BMW has just introduced a new Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and it’s the X3 xDrive30i Sport X. If you’re wondering what an SAV is, it is an exclusive term used for BMW’s X models. The X3 sport X has a very striking design language flowing throughout the body in the form of sleek and elegant curves and smooth lines. The front is bold and distinctive but it still retains the signature double kidney grille. The headlamps are another aspect apart from the double kidney grille that differentiates a BMW from the others. The X3 sport X comes with a refreshed LED headlamp setup and the fog lamps now feature a very attractive hexagonal design. In the back, the LED tail lamps combined with a low-slung roof spoiler and exhaust pipes finished in chrome just add to the road presence of the X3. An automated tailgate makes accessing the boot simply effortless and convenient.
The interior of the X3 is a balance between dynamic driver orientation and luxurious comfort, both of which are much needed for a passionate and exhilarating driving experience. The X logo is carried into the interior, embossed in elegant chrome located on the doors and centre console. It is indeed an eye-catcher and great attention to detail I must say. BMW’s Live Cockpit Plus includes an 8.8″ touch screen Control Display, 3D navigation, a 5.1″ digital instrument cluster with old-school analogue dials. The occupants can control car functions by simply speaking to their BMW Virtual Assistant. The Parking Assistant with a Rear View Camera make parking in tight spots a lot easier. The X3 features a Hi-Fi surround sound system, Apple Car Play®, Android Auto and connectivity through Bluetooth and USB. The interior layout is simply well thought out and there’s an ample amount of storage space throughout the cabin. The X3 feels like a lounge giving it’s occupants a very relaxed and luxurious feel, thanks to the optimised cabin noise insulation, rear window sunblind and a large panoramic sunroof. Another feature that enhances the graceful cabin feel is the Ambient lighting. In the X3 it is available with six dimmable light designs that create an aura for every mood. The boot of the X3 has a capacity of 550-litres which can be further extended to an extra 1600-litres, thanks to a 40/20/40 split including through loading system. Another extremely cool gimmick is the Welcome Light Carpet, which is projected from the side sill welcoming passengers in a glamorous manner. The cabin of the X3 is a really nice place to be in, it is spacious for 5 fully grown adults, headroom and legroom is decent. The cool tech and features add to the incredible cabin experience.
The xDrive30i Sport X is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to an 8-speed automatic Steptronic sport transmission producing 252 hp and maximum torque of 350 Nm. BMW’s unrivalled TwinPower Turbo technology simply churns out power with ideal efficiency.
The 8-speed auto performs yet so gradually, the shifts almost seem to be unnoticeable. No matter what gear you’re in, the transmission cooperates with the engine in a brilliant manner, offering full power and efficiency at all times. The Steptronic sport transmission is available with steering wheel paddle shifters that offer a more connected driving experience, you get to take control and push the X3 to its limits. With the help of BMW’s Driving Experience Control switch, the driver can choose from various modes like ECOPRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ to suit the different driving conditions. The compact, low- weight and systematic all-wheel drive system distributes power in between the front and rear axles depending on the road conditions. The X3 provides top-notch safety features such as six airbags, Attentiveness Assistant, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), including Cornering Brake Control (CBC), electric parking brake with auto hold, side-impact protection, electronic vehicle immobilizer and crash sensor.
The BMW X3 xDrive30i Sport X is an incredible and highly capable Sports Activity Vehicle with the performance, features and safety for an elegant and thrilling driving experience.