BMW Malaysia’s answer to mid-size luxury SUVs like the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5, Lexus NX, Land Rover Freelander and the Infiniti QX50 is the 2016 BMW X3. Like its elder brother, the X5, this mid-size German SUV comes in two variants – a petrol and diesel. The petrol powered xDrive20i wears a price tag of RM296, 800 - RM30, 000 cheaper than its diesel sibling.
Powering the entry level xDrive20i is a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-pot that outputs 184hp and 270Nm of torque. Performance figures for 0-100km/h sprint and top speed stand at 8.2 seconds and 210km/h respectively. Fuel consumption for the petrol X3 is rated at 7.2-litres per 100km and CO2 emission is 168g/km.
Although powered by a 2.0-litre turbodiesel inline-four, the 2016 BMW X3 xDrive20d produces 190hp and 400Nm of torque. Performance wise, it can do the century sprint 0.1 faster than its petrol sibling, while top speed remains the same. Fuel consumption on the other hand is much lower at 5.2-litres per 100km. All X3 variants are only available with an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system.
Standard features across the 2016 X3 line-up include 18-inch alloy wheels, Nevada leather upholstery, Dark Copper interior accents, electric seats and a sports steering wheel with paddle shifters.
On top of that buyers also get auto start/stop function, Hill Descent Control (HDC), front and rear Park Distance Control, rain sensors and push start ignition. In the infotainment department, there is a nine speaker sound system and an 8.8inch display with Bluetooth, USB input and navigation. Exclusive for the top of the range X3 xDrive20d is a rear view camera and panoramic glass roof.
The standard safety kit on both variants include active headrests, six airbags, dynamic braking lights, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), rollover sensors and run-flat tires.