BMW X3: Advantages, Disadvantages and should you buy this German SUV?

BMW launched the third-generation X3 in India in 2018. The price of this BMW SUV has been kept between Rs. 60.50 lakh to Rs. 60.90 lakh (ex-showroom). The German carmaker made the X3 more luxurious,  spacious and give it advance technology than its old model.

BMW X3

Now the question arises that should you choose this mid-size luxury SUV over other cars in the segment like the Mercedes Benz GLC and Volvo XC60? Here we will talk about the advantages and disadvantages of this BMW SUV, which will make it easier for you to know whether you should take BMW X3 or not. So let's move ahead and know about it:-

Advantages

Luxury Interior and Exterior 

BMW X3

BMW has made several changes in the design layout of the third-generation X3, which makes it look completely different from other cars in the segment.  On the front,  it has a large kidney grille,  with an active air Stream that closes and opens the inbuilt air vents to cool the engine if needed. Adaptive LED headlamps and sleek LED fog lamps have been given in this SUV.  It also features 19-inch alloy wheels,  along with LED tail lamps and dual exhaust tips. Talking about the interior, it has features like soft-touch leather, black, grey and silver highlights on the dashboard, a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system which supports only Apple CarPlay and three-zone climate control.  In terms of comfort, this SUV also gets a panoramic sunroof,  ambient lighting,  power-adjustable front seats with memory function. 

BMW X3

Rear seat space 

The wheelbase of the BMW X3 has been increased by 54 mm. In such a situation, there is a lot of legroom and knee room space in this vehicle. On the rear seats of X3, three passengers can sit in a comfortable position. The seat backrest can also be reclined up to 9 degrees during long trips.

BMW X3

Rear internal measurement BMW X3
Shoulder Room 1410 mm
Head Room 995 mm
Rear Knee Room (min-max) 620-830 mm
Sporty handling 

BMW X3

BMW X3 has both petrol and diesel engine options. The XDrive 30i luxury line variant of this 5-seater SUV has a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine capable of generation 252 Ps of power and 350 Nm of torque. The car gets an 8-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive drivetrain with a petrol engine. It also has four driving modes Eco Pro, Comfort,  Sport and Sport Plus. X3 feels very stable and under control while driving on both long stretches of roads and corners.

Disadvantages 

Ride quality is not very good

The response of this car's suspension setup during driving is quite good, but its ride quality does not feel so strong when going through sharp pits. Passengers sitting inside the cabin in this car also feel the road conditions.  Its suspension takes some time to stabilize when going through large speed breakers. 

Slow power delivery 

During city rides, this car takes some time to deliver power from 1700 to 1800 rpm mark. However,  its comfort mode proves to be perfect for city rides due to smooth gearshift and uniform power delivery. 

Lack of high capacity diesel engine 

The 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine has been given in the xDrive 20D luxury line variants. The same engine is also found in the BMW's entry-level X1 SUV. However,  this engine gives comfortable rides during city drive. At the same time, a 3.0-litre diesel engine could have been able to make driving more efficient and effortless. Let us tell you that BMW used to give its 3.0-litre diesel engine with the previous generation X3 SUV and now the same engine is available with the BMW X4.

Should you buy this German SUV?

BMW X3

If the driving experience does not matter to you and you want a better feature loaded car in the same price range,  then we would recommend you to buy another SUV in the segment instead of BMW X3. At the same time, the X3 is the ideal medium-size luxury SUV if you expect to spend much of your time behind the wheel.


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