For a proper slug-fest of torque, look no further than the X3 30d. Power from the 3.0-litre straight six oiler is only up by 5kw (now 195kw) over the old X3 30d, but torque jumps to 620Nm (up 60Nm) and both sprinting ability and shove on the move feel seriously swift. Just as impressive is the refinement and revability. It’s a brilliant engine, no question. But if diesel performance is not your thing, wait until June 2018 for the 3.0-litre petrol six in the X3 M40i delivering 265kw/500nm. Or for the price-sensitive buyer, BMW will introduce a base rear-drive petrol, the X3 sdrive 20i, also in Q2 of 2018. Expect outputs of around 135kw/270nm, and a pricetag in the $ 63,000 zone.