12. BMW X3

Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

AS with its arch-ri­val, the Audi Q5, the X3 has evolved in its de­sign. How­ever, while the lat­est Mk3 looks sim­i­lar to the out­go­ing car, un­der the skin it’s all new. Light­weight con­struc­tion has shed 55kg, while there’s more space and tech­nol­ogy than ever.

The range at launch is lim­ited, but in the fu­ture there will be a fully elec­tric ver­sion with a 250-mile range, plus the rapid X3 M will make its first ap­pear­ance, too. Price range: £38,880-£51,280 Our pick: xdrive20d SE (£38,880) En­gine: 2.0-litre 4cyl diesel, 187bhp Trans­mis­sion: 8-spd auto, per­ma­nent 4WD Top speed: 132mph Econ­omy: 56.2mpg CO2: 132g/km

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