• 2015 BMW X3


The X3 is one of the most prestigious models in the luxury German brand BMW’s portfolio since it made its debut in the year 2003. The X3 is basically a mid-sized sports utility vehicle which is built on the 3 series platform and shares some of its styling cues with the bigger X5, it is definitely not the most exciting and handsome looking midsized SUV that you will find on road neither it will attract instant attention but it has a good reputation of being a fuel efficient and sporty handling vehicle.

After the success of the first generation X3, BMW introduced the second generation in the year 2010 with premium quality interiors and an impressive interior room, though there has not been a huge change in its exterior styling which can be bit disappointing for many.

Now after almost 11 years the German luxury brand introduced a brand new X3 which too comes with many new and interesting features about which we will discuss a bit later in this review but first we must admit that this new X3 is definitely a huge improvement over its predecessor, it now has become even more fuel efficient and also emits less CO2 which will definitely make the environmentalist happy. BMW also introduced a new diesel engine which is not an oil burner but definitely is a nifty performer. The manufacturer also introduced a new variant which is not equipped with an all wheel drive so that the prices could be kept low and thus it could be introduced into new and unexplored markets.

Now we all know that the BMW products are the best drivable vehicles that you will find on road today, so does this new and improved X3 lives up to its reputation of providing an excellent ride and handling both on and off the tarmac while also cocooning its occupants inside with utmost luxury? Let’s find out.

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This is not exactly a new generation car so don’t expect a huge amount of change on its exterior still BMW has tried to make the X3 look more exclusive and premium and the changes you will notice are mostly towards the front and rear of the vehicle.

BMW has added a more stylish and aggressive looking front bumper which also has bigger air intakes and the beautifully carved round shaped headlamps too now stretches almost to the front kidney shaped BMW signature grille which too received some significant changes while the rest of the SUV still retains the same dynamic shape. The side profile too looks the same and has the same sporty stance and the flared wheel arches which might remind you of its predecessor although the newly designed alloy wheels helps in enhancing the overall look of the SUV. Walk towards the rear and you will find the same tail lights and the muscular looking tailgate.

Now if you ask me so what exactly are the changes I can tell you that there are very few but those few changes are very effective that transformed the overall appearance of the vehicle. The X3 now looks even more aggressive and premium especially if you consider its front face.


The X3 has always been known for its spacious and luxurious interior and thus the new X3 won’t disappoint you at all. The interior now looks even more exclusive and will definitely impress everyone with the new chrome inserts, a center console with optional automatic climate control system in high-gloss black-panel look, and new cupholders with a sliding cover the center console which helps in highlighting the car’s premium appearance even further.

The new X-line equipment package also gives the owner an option of choosing an automatic tailgate and a storage package which helps in further increasing the functionality of the SUV. The rest of the interior remains the same with premium quality materials and a host of new equipments and gadgets.


At present the X3 is available with two engine options in India the X drive 20d which has four cylinders, it generates about 184 Hp of maximum power at 4000 rpm and 380 Nm of torque between 1,750 – 2,750 rpm. Whereas the other engine is a more powerful straight six cylinder diesel engine which generates about 258 bhp of maximum power and 560 Nm of massive torque between 2,000-2,750 rpm. Both the engines has been mated to a 8 speed automatic transmission

BMW has introduced a completely new diesel unit with this new X3 which generates 190 hp of maximum power; the new engine has been tuned to deliver an impressive amount of fuel efficiency along with impressive performance.

As already mentioned above the X3 with its Efficient Dynamic package of technology which includes an auto Start Stop function, coasting function, Brake Energy Regeneration and on-demand operation of ancillary units makes this car more enjoyable and drivable.


BMW still has not declared the prices of the new X3 but we can surely tell you that the new X3 will be here in our Indian market by the end of the 2014.


The X3 definitely faces some tough competition from the Audi Q5

Audi Q5

Although BMW has offered the X3 with only diesel engine option in our Indian market but its other German rival Audi has gone a step further and offered their SUV with both diesel and petrol engine options but we are comparing only the diesel engine variant of the Q5 with the X3 for your better understanding.

The Audi Q5 is available with a 1968cc 4-cyl inline turbo diesel engine generates 174bhp of maximum power at 1750-2500rpm and 38.7kgm at 1500-2500rpm. The bigger 2967cc V6 turbo diesel engine generates about 245bhp of maximum power at 4000-4500rpm and a maximum torque of 59 kgm at 1400-3250rpm. There is no doubt that the Q5 is also an impressive machine which also handles well and is a worthy competitor to the BMW X3.


The X3 is definitely a brilliant handling machine which will impress anyone who drives it. Now with the introduction of a new 2.0 liter diesel fuel efficient engine and a new trimmed down variant which comes without the all wheel drive system will surely attract attention of many. The exterior changes are striking specially the front face now looks even more premium and almost similar to the bigger X5. So with all the changes made on the X3 BMW surely will witness rise in its sales figures.

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It was back in 2003 that BMW founded the new mid-size Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment with the launch of the X3. That means the BMW X3 has been a paragon of sporty dynamics, premium ambience and robust agility, coupled with low fuel consumption and emissions, for over 10 years now – racking up sales figures of more than one million units in the process. The second generation of the successful BMW X3 has made a compelling case for itself since its introduction in 2010, boasting the best interior and boot measurements and the greatest versatility in its class.
And now the new BMW X3 (fuel consumption combined: 8.3–4.7* l/100 km [34.0–60.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 193–124* g/km) is set to build inexorably on its segment leadership. A pair of new-generation diesel engines, producing more power but once again burning less fuel, serve to improve dynamic performance and reduce pollutant emissions. The exterior and interior design of the new BMW X3 reveal stylistic revisions and also add further depth to the car’s practicality with detail solutions responding to customer requirements.

Dynamic appearance and exclusive ambience.

The new BMW X3 cuts a visually more powerful figure with its new, modified twin circular headlights (LED headlights are optional), a more eye-catching kidney grille, new front and rear bumpers, and exterior mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators – shining an even brighter spotlight on signature BMW X model design features. A high level of perceived quality and exclusivity also defines the interior of the new BMW X3. Chrome applications, a centre console with optional automatic climate control system in high-gloss black-panel look, and new cupholders with a sliding cover for the centre console underline the car’s premium appearance. New exterior colours, upholstery designs, interior trim strips and light-alloy wheels enable even more refined individualisation. The new xLine equipment package, meanwhile, allows owners to lend greater emphasis still to the dynamic and robust SAV character of the BMW X3. And the Smart Opener for the automatic tailgate and storage package (both optional) further enhance the already impressive functionality of the BMW X3.
* Figures with optional reduced-rolling-resistance tyres on 17-inch Streamline style 306 wheels.

World premiere for the new 2.0-litre diesel unit with 140 kW/190 hp.

The new BMW X3 is available from launch with a choice of four diesel and three petrol engines, with outputs ranging from 110 kW/150 hp to 230 kW/313 hp. The state-of-the-art units with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology guarantee outstanding performance combined with low fuel consumption, and all meet the EU6 exhaust gas standard. At the same time, the output of the X3 xDrive20d (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 5.8–5.4*/5.1–4.8*/5.4–5.0* l/100 km [48.7–52.3/55.4–58.9/52.3–56.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 141–131* g/km), for example, rises from 135 kW/184 hp to 140 kW/190 hp, while the fuel consumption of the automatic version is 7.1 per cent lower than that of its predecessor. The BMW X3 xDrive20d, which gives this new 2.0-litre turbodiesel its global premiere, therefore sets the benchmark in its class. It is an achievement matched by the new 110 kW/150 hp BMW X3 sDrive18d (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 5.8–5.4*/4.7–4.3*/5.1–4.7* l/100 km [48.7–52.3/60.1–65.7/55.4–60.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 134–124* g/km) with classical rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox. Likewise leading the way in their segments are the BMW X3 xDrive28i (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 9.3–8.7*/6.3–5.9*/7.4–7.0* l/100 km (30.4–32.4/44.8–47.8/38.2–40.3 mpg imp); CO2 emissions combined: 172–162* g/km) with 180 kW/245 hp and the BMW X3 xDrive35i (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 10.7/6.9/8.3 l/100 km [26.4/40.9/34.0 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 193 g/km) with 225 kW/306 hp.
* Figures with optional reduced-rolling-resistance tyres on 17-inch Streamline style 360 wheels.

BMW EfficientDynamics: driving pleasure and low fuel consumption.
The trailblazing BMW EfficientDynamics package of technology brings the Auto Start Stop function, coasting function, Brake Energy Regeneration and on-demand operation of ancillary units to the new BMW X3, resulting in the lowest fuel consumption and emissions in the segment. In addition, fourth-generation low-rolling-resistance tyres make a significant contribution to the excellent environmental performance of the new BMW X3 by reducing CO2 emissions by 7 g/km.

BMW ConnectedDrive: driver assistance and infotainment.

The new BMW X3 advances the company’s commitment to the link-up of driver, vehicle and outside world, an area in which BMW is an undisputed leader. Among the outstanding new features from BMW ConnectedDrive on board the BMW X3 are the iDrive Controller with integrated touchpad (for text input using finger movements), Parking Assistant, the full-colour BMW Head-Up Display, the anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant and Driving Assistant Plus, including Lane Departure Warning, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function and preventive pedestrian protection.
Also available under the BMW ConnectedDrive umbrella are Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI), Concierge Services and the Intelligent Emergency Call function. A range of apps enable the use of Facebook and Twitter, AUPEO! internet radio and music platforms like Napster and Deezer.

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