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BMW X3 2011-2013

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Things We Like in X3 2011-2013

 Is quality laden and feature packed

 Looks much better than the last X3

 20d is efficient

 Improved ride over the last X3

 Brilliant 3.0 diesel

 BMW handling is great

Things We Dont Like in X3 2011-2013

 Rear seats lack space

 Lacks presence of Evoque

 Ride is still firm

 Refinement could be better

Not as fun as the last X3

BMW X3 2011-2013 Colors

X3 2011-2013 is available in 7 different colors - Black Sapphire, Titanium Silver, Deep Sea Blue, Alpine White, Vermilion Red, Space Grey and Sparkling Bronze.

  • Black Sapphire

  • Titanium Silver

  • Deep Sea Blue

  • Alpine White

  • Vermilion Red

BMW X3 2011-2013 Pictures

Review of X3 2011-2013

  • Overview
  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Mileage Running Cost
  • Comfort Suspension
  • Engine Performance
  • Braking Safety

Overview

 The BMW X3 has become one of its best selling SUV's and the new one is a lot more improved than the earlier one.  The new X3 combines the typical BMW X character with a dynamically stretched silhouette. The latest version has grown in size and is now 79 millimetres longer than the outgoing model, while the width has increase by 28 mm. However, the height has come down by about 13 mm. It’s now closer to the X5 in terms of its proportions and there is a very strong resemblance between the two SUVs. But the X3′s sharply squared-off headlamps and strong crease lines on the side panels set it apart. Our test BMW sported the optional Xenon headlights and daytime running LED lights, which gave the X3 great character. It looks a lot more sporty and muscular which is a must for any SUV. The high seating position makes getting in the SUV pretty convenient, whilst it also optimises visibility. As you settle in, you notice that the seats are firm, large, with good all-round support, which can be adjusted electronically. The increased dimensions have created better rear knee-room of 920 mm, which is 100 mm more than the competition. The dash layout is truly BMW style, using the characteristic three-dimensional surface design, with a mix of wooden trims, leather and some brush metal highlights. The instrument panel uses Black Panel technology, straight out of the luxurious 7 Series. It combines state-of-the-art display technology with a classic round instrument look. The materials used look good and are built to last. It has phone and audio control buttons on the steering wheel, but there are no paddle gear-shifts and even the steering has to be adjusted manually. The standard equipment include iPod and USB interfaces, Bluetooth connectivity, rear camera, an anti-theft alarm and all-wheel drive system. The BMW X3 xDrive 30d comes with a straight six-cylinder, turbocharger, common rail diesel engine with a displacement of 2,993 cc. On tap is 260 PS and an amazing 560 Nm of torque available at 2,000 to 2,750 RPM. This three-litre diesel motor is an excellent performer and achieves acceleration from 0–100 km/h in just 7.11 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 210 km/h. The X3 with the 2.0 diesel makes 178 PS and is cheaper than the 30d but is not that slower than the 30d and has more efficiency but overall the 30d with its grunt is our choice. It uses some EfficientDynamics features like the Auto Start Stop function with eight-speed automatic transmission, brake energy regeneration, lightweight body and, of course, aerodynamics in lowering fuel consumption and exhaust emission levels. These work in conjunction to deliver a decent 13 km per litre on the highway and nine kpl on busy city roads. The xDrive permanent four-wheel drive technology comes as standard. Its electronic control unit is interlinked with Dynamic Stability Control, which neutralises at an early stage any tendency to oversteer or understeer through fast and precise response. The ride is also improved in the new X3. For a detailed review read below..

 

Interior

 The high seating position makes getting in the SUV pretty convenient, whilst it also optimises visibility. As you settle in, you notice that the seats are firm, large, with good all-round support, which can be adjusted electronically. The increased dimensions have created better rear knee-room of 920 mm, which is 100 mm more than the competition. The dash layout is truly BMW style, using the characteristic three-dimensional surface design, with a mix of wooden trims, leather and some brush metal highlights. The instrument panel uses Black Panel technology, straight out of the luxurious 7 Series. It combines state-of-the-art display technology with a classic round instrument look. The materials used look good and are built to last. It has phone and audio control buttons on the steering wheel, but there are no paddle gear-shifts and even the steering has to be adjusted manually. The standard equipment include iPod and USB interfaces, Bluetooth connectivity, rear camera, an anti-theft alarm and all-wheel drive system. The 8.8-inch screen of the iDrive is the largest on-board monitor in its segment, but would be more useful if the SUV came with reverse camera assistance. The rear seats are split at a ratio of 40:20:40 and the three backrests can be folded down either individually or together. This increases the luggage compartment size from 550 litres to 1,600 litres, which would make room for anything that one would consider carrying for a weekend getaway.

Exterior

 The new X3 combines the typical BMW X character with a dynamically stretched silhouette. The latest version has grown in size and is now 79 millimetres longer than the outgoing model, while the width has increase by 28 mm. However, the height has come down by about 13 mm. It’s now closer to the X5 in terms of its proportions and there is a very strong resemblance between the two SUVs. But the X3′s sharply squared-off headlamps and strong crease lines on the side panels set it apart. Our test BMW sported the optional Xenon headlights and daytime running LED lights, which gave the X3 great character. It looks a lot more sporty and muscular which is a must for any SUV.

Mileage Running Cost

 It uses some EfficientDynamics features like the Auto Start Stop function with eight-speed automatic transmission, brake energy regeneration, lightweight body and, of course, aerodynamics in lowering fuel consumption and exhaust emission levels. These work in conjunction to deliver a decent 13 km per litre on the highway and nine kpl on busy city roads.

 

Comfort Suspension

 The new X3 also features a newly developed suspension technology that is a combination of double-joint spring-strut axle at the front and a five-link rear axle. The suspension along with a widened track (92 mm wider than that of the predecessor) makes the ride a lot more comfortable. t has features like Dynamic Damper control or electronically controlled dampers, adapts to road conditions and the driver’s style of driving. The driver can choose among the ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Sport Plus’ modes, by simply using a set of buttons situated conveniently on the centre console.

Engine Performance

 The BMW X3 xDrive 30d comes with a straight six-cylinder, turbocharger, common rail diesel engine with a displacement of 2,993 cc. On tap is 260 PS and an amazing 560 Nm of torque available at 2,000 to 2,750 RPM. This three-litre diesel motor is an excellent performer and achieves acceleration from 0–100 km/h in just 7.11 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 210 km/h. The X3 with the 2.0 diesel makes 178 PS and is cheaper than the 30d but is not that slower than the 30d and has more efficiency but overall the 30d with its grunt is our choice.

 

Braking Safety

 The xDrive permanent four-wheel drive technology comes as standard. Its electronic control unit is interlinked with Dynamic Stability Control, which neutralises at an early stage any tendency to oversteer or understeer through fast and precise response. This can be noticed as the SUV has minimum body-roll, optimised traction and is quick to regain its composure even on tricky bends. The Performance Control makes the BMW agile and the speed-dependent power steering contributes significantly to precise handling.

User Reviews of BMW X3 2011-2013

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    Arjun Jun 22, 2017
    Good vehicle but soft roader only

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