BMW adds its new 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine to its X3 line-up; X5 M Sport revised
17 February 2012

BMW has equipped its BMW X3 SUV with its new ‘TwinPower’ turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine. The 242bhp four-cylinder unit will be available in the X3 xDrive28i from spring 2012.

The engine, which also features in the 3-series and Z4, produces 258lb ft of torque between 1250-4800rpm. It helps propel the X3 xDrive28i from 0-62mph in 6.7sec.

BMW has also launched a revised M Sport package for its larger BMW X5 SUV. The M Sport package is available on all engine options and features 20in alloys, an exterior bodykit, xenon adaptive cornering headlights and a new M Sport suspension set-up.

Inside, M Sport-equipped X5s get a leather-clad M Sport steering wheel with shift paddles, individual anthracite roof lining, individual interior trim strips, M logo doorsills, stainless steel pedals and an M footrest for the driver. The M Sport edition also includes electrically adjustable sports seats.

Katie Hayes

Join the debate


19 February 2012

Should be a good alternative to the diesels if it works as well in the X3 as it does in the F30 3-series.

19 February 2012

That engine would be more interesting in the X1, but it's not a 2.8!

19 February 2012

[quote J400uk]Should be a good alternative to the diesels if it works as well in the X3 as it does in the F30 3-series.[/quote]

It will be interesting to see if this engine takes more than 5% of X3 sales in the UK.

19 February 2012

[quote Fidji] but it's not a 2.8![/quote] All manufacturers commit such inaccuracies and it's really annoying. My car for instance is a 1.781 litre, but they insist on calling it a 1.8.

Drives me mad!

19 February 2012

[quote Leslie Brook]My car for instance is a 1.781 litre, but they insist on calling it a 1.8.[/quote]

Well said!

Really, who cares? 328 with a 2.8 or a 2.0: Not important. As long as you know it's place in the pecking order; that is all the badge is designed to do. Time moves on, so should we.

20 February 2012

True, the actual capacity is unimportant, but what is a crying shame is the loss of two cylinders. No 4 pot turbo will ever sound as ravishing to the soul as a straight six. But in every other way there's not much in it, so here's to the future?

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Dallara Stradale
    The Stradale is the first road-legel car from Italian motorsport constructor Dallara
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    The motorsport constructor's first road car is inspired by Lotus minimalism. Does it thrill on road and track?
  • Hyundai i30 N
    Standard spec is good so paint colour is our car’s only option
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    What’s Hyundai’s first hot hatch and N-brand debutant really like? Let’s find out
  • Porsche Boxster GTS
    This is the new GTS version of the Porsche Boxster
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The 718-generation Boxster is our favourite roadster of the moment – so is this new GTS variant worth the extra outlay?
  • BMW 5 Series
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The BMW 5 Series is top of the mid-exec pack, but is there still room for a diesel saloon in everyday family life?
  • Audi A7 front
    First Drive
    14 March 2018
    The new Audi A7 Sportback looks the part, but how does the new Mercedes-Benz CLS rival cope on UK roads? We find out