xfactorThe new BMW X3 will be the first 4×4 in its sector to have start-stop with auto transmission, plus sports a significantly upgraded cabin. Also featured are numerous chassis configurations, courtesy of Variable Damper Control, as well as UK-specific equipment packages and Head-up Display and online connectivity, thanks to ConnectedDrive.

The new BMW X3’s exterior styling is more rounded and sleeker but its characteristic upright kidney grille remains as does the muscular stance emphasised by the flared wheelarches and short wheelbase.

High-grade materials are integral to the new BMW X3’s interior. The latest generation iDrive, with 6.5in screen as standard, ensures all info and entertainment capabilities are easily accessible. And now the rear seat backrests can be split 60:40 as standard or as an option 40:20:40.

Powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine the X3 delivers a maximum power output of 184bhp at 4000rpm and peak torque of 280lb ft between 1750 and 2750rpm. These result in a 0-62mph time of 8.5 seconds, reaching a top speed of 130mph, and CO2 emissions are quoted at 149g/km, with average fuel consumption of a massive 50.4mpg!

Variable Damper Control is available for the first time, and the driver can influence the action of the dampers using Drive Dynamic Control system. This function enables the driver to choose between Normal, Sport and Sport+ modes using a button on the centre console.

As standard, the new X3 comes with xDrive permanent 4WD linked to Dynamic Stability Control. At £30,490 OTR, it is £115 less than the outgoing model and comes equipped with Nevada leather upholstery, two-zone air conditioning, iDrive controller and colour display.

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