The BMW X3 2023: Performance and Luxury, Unleashed

Welcome to our Driva’s comprehensive look at the 2023 BMW X3, the third-generation model of one of the most anticipated SUVs of the year. The X3 has made quite an impression in the automotive industry, and for good reason. Today, we're going to dive into the design, performance, features, and what it feels like to drive this impressive vehicle on Australian roads.

But before we get into the meat of the review, here’s a quick overview of prices and features you can expect in each trim for those of you in a rush.

Overview of the BMW X3

Features, Specs and Dimensions

The 2023 BMW X3 base models (sDrive20i and xDrive20d) come with a series of premium features including:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels with run-flat tyres
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Power-folding and heated side mirrors
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and touchscreen infotainment system
  • Wireless phone charger with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • Three-zone climate control with ambient lighting
  • Keyless entry and push-button start

The xDrive30i M Sport and xDrive30d M Sport add:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels, M Aerodynamics package
  • Enhanced sound system with 12 speakers
  • M leather-wrapped steering wheel and interior trim
  • 'Vernasca' leather seats upholstery
  • Adaptive cruise control with front and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-keep assist and blind-spot monitoring
  • Surround-view camera for enhanced visibility

The xDrive30e M Sport includes:

  • Metallic paint, panoramic glass sunroof
  • Heated front seats with driver’s seat lumbar support
  • Public and domestic charging cables for the hybrid system

The top-of-the-line models, the X3 M40i and M Competition, have:

  • 21-inch alloy wheels
  • Adaptive M suspension, M Sport differential
  • Premium 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
  • ‘Merino’ leather upholstery, M Sport front and rear seats
  • M adaptive suspension, M compound brakes
  • M Sport exhaust and an active M differential, among other high-performance features

The BMW X3 spans a length of 4708mm, a width of 1891mm, and stands 1676mm tall, all set on a 2864mm wheelbase. Its high-performance variant, the X3 M Competition, sees a slight increase in length and width, reaching 4716mm and 1897mm respectively, and stands a tad lower at 1669mm. The cargo space is a generous 550L with all seats upright, which can be expanded to 1600L when folded. 

However, due to the battery placement beneath the boot floor, the hybrid variant, the X3 xDrive30e, has slightly less cargo capacity at 450L/1500L. Across the X3 range, the towing capacity with brakes is 2000kg, while without brakes, it is 750kg.

Pricing and On-Road Costs

  • 2023 BMW X3 sDrive20i: $81,700 (+$5100)
  • 2023 BMW X3 xDrive20d: $84,700 (+$5100)
  • 2023 BMW X3 xDrive30i M Sport: $96,500 (+$4600)
  • 2023 BMW X3 xDrive30d M Sport: $102,900 (+$4900)
  • 2023 BMW X3 xDrive30e M Sport: $110,400 (+$3400)
  • 2023 BMW X3 M40i: $125,400 (+$3900)
  • 2023 BMW X3 M Competition: $175,300 (+$5800)

With a range of models on offer, the BMW X3 caters to various budgets and preferences. Entry-level models like the X3 sDrive20i start at a more affordable end, while the top-of-the-range X3 M Competition, with its more powerful engine and additional features, is at the premium end of the scale.

The on-road costs will depend on various factors such as the state you live in, the car's purchase price, other charges like dealer delivery, stamp duty, and registration fees and any other relevant fees/taxes, such as luxury car tax in Australia. It's always recommended to check these details with your local BMW Australia dealer to get an accurate estimate. To help you finance your new car purchase, you can get your personalised car loan quotes with Driva in just a few clicks.

**Up to date prices can be found on BMW Australia’s website.**

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    Exterior Design

    A Refreshing Yet Familiar Look

    At first glance, the 2023 BMW X3 captivates with its streamlined design, embodying a perfect balance between elegance and sportiness. The iconic kidney grille, a signature BMW feature, stands proudly at the front, lending an unmistakable BMW identity. But it’s not just about retaining its legacy, this beamer has got a facelift, a mid-life facelift, to be precise, that provides a refreshing yet familiar look. 

    I tell you, it’s like running into an old mate who’s just got back from a holiday – you recognise them, but there’s something excitingly different about them. Even the Australian Police Force are keen to get their hands on these awesome vehicles! 

    X Line for Off-road Appeal

    For those who prefer a hint of ruggedness in their vehicles, the X3's X Line offers a more off-road-oriented look. This option adds distinctive design elements, allowing the X3 to cater to both urban drivers and off-road adventurers.

    Colours Available

    • Alpine White
    • Black Sapphire
    • M Brooklyn Grey
    • M Carbon Black
    • M Marina Bay Blue (M Competition only)
    • Mineral White (not available on M40i)
    • M Sao Paulo Yellow (M Competition only)
    • M Toronto Red (M Competition only)
    • Phytonic Blue
    • Sophisto Grey Brilliant Effect

    Interior Design and Features

    Luxurious and Functional Interiors

    When you step inside the X3, you enter a world of luxury and functionality. The standard equipment includes sport seats, offering comfort and support, especially for those long journeys.

    M Sport Package for a Sportier Vibe

    An optional M Sport package further enhances the interior, infusing a sportier appeal into the cabin. The package includes sport seats with adjustable side bolsters, adding an extra level of comfort and support.

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    Engine Options

    Now, let's discuss the heart of the X3 – the engine. Whether you opt for the petrol, diesel, or plug-in hybrid variant, each offers robust performance to meet your driving needs.

    The sDrive30i and xDrive30i models are equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, delivering 248 horsepower. The X3 M40i boasts a more powerful turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine, producing 382 horsepower. These engines provide ample power for smooth acceleration and enjoyable driving experiences. 

    The X3 offers a well-balanced ride and handles corners with confidence. Optional features like the adaptive suspension enhance the driving dynamics of the X3.

    Electric and Hybrid Models

    For those who are conscious about their carbon footprint, the X3 doesn’t disappoint. The model also comes with a plug-in hybrid variant, the BMW X3 xDrive30e. It combines a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor, offering impressive fuel efficiency without compromising performance.

    Driving Dynamics

    In terms of driving dynamics, the X3 truly excels. It comes with an adaptive suspension system that adjusts based on road conditions and driving style, ensuring a smooth and comfortable ride. The steering is precise and responsive, making the X3 feel nimble and easy to manoeuvre, even on busy city streets or during high-speed highway driving.

    BMW has also incorporated an adaptive cruise control system for added convenience on long journeys or highway driving. This system automatically adjusts the vehicle's speed to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

    All-Wheel Drive Performance

    One standout feature of the X3 is its all-wheel drive system, known as xDrive. This system enhances the vehicle’s stability and traction, delivering power to the rear wheels when needed. It's particularly helpful when off-roading or driving on challenging terrains.

    Exciting Features of the X3

    Sport Packages

    The X3 offers an optional M Sport package, enhancing the sportiness of this SUV both inside and out. Inside, it adds sport seats with adjustable side bolsters for extra comfort. On the exterior, it includes features like larger alloy wheels and a more aggressive body styling.

    In addition to the M Sport package, there's also a sport package that brings unique design elements to the X3, distinguishing it from other models.

    Safety and Convenience Features

    The X3 comes equipped with a range of safety and convenience features, including blind spot monitoring that alerts you to vehicles in your blind spots, and keyless entry for easy access to your car.

    Cutting-Edge Technology

    Inside, the X3 spoils you with cutting-edge technology, such as the BMW Live Cockpit Professional. This system provides a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch central information display. The infotainment system supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, ensuring seamless smartphone integration.

    Another nifty feature is the heated steering wheel, perfect for chilly mornings. Moreover, the sport seats are designed to provide optimum comfort and support, especially on long drives.

    Want to get your hands on the sexy X3?

    The BMW X3 is an exceptional vehicle, suitable for city driving, long journeys, and even some light off-roading. With a top speed that will thrill the motoring enthusiast, a suite of standard equipment that guarantees comfort, and safety features that provide peace of mind, the X3 is well-equipped for any adventure.

    Whether you're eyeing an entry-level model or considering the high-performance X3 M Competition, you're investing in a vehicle that combines luxury, performance, and practicality. 

    For Australians looking for a versatile, stylish, and well-engineered SUV, the BMW X3 should be high on your list and with Driva’s customised financing just a few clicks away, the new BMW X3 could be yours.

    People Also Ask

    What new features does the BMW X3 2023 model have?

    The 2023 BMW X3 brings new features such as a reworked front grille, fresh alloy designs, and an upgraded infotainment system. Also, it now includes more standard safety features and an enhanced interior trim.

    How does the 2023 BMW X3 perform on the road?

    The 2023 BMW X3 delivers an exceptional driving experience with a mix of performance and comfort. It offers a variety of engine options, including hybrid, that provide impressive acceleration. Its all-wheel-drive system ensures stability and confidence on diverse road conditions.

    How much does the 2023 BMW X3 cost in Australia?

    The 2023 BMW X3's price varies based on the chosen model and optional packages. The base sDrive20i model starts from $81,700 plus on-road costs, with higher-performance models like the X3 M Competition reaching up to $175,300 plus on-roads.

    How fuel-efficient is the BMW X3 2023 model?

    The 2023 BMW X3 offers a fuel-efficient engine line-up. The xDrive20d diesel model delivers remarkable fuel economy, while the xDrive30e plug-in hybrid variant provides an even more eco-friendly option with its combined fuel and electric drive.

    What's the difference between the 2023 BMW X3 and X3 M Competition?

    The X3 M Competition is the performance variant of the 2023 BMW X3. It features a more powerful engine, sportier exterior design, advanced M specific features like M Sport exhaust and M adaptive suspension, and more premium interior finishes.

    Philana Kwan

    Philana Kwan is the marketing coordinator at Driva she has a demonstrated history in customer service excellence and is knowledgeable in all things car and finance related. When she’s not working Philana enjoys learning new things and keeping up with the latest trends in marketing and technology.

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