Tuesday, 16 August 2011 9:20 AM
BMW’s X3 crossover has just had two new models added to the popular line-up. Following up on the launch in the UK of the xDrive 20d last year, there are now two higher powered, better kitted out X3s now on sale, the X3 xDrive 30d and the X3 xDrive 35d.
That conflation of numbers and letters means more bang for your Beamer buck. The X3 xDrive 30d has an eight-speed automatic gearbox, 258bhp, 412 lb-ft of torque, a top speed of 130mph and a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds, pretty darn swift for a chunky car. CO2 emissions are down to 159g/km and combined fuel consumption is at 47.1mpg.
Then there’s the X3 xDrive 35d with 313bhp and a stonking 465 lb-ft of torque letting it to do the 0-62mph sprint in a spritely 5.8 seconds. Emissions are at 162g/km and combined fuel consumption is 46.3mpg.
On the spec front, as well as the eight-speed box as standard on these two, there is also Dynamic Stability Control to keep you on the tarmac coupled with brake drying, brake fade compensation, brake pre-tensioning and hill-start assistance (although whether little Sebastian can use that in his driving test remains to be seen).
Fork out a few more quid and the X3 xDrive 35d SE comes with 18-inch V-spoke light alloy wheels and a leather steering wheel, while the M Sport model adds the Sport automatic transmission for slick shifting and a special leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles for some F1-style fun even though you’re in a crossover.
Prices start at £37,600 OTR for the new X3 range, topping out at £42,225 for the M Sport.
By Georgia Lewis
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