What is it?
Since the launch of the latest generation X3 / X4 in 2017, as many as 1.1 million copies have found another home. To say that any adjustment should be applied with the necessary caution. After all, the SAV or SAC – as BMW catalogs its flagships – are responsible for a particularly large part of the annual turnover.
That’s why BMW refrained from too many technical upheavals. Given the large number of vouchers, they concluded in Munich that the clientele was apparently satisfied with how the X3 stood on its feet. So the adjustment of the chassis was essentially not affected.
There were also few complaints about propulsion, although the Germans believe that it should always be better. That’s why all engines – following the diesels – now have support for a mild hybrid system. An 11-hp starter generator provides both a (minimal) consumption gain and an additional push when accelerating. He draws the power for both performances from a 48-volt battery.
However, technology that does not show up, so whoever wants to know if he has done with a facelift X3 xDrive30d, will have to sample the lights. Namely, they are made 10 mm narrower at the front, which makes them look more stretched and therefore threatening. One bad ass-look that has to come from the bigger kidneys and the stiffer X-Line bumpers. By the way, that last level of implementation will now become standard.
At the back there is even a whole new signature for the blocks, which still betrays most of what you have done with a new X3. Incidentally, the bumpers on the back are also a bit more pronounced, while the openings at the bottom are always ‘real’ from now on. In other words, an exhaust pipe connected to the engine always breathes through the large fist holes.
Inside, the X3 takes over the board (and thus electronics) from the 4 Series. Concretely, this also means that in the SUV – excuse, SAV – the BMW Operating System 7 rotates, including the 10.25 or 12.3 inch (option) large touch screen that belongs to it. You will then always read the driving info on the digital counter lot.
BMW is also aiming for some more basic equipment on the X3 from the factory. We have already mentioned the X Line, but also for the three-zone air conditioning, LED lights (even if they were actually necessary with the new lighting design), the sports seats and the navigation you no longer need to impose.
Of course, the interior space or luggage volume were not compromised either. The latter, with its 550 liters (expandable to 1,600 liters), is still extremely neat. A thick thumb that also goes to the leg and head space in the back.
Given that there has been little technical change to anything, our opinion on its driving capabilities also remains unchanged. For the sake of clarity, that’s positive. The X3 has always known charms with a balanced dynamic where driving comfort went hand in hand with a BMW-worthy agility.
A balance that also goes up motorically, especially with the xDrive30d tested here. How wonderful it is to be able to surf on the generous torque curve of a six-cylinder diesel! No matter how politically incorrect that statement may be today.
The 3-liter diesel has by no means lost any of its panache, so it asks you to sigh for a few driving-free weeks if you hold the right pedal down for a little too long. The argument that you did not realize how fast you did go will not last long. The 3 liters is a nice piece of cake. Never annoying, but always present. And crescendo when the gas goes up.
Fortunately, that urge to act has few repercussions on consumption. We do not know to what extent the 48 volt installation is in between, but with a stated WLTP average of 6.2 liters / 100 km and an associated CO2 emission of 162 g / km, you do not hit a bad figure today . Not if you can just throw a 5.2 seconds from 0 to 100km / h on the table.
The BMW X3 simply remains its own treasure, albeit that it now delivers that performance in a look that reconnects with the rest of the family. In them we can pose the same conclusion for his self-burner. Although short-sighted, the 3-liter six-in-line on diesel is a mechanical gem that knows how to link performance to restrained consumption. Okay, you have to love the extra decibels for it, even though – given the virility of the ronk – it’s not really such a task.
The only thing you can really rub on this X3 xDrive 30d – or better: BMW – is the starting price of 61,500 euros. Already there even there is a mitigating circumstance in the more extensive basic equipment that comes with that money.