Used BMW X3 (2004 - 2010) Costs

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 22 May 2009
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.
2.5 out of 5

Running costs

If you opt for one of the diesel engines, you'll find running costs reasonable - the xDrive18d model is the most fuel efficient and is capable of 46mpg . BMW servicing and parts aren't cheap, but the firm does offer a package for those buying new called Service Inclusive, which covers you for five years/60,000 miles of servicing for one up-front payment.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£1,561 - £2,036 *


£1,101 - £1,549 *

The estimated fuel cost figure is a guide to how much this model will cost to fuel each year, so you can compare between cars. It's calculated by using the model's average mpg (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price. It's based on the following cost-per-litre: petrol 103p and diesel 109p. Prices are updated daily.

Summary Running Costs

Servicing period

According to on board computer.


Three years/unlimited mileage.

Road tax (12 months)

£205.00 - £580.00

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered after March 1st 2001 VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions. For cars registered before March 1st 2001 it is based on engine size.

Full running costs data

2.5 out of 5

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CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

The X3 does feature BMWs Efficient Dynamics technology but it's limited to lightweight materials and active aerodynamics. The best model is the xDrive18d (launched in April 2009) which emits 165g/km of CO2 and is capable of 46mpg.

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