An entry-level version of the BMW X3 will be the first in a rear-drive configuration. Sales start in October
19 August 2012

A new entry-level variant of the BMW X3 will go on sale in October. The BMW X3 sDrive18d is the first X3 to feature a rear-wheel drive configuration and is the most efficient yet.

The new X3 is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo diesel engine, which records 55.4mpg on the combined cycle. CO2 emissions are rated at 135g/km with the standard-fit six-speed manual gearbox. An eight-speed auto is optionally available.

The X3 sDrive18d’s engine develops 143bhp and 266lb ft between 1750 and 2500rpm. BMW claims a 0-62mph time of 9.9sec and a top speed of 121mph.

BMW says its latest X3 variant offers the best balance of performance and economy in its output class, stating it is seven per cent more fuel efficient than its nearest premium competitor.

The new model is offered in both SE and M Sport trims, priced from £28,580 on-the-road.

Our Verdict

A huge improvement over the old model and now among the class leaders

The BMW X3 is both frugal and rewarding to drive, a rare and clever technical achievement

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