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2014 BMW X3 Speed Date
By Benn Sykes
Quick Specs
X3 20i
2.0-litre four cylinder turbo petrol
$60,765 plus on-road costs
three-year/unlimited kilometre
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By Benn Sykes

So, where did you go on your date?

Around the streets of Melbourne. The keys were handed to me after office-hours to explore Melbourne and to get to know the BMW X3 intimately.

Ideal first date?

I’d have loved to take the X3 for a weekend surf trip. While in Melbourne, if you have the time, why not head down to Bells Beach along the Great Ocean Road.

Hot or not?

Hot! The X3 cops a lot of flack and I have no idea why. She’s a pocket-rocket, more compact than the X5 and to me that can only be a good thing. It has all the BMW luxury hallmarks too.

It's what's inside that counts, what do you think of the interior?

Standard BMW interior - top notch. iDrive makes any car better, and the seats and driving position make for a comfortable drive as well. It's what SUV driving in urban environments is meant to be.

Standout features?

The looks and the drive. The X3 to me is the pick of the X-range, 5 is too big, 1 is too small but the X3 is just right.

Annoying habits?

Having to reset everything upon getting into it. I had to shift it back to sport mode, turn the auto stop off etc - truly a first world problem.

Ready for a family?

Absolutely! Personally, I have one on the way and would love for this to be my car. Ticks all the boxes and would be there for the long haul… I can even imagine taking the kids to the rugby in it.

High maintenance?

BMW servicing is usually a little more expensive than most. However having had the BMW experience, you get what you pay for. It’s an experience. As far as being an everyday drive, it can be a little thirsty, but less so than I’d expected.

Any deal-breakers?

I’d love it to be a little faster, but that’s the boy-racer in me speaking. So not really, no.

So, is it serious or just a one night stand?

As someone who is new to the BMW brand, it might be love at first sight. This segment has soooo many options worth considering for me. But the X3 really is a thing of beauty. Maybe I’m just blinded by the light.

Keeping your options open?

This segment has more options than ever before. Audi Q5 is an option. Mercedes-Benz GLA is probably a bit small. Lexus has a new NX on the way that I wouldn’t mind having a long look at.

If it's not for you, who would you recommend it to?

Young professional families… almost built specifically for them.