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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest BMW X3 (11-17) review.

4 out of 5 4.0
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
BMW X3 (04-10) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £25,285 - £40,635
Used price £1,230 - £6,900
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
View pre-2017 economy specs
Road tax cost £200 - £570
Insurance group 27 - 42 How much is it to insure?

PROS

  • Refined and quiet on the move
  • Efficient diesel engines
  • Neat styling
  • Good-sized boot

CONS

  • Expensive compared to similar alternatives
  • Firm ride

BMW X3 rivals

Volvo
XC60
4 out of 5 4.0

Written by David Ross on

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.

BMW X3 rivals

Volvo
XC60
4 out of 5 4.0