2021 BMW X3
MSRP Range: $43,000 - $56,600

MSRP$45,000
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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
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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.

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.

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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    2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A
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    2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
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    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
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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
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
    RolloverRating
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover17.2%

    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 TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

    BMW X3 vs. the competition

    BMW X3 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

    The Mercedes-Benz GLC Class 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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    FAQ

    Is the BMW X3 a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 X3 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.8 out of 10. You probably care about BMW X3 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the X3 gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg to 27 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the X3 ranges from 27.2 to 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. Learn more

    What's new in the 2021 BMW X3?

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

    • 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
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    Is the BMW X3 reliable?

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

    Is the 2021 BMW X3 a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 BMW X3 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 X3 and gave it a 7.8 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 X3 is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 BMW X3?

    The least-expensive 2021 BMW X3 is the 2021 BMW X3 sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $43,000.

    Other versions include:

    • M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $56,600
    • xDrive30e 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $49,600
    • sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $43,000
    • xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $45,000
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    What are the different models of BMW X3?

    If you're interested in the BMW X3, the next question is, which X3 model is right for you? X3 variants include M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), xDrive30e 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A), sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of X3 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2021 BMW X3

    2021 BMW X3 Overview

    The 2021 BMW X3 is offered in the following submodels: X3 SUV, X3 Hybrid, X3 M40i. Available styles include M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), xDrive30e 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A), sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A).

    What do people think of the 2021 BMW X3?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 BMW X3 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.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 BMW X3 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 X3 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?

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

    The 2021 BMW X3 M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $59,385. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW X3 M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,513 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    The average savings for the 2021 BMW X3 M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 7.6% below the MSRP.

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    2021 BMW X3 xDrive30e 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A)

    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 $55,135. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW X3 xDrive30e 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $3,985 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $3,985 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $51,151.

    The average savings for the 2021 BMW X3 xDrive30e 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 7.2% below the MSRP.

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    2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

    The 2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $46,685. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $3,481 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    The average savings for the 2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 7.5% below the MSRP.

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