2012 BMW X3 sDrive18d review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 21 August 2012 , 20:08:23 byEmil

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BMW X3 sDrive18d

Lately more carmaker have turned their attention towards cheaper and more space efficient front-wheel drive configurations when it comes to equipping their cars. The Germans from BMW remained true to the rear-wheel drive, offering it as an option for different sedans, coupes and station wagons. It is also available on most of their SUV models. For the ones that have problems understanding the difference between the two, should know that the rear-wheel drive is actually better because the front axle does not have to steer and send the power to the road at the same time. Bavarian carmaker BMW has introduced the first X3 model with the new entry-level X3 sDrive 18d.


This new car will be available for purchase starting this fall in Europe. Under the hood, the new BMW X3 sDrive 18d is hiding a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine capable of developing 141 horsepower and 360 Nm of torque just like the BMW X1. To send the power to the wheels, the engineers equipped the model with a 6-speed manual transmission, but also offer as an option an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The 6-speed manual transmission enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.9 seconds and to reach a top speed of 193 km/h which means 121 mph. The car equipped with the automatic transmission is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.3 seconds and it can also reach a top speed of 190 km/h. As you suspect, the new X3 sDrive 18d is not really a performance car, but one that offers incredible fuel consumption. The carmaker said that thanks to its EfficientDynamics, the car is capable of consuming with up to 7% less fuel in comparison with its premium competitors. To be more precise, it is capable of consuming 5.1 liters of diesel / 100 km and the C02 emission level reaches 135 g/km.