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[YesAuto Model PK] Recently, BMW launched a low-power version of the X3 with a 2.0T (N20B20) engine, with a guide price of 487,000. This is the first time that the X3's value has fallen below 500,000, and it has finally narrowed the distance between it and domestic rivals such as Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLK. So is this entry-level X3 worth buying? Today I will analyze for you how competitive it is.


The difference between 20i and other X3

Appearance difference

In terms of appearance, this BMW X3 xDrive20i (hereinafter referred to as 20i) is different from other versions of X3. First of all, its length and height have been reduced, but I believe that few people can detect this slight gap. Secondly, the style of the 20i hub is different from that of the 28i and 35i. The style of the 20i hub is more mediocre. Fortunately, there is no difference in size. In addition, the 20i's net will also turn black.

Configuration differences

The keyless start system should not be a new thing at present, but this 20i luxury model is also equipped with an engine start-stop system that is not available in the xDrive28i leading and luxury models. In this respect, it is on par with the 35i.

BMW X3 xDrive20i luxury BMW X3 xDrive28i luxury Manufacturer's guide price 487,000 596,000 Variable suspension Reverse image Lumbar support adjustment Electric trunk Bluetooth/car phone Rearview mirror automatic anti-glare Rearview mirror electric folding

In fact, the name of this X3 20i luxury model is a bit far-fetched, because it only adds the automatic start-stop function and the front seat heating function mentioned above compared with the 28i leading model. Compared with the xDrive28i luxury model, it lacks the reversing image and Bluetooth car hands-free. Telephone, automatic anti-glare inside and outside rearview mirrors, electric folding of outside rearview mirrors, electric trunk opening, electric lumbar support for front seats and electric shock absorption control (variable suspension) and other functions.

The 8AT gearbox from ZF has been used in most BMW models so far, and this X3 20i will naturally be no exception. However, the 20i and low-profile 28i leading models are not equipped with dynamic driving mode options, which means that the engine output, suspension softness and steering force are fixed, and the steering wheel is not equipped with shift paddles, which is somewhat missing Some driving pleasure.

Criteria for selection of competing models

The selection criteria for the competing models of the BMW X3 xDrive20i mentioned in the article are based on the model guide price (the selection of models is limited to the gasoline version). However, the Volvo XC60 is special. The reason why I chose the guide price of 508,000 yuan for the 3.0T6 AWD Comfort Edition instead of the price of 498,000 yuan for the 2.0T5 Personalized Sports Edition is because we believe that the 3.0T6 AWD Comfort Edition is more cost-effective. Of course, the price of the 3.0T model in terms of purchase tax and maintenance costs will be higher than that of the 2.0T. If there are not too many requirements for the power and four-wheel drive system, it is more suitable for consumers who value configuration to choose the 2.0T model.


Comparison with competing products

Among the above several competing models, the Land Rover Freelander 2 should be regarded as a maverick. Since the Land Rover family is born to insist on taking off-road routes, it is also different from the “others” in terms of body. The 2660mm wheelbase is also in the same class. shortest. The BMW X3 has the longest wheelbase, which has nothing to do with BMW's greater emphasis on road handling.

At the same price, BMW X3 xDrive20i has the weakest power, and Volvo XC60 3.0T has the strongest power

This version is equipped with a 2.0L twin-scroll single-turbocharged engine with a maximum output of 184 horsepower and a peak torque of 270N·m. The transmission part matches 8AT transmission. It is reported that its fuel consumption per 100 kilometers is 7.5 liters, which is 1.8 liters lower than the BMW X3 xDrive28i equipped with a 3.0L engine. The xDrive20i has an acceleration time of 8.6 seconds and a top speed of 210 km/h.

Comparative data found that the engine power of the BMW X3 xDrive20i is the weakest in its class, and the 3.0T engine of the Volvo XC60, which is almost the same price, has the strongest power.

From a technical point of view, ZF’s 8AT gearbox is undoubtedly the leader. Its shift speed has reached 200ms, which is close to the level of dual-clutch, and the ride comfort is better than that of the traditional 6AT gearbox (if not deliberately compared, I am afraid that this aspect is also difficult to be noticed, because the smoothness of most 6ATs is already very good).

It should also be pointed out here that although the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 are also equipped with ZF’s 8AT gearbox, after our tests, we found that the Q5’s 8AT will have a significant sense of frustration during rapid acceleration and shifting, and it is also equipped with this gearbox. The BMW Brilliance X1 of the box is much better (click to view).

Since today’s protagonist BMW X3 xDrive20i has just been launched, we have not had the opportunity to test it in depth (Freelander 2 2.0T is not currently tested, and the data can refer to the Aurora 5-door version). However, the current BMW Brilliance X1 is also equipped with a low-power version of 2.0T engine, and the gearbox is also 8AT, so let's take a look at the strength of various manufacturers in terms of power systems. ( PS: In view of the fact that the curb weight of X1 is about 150kg lighter than X3, and the body drag coefficient is different, the above values are for reference only )

It can be seen that Volvo XC60 won the first place in one fell swoop with its powerful 3.0T engine. Of course, if you prefer to choose the XC60 2.0T top-of-the-line version at the same price, the acceleration time will be longer, but the acceleration from 100 kilometers in 8.1 seconds is not too slow. It’s just that the 2.0T engine installed on the BMW X3 uses a low-power version. There is a big gap between the power output and the 2.0T of Volkswagen and Ford. Therefore, the acceleration of the X3 20i should theoretically be inferior to that of the Audi Q5 and Land Rover Freelander. 2 fast.

Land Rover Freelander 2 is better off-road, BMW X3 is the most sporty

In terms of the four-wheel drive system, since several cars are more focused on urban driving, the structure is similar. There is no hard-linked mechanical differential lock between the front and rear axles, and most of the left and right wheels are open differentials. Only the Freelander 2 is equipped with an LSD limited slip differential between the left and right rear wheels, so its off-road capability is also stronger. And it’s worth mentioning that only Land Rover’s cars are equipped with an off-road driving mode option among the above cars.

If you want to play off-road at this level, in addition to the hardcore Wrangler, Pajero, and Prado, the city SUV will belong to Freelander 2. Even the cheapest Land Rover models are equipped with an all-terrain feedback system, but the selection mode is less than the Range Rover rock climbing mode and air suspension height adjustment. Therefore, if you have a more serious off-road tendency, you don't need to consider the above several other models. They are just able to help you out of trouble under certain circumstances, and they are not for going to the wild.

The BMW X3 is the same as several other cars. It can also help the driver get out of trouble in the face of harsh conditions such as cross axles. However, their four-wheel drive system is more used to make the car body more stable during road driving and continuously pass between the wheels. Torque distribution to ensure driving safety. In terms of road handling, BMW has always been at the forefront.

X3 20i is quite satisfactory in terms of configuration, Audi Q5 is the most abundant

From the perspective of an urban SUV, the stylish 19-inch wheels of the Mercedes Benz GLK300 at the same price have the largest size. Its front wheel size is 235/50 R19, the rear wheel size is 255/45 R19, 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels and more. The large flat ratio highlights the sports effect, but the shape is relatively ordinary. In fact, the price range of less than 500,000 is basically the low-end models of luxury brand SUVs, so the size and style of the wheels are not ideal. In contrast, the wheel styles of the BMW X3 xDrive20i are acceptable.

BMW has always been special in tires. At present, almost all BMW models use run-flat tires. These tires can continue to drive even at zero tire pressure, reducing the safety hazards caused by flat tires. Therefore, BMW also The spare tire is omitted. The other models are all ordinary tires, and the spare tires are non-full-size.

But among the above models, GLK, XC60 and Freelander 2 are not equipped with keyless start. In addition, in some details, such as reversing images, GPS navigation and xenon headlights and other configurations, there are also differences between several cars. All of the several manufacturers are equipped with panoramic sunroof. It seems that this configuration is still quite important in urban SUVs.

In the comparison of the models, the panoramic sunroof area of the BMW X3 can only be regarded as quite satisfactory. The lighting area and opening area are not as good as those of the Audi Q5 and Cadillac SRX, but they are larger than the XC60. In addition, Mercedes-Benz GLK and Land Rover Freelander 2 use a double skylight design. Although the size of the skylight of Freelander 2 has not been measured, its shape is destined to not be too large.