at a glance

BMWX3 2004-2006

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Used Review -

ex­pect to pay

NEW $67,900-$74,600

USED $21,500-$33,000 (2.5), $24,000-$35,500 (3.0), $32,500-$37,500 (TD)

EN­GINE 2.5-litre 6-cyl petrol, 141kW/245Nm; 3.0-litre 6-cyl petrol, 170kW/300Nm; 3.0-litre six-cyl turbo diesel, 160kW/480Nm BODY 5-door wagon VARI­ANTS LS, XLS, VR, VR-X

TRANS­MIS­SIONS 5-speed auto, 6-speed auto, 6-speed man, 4WD SAFETY 4-star ANCAP THIRST 11.2L/11.9L/100km (2.5 man/auto), 12.1L/100km (3.0), 8.6L/100km (TD)

ver­dict

Smaller, cheaper ver­sion of pop­u­lar X5 set a new­bench­mark for com­pact SUVs

PROS Sweet petrol en­gines, frugal diesel, build qual­ity, BMWbadge cred

CONS Fuel con­sump­tion of petrol en­gines, ques­tion­able long-term dura­bil­ity

oth­ers to con­sider

LEXUSRX3302004-05

Avery re­fined, well-equipped pre­mium fiveseater, much more ath­omeon the black­top than the rough, where4WDsys­tem can be found want­ing. Pay $22,000-$34,000

HONDAMD-X2004-06

Pres­tigeSUVhas build qual­ity, re­fine­ment and seven-seater prac­ti­cal­ity but lacks real off-road abil­ity and a lit­tle in on-road per­for­mance. Pay $18,000-$27,000

JEEPGRANDCHEROKEE2004-06

Mercedes in­flu­ence lifted Jeep’s game with bet­ter en­gines, gear­boxes, sus­pen­sions and drive sys­tems. Much im­proved on-road man­ners make it more live­able day to day. Pay $12,500-$38,000

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