The BMW X3 receives very solid reviews from the critics. Thanks to a fine-handling, comfortable chassis, top-notch build quality and a strong range of engines, it puts up stern competition for the likes of the Audi Q5 and Range Rover Evoque.
BMW offers 11 exterior finishes for the X3. Don’t forget, you can put the BMW X3 in our car configurator to see how much carwow could help you save. To understand the difference between solid, metallic and special finishes, read our car paint types guide.
Solid paint finishes
Alpine White – £0
While Alpine White might be one of only two no-cost options in the X3’s colour pallette, a sponge and a bucket would be a worthwhile investment – white cars are notoriously difficult to keep clean. They are very much in vogue though, so it should be in demand come trade-in time.
Jet Black – £0
A regular gloss black – pair it with tinted windows for a mean and moody look. They’ll also help in the bright sunlight, when a black car will get hotter than other shades! Jet Black isn’t available as an option for M Sport models. Used buyers will be happy to take this off your hands but avoid cheap car washes that can leave swirls on black cars.
Metallic paint finishes
Carbon Black – £645
In most conditions, Carbon Black won’t look much different from the no cost alternative above. However, keep it clean, and bright light reveals a blueish tint, which looks every bit the £645 asking price. Used buyers will love this colour provided you don’t let it get too dirty.
Black Sapphire – £645
A more traditional metallic black than Carbon, it’s another choice which is well worth keeping clean to get the most from it. Again, like most black finishes, this’ll have a long queue of used buyers waiting to buy it from you.
Space Grey – £645
This contemporary medium-grey shade is found on most models throughout the BMW range, and will be a very wise choice in terms of residual values. Aside from brown, grey is pretty much the most effective choice for hiding dirt, too!
Melbourne Red metallic – £645
Melbourne Red is a colour frequently used on BMW’s sportiest models. It certainly makes the X3 stand out from the crowd, but it’s a shade which needs to be kept clean to look its best. Used buyers might not be so keen on a shade this bold on the X3 so don’t expect it to sell as easily as a monochrome model.
Glacier Silver – £645
This typical BMW colour is a good match for X3, and will be among the most desirable colours on the options list. Like most light cars, plenty of scrubbing will be needed to keep the finish’s lustre and shine.
Mineral Silver – £645
A very slight gold tint sets this shade apart from Glacier Silver above. Mineral silver – as well as the remaining colours below – are not available on M Sport models. Lots of cleaning will be needed to keep it looking good but used buyers will probably appreciate your hard work.
Deep Sea Blue – £645
A dark blue tends to look quite classy on a premium vehicle and, as a result, it should hold its value fairly well when the time comes to part company with your X3. It’ll hide dirt pretty well considering it’s a dark finish.
Mineral White – £645
This metallic white adds a little more depth compared to Alpine White. It does bear the same high maintenance issues though, and costing £645 extra, you’ll have to be think long and hard before considering it more worthwhile than the cheaper shade of white. It’ll sell easily on the used market, but you probably won’t recover the price of the paint.
Sparkling Brown – £645
While it’ll certainly be the best colour in the X3 range for hiding dirt, Sparkling brown is likely to be a shade which will divide opinion among used car buyers. In other words, it’s unlikely you’ll ever see a return on that £645 outlay.
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