“We’ve given it more muscle and dressed it in a Boss suit”. It’s evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, but along with the buffed-up body, there are fewer sharp lines and more softer edges.
From any angle, it’s a more sophisticated look than its gen-two F25 predecessor.
More interior space, more performance, more technology and more features – BMW has amped up virtually every aspect in the new X3, to ensure examples of this already well-entrenched model continue to roll off showroom floors in swift succession.
Along with the larger dimensions all round, passengers are bound to appreciate the longer wheelbase in the new X3. There’s more legroom for both seat rows and more head and shoulder space up front. And, despite the enlarged passenger space, boot space remains the same – that’s 550 litres with the second row in place, expanding to 1600 litres with the rear seats folded.
But for those with kids, boards or bikes (or all three), you can rest easy with the knowledge that the new X3 is a larger vehicle (in every dimension) than the first-generation X5
The new X3 also delivers an impressive new interior, in stark contrast to the old model, which looked cheap and didn’t feel any better. By contrast, the latest fitout brings a more stylish mix of premium materials like soft leathers and real wood trim, capped off with embossed aluminum inlays throughout the entire cabin. It looks and feels like an expensive 5 Series – and that’s in both seat rows.
The wide-screen multi-media display is crisp and clear while the multi-function wheel and button set-up on the centre console renders most tasks easily accomplished. A wealth of information about the car and navigation and myriad entertainment options are all on offer, with the menu system, for the most part, intuitive and easy to negotiate.
The X3 really excels, however, when it comes to performance and comfort.
Luxury SUVs sell extremely well in Australia and BMW’s new X3 is surely set to see that trend continue. The new BMW is packed with features that blend seamlessly into a beautifully integrated package; add in the performance, comfort and versatility, and the future of the X3 looks assured.
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