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BMW X3 DIESEL ESTATE xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto

BMW X3 xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto
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BMW X3 xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto
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BMW X3 xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto
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BMW X3 xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW X3 xDrive20d MHT M Sport 5dr Step Auto

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  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph7.9 secs
  • Top Speed132 mph
  • C02157 g/km
  • BHP190
  • Torque295 lbs/f
  • P11D34%


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
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
Electric Power Steering (EPS) with Servotronic
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
6 speakers
Auxiliary socket for external MP3 player
BMW professional radio/CD/MP3
DAB Digital radio
Exterior Features
Adaptive LED Headlights with Low and high beam headlights in Bi-LED, LED daytime running lights in corona ring style and LED Indicators
Solid paint
Acoustic glazing
Black finish on B pillars
Body colour door handles
Body colour electric adjust heated aspherical door mirrors
Body colour roof mouldings
Body coloured bumpers
Chrome kidney grille with high gloss black vertical slats
Direction indicator, side repeaters, integrated in exterior mirrors
Dual chrome exhaust
Dynamic brake lights
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 front fog lights
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
Height adjustable front 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
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 sports seats
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
Aluminium rhombicle interior trim with pearl chrome highlight trim finishers
19" M double spoke light alloy wheels in bicolur ferric grey - style 698M
BMW mobility system
Low rolling resistance tyres
Connected pack professional - 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
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
Automatic transmission with gearshift paddles
Diesel particulate filter
Incorrect fuelling protection
Larger capacity fuel tank
Lightweight engineering
M sport suspension
Multi-link rear suspension
Performance Control
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 157
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 157
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 167
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 156
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High 163
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 175
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 161
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High 137
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 146
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 136
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low 185
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 193
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 185
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium 158
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 170
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 158
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1995
Compression Ratio 16.5:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 84
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 90
Engine Code XD5141O0
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 8 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 6.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 5.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 5.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 7.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 6
WLTP - MPG - Comb 47.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 44.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 47.1
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 45.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 42.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 46.3
WLTP - MPG - High 54.3
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 50.4
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 54.3
WLTP - MPG - Low 39.8
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 38.2
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 39.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium 47.1
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 43.5
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 47.1
AdBlue Yes
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 190
Coin Description d MHT
Coin Series M Sport
Generation Mark 2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 30E
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 25000
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) 7.9
Engine Power - BHP 190
Engine Power - KW 140
Engine Power - RPM 4000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 295
Engine Torque - MKG 40.8
Engine Torque - NM 400
Engine Torque - RPM 1750
Top Speed 132
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
RDE Certification Level RDE 2
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 245/50 R19
Tyre Size Rear 245/50 R19
Wheel Type 19" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1676
Length 4708
Wheelbase 2864
Width 1891
Width (including mirrors) 2138
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 60
Gross Vehicle Weight 2500
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1600
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 550
Max. Loading Weight 665
Max. Roof Load 100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 2000
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1835
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 12


Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £564.63 p/m £8.62 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £573.22 p/m £9.10 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £593.88 p/m £45.20 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £613.73 p/m £49.63 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £632.89 p/m £75.90 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £651.47 p/m £99.12 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £462.72 p/m £23.78 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £470.33 p/m £34.02 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £491.13 p/m £41.83 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £513.83 p/m £72.28 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £533.97 p/m £90.88 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £556.35 p/m £110.90 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £424.21 p/m £28.00 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £430.64 p/m £34.61 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £447.82 p/m £61.90 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £465.90 p/m £82.86 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £484.64 p/m £102.75 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £500.74 p/m £121.69 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £677.56 p/m £10.34 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £687.86 p/m £10.92 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £712.65 p/m £54.23 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £736.47 p/m £59.56 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £759.47 p/m £91.08 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £781.76 p/m £118.95 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £555.26 p/m £28.54 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £564.39 p/m £40.83 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £589.35 p/m £50.19 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £616.60 p/m £86.74 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £640.77 p/m £109.06 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £667.62 p/m £133.07 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £509.05 p/m £33.60 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £516.77 p/m £41.54 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £537.38 p/m £74.28 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £559.08 p/m £99.43 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £581.57 p/m £123.29 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £600.88 p/m £146.03 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
Lease Type
Contract Length
Initial Rental
Annual Mileage
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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
Park assist system plus with surround camera, steering, brake, accelerator and gear change assist £500.00
Wifi hotspot preparation FOC
Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system £820.00
Exterior Features
BMW icon adaptive LED headlights FOC
Electric dual tilt/slide panoramic glass sunroof FOC
Fully electric towbar £850.00
High beam assistant FOC
Metallic paint £670.00
Sun protection glass £320.00
Interior Features
Driver and front passenger lumbar support £265.00
Electric adjustable seats with memory function 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
Premium pack - X3 £1,930.00
Visibility pack - X3 £495.00
Metallic - Black sapphire £670.00
Metallic - Carbon black £670.00
Metallic - Glacier Silver £670.00
Metallic - Phytonic blue £670.00
Metallic - Sophisto Grey £670.00
Solid - Alpine white FOC
Comfort access system with smart opener FOC
Aluminium fine cutting interior trim with pearl chrome highlight trim finishers FOC
BMW Individual piano black trim finisher £500.00
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
21'' individual V spoke light alloy wheels in bicolour orbit grey - style 726 with run flat tyres £1,400.00
Run flat tyres FOC
* option prices shown are estimated