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BMW X3 xDrive 28i (2011)

by Barry Green,reviewed August 2011

Placed between its popular and well regarded X1 and X5 siblings, the BMW X3 is at risk of middle child syndrome.

That would be an injustice, as the new X3 is very much its own vehicle and well worth consideration by buyers in the luxury 4WD segment.

Our xDrive 28i test vehicle came endowed with plenty of performance and refinement due its 190 kW, 310 Nm powerplant matched up with new 8-speed automatic. It’s a comfy drive too.

But the X3 particularly impresses as a space traveller, where a regular cargo space of 550 litres becomes 1600 (which BMW claims is unrivalled in its segment) when the 40/20/40 rear seats are folded. Run flat tyres, though, remain an acquired taste.

BMW X3 xDrive 28i 2011

For

Space, on road prowess

Against

Run flat tyres

Key features

Bluetooth, automatic climate control, powered/heated exterior mirrors, audio system with MP3-capable CD drive and aux-in connection, powered front seats, 18” alloys

Safety

Dual front/side/curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, BA, ESC, TC, three-point automatic seatbelts, belt force limiters, belt latch tensioners and active front headrests

Car Details

Vehicle make BMW
Vehicle model X3 xDrive 28i
Vehicle type Luxury SUV
Year 2011
Price when new $71,900 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
4 out of 5 stars
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Engine 3.0-litre, inline petrol, 6-cyl

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.