Is there anything interesting about its design?
Put them side by side and this new X3 looks much tougher, with that prominent kidney grille, chunky front bumper, and big wheelarches with gills cut into them.
The M-Sport body kit accentuates that sturdy and athletic look with a blacked-out grille, plus massive air intakes in the front bumper and side sills which make the car look lower to the ground.
You might be interested to know that Australian, Calvin Luk designed the X3’s exterior. He was also responsible for the smaller X1 which has a bit of a humpy hatchback look to it, while the X3 delivers a more imposing SUV presence, closer to its larger X5 sibling.
The X3's interior isn't as beautiful as the GLC's but it's a step up from the Q5's.
This X3 is larger than the previous one, measuring 4708mm long, 1676mm tall, and 1891mm wide.
If you’ve been in a BMW during the past decade the X3’s cabin will be a familiar place, with that large media/climate control/air vent stack in the centre of a slab-like dash. It barely seems to have changed.
That said, it’s still an extremely pleasant place to sit, and modern updates like the screen, digital instrument cluster and head-up display will remind you you’re not in 2009 anymore. The X3's interior isn't as beautiful as the GLC's but it's a step up from the Q5's in my mind.
The M-Sport pack adds aluminium trim to the doors, centre console and dash, which looks great but is super reflective in the Aussie sun. Talking of which, on a 44.5 degree Christmas Eve that metallic start-stop button got hot enough to fry my finger.
Our car was also fitted with the $2500 ‘Vernasca Cognac’ leather upholstery. Take a look at the images, it’s a tan colour and while nearly everybody went “hmmm”, I thought it was “mmmm”.