BMW X3 Review (2006)

BMW X3 Rear
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BMW X3 Review

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German minimalism at its best, it doesn’t mean that anything is missing just that the interior is simple and functional.

How It Looks - Interior

German minimalism at its best, it doesn’t mean that anything is missing just that the interior is simple and functional. There are a number of trim options, ranging from Light Birch Wood to Buffed Aluminium. You have a choice of different leathers, fake leather (Sensatec) and cloth seat fabrics. There are even two background colours Black or Grey - so you can customize the interior to suit your taste.

Infotainment

Our test car was fitted with BMW’s Professional Satellite Navigation, which is a rather expensive £2,075 option. Usually we don’t need to refer to the instruction manual but we found it a bit fiddly to use. Although we did like that the way it swivelled out of the dashboard (out of sight of prying eyes) and the fact that you can adjust the viewing angle.

Our test car featured a BMW Business radio with a single slot CD player, powering six speakers. We were quite neutral in our feeling about the in-car system, feeling that it lacked any real 'bass'.

Our car was also fitted with the Bluetooth telephone preparation (£375 option) but we couldn’t get our PDA to pair with the system. I think this is more down to our PDA than anything else. If it had worked then it allows you to make and receive calls, hands free and therefore currently legally.

Rivals
  • Honda CR-V, Jeep Cherokee, Land Rover Freelander, Nissan X-TRAIL & Toyota RAV 4
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BMW X3 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedBMW X3 3.0d M Sport
  
Body Type4x4
ColourSilver Grey Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph7.4 Seconds
Top Speed 130 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban27.4 mpg
Extra Urban43.5 mpg
Combined35.8 mpg
  
Insurance Group17
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-Year/Unlimited Mileage Warranty
Price (when tested on the 04/05/06)£34,150 OTR

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