There is a new entry-level BMW X3 – the sDrive18d which is priced from £28,500 for the SE model.
The sDrive18d is the first two-wheel drive X3 in the range – drive goes to the rear wheels. It is powered by a 2.0 litre diesel engine which produces 143hp with the choice of either a six-speed manual gearbox or eight-speed automatic. The 143hp is capable of 121 mph and will accelerate from 0-62 mph in a respectable 9.9 seconds.
The X3 sDrive18d emits 135g/km of CO2 with an official combined fuel consumption figure of 55.4 mpg. These figures allow the sDrive18d to occupy VED Band E, with a Benefit in Kind (BIK) taxation rate of only 21 per cent.
The X3 sDrive18d standard equipment includes Auto Start-Stop, Drive Performance Control, 17-inch alloy wheels, Nevada Leather upholstery and BMW iDrive with a 6.5-inch colour screen but does not include Hill Descent Control which only features on four-wheel drive models. The M Sport models feature 18-inch alloy wheels, M aerodynamic bodystyling, Sport seats and Sport suspension.
If you are looking to use the BMW X3 sDrive18d as a tow car it will pull up to 2,000kg.Published 20 August 2012