BMW X3 is a German compact luxury crossover SUV manufactured by BMW since 2003. The compact car comes in a 5-door SUV body style in FR (F25 and GO1) and F4 (xDrive) layouts. The BMW X3 is manufactured in three generations from 2003 when it was first introduced to the present. The first generation E83 was manufactured between 2003-2010 followed by the second generation F25 between 2011-2017 and finally the third generation G01 manufactured from 2018 to the present. The compact SUVs come in a range of petrol, diesel, and hybrid engine options with distinctive body styles running at 6 or 8-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
The third generation of the BMW X3 comes in a new design created by Australian designer Calvin Luk under the codename G01. It was first introduced in June 2017 complemented by a range of technological advancements including the plug-in-hybrid and powerful yet economy-friendly diesel and petrol engine options. This article focuses on the detailed review of the 2018 BMW X3 giving you all the reasons to purchase one of the most sophisticated releases under the BMW X3 series.
The Engine and Transmission
The 2018 BMW X3 is a luxury vehicle that gives its buyers enough room to choose between the xDrive20i, M40i, xDrive20d, and xDrive30d TwinPower Turbo four/six-cylinder petrol/diesel engines with a capacity range between 1998 and 2993 CCs and a running speed between 184 and 360 hp operating under an All-wheel Eight-speed Steptronic power transmission with an xDrive performance speed from 213 to 250 km/h. The new designs are economy friendly with less consumption from its Twin Turbo engines, giving the driver more speed and pleasure while on the road with its Efficient Lightweight designs that reduces the vehicle weight while keeping the environment safe from emissions with the BMW Efficient Dynamics.
The X3 2.0L is well powered and it accelerates from 0-100 Km/h in a well-thought-of 9.9 seconds. If you need more speed, then opt for the X3 3.0L engines that are quick and powerful. The M Sport is agile as a snake and super accelerative. Around corners, stability is best and it feels like it was built for the tarmac. Off the tarmac, however, is entirely another story.
The engine performance is one thing but BMW continues to impress its customers with numerous features that make the 2018 release one for the books. It comes in an attractive optimally balanced body structure with broad shoulders and a flat sun roofline complemented by adaptive LED headlights, rear lights, and conventional technology LED taillights. If the exterior did not convince you enough, the interior of this compact SUV is not only appealing but also offers enough room to accommodate people and cargo. The BMW X3 is designed with numerous manual adjustable seats and a luggage compartment that allows you to create room for a comfortable ride in case of off-road adventures.
The 2018 X3 is much bigger than its predecessor and is almost the same size as the second-generation X5. This affords it a roomy cabin that can comfortably accommodate 5 adults. In the first row, the leg space is excellent and the seats can adjust to fit any needed seating position. In the second row, the leg space is similarly impressive and tall people will find it comfortable. All grades come with leather seats.
There are storage sections in the cabin that are suitable for storing items such as smartphones, goggles, beverages, handbags, etc. In the first row, there is door panel storage, a glove box, the center box, and 4 cup-holders. For the second row, there are front seat jacket pockets, 4 cup holders, and door pockets.
The BMW X3 matches with the X5 from the angular front and well-crafted to the curvy and smooth rear. Higher grades such as the M Sport come with bigger alloy rims and extra detailing that give it a commanding posture.
The 2018 BMW is equipped with technology to assist you while on the road. The BMW Gesture control identifies gestures for volume adjustments and phone calls, a full-color BMW head-up Display to provide you with all information necessary for your journey, the Parking Assist Plus for an easier packing and adjusting experience as well as an Intelligent Voice Control that gives the driver a full control with all hands on the steering wheel. Other key features include the Bluetooth system with chargeless speakers, a BMW display key providing information about the vehicle, and the BMW Professional Multimedia navigation system.
Extra features found are Bluetooth Connectivity, Heads-up Display, USB Charging Ports, Panoramic Sunroof, heated seats, Sports Suspension.
Safety is of high concern to the German automakers and that is why the 2018 BMW X3 models are designed with high safety features for your protection at all times on all road types. It is made with Variable Sport steering which operates effortlessly with the less physical application, a Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) that helps stabilize movement through the engine and brakes, a Dynamic System that directly warns the driver on his driving state, and powerful LED Headlights with cornering lights.
If you are looking to buy the new 2018 BMW X3, the range of models comes with an equally wider range of metallic and nonmetallic colors. You do not want to miss the economical yet family SUV luxury car that will not only take you through the city tarmac roads but also be ready to take an adventurous challenge offroad. Get in touch with BE FORWARD for an ultimate BMW Experience.
Written by: Josephat Lukaza