The first generation of the BMW X3 is a perfect car both from a mechanical and an economic point of view, as evidenced by its clear commercial success: in its production from 2004 to 2010, the Bavarian brand sold more than 600.000 units of it. The design of this medium-sized SUV is decisive in its square and completely original lines. The bumper and side sills are made of unpainted raw plastic. The trunk has a capacity (480 liters) which is even higher than that of the X5 E53, while the weight of this vehicle is around 1700 kilos depending on the configuration. The interior, although more spacious, is very similar to that of the 3 Series E46 as are many mechanical components. Advanced standard technologies such as stability and traction control help make the X3 a safe car. In the Euro NCAP crash tests, the E83 achieves the result of four out of five stars. Initially, the X3 could only be equipped with petrol or Diesel engines with 192, 204, or 231 horsepower, but after a short time, the 2.0i 150HP version was added. Precisely this version will achieve the broadest success of the range in terms of sales. After just two years, the E83 receives a restyling in which the interior configuration possibilities are considerably increased and a 286HP flagship version comes into play combined with a six-speed automatic transmission. Among the opponents of the E83 are the Mercedes GLK and the Audi Q5.

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🏎️ BMW X3 1st gen. E83
📍 Germany
🛠️ 2.0i 200NM 150HP
💨 11,5 seconds
🔝 200km/h
💶 No longer on sale
Our vote: ⭐⭐⭐⭐️ (4/5)