The BMW X3 has always been the slumber idiot in BMW’s line-up. The old one was plainly antifashion with hardly anything to point at in its daft design. BMW has now turned the tables for the new 2018 X3 by adorning it with a sharper and chunkier design. Not to mention that it tries hard to look apart from its siblings the X1 and X5. The X3 has now become a more full-fledged member of the BMW family thanks to its upgraded interior and sportier dynamics.
The new X3 does look a lot similar to the X5, especially around the front fascia. The design of the BMW trademark “kidney” grill and the bonnet will remind you of its bigger brother. It is 51 mm longer than the previous model and the wheelbase has increased by 50mm, allowing for more space in the cabin. The double-barreled LED headlamps and the groovy bonnet makes it look more youthful and gives it the “Character” which it previously lacked. Fortunately, the new model carries forward BMW’s famed driving dynamics which is due to the fact that it is based on the CLAR platform. In the CLAR platform, the doors and bonnet are now built with aluminium and the chassis is said to be stiffer which complements the 55kg diet which it has undergone.
From the driver’s seat of the new X3, everything feels a lot better. Starting with the driving position that gives a commanding view in a car like seating position. There’s a good range of adjustability to the seat and steering wheel, sadly it doesn’t include adjustable lumbar support as standard and can only be added as an option. The dashboard design is a huge lift-off from the previous version and the quality of build and materials has gone a long way and there’s a plush feeling to the whole cabin, with no discernible play in any of the components. As for the infotainment, the new X3 gets a 6.5-inch touchscreen iDrive system for the base model and the x-Line and M-Sport models come fitted with a 10.3-inch screen. They come with a rear-view camera, as standard on all trim levels to make things even easier. There’s also an optional ‘surround 3D view’ which provides a full 360 view of the car on the infotainment screen. Overall the infotainment unit is visually more impressive and its menus can be customised to your taste.
Space and Comfort
The new BMW X3 has a great design and BMW claims it can handle offroad terrain with ease as it is equipped with four-wheel drive as standard. The ride comfort is really good and it doesn’t suffer from body roll which helps in giving it a sporty feel. The X3 also offers a spacious, high-quality interior, making it one of the best compact luxury SUV’s to buy. Prices for the new X3 range from Rs 49.99 – 56.70 lakh, ex-showroom and this makes it highly competitive amongst its other rivals such as the Mercedes GLC, Audi Q5 and the Volvo XC60. If you’re in the search for a large practical luxury SUV then you should definitely consider the new BMW X3.