BMW X3 20d
PRICE $73,900-$77,900 drive-away
SAFETY 5 stars, 7 airbags, AEB, blind spot and lane departure warning
ENGINE 2.0-litre 4-cyl turbo diesel, 140kW/400Nm
TRANS 8-speed auto; AWD
THIRST 5.7L/100km the steering lacks the feedback found in the likes of a 3 Series sedan. ALTERNATIVES
AUDI Q5 2.0 TDI $70,300-$76,100 DRIVE-AWAY
The Design version of the diesel Q5 matches the BMW for engine outputs, uses less fuel and has similar levels of standard gear. It’s also just as good a drive as its Bavarian rival.
MERCEDES-BENZ GLC 250D $79,500-$82,900 DRIVE-AWAY
The Benz looks the most luxurious from behind the wheel and has the best performance of this group. It’s also appreciably more expensive — you get what you pay for.
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT $70,300-$73,300
The high-output TD4 HSE isn’t as punchy as its rivals. The Disco Sport handles the roughest roads and is the most capable off the bitumen. Its interior is more understated.