BMW announced the addition of a very entry-level model to the X3 range, powered by a Twinpower four-cylinder diesel engine. And it’s rear-wheel-drive. The most basic BMW X3, known by its sDrive 18d designation, is an economy-minded model with average fuel consumption of 5.1 liters pr 100 km (55.4 mpg). That makes it one of the most fuel efficient crossovers in the market.
As for the power, the 2.0 liter diesel engine in this X3 is not what you call gutsy. It makes 105 kW/143 hp and, with peak torque of 360 Newton metres (266 lb-ft). That means the performance is a bit shabby with a 0 to 100 kmh/ sprint time of 9.9 seconds and top speed of 195 km/h / 121 mph. The BMW X3 sDrive18d is fitted as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox; an eight-speed automatic is available as an option.
n terms of fuel saving measures, the X3 18d comes as standard with features including Brake Energy Regeneration, the Optimum Shift Indicator, Electric Power Steering, ECO PRO mode and the Auto Start-Stop function. All that means it emits just 142 g/km CO2.
Despite being an entry-level model, the X3 sDrive 18d matches the standard equipments of the sDrive 20d model, which is about 3 grand more expensive. It comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, Nevada Leather upholstery and BMW iDrive with a 6.5-inch colour screen. M Sport models feature a host of sporty additions such as 18-inch alloy wheels, M aerodynamic bodystyling, Sport seats and Sport suspension, amongst other items.