The most efficient model in the new X3 lineup has been tested by the UK journalists at AutoExpress. The 2011 BMW X3 xDrive20d is available only for the European market and it is shaping up to be one of the best sellers for BMW.
The BMW X3 xDrive20d receives the maximum output of 184 horsepower from a 2-liter diesel engine turbo four-cylinder with aluminum crankcase and direct injection. The engine produces 280 lb-ft of torque between 1750 and 2,750 rpm. 0 to 62 mph is achieved in 8.5 seconds, with a fuel consumption of 42 mpg.
Here is an excerpt from their review:
“Only one engine is available at launch for the diesel-loving UK market. But the xDrive 20d is a cracker. It has four per cent more power and consumes 15 per cent less fuel than the outgoing 20d. The power delivery is surprisingly linear for a diesel, while refinement is impressive at motorway speeds.
A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, but it disappointed us with its rubbery feel and lack of precision. Fortunately, buyers can specify a superb optional eight-speed auto, which comes with a stop-start system – a first in this segment.
And on the move the emphasis is on comfort – the car rides beautifully, rounding off any imperfections in the road. Three modes – Normal, Sport and Sport+ – offer a variety of settings for the throttle response, power-steering weight, stability control, gearshifts and damper responses, so the car is a capable cruiser and fun on country lanes, too.
BMW is keeping it simple for UK customers, offering only one spec at launch, alongside the single engine – although there’s plenty of kit as standard, such as leather trim and dual-zone air-con. The price is £115 cheaper than for the equivalent previous-generation car, but with costly options such as a panoramic sunroof, head-up display and sat-nav, the bill soon rises.”