BMW X3

BMW X3

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On-Road Price, Mumbai

  61.3 Lakh

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TorqueX Review

What You'll Like

Great to Drive, Comfortable cabin, Intuitive iDrive system

What You Won't

Dated Interior Styling

TorqueX Says

There is No Denying that the New X3 is a Clever Piece of Engineering

TorqueX Recommended Variant

xDrive20d Luxury Line

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Turn-in is sharp, the steering feels nicely weighted and the advantages of that 50:50 weight distribution can be felt at just about every corner. The X3 is a genuinely fun SUV to drive.

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Despite the sportiness, the X3 is also quite adept at dealing with the rough stuff on Indian roads. Ride quality is on the firmer side but the fact is you hear the bumps more than you feel them.

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BMW X3 review, road test

This may be the facelifted X3 but in India it’s playing a larger role as the launch vehicle for BMW’s latest 2-litre diesel engine. The new engine is of particular importance because it will also replace the base diesel engines in the 3- and 5-series over the coming year. Identical 1995cc displacement and basic layout apart (four-cylinders, common-rail, turbocharger), BMW says there’s little else common between old and new engines.

The new engine is a wee bit more powerful than the one it replaces - it produces 187bhp at 4000rpm (3bhp up on the old engine) and 40.7kgm between 1750-2500rpm (up 2kgm). The benefit of the added power is a claimed 0-100kph time of 8.1 seconds that is 0.4 seconds faster than that of the earlier X3.

While that may be an almost imperceptible gain in performance, what is very evident is that the new engine is a whole lot quieter than the one it replaces. Idle is all but free from the coarse clatter of the old motor and even on the move, the engine is significantly less noisy. It’s still not the most refined of engines around but in average driving, the eight-speed gearbox does well to keep revs under 2000rpm where the engine functions at its quietest (and most efficient) best. As for the gearbox, it responds quickly to most throttle inputs but in full-auto mode there’s an occasional lag to downshift when you want a sudden burst of power. Manual control on the gear lever (there are no paddle shifters) does make it possible to work around this issue, though.

Performance, on the whole, is impressive. There’s strong punch right from the word go and with manual mode engaged, the engine also revs to a solid 4800rpm before the electronics automatically upshift. The driving modes further help tailor the engine and gearbox’s characteristics to your driving style. That, coupled with the top-spec X3 xLine’s dynamic damper control let you truly exploit this SUVs inherent sportiness. Turn-in is sharp, the steering feels nicely weighted and the advantages of that 50:50 weight distribution can be felt at just about every corner. The X3 is a genuinely fun SUV to drive. It’s also one that’s quite adept at dealing with the rough stuff on Indian roads. Ride quality is on the firmer side but the fact is you hear the bumps more than you feel them.

Just wish BMW had also reworked the X3’s rear seats with this update. The seat base is a tad low and the resulting knees-up seating position compromises thigh support. But, as before, the front seats remain hard to fault for comfort or support.

Changes to the interior are limited to a tidied up centre console, more glossy black plastics, and more metal highlights. There’s also a larger 16.5cm screen for the iDrive system. Small as these changes are, they help uplift the ambience inside an already well-finished cabin. As for the exteriors, there are few visual cues to tell you this is the new-for-2014 X3. The most prominent change is in the attractive new headlights that are larger than before and now fuse with the kidney grille, ala the 3-series and new X5. Look closely and you’ll notice both bumpers have been restyled too.

BMW has launched the new X3 in two variants. The X3 Expedition that costs Rs 44.9 lakh (ex-showroom, India) gets a fair amount of kit including driving modes, bi-xenon headlamps, powered front seats, parking sensors, BMW’s iDrive system and Bluetooth connectivity. However, if you can, we’d recommend you go for the X3 xLine we’ve featured here. It does cost a fair bit more at Rs 49.9 lakh but does get you features such as a panoramic sunroof, dynamic damper control, leather upholstery and larger 18-inch wheels.

But, irrespective of which version you go for, your money will buy you an X3 that’s marginally better to look at, slightly nicer on the inside and significantly quieter than before. Performance from the new 2-litre engine is also always more than satisfactory. But if you want even more power, perhaps you should wait for the X3 with a 3-litre straight six diesel that’s on its way. That would be quite the package. 

Nikhil Bhatia 

 

 
BMW X3

OVERVIEW

  • Urban SUV/Softroader

  • Automatic

  • Diesel

  • Mileage

    10 Mileage

  • Seater

    5 Seater

  • Litres

    67 Litres

  • 6 AirBags

  • Warranty

    2 years / Unlimited kms

PERFORMANCE

210 Kph

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Top Speed

9.28 sec

0-100 kph stopwatch

0-100 kph

11.9mtr

0-100 kph stopwatch

Turning Circle

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE

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Displacement(cc)

1995

Max Power

187 bhp

Torque

40.7 kgm

No of Cylinder(s)

4

INTERIOR DIMENSIONS

Wheel Base

2810 mm

Ground Clearance

212 mm

Bootspace

550 ltrs

Turning Circle

11.9 metre

SUSPENSION AND CHASSIS

Suspension & Chassis
Front Suspension

Front Suspension

Dynamic Damper Control

Rear Suspension

Rear Suspension

Dynamic Damper Control

Steering Type

Steering Type

Electrically Assisted

Front Brakes

Front Brakes

Ventilated Disc

Rear Brakes

Rear Brakes

Ventilated Disc

Tyres

Tyres

Front: 225/60 R17, Rear: 225/60 R17

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