My BMW X3 30i: Possession assessment

After testing a number of automobiles just like the Toyota Fortuner 4WD AT, Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 & BMW X1, we lastly went forward with the X3 30i.

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All of it begins with a DREAM

A bit background – we’ve got a ’14 EcoSport, Fortuner and a ’17 Creta. EcoSport and Fortuner are manuals in the meantime the Creta is an automated. For the reason that Creta was our first automated, we obtained completely shocked by the comfort an automated presents in Mumbai’s maniac site visitors. So determined the subsequent automotive additionally must be an automated.

The choice course of

It began in 2020 when the itch to improve to a brand new automotive was planted into my mother and father’ minds by me.

A couple of necessities set by us:

  • An SUV, no sedan in any respect.
  • Computerized is an absolute should.
  • Must have a minimal of 6 airbags (none of our present automobiles had it).
  • Petrol ideally however diesel was additionally within the combine.
  • An AWD/4WD as a lot as potential.
  • Ought to have greater than the 171hp, benchmark set by our Fortuner in our storage.
  • Chauffeur-friendly on weekdays so a good backseat, and a delight to drive on weekends, so a must have mixture of each issues.

With India grappling with the Covid pandemic in 2020, it was determined to greatest shift the automotive shopping for determination to the subsequent 12 months. The preliminary months of 2021, until February, have been alright however as soon as the 2nd wave hit we simply stated, neglect a automotive at the moment and hold ourselves and people round us secure. Topmost precedence at that second of time.

Even earlier than the brand new automotive was determined and even shortlisted, it was the Fortuner (it being a diesel and the handbook being cumbersome in site visitors) which was at all times proven the exit door. Learn on to know what precisely occurred!

Shortlisted automobiles

  • Toyota Fortuner
  • Toyota Innova Crysta
  • BMW X1
  • Mercedes-Benz GLA 35 AMG
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC
  • BMW X3


Proudly owning the Fortuner already, this was the pure improve. When you personal a Toyota, shifting to a different model is actually robust. I used to be ready eagerly for the Fortuner facelift to be launched in India. It was lastly launched on sixth Jan 2021. I used to be following it for months and it obtained the facility and torque bump that was wanted and some extra important options like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Please bear with me as a result of all alongside the Innova Crysta may even make an look.

Now, like everybody is aware of when the Fortuner was launched in January and we have been hit by the 2nd wave. It meant neither did sellers have any show automobiles, neglect check drives, nor did they verify a exact supply date. It was an extended wait to lastly get a check drive and show automobiles.

After we lastly took a check drive, I used to be critically impressed by it. The added oomph was instantly noticeable and the NVH significantly better than the pre-facelift 2016-21 Fortuner, neglect our ’14 Fortuner which seems like a truck!

Legender was instantly rejected by me, the reason is the common Fortuner had the extra butch appears to be like and it had the much-needed 4WD which the Legender didn’t get. (Why Toyota why?! Solely India doesn’t get the 4WD Legender) Additionally, the common 4WD Fortuner had just a few extra helpful options just like the Hill-descent management, 11-speaker JBL sound system and the selection to pick out the inside color. The Legender could have extra options like a wi-fi cellphone charger, digital swipe boot opening and ambient lighting, however I’ve by no means given weightage to such options in our automotive shopping for selections. Additionally, the roof on the Legender has been wrapped by some matt stuff, which might undoubtedly not stand the check of time, whereas different markets get a painted black roof!

Innova Crysta

In the meantime like I stated the Innova Crysta comes into the image. Earlier than the Fortuner, we had a ’05 Innova Petrol, so the attachment to an Innova will at all times be there and that is the one cause it’ll pop up now and again. However there’s a main cause the Innova was rejected by us, it was one thing as trivial because the seating structure. The Innova’s variant, gearbox and seating choices are greatest identified to Toyota solely! For some cause, Toyota thought the Innova ZX with 7 airbags didn’t want a bench seat, and this was the one cause it obtained rejected each time it got here into our determination making. My mother and father have been high-quality with the GX AT 8 seater Innova however I simply couldn’t have a look at its inside and people handbook AC knobs. I needed the ZX AT solely. Interval. The 8 seater offers a number of flexibility so it was a should, we have been even able to change our Fortuner for an Innova ZX AT, if solely it had 8 seats. The VX AT 8 seater may’ve solved the issue to a big extent however they don’t make this mixture.

Toyota should not know this however there are a number of individuals who need an 8 seater with 7 airbags and if they’ve a lot downside, simply hold the 8-seater as a made-to-order for the ZX trim. That is coming from a 15-year Toyota buyer, pay attention to this Toyota India, you misplaced a possible buyer.

In any case, sufficient of the Innova rejection, let’s soar to July 2021. Now earlier than we transfer on let’s introduce the mighty German Trio. In 2014 once we have been wanting on the Fortuner, the Audi Q3 was checked out very critically and it was the seed that was sown in my father’s thoughts in 2013-14 itself! Again then we simply determined to simply get the Fortuner due to its measurement benefit and Toyota’s service high quality that we have been related to over the Audi Q3. The Q3’s inside house was little greater than our EcoSport’s again then and was merely rejected.

Ze Germans

So we determined this time round, let’s have a look at the German Trio earlier than shopping for a brand new automotive. Poor Audi since then has discontinued the Q3, Q5 and Q7. What a waste of a possibility by Audi India! They’ve the highest quality inside even when they’re a bit plain-Jane.

In any case, that left us with Mercedes-Benz and BMW. And as soon as a BMW enters the dialogue, BHPians know the place the dialogue heads!

July 2021 was spent in automotive showrooms fairly actually! We have been totally vaccinated and there was nothing extra to do since I had a school break.

X1 and X3

It was the start of July, exactly Sunday the third, once we determined to go to the BMW seller. Landed over at Infinity Worli and noticed the X3 and X1 in flesh. Wrote it on this order as a result of it was the X3 we sat in first after which the X1. The X3 didn’t actually really feel like an enormous improve over the X1 by way of house. So we thought the X1 will not be that dangerous. The SA gave the worth checklist and reductions on each of them and the X1 was a severe contender. Didn’t check drive both at the moment. X1 was round 45L after reductions whereas the X3 was round 69L after reductions with out BSI or BRI.


In any case, the subsequent day being a Sunday we thought let’s head over to Mercedes-Benz to take a look at the GLC. We reached Auto Hanger Prabhadevi with out calling and discovered they didn’t have a GLC on show or as a check drive automotive! So that they instructed us to go to their Andheri department. As soon as we reached the Andheri department, we noticed the GLC in flesh. The SA introduced out a check drive 220d GLC, and we took a check drive simply to get a really feel of it however we needed the 200. The trip high quality of the GLC is actually good and the inside, simply by the look, really feel actually upmarket! Got here again to the showroom, sat down with the SA and mentioned the pricing. With reductions and no prolonged guarantee or service packs, he was giving a 3L low cost on the OTR prices. It was coming to round 67L after reductions.


In the meantime what caught my dad’s eye was a Denim Blue GLA35 AMG standing within the nook of the showroom. He was actually impressed by the color and it wasn’t too loud like a true-blue AMG. Because it was a contemporary launch the OTR was 70L. The rear seat has improved tremendously over the earlier Gen GLA. It appeared like a stable package deal.

So that is what I took out of this, the GLC has been downgraded since launch. The 200 Petrol is an RWD with 190PS whereas when it was launched there was the 300 4Matic model with near 250PS and was an AWD. So why not think about the GLA35 AMG as an alternative, at an analogous value. The GLC had obtained up to date just a few months again with a 360deg digital camera, entrance massaging seats and a totally digital instrument cluster. The GLC had a 2-3 month ready interval for the Good Blue that the SA stated was solely accessible now out of the 2 blues that are listed on the brochure, the opposite being the extra in style Cavansite Blue.

One other set of showroom visits


For the subsequent few weeks each weekend, we might head to the showrooms to take a look at totally different automobiles. In between I believed as an alternative of spending a lot cash on a luxurious automotive, why not purchase a less expensive automotive just like the Tata Safari and exchange our EcoSport with it? I performed with the thought lots, watched numerous movies on it and thought not a nasty package deal however my mother and father have been fully in opposition to the Tata as a result of fixed niggles which they knew from earlier than itself, I didn’t say a phrase on the niggles. Even I believed let the Safari go on, will think about it another time when perhaps we’re changing our Creta and the niggles are fully eliminated.

Like this, we reached the penultimate week of July. All showroom visits until now have been carried out by my dad and me. This time we took my mother as properly and headed again to the Toyota, Mercedes-Benz and BMW showrooms. It was Saturday the twenty fourth we headed to Lakozy Toyota first and noticed the Fortuner in flesh once more. Like each non-car individual, my mother was immediately drawn to the Legender, however I used to be agency that I needed the 4WD if we go for it. Whereas the Fortuner’s chamois inside that I needed was a bit off. The inside color appeared humorous when the outside color picked was Glowing Black Crystal Shine. So my mother instructed me the black will look good with the black exterior color chosen, but it surely was not sunny at the moment and the check drive automotive standing outdoors in the very same exterior and inside colors was already sizzling inside with the black inside. Additionally for some cause, the black inside makes the cabin really feel much less large than it actually was. Once more like I stated earlier, my mother preferred the dual-tone inside of the Legender greater than both black or chamois of the common Fortuner. This turned an enormous deterrent for the Fortuner. Toyota may have made us spend much less by giving a Legender 4WD, but it surely’s lacking within the vary when once more worldwide fashions get it!

In the meantime, the Innova once more got here into the image, however in the long run, it was out for the explanation already talked about earlier than.


Subsequent, we headed to the Mercedes-Benz showroom in Andheri and this time a Cavansite Blue GLC was standing on the showroom flooring and the color critically impressed all of us! Though for causes greatest identified to Mercedes-Benz they’ve discontinued this color on the GLC. The SA was quoting a ready interval of 4-5 months for the color with none assure that it’ll stay in manufacturing. The opposite Good Blue didn’t actually excite us. We by no means purchase white or black automobiles, the Fortuner was an exception as a result of the Glowing Black Crystal shine was a darkish blue simply the way in which we needed and never a full black. My dad didn’t need the silver in order that left us with the Good Blue and Hyacinth Pink. Pink was out by my mother, cause being it was too vibrant and would get undesirable consideration. Noticed a black GLA35 AMG that we had initially preferred however outdoors within the open, it appeared actually small and would simply get misplaced within the crowd. Area this time appeared small, perhaps as a result of we had a have a look at the GLC first after which GLA, final time it was within the reverse approach, therefore should have discovered the house good. Even the SA was telling us no level in spending 70 on the GLA35, somewhat have a look at the common GLAs if you happen to really need it. This manner the GLA was out.


The following day, on the twenty fifth, we headed to the BMW showroom with my mother this time round. Checked out each the X1 and X3. The SA defined every part that the X3 had and its professionals. The X1 though a very good package deal by way of house, doesn’t really feel like a premium automotive for some cause. The inside, high quality though good, has no main speaking level aside from the badge. Not many options, felt dated, was an FWD with 190PS. The true BMW vary begins from the X3, even the SA stated the identical factor. I believed somewhat than spending 45-46Lakh on an X1, we might be higher off with the Fortuner.

(Though I have to point out BMW has carried out an excellent job on the front-fascia of the X1, from far it’s very straightforward to mistake it for one of many larger X SAVs. And I’ve been witnessing a number of new X1s in Mumbai ever since launch and the brand new entrance look has clicked with patrons big-time! My dad has usually mistaken the X1 for the X3, it is solely whenever you see it from the facet that you just realise it’s smaller. This can be a huge benefit for us, cause being we don’t like consideration and it’s good to an extent for us that the X1 appears to be like just like the X3 from the entrance.)

In the meantime, earlier than the penultimate week had began we had obtained our Fortuner evaluated by BMW, the worth they gave was a lot decrease than what we had anticipated. Even Toyota had quoted only one Lakh greater than what BMW was providing. We thought to ourselves if we purchase a 5 seater, then we should hold a 7 seater when wanted since even my grandparents keep in Mumbai and people 7 seats are a boon. So we thought why not take away the EcoSport, anyhow Ford’s future in India appears bleak and with no new automotive launched by them until now, it was greatest determined to promote our EcoSport. The supply BMW gave for the EcoSport was as much as our expectations. We determined to guide the X3 30i within the subsequent few days, since we needed the supply on thirtieth August; Janmashtami.

On 1st August we headed to the opposite BMW seller in Mumbai and thought let’s see the worth he offers. We instructed the SA at Navnit clearly we’re carrying our cheque guide with us, give us a very good value we are going to guide the automotive with you. He instructed us an OTR determine of 71L, in the meantime the Worli seller was giving us a revised 69.5L supply on the cellphone itself. We clearly went with the unique seller we had talked to, i.e., Infinity.

Motive for selecting the X3

It lastly boiled all the way down to the ultimate 3 – Fortuner 4WD AT, GLC 200 and X3 30i.

Actually needed the 2021 Fortuner, however already proudly owning one, it was greatest determined to retain our present Fortuner and transfer over to a distinct model. In comparison with our 2014 Fortuner, I fully agree the 2021 Fortuner is an enormous leap by way of every part, however giving freely our well-maintained Fortuner did not really feel proper in the intervening time.

Like I had stated earlier, the GLC200 has an excellent inside and that 64 color ambient lighting makes it really feel like a really premium place to be in. However the lack of an AWD and solely 190PS within the Petrol engine didn’t excite me. Deep inside my coronary heart, I needed a BMW, options weren’t what I wanted, it was the Sheer Driving Pleasure I used to be after, the BMW gave that in bountiful. Additionally, someway I can not fathom the rear quarter look of the GLC. After a month of going round totally different automobiles, a Phytonic Blue BMW X3 30i Luxurious Line with Mocha inside was booked on the first of August. They’d an choice of both Blue or White exterior colors within the 30i. We chosen the final Phytonic Blue 30i with BMW India based on BMW’s stock web site. BSI+ was chosen for 5yrs/60,000 kms and BRI for 5yrs/200,000 kms and the deal was carried out by giving the reserving quantity to Infinity BMW.

So lastly right here is the wonder – our Blue Bolt, a 2021 BMW X3 30i, took supply on the auspicious day of Janmashtami.


  • Spacious 5-seater.
  • Highly effective and potent 250hp motor.
  • Panoramic Sunroof is large.
  • Glorious physique management, minimal physique roll.
  • Hushed cabin, stellar NVH.
  • ZF 8-speed gearbox is a gem, shifts whenever you want and is actually fast.
  • On a tankful exhibits round 720km vary in consolation mode, that too in Mumbai site visitors, for a petroleum!


  • Misses out on a knee airbag which opponents get.
  • 19-inch wheels make the trip a bit stiff on sharp potholes. Are 245/50/R19s, want BMW had chosen 55 part as an alternative. Mercedes-Benz GLC will get 235/55/R19s. SportX trim will get 18 inchers however there was neither inventory of the SportX nor the color we needed.
  • No keyless entry for a automotive so costly!
  • No ventilated seat choice for the entrance passengers.
  • No 360deg digital camera which the worldwide fashions get as normal.
  • No sport seats for the Luxurious Line, therefore no extendable thigh assist. The GLC and X4 get extendable thigh helps.
  • Default Auto-start cease on is fairly irritating.
  • BMW’s Dwell Cockpit though legible within the day and loaded with information like maps, merely lacks the finesse of one thing like Mercedes-Benz’s or Audi’s, perhaps it may be one thing to do with the colors utilized by BMW?
  • Realised the rear seat squab is just too quick, it’s not dangerous however may have been significantly better.
  • Auto-headlights are very delicate.

Niggles to date

  • Frequent disconnection whereas utilizing Wi-fi Apple Carplay.
  • Wi-fi charger is kind of gradual in charging a tool.

Now, the LCI is already out within the worldwide market, however I actually didn’t just like the entrance look and people 3D model rear tail-lights are a joke. By way of adjustments to the inside, they’re restricted to the brand new 12.2-inch touchscreen and reshaped central AC Vents. Aside from that every part is just about the identical. It ought to be touchdown within the subsequent 2-3 months on Indian shores, I didn’t wish to wait and there would certainly be a value hike. We had already stretched on our price range, and couldn’t lengthen it any additional.


The automotive when seen head-on (the Energetic Air Stream Kidney Grills are closed in the intervening time).

The Bridgestone Alenza Run-Flat 245/50/R19 tyre.

The ‘Welcome Carpet’ when the automotive is unlocked with pocket lights on all door handles.

The totally Adaptive LED headlights with auto high-beam help (cornering gentle will be seen on the inside nook in the direction of the grill).

Energetic Air Stream Kidney Grill is open right here.

LED taillights.

Taillights with the dual spherical exhausts.

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