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BMW X3 Estate running costs and reliability

2011 - 2017 (change model)
Running costs rating: 3 out of 53.0

Written by Simon McBride Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.
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Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 46 - 57 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.
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Unsurprisingly, best for fuel economy is the entry-level two-wheel-drive sDrive 18d model which averages a claimed 56.5mpg with manual gearbox or 55.4mpg with the automatic transmission.

Worst is the 3.0-litre xDrive 35d but even that is very economical for this type of car at 47.1mpg.

In terms of regular maintenance BMW X3 running costs will be high. Servicing costs will be quite expensive but you can save money by opting to purchase a package called Service Inclusive, which covers you for five years/60,000 miles of servicing for one up-front payment.

Again, lowest BMW X3 emissions belong to the sDrive 18d with 131g/km of CO2 (or 133g/km with auto ’box). Highest CO2 emissions belong to the xDrive 35d, again not bad at 157g/km.

  • High standard of build quality in the X3
  • Previous generation proved reliable
  • No recalls since launch in 2011

Build quality is top-notch and on par with Audi so you can expect strong BMW X3 reliability.

The previous-generation X3 proved reliable with few recalls and we don’t expect this to change with the new model.

In fact there are no recalls listed on the DVLA website for this generation X3.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax £150 - £570
Insurance group 23 - 43
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