Used BMW X3 (2004 - 2010) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 22 May 2009
4
Designing a compact 4x4 car that's good on the road, comfortable and yet also possesses some off road ability is no easy feat. But BMW has come close with the X3 - the smaller brother to the muscular X5.
BMW X3 (04-10)
  • Refined and quiet on the move
  • Efficient diesel engines
  • Neat styling
  • Good-sized boot
  • Expensive compared to similar alternatives
  • Firm ride

New price range:

£25,095 - £40,085

Used price range:

£1,157 - £6,643

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

Designing a compact 4x4 car that's good on the road, comfortable and yet also possesses some off road ability is no easy feat. But BMW has come close with the X3 - the smaller brother to the muscular X5. It uses BMWs xDrive four wheel drive system which ensures excellent traction both off-road and on it, while decent body control and good steering feel mean the X3 corners very well for an off roader.

However the downside of the stiff suspension is that the BMW rides firmly and isn't particularly settled over rough roads. It carries a high list price too, especially when compared to equally capable off roaders. On the plus side it's very practical with a large boot and spacious cabin.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

2.5 out of 5

Green credentials

2.5 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

3.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 The size of the boot and whatever anyone says there is plenty of leg room in the back, Very good on diesel.  

4 out of 5

wayne freeman ,   16 Oct 2008    ... read more

 size.....pleanty of room in the rear and the boot is a good size.  

4 out of 5

Paul Good ,   01 Dec 2007    ... read more

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