F25 BMW X3 facelift: mildly improved looks, better diesel options

BMW has given its X3 SUV a facelift with a revised front end look, and a selection of updated of diesel motors.

While the BMW X5 has been a home run with both critics and buyers alike, the smaller X3 has had a harder time of it. In its first generation the X3 suffered from unlovable looks and poor interior quality. For the second generation (F25) the X3 has been criticised for being too bland.

With a new set of wider headlights that blend directly into a bolder grille, and detail changes to the front and rear bumpers, as well as side skirts, the updated X3 strikes a much more pleasing visage.

Available equipment includes LED headlights and LED fog lights, indicators in the wing mirrors, a Harmon/Kardon sound system, dual-zone climate control, reversible boot floor hiding a folding box and partitioning, automatic engine start/stop, brake energy regeneration, colour head-up display, and a touchpad for the iDrive controller.

In Europe the revised X3 is available with a choice 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic; we’ll likely only see the latter in Australia.


Length: 4,652mm
Width: 1,884mm
Height: 1,713mm
Wheelbase: 2,810mm
Boot space: 550L (rear seats up); 1,600L (seats down)

Diesel engines, performance, fuel economy

sDrive18d xDrive20d xDrive30d xDrive35d
Power 112kW 142kW 192kW 233kW
Torque 360Nm 400Nm 560Nm 630Nm
0-100km/h 9.8s 8.1s 5.9s 5.3s
Top speed 195km/h 210km/h 232km/h 245km/h
Fuel economy 5L/100km 5.2L/10km 5.9L/100km 6L/100km
CO2 emissions 133g/km 143g/km 156g/km 157g/km

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]