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The Top Gear car review:BMW X3/X4
For:Comfortable ride quality, planet-friendly emissions and plush interior
Against:The old car's reputation will deter some
What is it?
The latest X3 arrived just in time to save BMW’s premium-line SUV reputation after the rubbish last version. It’s a bit bigger and more practical than the first model – it had to be, to make way for the X1 beneath it – but still smaller than the X5. So now it’s more of a junior SUV than a hatchy crossover.
A recent addition is the X3’s less practical, more coupe-like cousin, the X4. Undaunted by the bile flung at the X6, BMW has replicated the ‘sports activity coupe’ formula on the sector below. This time, we must say, rather more successfully.