The X3 is BMW's premium compact SUV and offers the comfort and style associated with the German brand with the space and practicality of the SUV design. Indeed, in terms of sheer practicality it is hard to beat. Thanks to the height of the car there is plenty of head and leg room for both driver and passengers alike. With 550 litres of space the boot size is veritably gargantuan and suitable for all your weekend needs, particularly as the rear seats fold flat for extra space. The interior switchgear all operates smoothly and effectively and there is an assured feeling of quality to everything in the cabin, even the copious cubby-holes and storage bins! There is a decent level of kit too with leather upholstery, parking sensors and climate control all coming as standard. Pick of the engines is the a 3.0 litre all-wheel-drive diesel variant that certainly packs a punch. The car feels well planted on the road at all times, with great feedback from the steering and extremely tawt handing on even the most challenging of Irish roads.
Good level of standard equipment
Idrive infotainment system is top of the class
Extremely practical thanks to large boot and no load lip
Adaptive suspension option is desirable extra
Good range of engines available
Hard to fit three in the back due to transmission tunnel