2021 BMW X3 M

MSRP range: $69,900
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2021 BMW X3 M Review

  • Wickedly quick acceleration
  • Grip and handling are excellent
  • Still as practical as a standard X3
  • Excessively stiff ride, even in the softest suspension setting
  • Tire roar on the highway can be wearing on long drives
  • Wi-Fi hotspot now standard
  • No other significant changes for 2021
  • Part of the third X3 generation introduced for 2018

A pumped-up version of the standard X3, the 2021 BMW X3 M offers more power, more high-performance parts, and more exclusivity than the standard car. Under the hood of the X3 M is a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 473 horsepower. Not enough? Go for the X3 M Competition version that ups the ante to 503 hp. It also comes with a few extra performance enhancements such as thicker suspension stabilizer bars and an upgraded exhaust.

BMW still keeps an eye toward luxury. Much like the standard X3, the X3 M offers a plush and practical interior. It comes with plenty of standard features, but of course you can add even more high-end features that are available in packages or as stand-alone options. But how much does the X3 M's harsh ride overwhelm this small luxury SUV's appeal? Read our Expert Rating below to learn more.

  • EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
    The BMW X3 M dials up huge levels of performance without compromising an ounce of practicality. The engine is a near masterpiece, and the drivetrain fights hard to ensure optimal (and fun) use of all its prodigious power. But its dedication to performance comes at the cost of traditional luxury SUV strengths such as comfort. Simply put, the ride is quite brittle on anything but a perfectly smooth surface. If you want something a little less punishing, consider getting a regular X3 in M40i guise.

Which X3 M does Edmunds recommend?

Stick with the standard X3 M. The ride quality is better, and you still have that staggeringly swift acceleration from the 473-hp turbocharged six-cylinder. Also check out the Driving Assistance package and the Executive package if you want maximum-level tech and some extra creature comforts.

BMW X3 M models

The 2021 BMW X3 M is a high-performance version of the BMW X3 small SUV. Two versions are available: the standard X3 M and the even more potent X3 M Competition. Both use a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine that powers all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. It develops 473 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque in the X3 M. The Competition increases output to 503 hp, while torque remains the same.

X3 M
Standard features for the X3 M include:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • Adaptive suspension dampers
  • Three-zone climate control and heated front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen with Navigation
  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay

The X3 M also comes with a number of advanced safety systems, such as:

  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
  • Front and rear parking sensors (alerts you to obstacles that may not be visible behind or in front of the vehicle when parking)

X3 M Competition
The X3 M Competition is distinguished from the standard X3 M by its:

  • More powerful engine
  • 21-inch wheels and sport exhaust
  • Thicker suspension stabilizer bars
  • Black-painted exterior trim
  • Premium leather upholstery and upgraded sport seats

In typical BMW fashion, the X3 M is offered with a few packages and stand-alone options. These include:

  • Driving Assistance Plus package
    • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the X3 M and the car in front)
    • A more advanced version of the forward collision mitigation system
  • Executive package
    • Panoramic sunroof
    • Heated steering wheel and heated rear seats
    • Wireless charging pad
    • Rear side window shades
    • Gesture control (allows you to control certain aspects of the infotainment system by gesturing in the air)
    • 360-degree camera (gives you a bird's-eye view of the car for tight parking situations)
    • Automated parking system (steers into a parking spot with no driver intervention)
    • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Carbon-fiber exterior accents
  • Upgraded sport seats (X3 M only)

Consumer reviews

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2021 BMW X3 M videos

[MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: Oh, man. It has been a long day here at Willow Springs. It was 8 million degrees, there were wolves. We definitely almost died about a jillion times. KURT NIEBUHR: Holy [BLEEP]. ELANA SCHERR: But it was worth it because we were able to race all three of these SUVs, and they're all good. [MUSIC PLAYING] ANNOUNCER: 3, 2, 1, go! ELANA SCHERR: This is a 2020 BMW X3 M Competition. Under the hood is a turbocharged, 3 liter, 6 cylinder engine similar to what you'd find in the X3 M40i. But instead of 382 horsepower and 365 pound feet of torque, The X3 M Competition boosts the figures to 503 horsepower and 442 pound feet of torque. If you're looking for something to surprise the other parents at daycare drop-off, the X3 M will do it. Warning, car makers: if you put competition in the name of your car, we'll consider that an order. If you have friends who hate the whole idea of a crossover coupé, it doesn't matter because you'll be going so fast in the 2020 AMG GLC 63 S coupé that you won't even hear their complaints. This beast is powered by a turbocharged, 4 liter V8, conveniently also rated at 503 horsepower. But bragging 516 pound feet of torque. This version of the GLC is an absolute monster, and since it has a launch control option specifically called race start, we obviously have to start it in a race. Ah, the Tesla Model Y. Unburdened by geared transmissions and full gas tanks, as well as being hundreds of pounds lighter than either the X3 or the GLC, the all-electric Model Y is just a charge away from charging away. This is the Edmunds long-term Model Y performance performance. Yes, that's right, it's the performance model with the performance package, and we're going to see if that double performance can perform. All three crossovers in our race are all-wheel drive, and we plan to use whatever launch assist technology they offer when we line them up and launch them. These three coupé UVs are putting the sport back in SUV, and with radically different power plans. Which one does it best? SPEAKER 1: What are you doing to prepare your car for the race? KURT NIEBUHR: I mean, I'm trying to talk real nice to it. Let it know that it's fast. ELANA SCHERR: I wanted to make sure that the transmission was in the right settings, and I wanted to make sure that all the shift points for the engine were right and that it had the-- oh no, wait. None of that, because it doesn't have any of that. KURT NIEBUHR: Seriously? This car is not too picky about that kind of stuff. You can put it in sport, you can put it in sport plus, or race mode. Then it's brake pedal hold it down, throttle pedal hold it down, and then just let it rip. REESE COUNTS: So sport plus transmissions, sport plus suspension, 6 sharp on the transmission, and then ready for launch control. ELANA SCHERR: A very important part of any race is intimidating your rivals. And normally, you do that by revving up the engine, so let's-- [CAR DINGS QUIETLY] Sorry. [MUSIC PLAYING] ANNOUNCER: Ready. 3, 2, 1, REESE COUNTS: Ah, [BLEEP] ELANA SCHERR: What happened? REESE COUNTS: I jumped it. ANNOUNCER: Drivers ready? Let's do this. 3, 2, 1, go! ELANA SCHERR: You guys all good behind me? KURT NIEBUHR: Yep. REESE COUNTS: Yeah. ELANA SCHERR: I have the feeling that I either slightly jumped that start, or the boys were badly sleeping. I mean, it is nighttime. It is well past their bedtime. They are both very old. So could be that they were napping. Ooh, bunny! REESE COUNTS: So my launch control didn't activate. KURT NIEBUHR: I'm not sure if you got a really good launch, or you did jump in I'm not sure. But didn't really matter. You pulled away anyway. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah, it was weird. It was like the second half felt like a totally different car than the first half. Are you guys going to use launch control again, or are you just going to foot break it? KURT NIEBUHR: I'm going to use launch control. REESE COUNTS: I'm going to use it this time. ANNOUNCER: Ready. 3, 2, 1, Go. REESE COUNTS: Man, this thing is sluggish [INAUDIBLE] ELANA SCHERR: Is that what you felt like in the GT500, Kurt? KURT NIEBUHR: That's exactly what I felt like but without that smug, EV feeling that comes along with it. Is there something like an electric supercharger? ELANA SCHERR: It does make a kind of supercharger whine, so I'm basically just telling myself that it's just a very quiet V8. KURT NIEBUHR: I think we could do one more quarter mile run and then do a roll race after that. ANNOUNCER: Drivers ready. 3, 2, 1, go. REESE COUNTS: God, those two are so close. I wanted this to be better, but. ELANA SCHERR: I think you got me there, Kurt. KURT NIEBUHR: I just shorted a lot of Tesla stock with that one. ELANA SCHERR: I mean, you still lost overall, and I was sleeping. KURT NIEBUHR: So if you were sleeping at the light, does that mean that you were on autopilot? ELANA SCHERR: I wonder if it could do this in autopilot. Maybe the roll racing. KURT NIEBUHR: So what we're going to try and do is a roll race here. But we have to use the honor system which, I, frankly, don't trust either of these other people. But we're going to set our speed at about 40 miles an hour and hope I can beat an electric vehicle. I hope so. ELANA SCHERR: Was that not how you're supposed to do it? KURT NIEBUHR: That's how you're supposed to do it. That thing is electric. REESE COUNTS: That felt a lot better once I was right in the power band. KURT NIEBUHR: Holy [BLEEP]. REESE COUNTS: [BLEEP] KURT NIEBUHR: Well that thing owns the roll on, that's for sure. ELANA SCHERR: The thing is it's not very exciting. I mean, I know that I'm going fast and that part is good. But it's not, nothing shakes more or makes more noise. It's just kind of like, wooshier. KURT NIEBUHR: That wooshier noise is the sound of progress. REESE COUNTS: The BMW sounds awesome. It's just slow. ELANA SCHERR: I'm really surprised that the BMW is having so much trouble, because everything that I've read about that car had pretty stout numbers for it. REESE COUNTS: It just feels like there's a 1/2 second delay off the line. It doesn't feel like it's hooking up right in the power like I expected it to. KURT NIEBUHR: Just out of curiosity, what's your battery look like? How much range you got? ELANA SCHERR: It's right about at half now. Kurt, I think the Mercedes has the most impressive lead. I mean, if I gave you even a second, even a fraction of a second, it was like, oh, man, now I've got to chase you down. KURT NIEBUHR: Yeah, it's weird racing at night because I can't see you. So I'm looking over and I'm trying to find where you are and I think in the last quarter mile run we were so close that your headlight was in the blind spot. I kept looking over and seeing black. REESE COUNTS: Don't worry, I got a good look at both of you. KURT NIEBUHR: I will say that it is somewhat demoralizing to have the sound of a V8 engine, and then just know full well that I'm getting passed by something that's making no noise whatsoever. ELANA SCHERR: I'm sorry, I'm busy. I'm doing Adele karaoke. Hello. REESE COUNTS: You hear this? ELANA SCHERR (INTERCOM): It's this thing. REESE COUNTS: This is Elana singing karaoke from the Tesla. [MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: The BMW may have come up short both in the drag race and at our test track, but it posted the shortest braking distance and highest lateral g on our skid pad, giving some respect to the competition part of its name. You may be surprised to see that the Benz was quickest at our test track, even though it lost most of the drag races. How does that work? Well, the Benz's engine uses air to make power, and the heat and the high altitude where we filmed this race meant it wasn't breathing as well as it was on our test track. Combine that with real-world reaction times and this is what you get. The Tesla's immediate power delivery and all-weather consistency make for high performance both at the test track and during the commute. Man, winning feels good. Winning always feels good. But winning when your competitors should beat you, when they have turbocharged engines and they come from very famous, long-standing luxury marks with a huge history of performance, and you're just in a little start-up from California, you don't even have a gas engine, it's an EV. Yeah. Yeah, that feels really good. Tesla takes it. If you want to see more videos like this, subscribe. 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Drag Race! Tesla Model Y vs. BMW X3 M vs. Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63

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

This race was a lot of fun for us. Not only for the obvious reasons (hello, fast!) but because it gave us a chance to talk about sound, exteriors, and different ways the manufacturers approach performance, such as launch control settings and drive modes.

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
14 City / 19 Hwy / 16 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.2 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Inline 6 cylinder
Horsepower: 473 hp @ 6250 rpm
Torque: 442 lb-ft @ 2600 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Length: 186.2 in. / Height: 65.6 in. / Width: 74.7 in.
Curb Weight: 4620 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 28.7 cu.ft.

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Our experts’ favorite X3 M safety features:

Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go
Maintains a set distance between the X3 M and the car in front while cruise control is activated.
Active Blind Spot Detection
Notifies you when a vehicle is in the X3 M's rear blind spot.
Lane Departure Warning
Alerts you when the X3 M drifts over the lane markers without an activated turn signal.

BMW X3 M vs. the competition

2021 BMW X3 M

2021 BMW X3 M

2020 Porsche Macan

2020 Porsche Macan

BMW X3 M vs. Porsche Macan

The Macan isn't quite as quick as the X3 M is in a straight line, but it counters with more nimble and engaging handling. You also get an exquisitely tasteful interior and a smoother ride on the highway. The Macan is the driver's pick of these two dynamic small SUVs.

Compare BMW X3 M & Porsche Macan features 

BMW X3 M vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

Like BMW's X3, the Mercedes GLC is available in a number of trim levels with several engines to choose from, including the turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 in the AMG GLC 63 that produces 469 horsepower. To go along with its powerful V8, the AMG GLC 63 also has a top-notch interior with plenty of space for adults.

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BMW X3 M vs. Tesla Model Y

Check out the Tesla Model Y if you're looking for a bit less conventional choice for your next high-performance luxury SUV. Yep, that's right, a Tesla. Like all other Tesla models, the Model Y is powered by electricity and is capable of stunning acceleration in its Performance trim level. It's less expensive than the X3 M too. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Tesla Model Y.

Compare BMW X3 M & Tesla Model Y features 


Is the BMW X3 M a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 X3 M both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.9 out of 10. You probably care about BMW X3 M fuel economy, so it's important to know that the X3 M gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the X3 M has 28.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a BMW X3 M. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 BMW X3 M?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 BMW X3 M:

  • Wi-Fi hotspot now standard
  • No other significant changes for 2021
  • Part of the third X3 generation introduced for 2018
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Is the BMW X3 M reliable?

To determine whether the BMW X3 M is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the X3 M. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the X3 M's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 BMW X3 M a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 BMW X3 M is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 X3 M and gave it a 7.9 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 X3 M is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 BMW X3 M?

The least-expensive 2021 BMW X3 M is the 2021 BMW X3 M 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $69,900.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $69,900
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What are the different models of BMW X3 M?

If you're interested in the BMW X3 M, the next question is, which X3 M model is right for you? X3 M variants include 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of X3 M models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 BMW X3 M

2021 BMW X3 M Overview

The 2021 BMW X3 M is offered in the following submodels: X3 M SUV. Available styles include 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). The 2021 BMW X3 M comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 BMW X3 M comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 BMW X3 M?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 BMW X3 M and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 X3 M.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 BMW X3 M and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 X3 M featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 BMW X3 M?

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

The 2021 BMW X3 M 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $76,095. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW X3 M 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,788 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,788 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $71,307.

The average savings for the 2021 BMW X3 M 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 6.3% below the MSRP.

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Which 2021 BMW X3 MS are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2021 BMW X3 M?

2021 BMW X3 M 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
16 compined MPG,
14 city MPG/19 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG16
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement3.0 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase112.8 in.
Length186.2 in.
Width74.7 in.
Height65.6 in.
Curb Weight4620 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 BMW X3 M?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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