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2022 BMW X3 20d M Sport Review

Quick Facts

  • Price: From R997 176
  • Engine: 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder, turbodiesel
  • Power/Torque: 140kW / 400Nm
  • Transmission: Eight-speed auto

We spent a week sampling the updated locally built BMW X3 in its 20d guise in what was a premium and frugal week. The BMW X3 receives a new facia with slimmer headlights, new rear with redesigned LED tail-lights, revised bumpers as well as better tech. The power plants have all remained the same and we sampled the 2.0-litre turbo diesel that is good 140kW/400nm of torque with Power being sent to all wheels via its 8-speed Steptronic transmission.

The BMW X3 xDrive20d M Sport accompanies a lot of standard highlights, the vast majority of what you'd expect at this sticker cost, for example, sports seats for the driver and front traveller, surrounding lighting, electrically worked windows and mirrors, LED headlights, while there are three driving modes which include Sport and Eco Pro.

Kitted with a well beautiful interior that boasts quality materials all around, the BMW X3 stamps its executive status all over.  There has been a significant update to the cabin and the dashboard design closely resembles those of the 3 Series and 4 Series.

The multi-functional steering wheel with paddle shifters looks good and feels even better in the hands. Everything is laid out in an Ergonomic way ensuring that the driver does not get distracted. The 12.3-inch infotainment screen which you can operate via touch or the swivel dial now comes standard across the range while the fully digital driver's display does a great job at relaying important information. 

In addition to BMW's Operating System 7, the set-up includes a 12-speaker premium audio system and BMW's new-generation navigation system, which calculates routes using real-time traffic data.

It is however a bit dark during the day and while I’m talking about the downsides, the wireless apple CarPlay does get very glitchy. However, that’s where the bad ends, the standard sound system does a great job (you can upgrade to Harman Kardon if you need more oomph).

Lastly, there is more than enough head and leg room for all occupants in the cabin. It is truly impressive!

Powered by a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine that produces 140kW/400nm of torque with all the power being sent to all wheels via its xDrive system. While this is the most popular engine choice for buyers, it’s evident why. The engine does not sound like a typical Diesel engine and its frugality is very commendable, averaging below 6L/100km over our time with it and with a range of over 1000Kms on a single tank, the 20d is the sweet spot in terms of price, package as well as efficiency.

The ride feels planted, and while it does not have a burst of power compared to its 30d sibling, it’s no slouch and will gallop from a standstill to 100 in 8 seconds.

Overall, We think that the X3 is a great Executive SUV, the all-round package, pricing and drivetrain are excellent.

Price - From 997 176

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