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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The X3 performed adequately in Euro NCAP crash tests and scored four stars out of five. Standard safety kit includes dual front airbags, side and curtain bags, ABS, dynamic stability control and seatbelt pre-tensioners plus all cars have an alarm and remote central locking.

This is one of the most practical cars in the BMW range. The boot is huge and easy to load, the seats fold flat and the total load area is large enough for most weekend family jobs. There's also a large glovebox and centre storage cubby, door bins and plenty of cupholders. Those looking to tow will be pleased to see that the X3 has a braked towing weight of between 1,800kg and 2,000kg.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW X3 (04-10).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Service indicator
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats
M Sport optional equipment
  • Headlight washers
  • Metallic Paint
  • Service indicator

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
SE optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator

Euro NCAP Rating

The BMW X3 (04-10) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 4 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 1 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.