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The Top Gear car review:BMW X3/X4

Overall verdict
The X3 is now genuinely competitive; the X4 is a racy take on it.


Comfortable ride quality, planet-friendly emissions and plush interior


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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
xDrive35d M Sport 5dr Step Auto
5.3s 157g/km 47.1 313 £46,590
The cheapest
xDrive20d SE 5dr
8.1s 142g/km 52.3 190 £34,590
The greenest
xDrive20d M Sport 5dr Step Auto
8.1s 136g/km 54.3 190 £39,250
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