Mark Jones
Road Test Editor
4 minute read
6 Nov 2021
8:00 am

How the BMW X3 has evolved to become a modern marvel

Mark Jones

M40i looks ready for the racetrack and has enough power and torque to break traction on tar.

Until the arrival of the M Competition, the M40i heads the local X3 line-up.

Once upon a time in a land far, far, away came a BMW X3, a never-before-seen beast. The time was 2004 and the land was a mysterious place called Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape of South Africa. We were witnessing the birth of the coming SUV boom, and our keeper for this trip was the most noble of kings, Sir Richard of Carter, a lawyer, an advisor to the President, and now the Director of Global Communications for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Breaking new ground The BMW X3 was described as the first premium vehicle of its kind in the Sports...