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BMW X3 xDrive30i

The BMW X3 xDrive30i packs a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine from the modular engine family of powertrains. It makes 252 hp from just 5,200 rpm and torque peaks early, from 1,450 rpm, and stays until 4,800 rpm. The build-up of revs sees a particularly invigorating surge just before 2,000 rpm and then it’s all whoosh and speed until the red-line. It’s incredibly refined and feels relaxed to drive, working well with different driver characteristics too — that’s what the drive modes are for.

BMW X3 xDrive30i

In “Eco Pro”, BMW have managed to pull a surprise yet again. Double-digit numbers are not what we’re used to seeing in heavy, all-wheel-driven SUVs, let alone anything with that sort of output. There are more, too. In “Comfort”, it’s balanced and the climate control is working normally, the steering is light and relaxed, and the power delivery is gradual. Switch to “Sport” and the wheel firms up, as does the ride, and the revs rise to allow for instantaneous response from the TwinPower Turbo engine under just the right pressure to perform at the drop of a hat or a right toe.

BMW X3 xDrive30i

It’s fascinating how BMW have managed to infuse these different characteristics into the X3 xDrive30i and make it suitable for a variety of surfaces and driving applications. The mechanical suspension offers a sublime ride with fantastic spring and rebound over all surfaces. It helps plant the wheels down for a confidence-inspiring ride that sees even bends over rough surfaces taken at speed, allowing it to hold its line well. There’s nary a slip or a squeal from the tyres and there’s always grunt on tap to power out of whatever situation it may find itself in.

Overall, those looking for a revvy motor that performs in refined silence need to look no further as the BMW X3 xDrive30i offers an admirable balance of comfort, refinement, and performance that will not leave anyone wanting. Of course, if more grunt is needed, either low down or up top, the 400-Nm 20d diesel and the bonkers X3 M, respectively, are glad to present themselves as options.

BMW X3 xDrive30i

Need to Know – BMW X3 xDrive30i Luxury Line

Price: Rs 61.80 lakh (ex-showroom)

Engine: 1,998 cc, in-line four, turbo-petrol
Max Power: 252 hp @ 5,200-6,500 rpm
Max Torque: 350 Nm @ 1,450-4,800 rpm
Transmission: Eight-speed, automatic, all-wheel drive
Suspension: Strut front, five-link rear
Weight: 1,715 kg



About the author: Jim Gorde


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