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BMW X3 M ESTATE xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto

BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto
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BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive X3 M Competition 5dr Step Auto

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  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph4.1 secs
  • Top Speed155 mph
  • C02239 g/km
  • BHP510
  • Torque443 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 £40,000 and rise to around £54,000 for the top M40d and M40i models. All variants come with xDrive 4WD and 8-speed auto transmission. 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. 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. The benefit of a decade's engineering is evident in the fact that today's M40i flagship variant develops 360bhp and emits just 180g/km (NEDC) - the combined cycle fuel figure is 30.7mpg (WLTP). The base xDrive20i petrol manages 35.8mpg and 154g/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 154g/km of CO2 (NEDC), which is impressive for a six cylinder diesel SUV. Go for the X3 xDrive20d and you'll see 45.6mpg and emit 133g/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.


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
Parking assistant
Reversing assist camera
Active Guard incl approach control warning with city brake function and person warning with city brake function
Attentiveness assist
Auto start-stop
Automatic tailgate operation
BMW ConnectedDrive online services
BMW emergency call
BMW Live Cockpit Professional Nav with 12.3" instrument display + 10.25" display, Intelligent Voice Assist, BMW OS 7, HDD, 2USB, 4G LTE connect
BMW Online services
BMW remote services
BMW service history
BMW Teleservices
Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Condition based service
Control display - 10.25" colour touch sensitive display screen
Electronic Power Steering (EPS)
Front/rear park distance control (PDC)
Head up Display
iDrive Controller with 8 favourite buttons
Integrated owner's handbook
Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
M Gear selector
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
Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
Real time traffic information
Exterior Features
Metallic paint
Acoustic glazing
Automatically dimming electrochromatic rear view mirror
Black finish on B pillars
BMW Icon adaptive LED headlights with low and high beam headlights in Bi-LED, LED daytime running lights in corona ring style and LED Indicators
Body colour door handles
Body colour front and rear bumpers
Direction indicator, side repeaters, integrated in exterior mirrors
Dynamic brake lights
Electric front and rear windows with fingertip open/close + anti-trap facility and comfort closing function
Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
Green tinted heat protection glazing
Heated windscreen washer jets
High beam assistant
High gloss black exterior air inlets, mirror caps and air breather
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 tail lights
M Competition bodystyling
M Double slat kidney grilles in High Gloss Black with black slats
M Exhaust tailpipes - Quad, round, split left and right with high gloss black finisher 100mm
M Sport exhaust system
Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
Rear wiper
Shark fin antenna
Visible VIN plate
Windscreen wipers with adjustable interval
Interior Features
Driver and front passenger heated seats
Electric seat adjustment with memory
Full Merino leather upholstery
Lashing rails and four adjustable lashing eyes for luggage compartment floor
12V power socket in front centre console
3 zone automatic air conditioning
Ambient lighting
Anthracite headlining
Driver and front passenger lumbar support
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 cupholders x 2
Front floor mats in velour
Front head restraints
High gloss black front door sill finishers with X3/X4 M competition designation
Interior lighting - front centre over interior mirror with soft light, rear centre and front and rear footwell lighting
Luggage compartment lighting
M Gear knob
M leather steering wheel
M seats with illuminated M logo in headrests
Parcel shelf removeable and storable under boot floor
Reach and rake adjustable steering column
Rear seat centre armrest with two cupholders
Storage compartment in rear centre console, front and rear door trims and under luggage compartment
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
Three rear headrests
Through loading system with 40/20/40 split folding rear seat
Toolkit located in luggage compartment
Welcome lighting
Driving assistant pack - X3 M
Connected package professional - X3 M/X4 M
Active protection
ADB - Automatic Differential Brake
Airbags - Front driver/passenger, front and rear curtain head protection, front side, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag
Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
Battery safety cut-off
Brake drying
Brake energy regeneration
Braking pre-tensioning
CBC - (Cornering brake control)
Child proof locking system in rear door
Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats
Crash Sensor - activation of airbags
Crash Sensor - activation of central locking release, hazard warning light and interior lighting
Deactivation of fuel pump in the event of a crash
Dynamic brake control
Dynamic safety
Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Electromechanical parking brake
Hill descent control
Hill start assist
M Compound perforated brakes
Passive protection for pedestrians
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
Twin horns
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Aluminium carbon trim finishers with pearl chrome highlight
Black Sensatec instrument panel with grey contrasting seam
Sensatec dashboard
BMW Mobility Kit
21" V spoke M light alloy wheels in bicolour black with mixed tyres - style 765M
BMW professional radio/CD/MP3
DAB tuner
Electronic service booklet
Harman Kardon loudspeaker system
Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and electronic engine immobiliser
Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Remote control including integrated key with M specific design
Remote control including two integrated key - one button for open/close all lockable content, windows and separate button for open luggage compartment
Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
Adaptive M suspension
Eight speed M Steptronic sport transmission with drivelogic and gearshift paddle switches on steering wheel
Incorrect fuelling protection
Lightweight engineering
M Sport differential
Performance Control
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 239
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 261
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 265
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 261
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High 259
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 263
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 259
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High 222
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 225
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 222
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low 367
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 370
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 366
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium 255
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 259
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 255
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 2993
Compression Ratio 9.3:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 6
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 84
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 90
Engine Code S58B30T0
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Gears 8 SPEED
Number of Valves 24
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 11.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 11.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 11.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 11.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 11.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 11.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 9.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 9.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 9.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 16.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 16.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 16.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 11.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 11.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 11.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb 24.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 24.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 24.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 24.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 24.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 24.8
WLTP - MPG - High 29.1
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 28.5
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 29.1
WLTP - MPG - Low 17.5
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 17.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 17.5
WLTP - MPG - Medium 25.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 24.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 25.2
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 3.0
Badge Power 510
Coin Series X3 M Competition
Generation Mark 2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 46E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 24
Service Interval Mileage 15500
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) 4.1
Engine Power - BHP 510
Engine Power - KW 375
Engine Power - RPM 6250
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 443
Engine Torque - MKG 61.2
Engine Torque - NM 600
Engine Torque - RPM 2600
Top Speed 155
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 255/40 R21
Tyre Size Rear 265/40 R21
Wheel Style V SPOKE STYLE 765
Wheel Type 21" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1669
Length 4726
Wheelbase 2864
Width 1897
Width (including mirrors) 2138
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 65
Gross Vehicle Weight 2500
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1600
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 550
Max. Loading Weight 530
Max. Roof Load 100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 2400
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1970
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 12.6


Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £1416.07 p/m £14.85 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £1427.29 p/m £18.65 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £1454.29 p/m £49.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £1480.20 p/m £77.00 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £1505.27 p/m £108.34 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £1529.53 p/m £136.41 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £1091.91 p/m £25.92 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £1101.83 p/m £37.40 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £1129.03 p/m £56.84 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £1158.68 p/m £98.72 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £1185.00 p/m £140.03 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £1214.22 p/m £151.47 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £937.63 p/m £36.19 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £946.06 p/m £46.10 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £968.49 p/m £78.83 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £992.09 p/m £115.97 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £1016.61 p/m £141.89 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £1037.62 p/m £163.87 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £1699.28 p/m £17.82 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £1712.75 p/m £22.38 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £1745.15 p/m £59.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £1776.24 p/m £92.40 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £1806.33 p/m £130.01 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £1835.43 p/m £163.69 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £1310.29 p/m £31.11 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £1322.20 p/m £44.88 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £1354.83 p/m £68.21 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £1390.42 p/m £118.46 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £1422.00 p/m £168.03 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £1457.06 p/m £181.77 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £1125.16 p/m £43.43 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £1135.27 p/m £55.32 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £1162.19 p/m £94.60 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £1190.51 p/m £139.17 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £1219.94 p/m £170.26 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £1245.15 p/m £196.64 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
Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging, 2X USB, audio streaming, screen mirroring and wifi hotspot £430.00
Parking Assistant Plus with 360 degree surround view camera £500.00
Wifi hotspot preparation FOC
BMW gesture control £190.00
Exterior Features
BMW Individual paint £280.00
Electric dual tilt/slide panoramic glass sunroof £1,190.00
Fully electric towbar £850.00
M Carbon Precision strut FOC
Sun protection glass £320.00
Interior Features
Electric front seat adjustment with memory and active ventilation £100.00
Heated front and rear seats £280.00
Luggage compartment separating net £110.00
Merino leather/alcantara upholstery £800.00
Seat backrest adjustment for rear seat FOC
Steering wheel heating FOC
Sunblind for rear side windows £180.00
Comfort pack - X3 M £900.00
Driving assistant plus pack - X3 M £1,080.00
Extended storage pack - X3 M FOC
M Carbon Exterior pack - X3 M FOC
M Carbon pack - X3 M £3,900.00
M Driver pack - X3 M £2,095.00
Individual Paint - Sunstone metallic £280.00
Metallic - Alpine white FOC
Metallic - Black sapphire FOC
Metallic - Donnington grey FOC
Metallic - Phytonic blue FOC
Metallic - Sophisto Grey Brilliant effect FOC
Metallic - Toronto Red FOC
Comfort access system with smart opener FOC
BMW Individual piano black trim finisher £300.00
Carbon fibre interior trim finishers £600.00
Full merino leather - Adelaide grey FOC
Full merino leather - Black FOC
Full merino leather - BMW individual Ivory white/Black FOC
Full merino leather - BMW individual Tartufo/Black FOC
Full merino leather - Sakhir orange FOC
Merino leather/alcantara - Black with Midrand beige bicolour £800.00
Space saver spare wheel £190.00
* option prices shown are estimated