Honda CRV VS BMW X3 (2nd generation)

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Here is a comparison between the Honda CR-V and the new 2011 BMW X3. The BMW X3 (F25 series) is like most of the compact SUVs we've been looking in that they vary greatly in size. The original X3 is relatively small and fitted in the compact SUV class but the new X3 is now one of the larger models.

Firstly we think that you can only be buying the newest BMW X3 for its assumed superior engineering rather than looks. Cars half the price have just as much engineering as the BMW although lacking the badge. For example Honda and Subaru. We think this because the new BMW X3 in the real world looks slightly awkward and out of date. It reminds us of what South Korean cars look liked that where released in the early 2000's. We agreed that the proportions are not quite right - just like the 150 series Prado.

The interior looks much better and the quality of materials has improved noticeably from the 1st generation X3 which was very cheap in feel. Since its just been released we haven't driven one yet and hopefully it will be an improvement over the previous model too.


BMW X3 2nd Generation
Honda CRV

Since there is not much specific information on the 2011 X3 we've left the details empty until fully available. If you really want the latest X3 we suggest you wait because we are not sure you'd want one of the least stylish cars on the road BMW or not. We know it does stand out but in the wrong way.

Due to the X3's backward step Honda has an easier task of ensuring the new CRV's interior is at least a match for the X3.








Last known pricing (RRP)

NOT including on roads, discounts etc...
December 2010

Honda CR-V
2010 $30,990 - 42,790 AUD

2011 From Approx $62,200 AUD



Honda CR-V BMW X3 (F25)

IL 4 Cylinder (K24Z1)
IL 4 Cylinder petrol
2.4 Litre (2354cc)
Claimed 125Kw @ 5800RPM
Claimed 218Nm @ 4200RPM
IL 4 Cylinder (N47D20C)
4 Cylinder diesel
DOHC Intercooled Turbo Diesel
2.0 Litre (1995cc)
Claimed 135Kw @ 4000RPM
Claimed 380Nm @ 1750RPM

IL 6 Cylinder (N52B30F)
6 Cylinder petrol
2.8 Litre (2996cc)
Claimed 190Kw @ 6600RPM
Claimed 310Nm @ 26000RPM

1580 - 1630Kg
Towing capacity up to 1500kg
From 1725Kg
Towing capacity up to 2000kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 58 litres
IL4 Petrol 10 Lts per 100km AVG (Auto)
Up to 67 litres
IL4 Petrol 5.6 Lts per 100km AVG
Other specifications  
6 speed manual or 5 speed Auto
Overall height/Overall width 1680/1820
Overall length/Wheelbase 4565/2605
4WD system: On-demand AWD
ANCAP Safety: 4/5
6 Speed Auto
Overall height/width 1675/1881
Overall length/wheelbase 4648/2810
4WD system: On-demand AWD
ANCAP Safety: 5/5
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx
Departure xx
Breakover xx
Ground clearance (unloaded) 185mm
Water Fording depth xxmm Max
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx
Departure xx
Breakover xx
Ground clearance (unloaded) xxxmm
Water Fording depth xxmm Max

Petrol (4 Cyl)
0-100Kph:10 secs

Diesel (4 Cyl)
0-100Kph:8.5 secs
2010 $30,990 - 42,790 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!
2011 From $62,200 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!

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