Added: 18th of November 2013
I have returned to 4x4 driving after owning a Range Rover Classic 20 years ago. I have found the X3 to be very pleasurable to drive as it feels closer to a saloon car experience (albeit a bulky one) rather than the 4x4 pitch and roll I remember. There's easily sufficient space for my family of 3, and 2 dogs, although the dogs miss the lower window levels of our last estate! The performance from the turbo-diesel is very good and economy is adequate from this earlier 150bhp engine. I have found that the car suffers from stone chips more than any car I've previously owned and I wondered if this colour - Highland Green - was 'soft'. The vehicle has been fitted with roof rails and stainless side-steps. The rails have taken a rack and roofbox easily when needed and the side steps is an extremely good way to protect the car from door dents and chips in car parks as it is the first point of contact for any clumsily opened door. I like this car a lot - I bought it as I was intending to move towards a long term ownership of a BMW model and I wanted to test the water. This suited me price-wise and in meeting my immediate motoring needs. I will seriously look at replacing it with another (more recent and more efficient/green) X3 rather than the 3 or 5 series I had in mind.