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2024 BMW X3 Diesel

2024 BMW X3 Diesel exterior in black

It seems that there is a vehicle for everyone at BMW.  Be it a sportscar, luxury vehicle, EV, or SUV, there is something that will tick all the boxes.  With all the fervour of having to own a new EV instead an ICE vehicle having cooled down somewhat, it is good to see that marques as good as BMW still offer the buyer new vehicles that run on petrol or diesel and provide the latest hybrid technology which can make them incredibly efficient, cleaner than you might think, and generally pretty reliable. 

The 2024 X3 SUV is one of those vehicles that is always eager to please and a solid all-round performer that makes a great family companion as well as a nice get-to-work commuter.  There are a couple of excellent BMW X3 Diesel SUVs available for 2024 that have particularly caught my attention.  Having hybrid technology to streamline the turbodiesel’s drivetrain economy and carbon emissions makes the 2024 BMW X3 Diesel SUV an excellent vehicle for the road.  It is also a great AWD SUV that will happily take you down a dusty dirt road or across a field to explore that enticing fishing hole.  Bring the dog along for the ride, too, because the latest X3 has a handy boot space behind the rear seats that will easily accommodate man’s best friend.

Two diesel models are available for the 2024 X3 generation.  Because both of them are superb on all accounts, the only reason I might recommend the larger 30d engine over the smaller 20d motor is really only down to the 30d having more horsepower and greater torque levels; and that’s all there is to it.  The 30d might offer the owner a broader set of shoulders and burlier muscle to carry a fully loaded cabin off for the holiday, but it may also come in handy for when towing a trailer, particularly if you are a driver with a heavy right foot.  But the 20d is cheaper to buy and will still do the same task, only at a slightly gentler pace. 

Both of these stylish AWD vehicles have a square 550 litres of boot space to fill behind the back seats, which will open out to a full 1600 litres when the rear seats are folded down.  And speaking of towing, the BMW X3 xDrive20d can easily tow a 750 kg unbraked or 2000 kg braked trailer, which is just the same rating BMW have given the X3 xDrive30d variant.

I’m a lover of the modern diesel engines and have been for a long time.  They are effortless, ideal for touring, and extremely efficient from point to point.  The current BMW turbodiesel engines are some of the best you can buy, and they have been designed to be a whole lot cleaner than you might first realise.  Fuel economy for the 20d is amazing, and you should easily see 5.5–6.5 litres/100 km on a regular basis.  The CO2 emissions average out to an impressively low 153 g/km for the smooth and powerful 2.0-litre turbodiesel powerplant.  There is up to 140 kW of power available, along with a lusty 400 Nm of torque (which is at its peak at 1750 to 2500 rpm), which makes this such a relaxing cruiser out on the open road and effortless about town.  The mid-size SUV rides the bumps smoothly and with composure, and at higher open road speeds, the vehicle feels as solid as a rock and a delight to point and shoot between bends.  Active cruise control has you gliding to your destination safely, and the occupants should be impressed with the low noise levels, ambient cabin, and comfortable seats.  The 2024 BMW X3 xDrive20d can also scamper across 0–100 km/h in 8 seconds, and it boasts a top speed of 213 km/h. 

To compare power figures between the two, we’ll consider the fact that the 30d motor is a larger, 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbodiesel, with some impressive performance figures that are more akin to a sportscar than an SUV.  You really only experience the delightful engine muscle to the full extent when you have the opportunity to open the motor out and stretch the 30d’s legs.  Ask of the 30d and it will deliver the goods!  The silky smooth inline six would be arguably the best diesel motor on the planet, and it offers the driver a maximum of 620 Nm of torque between 2000 and 2500 rpm.  Combine this grunt with 195 kW of power and AWD traction, and you can start to see how easily the BMW X3 xDrive30d will swiftly cover the ground.  The 0-100 km/h dash can be seen to in 5.8 seconds (quicker than the first e30 BMW M3 back in the day), and you can run out to a top speed of 240 km/h (same as the e30 M3).  The other neat thing is that fuel economy doesn’t suffer a whole lot, thanks to the clean burning, strong BMW turbodiesel engine’s design. 

The latest X3 SUV is a big, consolidated effort from BMW to bring us a premium mid-size SUV with two special turbodiesel powerplants.  Both models are safe – five-star safe according to Euro NCAP testing – so things like the latest crash avoidance, collision mitigation, vehicle control, hill descent control, driver assistance, parking assistance, and 360 degree camera technology is all there as standard kit and has got your back when you’re out for a drive. 

2024 BMW X3 Diesel SUV interior

The level of infotainment inside the classy new X3 cabin is first-rate, too.  So, to experience all this for yourself, you need to get down and take one out for a drive.  You won’t be disappointed.  By the way, the 2024 BMW X3 Diesel SUV comes with a 5-year/unlimited km warranty at the time of writing.

2024 BMW X3 Diesel rear view

The new BMW X3 Diesel models include the:

  • BMW X3 xDrive30d M Sport
  • BMW X3 x Drive20d

For any more information on the new BMW X3 SUV or, for that matter, any other new car, contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 303 181.  If you’d like some fleet discount pricing (yes even for private buyers!), we can submit vehicle quote requests out to our national network of BMW dealers and come back with pricing within 24 hours. 

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