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The new BMW X3 sDrive18d By Brian Foley

BMW offer a more accessible way into X3 ownership with the first rear-wheel-drive model in the range, the new BMW X3 sDrive18d. Contrary to virtually all 4WD SUV’s, which have the option of front-wheel-drive the X3 is unique in having the drive to the rear wheels for sporty handling but without the forward mobility and traction of fwd on slippery surfaces such as ice and snow pcked roads. Engine is a 143hp, 2.0-litre diesel, with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The new BMW X3 sDrive18d emits just 135g/km of CO2 , and has a combined fuel consumption of 55.4mpg, making it the cleanest and most fuel-efficient model in the X3 range. These figures allow the sDrive18d to occupy a Tax Band B. Acceleration from zero to 100kms is 9.9 seconds,top speed of 195kms.

With the exception of Hill Descent Control, reserved for four-wheel-drive models, the sDrive18d matches the standard equipment on the xDrive20d in every respect. SE models feature Auto Start-Stop, Drive Performance Control, 17-inch alloy wheels, Nevada Leather upholstery and BMW iDrive with a 6.5-inch colour screen. M Sport models feature a host of sporty additions such as 18-inch alloy wheels, M aerodynamic bodystyling, Sport seats and Sport suspension, amongst other items.

Model descriptionPower (hp)Torque (Nm)0-100 km/h (secs)Fuel consumption (Combined mpg)CO2 emissions (g/km)Tax Band
X3 sDrive18d1433609.9 (10.3)55.4 (52.3)135 (142)B (C)
X3 xDrive20d1843808.5 (8.5)50.4 (50.4)149 (147)C (C)


Folding down the rear seats increases boot space from 550 to 1,600 litres. The BMW X3 sDrive18d can be ordered as an option with a trailer coupling offering maximum towing capacity of 2,000kg.