Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

An elevated driving position gives the driver a good view of the road and the small A-pillars make entering and exiting junctions a breeze. The steering wheel has both rake and reach adjustment while the seat is multi-adjustable allowing the driver to obtain the perfect driving position. The high grade materials used on the interior make for plush surroundings and the controls are laid out in a logical manner.

The cabin is suitably blessed with a large number of storage compartments, trays and cup holders.

Five adults can sit in relative comfort in the X3 but the middle seat in the rear is still a little on the small side so it’s best to keep the journeys short if you have a full complement of passengers. The car has grown in length, width and in height, which means more legroom in the rear. The BMW X3 comfort levels overall are admirable because has a much better ride than the previous generation and it is fairly quiet and refined.

There is minimal road roar from the tyres but a downside was wind noise at motorway speed – surprisingly loud. Apart from the wind noise the X3 is a good companion whether on- or off-road.