2014 BMW X3 | new car review

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 by
2014 BMW X3
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Review Summary:

Based on the 3-Series platform and currently in its second generation, the is a Compact SUV manufactured by the German brand.

Pros

Exterior design
Boot space
Interior quality

Cons

Hefty price tag

Looks

With eyes represented by elegant horizontal headlamps; high cheek bones represented by the fog lamps; and a smile represented by the mesh grille below the signature Kidneys, the 2014 X3 has a rather chic look to it. The classiness is continued at the rear end where LED tail lights start out at the tailgate and get larger as they wrap around the sides of the car.

2014 BMW X3 side

Feels

Silver, Piano Black, and Wood trims team up with soft leather to give birth to the interior of the 2014 BMW X3. A sleek 8.8 inch multimedia screen, followed by large A/C vents and controls, and a neatly tucked away CD player, grace the centre of the dashboard. With 993 mm of rear headroom, together with 935 mm of rear legroom, the X3 is able to seat 3 people in its rear seat effortlessly. But the practicality doesn’t end there, because boot space measures in at 782 litres with the rear seats up, and a whopping 1,792 litres once the 2nd row seats are folded away.

2014 BMW X3 interior

Engineering

The X3 is equipped with Dynamic Damping Control that uses data collected by sensors throughout the car about the position of the steering wheel, the strength of lateral forces, wheel rotation speeds and much more. A flick of a switch near the gear lever and driver’s are able to switch from Comfort, to Sport, to Sport+ and accordingly adjustments take place for quicker engine responses, quicker gear shifts and a stiffer suspension.

What’s on offer?

Winners of Engine of the Year six times, BMW not only decided to equip the X3 with their award winning engine, but have taken it a step further with a Twin Scroll Turbocharger, Valvetronic and petrol direct injection. The 4-cylinder unit fitted in the X3 xDrive 20i produces 184 horsepower and boasts a not so impressive 0 – 100 km/h time of 8.3 seconds. However, the V6 engine found in the X3 xDrive 35i is the way to go, with 306 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque waiting to break free with the aid of an 8 speed transmission.

2014 BMW X3 rear

Summing it…

The X3 is an impressive vehicle and one that’s quite difficult to find faults with. I reckon, the only reason we don’t see more of these is the hefty price tag it carries.

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