From launch, the X3 xDrive30e was priced from just under £48,000 in base 'SE' form; plusher 'xLine' and 'M Sport' variants are also offered. As with all Plug-in hybrids, you have to have automatic transmission. Even base 'SE' trim gets you plenty of kit - things like Adaptive full-LED headlamps, roof rails, power-folding mirrors and a powered tailgate. BMW has even standardised its lovely 'Welcome Light Carpet' that illuminates the ground around the front doors when you get into the car or step out of it at night.
In addition, pretty much all the stuff you'd expect from a mid-sized premium executive model is present and correct too. So tick off alloy wheels (18-inchers on base 'SE' variants), along with front and rear 'Park Distance Control' parking sensors, auto headlamps and wipers, an alarm and LED illumination for the tail lamps and front fog lights. Inside, buyers get a leather-stitched 'Sport' multi-function steering wheel, cruise control and an anti-dazzle rear view mirror. Plus an 8.8-inch centre dash infotainment screen including BMW's 'Connected Package Plus' set of media features.