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xDrive 30e M Sport 5dr Auto [Tech/Pro Pack]

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Fuel Type
Fuel Type Hybrid
Co2
Co2 47.00g/km
Transmission
Transmission Automatic
Top Speed
Top Speed 130mph

Standard Equipment

Technical Data

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Driver Convenience

  • Active Guard
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Bluetooth hands free telephone connection with USB audio interface + audio streaming
  • BMW Drive recorder
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW gesture control
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional nav system including 12.3" instrument display + 12.3 high resolution control display
  • BMW Online services
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Condition based service - BMW service history, electronic service booklet, integrated owner's handbook
  • Connected drive services
  • Cruise control with brake function + speed limiter
  • Electric boot lid
  • Front/rear Parking distance control
  • Head up Display
  • iDrive Controller with 8 favourite buttons
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with mph readout, tachometer, fuel gauge and oil temperature gauge
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
  • On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption, service interval, clock/date, odometer/trip meter, outside temperature display and ice warning
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
  • Stop/start system
  • Variable sports power steering

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • Adaptive suspension
  • Charging cable - Mode 2
  • Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
  • eDrive exterior sound
  • Incorrect fuelling protection
  • Multi-link rear suspension
  • Performance Control
  • Sport automatic transmission with gearshift paddles

Entertainment

  • BMW professional radio/CD/MP3
  • DAB tuner
  • HiFi loudspeaker audio system

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic glazing
  • Automatic windscreen wipers and automatic headlight
  • Black finish on B pillars
  • BMW individual high gloss shadow line with extended content
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour electric adjust heated aspherical door mirrors
  • Body colour roof mouldings
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Direction indicator, side repeaters, integrated in exterior mirrors
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Exhaust tailpipes - dual, round, split left and right with chrome finisher
  • Fingertip control / anti-trap function on electric window
  • Folding wing mirrors with auto dimming
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Gloss chrome tailpipes finishers
  • Green tinted heat insulating glass
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • High beam assistant
  • High gloss black shadow line roof rails
  • High gloss shadowline exterior trim in decorative moulding side frame/recess cover/guide rail/B, C pillars/mirror frame and triangle with mirror base
  • High level 3rd brake light incorporating LED Technology
  • Interior rear view electrochromatic mirror with automatic anti dazzle function
  • LED tail lights
  • Lightweight engineering
  • M aerodynamic bodystyling
  • Model designation
  • Rear wiper
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Side exterior M designation badges
  • Sun protection glass
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Welcome lighting
  • Windscreen wipers with adjustable interval

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in front centre console
  • 3 rear headrests
  • 3 zone automatic air conditioning
  • 4 lashing points to secure luggage
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat with loading system
  • Ambient lighting
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Automatic interior light when door is opened/ignition switched off or via remote key
  • Foldable storage floor with compartment
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
  • Front and rear bottle holders integrated into door trim storage compartments
  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Front footwell lights
  • Front head restraints
  • Front sports seats
  • Front/rear courtesy lights with soft on/off dimming
  • Front/rear reading lights
  • Heated front seats
  • Isofix rear child seat preparation
  • Leather gear knob
  • Luggage area underfloor compartment
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • M sport leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Parcel shelf removeable and storable under boot floor
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Removable / retractable luggage cover
  • Seat backrest width adjustment
  • Slope adjustable rear seats
  • Storage compartment in rear centre console and front/rear door trims
  • Sun visors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment
  • Two front cupholders with removable oddments tray/lid
  • Vernasca leather upholstery

Packs

  • Connected pro pack - X3
  • Driving assistant pack - X3

Passive Safety

  • Active protection
  • ADB - Automatic Differential Brake
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Battery safety cut-off
  • Brake drying
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Braking pre-tensioning
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Crash Sensor - activation of central locking release, hazard warning light and interior lighting
  • Deactivation of fuel pump in the event of a crash
  • Driver and front passenger front and side airbags with passenger deactivation and ITS front and rear head airbags
  • DSC+
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Hill descent control
  • Hill start assist
  • M sport seatbelt
  • Seatbelt security check for front seats
  • Side impact protection
  • Three point seatbelts to all seats with front and outer rear pyrotechnic belt tensioners and seat belt force limiters
  • Two tone horn
  • Tyre pressure sensor
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote control including two integrated key - one button for open/close all lockable content, windows and separate button for open luggage compartment
  • Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button

Wheels

  • Low rolling resistance tyres

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    12
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    2.2
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    360
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    2.2
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    264
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    3.7
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    222
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    3.7
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    144
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Charging Port Location
    Left Side Front
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    62000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    6
  • Usable Battery Capacity
    11.2
  • WLTP - AER (km) - City
    52
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb
    42
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - City
    32.3
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb
    26.1
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City
    24.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    25.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High
    32.7
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High
    23
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low
    27
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium
    23.9
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City
    2.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    2.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High
    1.9
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High
    2.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low
    2.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium
    2.6
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (kWh/100km) - Comb
    24.9
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (miles/kWh) - Comb
    2.5
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb
    18.8
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH
    20
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL
    18.8
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.3
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEH
    3.1
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEL
    3.3
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City
    51
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    49
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - TEH
    45
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - TEL
    49
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Extra High
    40
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - High
    56
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Low
    47
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Medium
    53
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City
    31.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    30.4
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - TEH
    28
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - TEL
    30.4
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Extra High
    24.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - High
    34.8
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Low
    29.2
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Medium
    32.9

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb
    182
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    193
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    181
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High
    184
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High
    156
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low
    247
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium
    174
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb
    25
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    47
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    54
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    46

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1998
  • Compression Ratio
    11.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    94.6
  • Engine Code
    B48B20M1
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (l/100km) - Comb
    0.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (mpg) - Comb
    313.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb
    8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    8.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High
    8.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High
    6.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low
    10.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium
    7.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb
    35.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - TEH
    33.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - TEL
    35.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High
    34.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High
    40.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low
    25.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium
    36.7
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb
    2.1
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    2.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    2.1
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb
    134.5
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - TEH
    117.7
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - TEL
    134.5

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    292
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    e
  • Coin Series
    M Sport [Tec/Pro Pk]
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    38E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    93
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    84
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    70
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    58
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    6.1
  • Engine Power - BHP
    292
  • Engine Power - KW
    215
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    221
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    30.6
  • Engine Torque - NM
    300
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1350
  • Top Speed
    130

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    245/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    245/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Y SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1676
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4708
  • Wheelbase
    2864
  • Width
    1891
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2138

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    50
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2600
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1500
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    450
  • Max. Loading Weight
    610
  • Max. Roof Load
    100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1990
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12

The X3 xDrive30e is a very complete PHEV package for customers searching in the premium part of the upper mid-sized SUV segment. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the revised version.

Background

Think of an electrified BMW and you tend to think of the i3. The Munich maker has also developed three other full-electric models, the i4, the iX3 and the iX, to sit alongside that car in its EV range. These partner in the showrooms with plug-in versions of most of the company's major models, including this car, badged the X3 xDrive30e; it's the plug-in BMW we're going to look at here. This PHEV variant uses much the same drivetrain already employed in BMW's 330e plug-in model, a car that's proved very popular with business buyers. But there are differences, plus the X3 body shape is obviously more practical. All in a package that delivers tax-friendly electrification but without the range anxiety you might feel in an iX3. But can it justify the inevitable premium pricing?

Driving Experience

It's easy to just think that this X3 xDrive30e carries over completely the powertrain from the brand's more familiar 330e. And to some extend it does. As with that car, this mid-sized SUV uses a 2.0-litre four cylinder petrol engine mated to an electric motor, but that motor is a slightly less powerful one in this case, rated at 80kW rather than 83kW. The drive mode set-up in this X3 isn't quite the same as a 330e either, the xDrive30e using the slightly older tech from the 530e. That means you get 'Max eDrive' EV setting for full electric progress. And 'Battery Control' (which can hold the car's charge until you need it). Plus there's the 'Auto eDrive' option you'll most commonly use, which seamlessly mixes the electrical and combustion power sources as the software sees fit. The engine and electric motor's standard combined output is 252hp but this set-up also has an 'XtraBoost' feature, an on-demand performance system that increases the power output of the hybrid-drive system by a further 41hp at the touch of a button. The all-electric top speed is 87mph - full top speed is 130mph. Drive is transmitted - both in hybrid and electric modes - via an eight-speed Steptronic gearbox and xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive to enable the xDrive30e to accelerate from zero to 62mph in just 6.1 seconds. And there's a WLTP-rated all-electric driving range of up to 34 miles. One feature we really like is 'Anticipatory Hybrid Drive'; this uses data from the navigation system to decide how to use the PHEV system. The car might automatically switch into all-electric mode through a low-speed school zone for example. Or use battery power when driving uphill if there's a long downhill stretch afterwards where the regeneration system can recharge the lithium-ion cells.

Design and Build

This isn't the kind of Plug-in hybrid model you'll buy if you want to make an eco-statement. Unless you really know your BMWs, there's almost nothing to visually differentiate an xDrive30e from any other X3. This updated version of the third generation model gains a smarter look, courtesy of a larger front kidney grille with a single-piece frame. It's flanked by now-flatter headlights that now have standard LED beams and there's a revised front bumper with vertical air intakes; and a re-styled lower apron. The rear tail lamps are revised too, now of the full-LED sort, sitting above flush-fitting tailpipe trims. With a drag coefficient of 0.29Cd, the X3 boasts the slipperiest silhouette in its segment. And a 'Digital Key' system's now optionally available so that if you wish, you can unlock or lock the car with your smartphone. Inside, the twin-screened 'BMW Live Cockpit Professional' set-up is now standard. That brings a 12.3-inch instrument binnacle display and the 'BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant', a voice control system responding to the command 'Hey BMW'. 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring is now (at last) standard. And the infotainment set-up now updates itself with 'over-the-air' upgrades, so you'll get into your X3 one morning and find it able to do something it couldn't do the day before. As before, there's just about room for three on the back seat, which features a reclining backrest. Finally, load capacity; thanks to the location of the PHEV battery pack beneath the rear seat, that's down with this plug-in variant - from 550 to 450-litres.

Market and Model

From launch, this improved X3 xDrive30e was priced from just under £51,000. As with all Plug-in hybrids, you have to have automatic transmission. In basic specification, this revised X3 xDrive 30e has a significantly improved range of standard equipment now that includes enhanced sports seats, with upholstery featuring smarter 'Sensatec' man made leather on base models. The X3 'M Sport' models feature Vernasca leather upholstery as standard. Automatic air conditioning with three-zone control is standard across the range, allowing separate temperature settings for the driver and front passenger as well as separate climate control at the rear. Whichever variant you select, it'll be easy to spend more than you budgeted or, thanks to a wider range of tempting options. Optional perforated leather climate seats will be popular, perhaps fitted out with active seat ventilation. Another option is a generously sized panoramic glass roof, while optional acoustic front side windows will complement the standard acoustic windscreen glazing to help create even lower noise levels in the cabin.

Cost of Ownership

Despite the fact that these days, there isn't the government contribution towards the purchase price that helped to boost sales of earlier BMW plug-in models, the brand still reckons this PHEV derivative will be a strong seller. The installation of a 12.0kWh lithium-ion high-voltage battery means a potential electric driving range of as much as 34 miles. This PHEV also features regenerative braking to optimise efficiency. The system's high-voltage battery stores the energy captured during braking, with the electric motor taking on the function of a generator. The high-voltage battery also supplies the vehicle's electrical system. As usual with Plug-in hybrids, the official WLTP combined cycle fuel figure - up to 141.2mpg - needs to be taken with a pinch of salt, but the important thing is that the government believes the quoted CO2 return - up to 43g/km. Which means a super-low Benefit-in-Kind taxation rating of 12-13%. In comparison, an X3 xDive20d diesel is rated at 33-35%. Charging from a 16A source takes 2.6 hours from 0-80%. And the infotainment set-up's 'Intelligent Personal Assistant' voice-recognition software can answer questions like 'Where can I charge' and you can even use the sat nav system to reserve an electric charging station position ahead of time. Insurance is rated at group 38 or 39, quite a bit more than an xDrive 20d variant (group 29 or 30).

Summary

Justifying this BMW PHEV on economic grounds will certainly require some deft work with the calculator. As with any plug-in model, fuel savings alone won't do it; but adding in the BiK tax reductions might be enough to make you take a second look at an X3 xDrive30e, even with its £50,000 price tag. Did we ever think we'd be paying this much for a mainstream X3 model? Possibly not, but then did we ever think a decade ago that we'd have the chance to buy a petrol-powered one that could also offer an all-electric driving range of up to 34 miles? Right here, right now, plug-in tech makes more sense for more people, more of the time than full-EV ownership. In the future, that'll change. For the present though, if you can afford it, this BMW makes a compelling case if you want a more sensible sort of X3.

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