of which means that buyers in this sector who can afford the asking price should find that this X3 adds up very nicely indeed. Assuming that they don't prioritise off road ability of course: few will. A vehicle this good ought to speak for itself. Try one and we think you'll find that it does.

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Driver Convenience
Bluetooth hands free telephone connection with USB audio interface
Cruise control with brake function + speed limiter
Front/rear Parking distance control
Parking assistant with ultrasound based assistance system, reversing assistant, lateral parking aid and rear view camera
Active Guard incl speed limiting and lane departure functions with auto steering, and front collision warning with brake intervention
Attentiveness assist
Automatic tailgate operation
BMW emergency call
BMW Live Cockpit Professional sat nav system including 10.25" high resolution display and Intelligent Voice Assistant
BMW Online services
BMW Teleservices
Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Control display - 6.5" colour display screen
iDrive Controller with 8 favourite buttons
Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
Navigation system - BMW Professional multimedia with Hard disc drive (HDD) and 10.25" touch display
Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption, service interval, clock/date, odometer/trip meter, outside temperature display and ice warning
Optimum shift indicator
Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
Real time traffic information
Semi digital instrument cluster
Stop/start system
Variable sports power steering
BMW advanced loudspeaker system
Auxiliary socket for external MP3 player
BMW professional radio/CD/MP3
DAB Digital radio
Exterior Features
Solid paint
Acoustic glazing
Black finish on B pillars
Body colour door handles
Body colour roof mouldings
Body coloured bumpers
Cerium grey air breather
Cerium grey air inlets
Cerium grey frame and kidney grille with high gloss black vertical slats
Direction indicator, side repeaters, integrated in exterior mirrors
Dual black chrome quadrilateral exhaust tips
Dynamic brake lights
Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
Exterior air inlets, mirror caps and air breather in cerium grey
Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
Fingertip control / anti-trap function on electric window
Follow me home headlights
Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
Front and rear electric windows
Green tinted heat insulating glass
Heated windscreen washer jets
Height adjustable headlamps
High gloss black door sill finishers
High gloss black shadow line roof rails
High gloss shadowline exterior trim in decorative moulding side frame/recess cover/guide rail/B, C pillars/mirror frame and triangle with mirror base
High level 3rd brake light incorporating LED Technology
Interior rear view mirror with automatic anti dazzle function
LED daytime running lights, corona ring style
LED front fog lights
LED Indicators
LED tail lights
M aerodynamic bodystyling
Model designation
Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
Rear wiper
Shark fin antenna
Trim designation deletion on side
Visible VIN plate
Windscreen wipers with adjustable interval
Interior Features
Driver and front passenger heated seats
Front sports seats
Illuminated glovebox with lock
12V socket in centre console and luggage area
3 rear headrests
3 zone automatic air conditioning
4 lashing points to secure luggage
Ambient lighting
Anthracite headlining
Anthracite Velour floor mats
Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders + illuminated vanity mirrors
Electric adjustable seats with memory function
Foldable boot floor with storage compartment
Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
Front and rear bottle holders integrated into door trim storage compartments
Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
Front centre armrest with storage compartment
Front footwell lights
Front/rear courtesy lights with soft on/off dimming
Front/rear reading lights
Height adjustable front/rear head restraints
Isofix rear child seat preparation
Leather gear knob
Luggage area underfloor compartment
Luggage compartment lighting
M leather steering wheel
Parcel shelf removeable and storable under boot floor
Reach and rake adjustable steering column
Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
Removable / retractable luggage cover
Slope adjustable rear seats
Storage compartment in rear centre console and front/rear door trims
Through loading system with 40/20/40 split folding rear seat
Toolkit located in luggage compartment
Two front cupholders with removable oddments tray/lid
Vernasca leather upholstery
Welcome lighting
M sport suspension
Incorrect fuelling protection
Lightweight engineering
M Sport differential
Multi-link rear suspension
Performance Control
Sport automatic transmission
Aluminium rhombicle interior trim with pearl chrome highlight trim finishers
20" M Double spoke light alloy wheels in bicolour orbit grey - style 699M
BMW mobility system
Low rolling resistance tyres
Connected pack professional - X3
Visibility pack - X3
ADB - Automatic Differential Brake
Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
Battery safety cut-off
Brake assist
Brake drying
Brake energy regeneration
Braking pre-tensioning
CBC - (Cornering brake control)
Child locks on rear doors
Crash Sensor - activation of central locking release, hazard warning light and interior lighting
Deactivation of fuel pump in the event of a crash
Driver and front passenger front and side airbags with passenger deactivation and ITS front and rear head airbags
Dynamic brake control
Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Electromechanical parking brake
Front seat belts warning
Hill descent control
Hill start assist
M Sport braking system
Seatbelt security check for front seats
Side impact protection
Three point seatbelts to all seats with front and outer rear pyrotechnic belt tensioners and seat belt force limiters
Two tone horn
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Electronic engine immobiliser
Locking wheel nuts
Remote control including two integrated key - one button for open/close all lockable content, windows and separate button for open luggage compartment
Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.278
CO2 (g/km) 180
HC 0.043
Noise Level dB(A) 72
NOx 0.002
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 220
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 209
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 214
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 201
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 190
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 179
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 308
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 300
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 221
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 211
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 2998
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 6
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 82
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 94.6
Engine Code B58B30M0
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Gears 8 SPEED
Number of Valves 24
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 31
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 36.7
EC Urban (mpg) 24.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 9.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 9.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 9.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 8.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 8.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 7.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 13.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 13.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 9.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 9.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 29.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 30.7
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 30.1
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 32.1
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 32.8
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 35.8
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 20.8
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 21.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 29.1
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 30.4
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 3.0
Badge Power 360
Coin Description i
Generation Mark 2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 40E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 93
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 84
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 70
NCAP Safety Assist % 58
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 24
Service Interval Mileage 18000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
0 to 62 mph (secs) 4.8
Engine Power - BHP 360
Engine Power - KW 265
Engine Power - RPM 5200
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 369
Engine Torque - MKG 51
Engine Torque - NM 500
Engine Torque - RPM 1850
Top Speed 155
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle Second Act
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 245/45 R20
Tyre Size Rear 275/40 R20
Wheel Type 20" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1676
Length 4716
Wheelbase 2864
Width 1897
Width (including mirrors) 2138
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 65
Gross Vehicle Weight 2455
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1600
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 550
Max. Loading Weight 610
Max. Roof Load 100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 2000
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1845
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 12.1


Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £650.74 p/m £9.34 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £661.88 p/m £9.48 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £688.64 p/m £41.66 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £714.38 p/m £59.50 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £739.26 p/m £82.50 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £763.34 p/m £110.57 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £536.85 p/m £22.38 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £546.73 p/m £31.50 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £573.71 p/m £44.42 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £603.14 p/m £80.41 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £629.26 p/m £115.82 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £658.26 p/m £127.26 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £496.86 p/m £28.39 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £505.20 p/m £36.48 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £527.49 p/m £64.64 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £550.92 p/m £92.16 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £575.25 p/m £113.51 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £596.10 p/m £135.49 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £780.88 p/m £11.21 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £794.26 p/m £11.37 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £826.37 p/m £50.00 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £857.26 p/m £71.39 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £887.11 p/m £99.00 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £916.01 p/m £132.69 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £644.22 p/m £26.86 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £656.07 p/m £37.80 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £688.45 p/m £53.31 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £723.77 p/m £96.49 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £755.11 p/m £138.98 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £789.91 p/m £152.72 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £596.23 p/m £34.06 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £606.24 p/m £43.78 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £632.99 p/m £77.57 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £661.11 p/m £110.59 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £690.31 p/m £136.21 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £715.32 p/m £162.59 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
Lease Type
Contract Length
Initial Rental
Annual Mileage
Include Maintenance

An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Active cruise control with stop and go function £620.00
Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging, USB, audio streaming, screen mirroring and wifi hotspot £430.00
Head up Display FOC
Park assist system plus with surround camera, steering, brake, accelerator and gear change assist £500.00
Wifi hotspot preparation FOC
BMW gesture control FOC
Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system £820.00
Exterior Features
BMW Individual paint £280.00
Electric dual tilt/slide panoramic glass sunroof £1,190.00
Fully electric towbar £850.00
Metallic paint FOC
Sun protection glass £320.00
Interior Features
Driver and front passenger lumbar support £265.00
Front M seats FOC
Heated front and rear seats £280.00
Heated steering wheel £170.00
Seat backrest adjustment for rear seat FOC
Comfort pack - X3 £890.00
Driving assistant pack - X3 £670.00
Driving assistant plus pack - X3 £1,750.00
Extended storage pack - X3 FOC
M Sport Plus pack - X3 M40i with BMW Extended individual merino leather upholstery £2,700.00
M Sport Plus pack - X3 M40i/M40d £2,700.00
Technology pack - X3 £1,900.00
Individual Paint - Sunstone metallic £280.00
Metallic - Black sapphire FOC
Metallic - Carbon black FOC
Metallic - Glacier Silver FOC
Metallic - Phytonic blue FOC
Metallic - Sophisto Grey FOC
Solid - Alpine white FOC
Active protection FOC
M Seatbelts FOC
Comfort access system with smart opener FOC
Adaptive M suspension FOC
Aluminium fine cutting interior trim with pearl chrome highlight trim finishers FOC
BMW Individual piano black trim finisher £500.00
Carbon fibre interior trim finishers £600.00
Galvanic embellisher for controls £110.00
High gloss dark oak wood interior trim with pearl chrome highlight trim finishers £150.00
High gloss fine wood poplar grain grey interior trim with pearl chrome highlight trim finishers £150.00
Sensatec instrument panel £500.00
Vernasca leather - Black with blue contrast stitching FOC
Vernasca leather - Black with grey contrast stitching FOC
Vernasca leather - Cognac with mocha contrast stitching FOC
Vernasca leather - Mocha with night blue contrast stitching FOC
Vernasca leather - Oyster with grey contrast stitching FOC
20" RFT M Double spoke light alloy wheels in bicolour orbit grey - style 699M FOC
21" M light alloy wheels in Cerium matt grey - M Double spoke style 718M with mixed tyres and run flat tyres FOC
Run flat tyres FOC
* option prices shown are estimated