Often considered the first mid-size premium SUV on the market, the BMW X3 was introduced in 2003. The luxury crossover was built on the same platform as the BMW 3 Series and is currently in its third generation of redesigns. Marked as a compact SUV, the BMW X3 sits in the middle of BMW’s ‘sports activity vehicles’; larger than the BMW X1 and BMW X2 and smaller than the BMW X5 and BMW X6. As of 2020, there is also an all-electric variant to the BMW X3 available - the BMW iX3.
BMW X3 concept
The intention of the BMW X3’s design was clear from the beginning. The company wanted to create an SUV that offered the agility of a compact model with the powerful driving experience of the larger BMW X5. A well-balanced chassis and tuned steering make the vehicle a solid performer on twisty roads. Meanwhile, the high point seating configuration, marketed as ‘command seating’, gives the experience of a much larger auto. Although criticized for its lack of off-road capability, the BMW X3 delivered on its goal of creating a sportier version of the company’s larger SUVs.
Current BMW X3 models
The BMW X3 entered its third generation with an unveiling in 2017. Thankfully, the vehicle maintained much of its enjoyable driving performance. However, the luxury interior has been criticized for becoming outdated, specifically in cabin layout. With that said, the modern BMW X3 is fitted with top-of-the-line technology, much of which is shared with the BMW 5 Series. Selling better than ever, it seems the market of people searching for a BMW X3 for sale has grown consistently. The company even upgraded an entire production facility in South Africa to construct the BMW X3 exclusively.
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