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The 2021 BMW X3 is a well-rounded small luxury SUV. Whether it's practicality, safety, comfort, technology or performance you're interested in, the X3 delivers. It's a mainstay of BMW's lineup, giving you more room than the X1 and X2 while keeping the price reasonable compared to the larger X5. For 2021, the X3 receives more standard features, including some advanced safety systems, as well as Android Auto smartphone integration. These additions certainly help the X3's desirability. For our in-depth take, check out the details of our Expert Rating on the 2021 X3.

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The new BMW X3 xDrive30e plug-in hybrid is featured in this video, but we also cover the sDrive30i, xDrive30i and M40i models.","name":"2020 BMW X3 Review: What You Should Know About Price, Performance and the Plug-in Hybrid","transcript":"SPEAKER 1: Even if you don't consider yourself a car person, you know what a BMW is. And you probably associate the brand with the build quality of a luxury car and the driving experience of a performance car. And maybe with the last person who cut you off in traffic, but that is between you and them. We're not here about that. \n\nWe're here because I'm driving the latest addition to the X3 lineup, the BMW X3 xDrive30e plug-in hybrid. That's a mouthful for a little SUV. Does it deserve this long name? How does it fit in with the rest of the X3 lineup? Is the X3 in general is fun and glamorous as a BMW should be? Let's find out. \n\nThe X3 was last redesigned in 2018, and remains mostly unchanged for 2020. It's available as a rear wheel drive four cylinder, an all wheel drive four cylinder, an all wheel drive six cylinder, and now is a plug-in hybrid, combining the two liter four cylinder engine with an electric motor. \n\nBoth price and performance wise, the new hybrid slots in between the xDrive30i and the M40i. \n\nAll right, we all on the same page here? Can I stop with actual facts and trying to remember BMW's complicated model names? Because that stuff is hard, and I don't like doing things that are hard. I want to talk about the experience, of this car starting with what it looks like. Would you be pleased to open your garage door and see the staring back at you? I think it's kind of got a good thing going. \n\nBMW's kidney grills have been growing on the cars. But they remain a manageable size on the SUV. And I think that this front angle is the most distinctively BMW on the X3. If you took all the badging off, I'm not sure you would know from the side or the back that this was a BMW and not a Ford Edge. It's not quite as distinctive looking as, say, the Porsche Macan. I guess it looks like a smaller X5, if you know what an X5 looks like. But hey, that's what the badging is for. This is clearly a BMW. Let's go see how it drives. \n\nWe don't have time to get deep into the cult of BMW. But there is a reason why it has a reputation for being a driver's car. And that's what his BMW has always focused on three of the elements that make driving really fun for someone who likes driving. One, obviously, is handling. How does a car go down the road? And another is comfort. I mean, if is going to be a luxury car, if is going to be a high end, brand you shouldn't be uncomfortable in it. And the third, which BMW has always been so good at, is. Communication the car talks to you. I mean, not literally. Although in these modern cars, it does that, too. But with the feedback in the pedals, with the feedback from the tires, with the feedback in the steering. \n\nAnd I would say that the X3 manages to out of the three. It handles really nice. It's a fun car to drive on mountain roads. And it is very comfortable. The seats are comfortable. The space in the cabin is comfortable. And it's easy to use everything around you. The only place where I don't love BMW is in the steering. Right now, I have it in the sport mode. And the steering is fairly weighted. It doesn't give me a whole lot of feedback. But it's not bad. I don't mind the way that it feels. It's just not fun. \n\nBut if I put it in the comfort mode, it's like so light, like a toy car. And it feels really weird, driving at slow speeds, like around parking lots and stuff. I just-- I don't like the way it feels. It's not that the car doesn't go where you turn the wheel. It just doesn't feel good while you do it. So sport mode it is. You can hear that sport mode gives you a little more engine sound. And it also makes the throttle more responsive. \n\nThere are so many modes in the X3. You're really going to have to spend some time with your owner's manual. Because there's sport, comfort, eco, pro, adaptive, and e-drive. And then within each of those modes, there are additional options that you can choose. And you can set them up to be your default. You can individualize them. It's actually very cool. But it isn't something that you should figure out while you're driving the car. So spend some time in your driveway. Read the owner's manual, and you will have a much better time in your X3. \n\nWe're driving the hybrid, which is the four cylinder with an electric motor. And it is quite zippy. It's not exactly what I would call performance car fast. But that's what the M is for. The Edmunds test team has driven several of the other models. And we don't have a complaint about any of the engines. They're all good. It just depends on what you're looking for. And they're all backed for the same speed automatic transmission. So there's not a whole lot of choice to be had there, which is OK. Because it's a really the transmission. \n\nAt idle, it's so quiet, you're going to want to check to make sure the engine's even running. And of course, if you're in the hybrid, sometimes it isn't. That's the whole point. When you're driving, there is a little bit of wind noise. And when you're on the throttle and the gas engine is kind of revved up, it does make a noticeable grumble. But it's not unpleasant. \n\nHybrid and electric cars have to make a pedestrian warning sound, a kind of hum or whir. And in some of the cars that I've been in, that sound has been so loud inside the car that it kind of gets in your head and melts your brain, and makes you go crazy and commit murders. And this car does not do that. I can not even hear the pedestrian warning sound from inside the car, which is excellent. Hopefully, the pedestrians can hear it outside. \n\nFor the most part, the layout is pretty straightforward in the cockpit. But there are a lot of buttons and a lot of displays. It's a little busy in the gauge cluster. It's a little busy on the touch screen. And there are a lot of different options to get to the same places. So you're going to want to spend some time in the driveway before you really get going in this car. Otherwise, you're going to be frantically waiting for a stop sign so you can figure out how to turn off the speed warnings-- several clicks in on the menu. \n\nBig doors mean big door openings. So it is easy to get in and out of the X3. Once you're inside, there is plenty of room for driver and passenger. You guys won't be touching, even though it's a small SUV. That's good. No touching these days. \n\nThere is plenty of headroom. I have the seat pretty high up. You know I'm short. I'm like 5-3, if you've ever wondered. Yeah, I have a seat way up. And I could be really tall. And the seat goes way far down. So, no problem. \n\nLet's talk about small parts storage. Small storage space is so good. There are huge door pockets. I mean, you could fit several water bottles, even the reusable kind. There's this little roll-up cover here, and you can fit a cell phone. That's where the USB port is, cup holders. And then there is another console here which isn't great. It has a USB-C port, and a little light, which is nice. But it's not super deep. You cannot fit a purse in it. I'm a little disappointed by that. \n\nGreat news for pretty much all of you, except for my husband, who still uses a flip phone. X3 has wireless Apple CarPlay, which is very cool. And even better news is that Apple CarPlay is no longer a subscription as of December 2019. So BMW has finally seen the light. I've always hated it when luxury brands charge for things that entry level brands give you for free. So very good, BMW. Free Apple CarPlay. And Android Auto is coming in July of 2020, so maybe by the time you're watching this. Just good all around. \n\nIt is still an extra option for a wireless charging pad, which is a little bit stingy. Because if you're doing wireless connecting, then you need wireless charging, right? I mean, come on. Step it up, BMW! This is a good backseat. You know, people buy SUVs because they're talking about how they need to carry a lot of people. And even so, especially in the smaller SUVs, a lot of times, the backseat feels like an afterthought. You know, it'll be just like a really hard bench. It's not very comfortable, and it's not very roomy. \n\nIt is not the case here. There is a ton of room, both headroom and leg room. So if you have adult people in the back seat, they're going to be comfortable. And the seats are comfortable. They're soft. And if you're carrying babies, children, people in car seats, that's not a problem. Either it's really easy to get to the latches. And there is plenty of room to move folks in and out of their seats and pick up any toys that they drop. \n\nIn the gasoline only models, you've got 28.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats. And if you put them down, which you can do very easily, there is 62.7 cubic feet, which is more than enough for, I'd say like two bicycles, if you need to picture it. It's also six more than the Mercedes GLC offers and almost exactly equal with the Volvo XC60, both of which our competitors and highly rated by the Edmunds test team. So the X3 is in good company. \n\nNow in the hybrid, you lose 3 and 1/2 cubic feet. And that is because the battery makes the floor higher in the back cargo area. You probably won't notice the loss of three feet. But you will notice the higher floor, especially when you're loading things. It's about that much higher off the bumper. And I noticed it even just putting this small suitcase in. So you will definitely notice it if you're loading in a large piece of furniture. \n\nThe X3 is a useful, small SUV that delivers on driving enjoyment and build quality, though it isn't quite as elegant inside as rivals from Mercedes or Audi. Pricing can be as reasonable or as extravagant as you desire. But the good thing is that there isn't really a bad version of this machine. So pick your must haves, whether that's all wheel drive or electric motors or both, and then enjoy the drive. \n\nIf you enjoyed this video, subscribe to our channel! It makes us feel so good. And follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.","thumbnailUrl":"https://media.ed.edmunds-media.com/bmw/x3/2020/ot/2020_bmw_x3_prf_ot_61020_175.jpg","contentUrl":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-LLgsi0KTU","uploadDate":"2020-06-10"}]

2021 BMW X3

MSRP range: $43,000 - $56,600
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MSRP
$48,885
Edmunds suggests you pay
$46,051

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2021 BMW X3 Review

  • Both available engines are powerful and fuel-efficient
  • Wide variety of standard and optional features for personalization
  • Roomy interior for all passengers
  • All-around polish means it doesn't excel in any particular category
  • Many advanced safety features are now standard
  • Android Auto is finally available
  • A few previously optional features are now standard
  • Part of the third X3 generation introduced for 2018
  • The 2021 BMW X3 is a well-rounded small luxury SUV. Whether it's practicality, safety, comfort, technology or performance you're interested in, the X3 delivers. It's a mainstay of BMW's lineup, giving you more room than the X1 and X2 while keeping the price reasonable compared to the larger X5. For 2021, the X3 receives more standard features, including some advanced safety systems, as well as Android Auto smartphone integration. These additions certainly help the X3's desirability. For our in-depth take, check out the details of our Expert Rating on the 2021 X3.

    EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
    Rated for you by America’s best test team
    Though it doesn't stand out in any one category, the BMW X3 is a capable all-rounder. It's comfortable and enjoyable to drive. The cabin isn't as pretty as those of its contemporaries, but overall the X3 is a solid pick for a small luxury SUV.
    We tested the X3 xDrive30i. Around town, the eight-speed transmission smartly keeps the four-cylinder engine right in the heart of its power delivery. The high 6-second 0-60 mph result we recorded should be quick enough for most people. The brakes are strong for panic stops and easy to control in typical driving.

    Around turns, the X3 provides composed and enjoyable handling that's often associated with BMW. Alas, the steering is typical of a modern BMW too. It's too easy to turn the wheel in the Comfort setting, making it a little imprecise. The Sport mode provides additional heft and quickness, but there's still not a whole lot of feel coming through the wheel.
    The front seats deliver the comfort and support needed for long stints at the wheel. A wide range of adjustments ensure a good fit for almost everyone. On bumpy roads, our test X3 had a fairly busy ride quality, which we partially attribute to it being outfitted with the optional Dynamic Handling package. The solid level of control means you feel impacts, but they don't reverberate through the cabin or bounce your head around.

    At idle, it's so silent that you'll want to check the tachometer to see if the engine is running. There's a little bit of wind noise from the driver-side window at freeway speeds. Engine noise is pronounced under moderate to hard acceleration, but it's not unpleasant.
    The X3's cabin is spacious and smartly arranged. Most controls are immediately understandable. The large doors translate to big openings, and the sills are low enough so that you don't have to step up into the cabin. Various driver's seat and steering wheel adjustments ensure all instrumentation is easily in view. There's plenty of headroom for all passengers, while foot- and legroom are adequate for even tall passengers.

    A tall roof means large windows all around, so there's a good view outside no matter where you look. Cleverly, the rear headrests are short so they don't cut into your view through the rearview mirror. The large side mirrors and optional blind-spot monitoring make lane changes safe and easy.
    The mixed digital and analog gauge cluster looks clean and classy, and the entertainment interface is powerful and quick. BMW's voice controls are able to understand natural language, allowing control over almost all the cabin's features. Driver aids are similarly impressive in scope but not always reliable. (We experienced some parking camera and adaptive cruise control glitches during our test.)

    The X3's wireless Apple CarPlay works great, and Android Auto is finally here. Wireless device charging is an optional extra.
    Generous cargo space and plentiful interior storage options make the X3 a versatile SUV. There's a healthy 28.7 cubic feet behind the second row, which can easily be lowered from release handles in the rear, revealing 62.7 cubic feet of space. The door pockets are large and numerous, and we like the small compartment to the left of the steering wheel.

    Car seat attachments are easy to access, and there's plenty of space for large child seats. The X3 can tow up to 4,400 pounds when it's equipped with the optional 2-inch receiver that includes seven- and four-pin connectors. We laud both the capacity, which is among the best in the small luxury SUV category.
    The EPA rates the X3 xDrive30i at 26 mpg in combined city/highway driving, which is an average number for a luxury SUV with a base engine. Still, our X3 beat that rating both on our standardized 115-mile evaluation route (27.7 mpg) and throughout its two-week test period (26.2 mpg average). An impressive result.
    Though the interior lacks the aesthetic appeal of some competitors, the quality is evident. Gaps are tight and uniform, and the switches and controls feel solid. The X3's pricing structure and feature availability line up squarely against the Audi Q5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC. A bit of an advantage comes from a few ownership perks, such as a longer free scheduled maintenance period.
    Despite being a small SUV, the X3 relays driving excitement through its steering, handling and engine sound. These attributes make it a bit more entertaining to snake up a mountain road or barrel through a freeway on-ramp than some other vehicles in the segment. The X3 has an instantly recognizable shape that looks somewhat like a miniature X5, and that's a good thing. But we're less enthusiastic about the interior, which lacks the richness found in rivals.

    Which X3 does Edmunds recommend?

    The standard X3 sDrive30i is plenty powerful and capable for the vast majority of drivers. For those in colder climates, upgrading to the all-wheel-drive xDrive30i might be a worthwhile expense. The powerful M40i model could be a consideration for the rare SUV shopper seeking an overabundance of performance.

    BMW X3 models

    The 2021 BMW X3 is available in four trim levels that are primarily based on engine choices, The sDrive30i and xDrive30i both receive a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (248 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque) while the M40i gets a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine (382 hp, 365 lb-ft of torque). An eight-speed automatic drives the rear wheels on the sDrive30i, and all-wheel-drive is included with the xDrive30i and M40i. The xDrive30e hybrid variant is covered in a separate review.

    The sDrive30i and xDrive30i share the same features list with highlights that include:

  • Power-folding heated mirrors
  • Auto-dimming mirrors
  • Front and rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible behind or in front of the vehicle when parking)
  • Power liftgate
  • Inside, you'll find:

  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Remote monitoring and control via a smartphone app
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay smartphone integration
  • 10.25-inch central touchscreen
  • Navigation system
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • 12-speaker audio system
  • Standard advanced safety features include:

  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Frontal collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
  • The more powerful M40i further adds:

  • Unique interior and exterior styling elements
  • Adaptive headlights (swivel as you turn the steering wheel for better illumination in curves)
  • Higher-performance tires
  • Sport suspension
  • Upgraded brakes
  • Keyless entry
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Digital gauge cluster display
  • Integrated navigation system
  • Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Some of the M40i's features are available on the 30i as options. Other add-ons include:

  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
  • Automated parking system
  • Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the vehicle and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line on the windshield)
  • Trailer hitch
  • Rear side-window shades
  • Premium Harman Kardon audio system
  • Wireless charging pad
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    5/5 stars, Excellent X3 with Fun
    Mario from Toronto,
    xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
    Just took delivery of my 2021 X3 30i xdrive. Very good car, I loaded with most of the options. I aware current X3 is due for mid-live update by fall 2021, but the current model still the best among compact SUVs. I test drove the 2021 Audi Q5 and feel it is "boring to drive", steering is lifeless... also Volvo X60, not good either... The GLC was OK but then when I seat inside the GLA, I know it also outdated as well. I have the X3 for 4 weeks now and drove for 1700km, everything perfect :)
    5/5 stars, Lovin' my x30e PHEV
    BMW Appreciator,
    xDrive30e 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A)
    After years in sedans, I transitioned to an SUV. My 3rd BMW and I love how they drive, the 2021 x30e is even more fun. It's loaded with amenities and I'm having fun with the plugin. Got the Exec package and loving all features - ACC, electronics, LDW seems more like LKA on highway (not sure if that is a BMW thing), racing seats, heated front/rear, pano roof. It's quick, taut and enjoyable. All in a smaller package so I can park it in front of my office and not feel self-conscious. A real winner.
    4/5 stars, Fun car with loads of tech and super smooth transm
    Delaware X3,
    xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
    I test drove both xdrive and M40i versions but chose to opt for xdrive. It has plenty of power and I’m not one to corner the car at 80 miles an hour. It’s super smooth xmission. Ride is super smooth contrary to what others say but I chose Reg tires over run flat. RDX was close second but the hump in the middle and it’s mouse pad killed it for me. They need to update the infotainment system. X3 is suave and powerful and I got to see what it can do as I went to the factory to pick up my car. Fun experience. Have had it for 4 weeks. Seats could be cushier but love I drive, voice commands and stuff. I went for exec pkg so it’s loaded as it comes.

    2021 BMW X3 video

    SPEAKER 1: Even if you don't consider yourself a car person, you know what a BMW is. And you probably associate the brand with the build quality of a luxury car and the driving experience of a performance car. And maybe with the last person who cut you off in traffic, but that is between you and them. We're not here about that. We're here because I'm driving the latest addition to the X3 lineup, the BMW X3 xDrive30e plug-in hybrid. That's a mouthful for a little SUV. Does it deserve this long name? How does it fit in with the rest of the X3 lineup? Is the X3 in general is fun and glamorous as a BMW should be? Let's find out. The X3 was last redesigned in 2018, and remains mostly unchanged for 2020. It's available as a rear wheel drive four cylinder, an all wheel drive four cylinder, an all wheel drive six cylinder, and now is a plug-in hybrid, combining the two liter four cylinder engine with an electric motor. Both price and performance wise, the new hybrid slots in between the xDrive30i and the M40i. All right, we all on the same page here? Can I stop with actual facts and trying to remember BMW's complicated model names? Because that stuff is hard, and I don't like doing things that are hard. I want to talk about the experience, of this car starting with what it looks like. Would you be pleased to open your garage door and see the staring back at you? I think it's kind of got a good thing going. BMW's kidney grills have been growing on the cars. But they remain a manageable size on the SUV. And I think that this front angle is the most distinctively BMW on the X3. If you took all the badging off, I'm not sure you would know from the side or the back that this was a BMW and not a Ford Edge. It's not quite as distinctive looking as, say, the Porsche Macan. I guess it looks like a smaller X5, if you know what an X5 looks like. But hey, that's what the badging is for. This is clearly a BMW. Let's go see how it drives. We don't have time to get deep into the cult of BMW. But there is a reason why it has a reputation for being a driver's car. And that's what his BMW has always focused on three of the elements that make driving really fun for someone who likes driving. One, obviously, is handling. How does a car go down the road? And another is comfort. I mean, if is going to be a luxury car, if is going to be a high end, brand you shouldn't be uncomfortable in it. And the third, which BMW has always been so good at, is. Communication the car talks to you. I mean, not literally. Although in these modern cars, it does that, too. But with the feedback in the pedals, with the feedback from the tires, with the feedback in the steering. And I would say that the X3 manages to out of the three. It handles really nice. It's a fun car to drive on mountain roads. And it is very comfortable. The seats are comfortable. The space in the cabin is comfortable. And it's easy to use everything around you. The only place where I don't love BMW is in the steering. Right now, I have it in the sport mode. And the steering is fairly weighted. It doesn't give me a whole lot of feedback. But it's not bad. I don't mind the way that it feels. It's just not fun. But if I put it in the comfort mode, it's like so light, like a toy car. And it feels really weird, driving at slow speeds, like around parking lots and stuff. I just-- I don't like the way it feels. It's not that the car doesn't go where you turn the wheel. It just doesn't feel good while you do it. So sport mode it is. You can hear that sport mode gives you a little more engine sound. And it also makes the throttle more responsive. There are so many modes in the X3. You're really going to have to spend some time with your owner's manual. Because there's sport, comfort, eco, pro, adaptive, and e-drive. And then within each of those modes, there are additional options that you can choose. And you can set them up to be your default. You can individualize them. It's actually very cool. But it isn't something that you should figure out while you're driving the car. So spend some time in your driveway. Read the owner's manual, and you will have a much better time in your X3. We're driving the hybrid, which is the four cylinder with an electric motor. And it is quite zippy. It's not exactly what I would call performance car fast. But that's what the M is for. The Edmunds test team has driven several of the other models. And we don't have a complaint about any of the engines. They're all good. It just depends on what you're looking for. And they're all backed for the same speed automatic transmission. So there's not a whole lot of choice to be had there, which is OK. Because it's a really the transmission. At idle, it's so quiet, you're going to want to check to make sure the engine's even running. And of course, if you're in the hybrid, sometimes it isn't. That's the whole point. When you're driving, there is a little bit of wind noise. And when you're on the throttle and the gas engine is kind of revved up, it does make a noticeable grumble. But it's not unpleasant. Hybrid and electric cars have to make a pedestrian warning sound, a kind of hum or whir. And in some of the cars that I've been in, that sound has been so loud inside the car that it kind of gets in your head and melts your brain, and makes you go crazy and commit murders. And this car does not do that. I can not even hear the pedestrian warning sound from inside the car, which is excellent. Hopefully, the pedestrians can hear it outside. For the most part, the layout is pretty straightforward in the cockpit. But there are a lot of buttons and a lot of displays. It's a little busy in the gauge cluster. It's a little busy on the touch screen. And there are a lot of different options to get to the same places. So you're going to want to spend some time in the driveway before you really get going in this car. Otherwise, you're going to be frantically waiting for a stop sign so you can figure out how to turn off the speed warnings-- several clicks in on the menu. Big doors mean big door openings. So it is easy to get in and out of the X3. Once you're inside, there is plenty of room for driver and passenger. You guys won't be touching, even though it's a small SUV. That's good. No touching these days. There is plenty of headroom. I have the seat pretty high up. You know I'm short. I'm like 5-3, if you've ever wondered. Yeah, I have a seat way up. And I could be really tall. And the seat goes way far down. So, no problem. Let's talk about small parts storage. Small storage space is so good. There are huge door pockets. I mean, you could fit several water bottles, even the reusable kind. There's this little roll-up cover here, and you can fit a cell phone. That's where the USB port is, cup holders. And then there is another console here which isn't great. It has a USB-C port, and a little light, which is nice. But it's not super deep. You cannot fit a purse in it. I'm a little disappointed by that. Great news for pretty much all of you, except for my husband, who still uses a flip phone. X3 has wireless Apple CarPlay, which is very cool. And even better news is that Apple CarPlay is no longer a subscription as of December 2019. So BMW has finally seen the light. I've always hated it when luxury brands charge for things that entry level brands give you for free. So very good, BMW. Free Apple CarPlay. And Android Auto is coming in July of 2020, so maybe by the time you're watching this. Just good all around. It is still an extra option for a wireless charging pad, which is a little bit stingy. Because if you're doing wireless connecting, then you need wireless charging, right? I mean, come on. Step it up, BMW! This is a good backseat. You know, people buy SUVs because they're talking about how they need to carry a lot of people. And even so, especially in the smaller SUVs, a lot of times, the backseat feels like an afterthought. You know, it'll be just like a really hard bench. It's not very comfortable, and it's not very roomy. It is not the case here. There is a ton of room, both headroom and leg room. So if you have adult people in the back seat, they're going to be comfortable. And the seats are comfortable. They're soft. And if you're carrying babies, children, people in car seats, that's not a problem. Either it's really easy to get to the latches. And there is plenty of room to move folks in and out of their seats and pick up any toys that they drop. In the gasoline only models, you've got 28.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats. And if you put them down, which you can do very easily, there is 62.7 cubic feet, which is more than enough for, I'd say like two bicycles, if you need to picture it. It's also six more than the Mercedes GLC offers and almost exactly equal with the Volvo XC60, both of which our competitors and highly rated by the Edmunds test team. So the X3 is in good company. Now in the hybrid, you lose 3 and 1/2 cubic feet. And that is because the battery makes the floor higher in the back cargo area. You probably won't notice the loss of three feet. But you will notice the higher floor, especially when you're loading things. It's about that much higher off the bumper. And I noticed it even just putting this small suitcase in. So you will definitely notice it if you're loading in a large piece of furniture. The X3 is a useful, small SUV that delivers on driving enjoyment and build quality, though it isn't quite as elegant inside as rivals from Mercedes or Audi. Pricing can be as reasonable or as extravagant as you desire. But the good thing is that there isn't really a bad version of this machine. So pick your must haves, whether that's all wheel drive or electric motors or both, and then enjoy the drive. If you enjoyed this video, subscribe to our channel! It makes us feel so good. And follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

    2020 BMW X3 Review: What You Should Know About Price, Performance and the Plug-in Hybrid

    NOTE: This video is about the 2020 BMW X3, but since the 2021 BMW X3 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

    Elana Scherr explains what you should know about buying the BMW X3, explaining the highlights and differences between models. The new BMW X3 xDrive30e plug-in hybrid is featured in this video, but we also cover the sDrive30i, xDrive30i and M40i models.

    Features & Specs

    Base MSRP
    $43,000
    MPG & Fuel
    25 City / 29 Hwy / 27 Combined
    Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.2 gal. capacity
    Seating
    5 seats
    Drivetrain
    Type: rear wheel drive
    Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
    Engine
    Inline 4 cylinder
    Horsepower: 248 hp @ 5200 rpm
    Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm
    Basic Warranty
    4 yr./ 50000 mi.
    Dimensions
    Length: 185.9 in. / Height: 66.0 in. / Width: 74.4 in.
    Curb Weight: 3931 lbs.
    Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 28.7 cu.ft.

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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite X3 safety features:

    Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go
    Maintains a set distance between the X3 and the car in front. Can bring the X3 to a stop and resume speed when the car in front moves.
    Adaptive Brake Lights
    Brightens the brake lights to indicate a sudden stop and flashes them to indicate an emergency stop.
    Parking Assistant Plus
    Guides the X3 into a vacant parallel parking spot with minimal driver intervention.

    NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall
    5 / 5
    Driver
    5 / 5
    Passenger
    5 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall
    5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall
    5 / 5
    Driver
    5 / 5
    Passenger
    5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat
    5 / 5
    Back Seat
    5 / 5
    RolloverRating
    Rollover
    4 / 5
    Dynamic Test Result
    No Tip
    Risk Of Rollover
    17.2%

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good



    BMW X3 vs. the competition

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    2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

    2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

    BMW X3 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

    The Mercedes-Benz GLC has been a top pick for a while, and for good reason. It strikes a better balance between performance and comfort than the X3, and its cabin is the most luxurious in the segment. But the BMW has the GLC beat when it comes to cargo capacity and fuel economy.

    Compare BMW X3 & Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class features 

    BMW X3 vs. Volvo XC60

    The Volvo XC60 is another one of our class favorites, especially for its unique and elegantly simple Scandinavian design. Since it's a Volvo, the XC60 comes with a long list of standard safety features that you'd have to pay extra for in some rivals. The X3, however, is a lot more fun to drive and has an easier-to-use infotainment system.

    Compare BMW X3 & Volvo XC60 features 

    BMW X3 vs. Acura RDX

    The Acura RDX is highly regarded in the small luxury SUV class for its spacious passenger and cargo areas, sporty handling and relatively affordable price. The only engine offered is a four-cylinder, but it is more potent than its rivals. Unlike the X3, the RDX's options are bundled in larger packages, which may force you to get some options you'd rather not. The BMW's infotainment system is also easier to use.

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    The 2021 BMW X3 xDrive30e 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $56,560. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW X3 xDrive30e 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $2,757 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    2021 BMW X3 M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

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    What is the MPG of a 2021 BMW X3?

    2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
    25 compined MPG,
    23 city MPG/29 highway MPG

    2021 BMW X3 sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
    27 compined MPG,
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    2021 BMW X3 M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
    23 compined MPG,
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    EPA Est. MPG
    25
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    all wheel drive
    Displacement
    2.0 L
    Passenger Volume
    N/A
    Wheelbase
    112.8 in.
    Length
    185.9 in.
    Width
    74.4 in.
    Height
    66.0 in.
    Curb Weight
    4147 lbs.

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