Mike Stevens | May 7, 2012

BMW's six-cylinder X3 xDrive28i is dead, long live the X3 xDrive28i four-cylinder.

Replacing the 3.0 litre engine of the xDrive28i in the current X3 SUV, the arrival of the four-cylinder update follows its local debut in the Z4 roadster, along with the 3 Series and 5 Series sedans.

As with its "28i" stablemates, the updated X3 xDrive28i's turbocharged 2.0 litre engine offers 180kW and 350Nm of torque.

Compared to the outgoing six-cylinder engine, power is down from 190kW from to 180kW, but torque climbs from 310 to 350Nm.

BMW promises a 0-100km/h time of 6.7 seconds, and with start/stop technology in play, fuel consumption falls from 9.0 l/100km to 7.5 l/100km.

CO2 emissions have also dropped, from 210g/km down to 175g/km, matching the xDrive20i.

The improved green credentials have seen the X3 xDrive28i's price climb by $1000, but BMW has also packed in some new standard features.

Along with the addition of start/stop technology, the xDrive28i now features the Business Navigation pack as standard (also new on the xDrive30d), and the new range-wide Driving Experience Control system with ECO Pro mode is also standard.



  • X3 xDrive 20i - $59,500 (up $300)
  • X3 xDrive 20d - $62,500 (up $300)
  • X3 xDrive 28i - $72,900 (up $1000)
  • X3 xDrive 30d - $75,900 (up $1000)

Note: Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges.


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