This is the BMW X3!
It received a mid-life facelift in late 2021, and Mat's ready to learn whether the M-Sport plug-in hybrid edition still stands the test of time versus more recent competitors such as the new Mercedes GLC & Genesis GV70.
Well for beginners, let's have a look at the style. It's reasonably comparable to the initial X3, but there are a number of design modifications. Around the back, there are updated 3D-effect taillights, some genuine exhaust tips and an updated diffuser (which to be sincere, is most likely to have little to no impact). Around the side, there are vibrant creases across the doors and extending side skirts to aid with the sporty appearances, and in advance there's an upgraded bumper and a couple of brand-new vents. Naturally, though, there's a big grille in advance, which does not do much for the appearances.
Step inside and there are just a couple of modifications to the original X3. There's an updated infotainment screen and full digital dials; otherwise, it's all the same. That's not such a bad thing, but when you consider newer BMWs come with a full-length, curved infotainment/dial screen, this currently appears a bit out-of-date. The good news is there are quality materials throughout the majority of the cabin, although if you reach a bit lower you might be satisfied by some scratchy plastics.
In this video, we've got our hands on the xDrive30e. It's powered by a 2-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor, which combines to deliver 292hp and 300Nm. BMW declare it will strike 60mph in 6.1 seconds, and it is available in at a cost of around ₤ 56,000.
The BMW X3 variety starts from around ₤ 47,000. However should you still select it over the competitors? And if you're in the market for a plug-in hybrid SUV, is it actually the wise option rather of the newer GLC? Stick to Mat and see for yourself!
04:40 Rear seats
07:30 5 Annoying Things
09:02 5 Cool Things
11:14 Town Driving
13:11 Freeway Driving
14:20 Country Road Driving
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