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How much does the BMW X3 cost to run?

The 2.0L diesel is the most economical BMW X3 to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The BMW X3 2.0L diesel costs £145.00 a year to tax, as it sits in tax band E.

It does not far off 57 MPG on average, which means it will cost £11.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Suzuki Vitara 1.6L diesel and the more thirsty Audi Q3 2.0L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 26, which is lower than the Audi Q5 2.0L diesel, but higher than the Ford Kuga 2.0L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Suzuki Vitara has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model2.0L diesel3.0L diesel
mpg42.2 - 56.536.2 - 49.6
emissions131 - 178149 - 208
tax£145.00 - £260.00£160.00 - £325.00
insuranceGroup 23 - 35Group 32 - 43

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

BMW X3: How big is the boot?

The BMW X3 has a below average boot space (532 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair and 3 large bags. Alternatively you could load up with 4 large bags or 4 cabin bags instead.

Worth knowing, the Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 7 large bags with its 981 litres.

Is the BMW X3 easy to park?

This is one of the widest cars in the class, which makes it feel like a bit of a squeeze in the multi-stories. If that stresses you a bit, try the much narrower Suzuki Jimny.

When it comes to parking on the street, the X3 is one of the hardest. It has a turning circle of 12m, and a length of 4633m, giving you a relatively small 167mm gap to turn the car in and out.

If you don’t have a drive, you should look at the best in class for parallel parking instead, the Suzuki Jimny.

Which BMW X3 has the best performance?

The fastest BMW X3 from 0-60, is the 3.0L diesel (if you’re a petrol head, it has 680 lbs/ft torque and 326 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Audi Q5 3.0L diesel, which is slower by 0.9 seconds.

Engine options

model2.0L diesel3.0L diesel
zeroTo628 - 10.34.9 - 7.7
torque350 - 400500 - 680
bhp143 - 190218 - 326

What size caravan or trailer, can the BMW X3 tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the BMW X3 3.0L diesel which has 630 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 2400kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.