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  • BMW X3 has a five star Euro NCAP rating
  • Lots of safety kit including airbags and active headrests

The BMW X3 was given a five-star rating by Euro NCAP when tested in 2011. It scored 88 percent for adult occupant protection, 83 percent for child occupant protection and 53 percent for pedestrian saftey.

There is plenty of kit on the X3 to protect you in the event of an accident. Front, side and curtain airbags have been fitted for the front seat occupants and head airbags for the second row.

BMW X3 safety is boosted by crash-active headrests at the front, crash sensors that prime the safety systems if it thinks an accident is imminent, a tyre defect indicator, anti-lock brakes, traction control, cornering brake control, dynamic brake control, hill-start assistant, hill descent control as standard.

Larger, wider and taller, the X3 is now more practical. Load space has been improved by 70 litres taking the maximum figure with seats in place to 550 litres. Fold the back row of seats and the luggage space expands to 1,600 litres. The X3 has got one over on its rivals with its flexibility. The seats have a 60/40 split as standard but there is a 40/20/40 seating arrangement available as an option.

This allows you (for example) to carry driver plus two passengers and three mountain bikes – that’s quite something. Roof rails now come standard and if you regularly tow the X3 will be a decent choice with a towing weight of between 2,000kg and 2,400kg.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW X3 (11-17).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • 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
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • Sports seats
M Sport optional equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Telephone

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
SE optional equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Telephone

xLine equipment

xLine standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Sat Nav
xLine optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The BMW X3 (11-17) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2011 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2011
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 88%
Child Occupant: 83%
Vulnerable Road Users: 53%
Safety Assist: 71%

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.