Redesigned for 2014, the latest generation BMW X3 features a revised front end design, upgraded standard specification and improved performance, a subtle facelift that has given the X3 a more mature image, bearing a resemblance to that of an economized X5.
The refresh has also seen tweaks to the engine range which has been updated to an all-diesel line up and models come combined with either a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic. With significant changes under the bonnet, the new fuel efficient 2.0-litre diesel engine means that the rear-wheel drive 148bhp sDrive 18d edition has the best-in-range economy, returning an intended 60.1mpg and emissions of just 124g/km. The other options in the model range, the xDrive20d, xDrive30d and flagship xDrive 35d all come with four-wheel drive as standard.
The BMW ConnectedDrive for the revised X3 has seen a great deal of new technology added to the car including iDrive Controller with an integrated touchpad, the BMW Business Spec Media Package, anti-dazzle high beam assistant and Driving Assistant Plus, including lane departure warning, active cruise control with Stop & Go function and preventive pedestrian protection. An upgraded EfficientDynamics package with stop/start technology, a coasting function and a brake energy regeneration system is also in place to help further boost economy. For every model except the top-spec xDrive35d, there's now an optional 17in 'aero' wheel design, which helps shave another 7g/km off your CO2 emissions.
At top-spec the X3 is available in a new xLine trim level which joins that of the SE and M Sport editions. This model variant comes bound with metallic inserts in the bumpers, aluminium side cladding and bars in the air intakes, underguard protection at the front and rear and exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels. The interior cabin will also feature exclusive leather upholstery, dark copper trim and a sport leather steering wheel.
Visually, the revamp has given the X3 reprofiled headlights, a bolder kidney grille, a revised front and rear bumper alongside new alloy wheel design and tweaked side skirts. Further to the exterior the X3 retains its finely flared wheel arches and mounting crease along the flanks and inside subtle cosmetic changes have been made to the interior. BMW have restructured the centre console to include additional chrome and gloss-black inserts on top of a refreshed control cluster.
This more generous specification also includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, Automatic tailgate and optional ConnectedDrive technologies such as BMW Head-up Display and surround view in addition to climate control, DAB radio, 17in alloy wheels, front and rear parking radar, automatic rain and headlight sensors, wipers, and automatic lights as standard.