2013 BMW X3 Review

The BMW X3 finds itself in the unenviable position of constantly being overshadowed by its bigger brother the X5 and has never really carved its own niche in the Kenyan market. Most people who buy the X3 would prefer the X5 if all factors were held constant. The deal breaker is usually the price but regardless, the X3 is a solid SUV that boasts of top notch safety ratings, luxurious interior and excellent performance. It competes with the Audi Q5, VW Tiguan, Volvo XC60, Mercedes GLK, Subaru Forester, Mazda CX5 and Discovery Sport.

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Detailed Review

The BWM X3 is a five seater compact SUV that has been in production for three generations starting from 2003 to present. The first generation known as the E83 was in production from 2003 to 2010, the second generation known as the F25 was in production from 2011 to 2017 and the third generation known as the G01 has been in production from 2018 to present.

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The BMW X3 was conceived as a nimbler and affordable alternative to the larger X5 and it connects well with buyers who value luxury and SUV ride characteristics. In Kenya, it faces stiff competition from affordable Japanese alternatives such as the Mazda CX5, Nissan X-Trail, Honda CRV and Subaru Forester that currently dominate the compact SUV segment.

In the UK, the 2013 BMW X3 is offered with a choice of 4 engines, all diesel; these are a 2.0-Litre 143 HP turbo diesel engine, a 2.0-Litre 184 HP turbo diesel engine, a 3.0-Litre 258 HP turbo diesel engine and a 3.0-Litre 313 HP turbo diesel engine. These are linked to either an 8-speed ZF-8HP Automatic Transmission or a 6-Speed Manual Transmission and available in a choice of either 2WD(sDrive) or 4WD(xDrive).

2013 BMW X3 Engine Classifications
1. sDrive18d – 2.0L, 143 HP, Turbo, Diesel, 2WD
2. xDrive20d – 2.0L, 184 HP, Turbo, Diesel, 4WD
3. xDrive30d – 3.0L, 258 HP, Common Rail Turbo, Diesel, 4WD
4. xDrive35d – 3.0L, 313 HP, Common Rail Turbo, Diesel, 4WD

2013 BMW X3 Grades

  1. BMW X3 SE – This is the entry level grade that comes with 17-Inch alloy rims, automatic two-zone air conditioning, ambient lighting, aux input, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control with brake function, Driver Performance Control, Electric power steering, multi-function steering wheel, Nevada leather upholstery, Park Distance Control(PDC), rain sensor with automatic headlight activation and roof rails
  2. BMW X3 M Sport – This is a sports grade that adds 18-Inch alloy rims, door sill finishers with M designation, Sport modes, Anthracite, M aerodynamic body styling, M leather steering wheel with paddle shifts, performance control, sport automatic transmission, sport seats, sport suspension and variable sport steering.

2013 BMW X3 M Sport Dual Exhaust

2013 BMW X3 Interior
The second generation X3 is much bigger than its predecessor and is almost the same size as the first generation X5. This affords it a spacious cabin that can comfortably accommodate 5 adults. At the first row, the legroom is excellent and the seats can adjust to fit any desirable seating position. At the second row, the legroom is similarly impressive and tall people will find it comfortable. All grades come with leather seats.

X3 M Sport First Row

2013 X3 M Sport second row

2013 BMW X3 Exterior
The BMW X3 shares many similarities with the X5 from the well crafted and angular front to the smooth and curvy rear. Higher grades such as the M Sport come with extra detailing and bigger alloy rims that give it a commanding posture.

2013 BMW X3 M Sport

Cabin Storage
There are several storage compartments in the cabin that are useful for storing items such as smartphones, beverages, goggles, handbags etc. At the first row there are 4 cup-holders, door panel storage, a glovebox and the center-box. For the second row, there are 4 cupholders, front seat jacket pockets and door pockets.

X3 M Sport Gear Shifter

2013 BMW X13 Boot Space
The boot is fairly large and can comfortably carry luggage for a family of five. When extra space is required, the rear seats can fold flat in a split format to create an even bigger space.

2013 BMW X3 Boot

Extras: USB Charging Ports, Heads-up Display, Panoramic Sunroof, heated seats, Sports Suspension, Bluetooth Connectivity

2013 BMW X3 Dashboard

Safety Features: SRS Airbags, Curtain airbags, DCS and TCS, ABS, Electronic Stability Control, Adaptive Headlights, Lane Departure Warning System

2013 BMW X3 Consumption
2013 BMW X3 2.0L 143 HP Diesel fuel consumption: 22.23 km/L
2013 BMW X3 2.0L 184 HP Diesel fuel consumption: 21.42 km/L
2013 BMW X3 3.0L 258 HP Diesel fuel consumption: 20.02 km/L
2013 BMW X3 3.0L 313 HP Diesel fuel consumption: 19.68 km/L

2013 BMW X3 Acceleration
2013 BMW X3 2.0L 143 HP Diesel accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 9.9 sec.
2013 BMW X3 2.0L 184 HP Diesel accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 8.5 sec.
2013 BMW X3 3.0L 258 HP Diesel accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6.2 sec.
2013 BMW X3 3.0L 313 HP Diesel accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5.8 sec.

2013 BMW X3 Steering

2013 BMW X3 Fuel Tank Capacity: 67 Litres

2013 BMW X3 Stability and Handling
The 2.0L X3 is well powered and it accelerates from 0-100 Km/h in a respectable 9.9 seconds. If you need more speed, then opt for the 3.0L engines that are powerful and quick. The M Sport that we tested for this review is super accelerative and as agile as a snake. Around corners, stability is solid and it feels like it was built for the tarmac. Off the tarmac however is entirely another story. The X3 is woefully under-equipped for the rough work and the 4WD is merely for on-road traction. Simply avoid off-road at all costs and your life with the X3 will be pleasant.

2013 BMW X3 M Sport Rear

BMW X3 Service Intervals
Minor Service: At 5,000 km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, and Engine Oil
Major Service: At 10,000km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, ATF Filter, Cabin Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, Rear Brake Pads, ATF Oil, and Engine Oil

BMW X3 Spare Parts Availability, Cost and Where to buy
Service parts are available and fairly priced in Kenya. Body parts on the other hand are expensive and not as easily available. To buy BMW X3 Spare Parts in Kenya visit: https://yoka.co.ke/ad-category/spare-parts/bmw-spare-parts/

2013 BMW X3 Reliability
German cars generally do not age well especially the newer models that come with a host of sensors that control virtually everything. These cars can be problematic with age and its advisable to buy them at very low mileage. It’s absolutely important to buy them from credible dealers that can guarantee their quality.

Another factor to consider is the quality of maintenance and the service history of the car. These greatly determine the long-term reliability of the car and its important to have the car thoroughly examined by a qualified technician before you purchase it. Once this is done and you have purchased the right car, you then have to ensure that service is done on time using genuine parts. If you skimp on any of these, then be prepared for serious problems down the road.

If you are planning to own or currently own the 2013 BMW X3, it’s vital that you read the Owner’s Manual. If you need the manual, you can request it from us via [email protected]

Resale Value: Average

2013 BMW X3 Competitors: Audi Q5, VW Tiguan, Volvo XC60, Mercedes GLK, Subaru Forester, Mazda CX5 and Discovery Sport.

Cost of Ownership
Purchase Price: from Ksh.2,700,000
Comprehensive Insurance: Average Ksh. 108,000/ per annum- Or
3rd Party Insurance: Ksh. 7,000/- per annum
Change of Tyres(If neccessary) Ksh. 40,000/- for 4 Tyres
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What we like about the 2013 BMW X3

  • Comfortable
  • Powerful
  • Spacious

2013 BMW X3 Sunroof

What we don’t

  •  Expensive parts

The BMW X3 is an excellent family car that is best suited for urban dwellers who value safety and comfort. The choice of engines is limited when buying from the UK and you will have to contend with a diesel lineup.

2013 BMW X3 Kenya

Where to Buy the 2013 BMW X3 in Kenya
If you are looking to either import or buy the BMW X3 locally, we can help you with this process. Over the years, we have developed a network of trusted dealers both in Kenya and UK who supply us with exceptional cars. Simply call us or send us a message through our contacts below and we’ll get you the right car at the right price.

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