8 January 2018

BMW X3 xDrive 30i 2018 car review

The third generation X3 has recently arrived sporting a new fresh, sleek and sophisticated design or X-factor if you will. The standard Driving Assistant Plus package brings the highest level of next-generation driving assistance systems to all models, including the latest semi-automated driving capability.

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BMW X3 2018
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BMW X3 2018
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BMW X3 2018

Birthed in 2003, the X3 is said to be the founder of the medium-size Sports Activity Vehicle (SUV to us) segment. BMW has recorded more than 1.5 million sales worldwide of the X3 across the two model generations so far. With the SUV featuring strong in the vehicle sales market segment, the scene is set for a good innings with this new 3rd generation. 

The exterior design, bold front end accented by the active 3D double kidney grille, help give off a look that combines a capable off-road presence with a sleek, modern aesthetic. The interior now mirrors the luxuriousness and premium layout of the recently updated 5 and 7 Series models. The new X3 also sees the premiere of Leather ‘Vernasca’ upholstery.  This new-generation genuine leather, standard on all X3 model variants features a supremely soft and luxurious finish, further enhancing the comfort level. 

The latest in semi-automated driving capability is possible via BMW’s Personal CoPilot system. As part of the Driving Assistant Plus package, steering and lane control assistant, active cruise control with Stop&Go function, cross-traffic warning and Lane Keeping Assistant with collision prevention all featured as standard.

The highest level of ambient lighting welcomes driver and passengers as they approach the X3.  The Welcome Light Carpet, as first seen on the BMW 7 Series, combines a light array with elegant design to project a three dimensional carpet of light along the length of the vehicle.

Inside, the X3 offers the latest iDrive6 infotainment system with 10.25-inch central information display.  With Navigation system Professional as standard, the driver has four ways of interacting with the vehicles’ infotainment system: iDrive controller, touch function on the central information display, natural speech voice input and the optional BMW Gesture Control system. For all X3 models a new multi-function instrument display is standard equipment.  This 12-inch high-definition digital screen is adaptable to the Driving Experience Mode selected by the driver.

The X3 xDrive 20d model was the only vehicle in this range to be ANCAP tested and receive a 5-star rating. 

At a glance


X3 xDrive30i


2.0Ltr 4-cylinder


From $99,850

ANCAP safety rating

5-Star for xDrive20d model only


185kW, 350Nm of Torque


8-Speed Sports A/T

Fuel economy

7.6L/100km combined

Towing capacity

2,400kg braked



Seating capacity


Luggage capacity/payload

550L, 1,600 seats folded

Safety systems

Driving Assistant Plus

Parking Assistant Plus, incl 3D Surround view

Adaptive Cruise Control

Intelligent Emergency Call

Rear View Camera

LKA, Cross Traffic Alert

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