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BMW X3 hybrid reliability & safety rating

Some patchy ownership survey results for BMW are countered by strong safety options for the X3 plug-in

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£51,230 - £56,280
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety assist
5 stars (2019)88%83%71%

The BMW X3 is a safe car regardless of which drivetrain is chosen, so there's nothing to worry about in this regard. The pre-facelifted X3 came 61st out of all the cars featured in the latest Driver Power survey of UK car owners; overall results for BMW itself haven't been fantastic, with a relatively high instance of faults. 

BMW X3 hybrid reliability & problems

While it isn't expected that you'll encounter a major issue with your brand new BMW, the 2021 Driver Power survey revealed that 19.3% of BMW owners on average had experienced a fault with their car. However, owners did state that they loved their cars' gearboxes, infotainment and sat nav. The X3 itself finished 61st out of 75 cars in the survey. It's important to note that these responses didn't cover the facelifted xDrive30e variant reviewed here, however.

Safety

Five stars from Euro NCAP is to be expected from just about every new car on the market, but the X3's decent scores for adult and child protection should be seen as good news. Also encouraging is the amount of available active safety and driver assistance systems, all of which should help minimise the likelihood of a crash in the first place. 

All models get cruise control, lane-departure warning, autonomous emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors plus a rear-view camera as standard. Adaptive cruise control with stop-go is standard, while the Technology Plus Pack brings a range of uprated warning systems and driving aids to help make motorway driving more relaxing. 

This includes a suite of systems to make your life easier and safer, such as lane-changing assistance, steering and lane-control assistance and even more warning systems, including for crossroads and crossing traffic, among other high-tech features.

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