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BMW X3 2.5si (2007)

by Chris Bishop,reviewed June 2007

Those bullish Bavarians have eked out an existence for luxury four-wheel-drives similar in size, price and philosophy: the bestselling X5 and sibling X3.

X3 has matured with recent cosmetic surgery, plus new magnesium-aluminium petrol engines and improved quality.

The efficient, powerful entry-level engine is smooth and willing, especially above 2500 rpm.

Steer clear of the manual. Its heavy clutch and long-throw gearbox is more tiring than the clever automatic.

A taut ride enhances handling but delivers low-speed, rear-end thump. Its steering, balance and nimbleness plus beaut brakes are strengths.

This BMW excels on unformed roads but lacks wheel travel and off-road grip for major adventures.

There’s ample safety gear and security, however X3 falls off the pace for comfort, features and interior space.

BMW X3 2.5si 2007

For

Brakes, handling, safety, security

Against

Manual gearbox, space saver spare, space

Car Details

Vehicle make BMW
Vehicle model X3 2.5si
Vehicle type Luxury SUV
Year 2007
Price when new $65 900 MLP
Current price range $ - $
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Engine 2.5-litre, in-line 6-cyl., Valvetronic
Max power 160 kW @ 6500 rpm
Max torque 250 Nm @ 2750 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 10.7 secs
Braking from 80 km/h 24.4 m
Fuel type (ADR FIGURE): 9.9 litres/100 km

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.