The BMW X3 is a comfortable and roomy family car that’s easy to drive and comfortable. Sadly, some advanced safety kit and high-tech infotainment features cost extra
The latest BMW X3 is well worth considering if you’re looking for a family SUV with a spacious and plush interior that’s relaxing to drive.
Sure, it might not look quite as special inside as the Mercedes GLC, but its materials feel very nearly as plush as in the Audi Q5. You get lashings of soft-touch trims and heated leather seats on every BMW X3.
These seats don’t just look good, they’re very supportive and you get plenty of space to stretch out in the front, even if you’re very tall. The back seats are much roomier than in the old BMW X3 and there’s enough space for three adults to sit side by side without fighting for shoulder room.
The X3’s boot is pretty roomy too. It’s just as big as in the Q5 and GLC, and there’s loads of hidden storage space under the floor. Flip the back seats down and there’s even space to store a bike with both its wheels attached.
The new BMW X3 might look pretty much identical to the old model but it’s packed with high-tech goodies that help make it easier and more relaxing to drive
The BMW X3’s range of diesel and petrol engines is just as impressive as its carrying capacity. Pick the smooth 2.0-litre petrol if you mostly drive around town or one of the two more economical diesels if you do lots of motorway miles – all the engines are quiet once you’re on the move.
There’s also a sporty M40i petrol model that’ll sprint from 0-62mph faster than some sports cars, but it’s expensive to buy and quite thirsty.
Whichever version you pick, the BMW X3 feels more agile than the Q5 and GLC and does a fairly good job of ironing out bumps in the road. It’s impressively quiet at speed too, thanks to a special coating on its windscreen that blocks out wind noise.
It’s not just relaxing to drive on the motorway, it’s easy to drive around town. Its raised driving position gives you a good view out and its large rear windscreen means you won’t have quite as many blind spots to worry about as in the outgoing model.
Euro NCAP hasn’t crash-tested the new BMW X3 yet but you get automatic emergency braking as standard that’ll try to stop the car if it detects an obstacle ahead. This should help make it one of the safest mid-sized family cars on sale and well-worth considering if you’re looking for something that’s spacious, easy to drive and a touch sportier than alternatives from Audi and Mercedes.