BMW X3 hybrid reliability & safety
Some patchy ownership survey results for BMW are countered by strong safety options for the X3 plug-in
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety 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 car itself hasn't featured in the Driver Power survey of UK car owners; overall results for BMW itself haven't been fantastic, with a relatively high instance of faults reported.
BMW X3 hybrid reliability & problems
While it isn't expected that you'll encounter a major issue with your brand new BMW, the 2020 Driver Power survey revealed that 20.4% 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 49th out of 100 cars in the 2020 survey, with an 18% fault rate. It's important to note that these responses didn't cover the plug-in hybrid xDrive30e variant reviewed here, however.
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 a £620 option, while the Driving Assistant package costs £670 and brings a range of uprated warning systems, plus speed-limit recognition.
Plump for the £1,750 Driving Assistant Plus pack and there's a full suite of systems to make your life easier and safer: to the standard Driving Assistant pack it adds active cruise control, lane-changing assistance, steering and lane-control assistance and even more warning systems, including for crossroads and crossing traffic, among other high-tech features.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe BMW X3 xDrive30e continues BMW's trend of offering impressive plug-in hybrid versions of some of its most popular models
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingDecent electric range, strong fuel economy and low CO2 make a compelling case for the X3 plug-in hybrid
- 3Running costsAs ever with plug-in hybrids, the BMW X3 makes the most sense for company-car owners, but runs its diesel counterpart close
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe plug-in X3 is good to drive and has plenty of power, but the petrol engine can feel thrashy
- 5Interior & comfortThe plug-in hybrid BMW X3 is just as comfortable and sensibly laid-out inside as other versions
- 6Practicality & boot spaceYou lose some storage space to the X3 hybrid's batteries, but this is still a practical family SUV
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingSome patchy ownership survey results for BMW are countered by strong safety options for the X3 plug-in