2020 BMW X3

MSRP range: $41,950 - $55,900
3.4 out of 5 stars(37)
MSRP $48,360
Edmunds suggests you pay $44,564

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2020 BMW X3 Review

  • Both available engines are powerful and fuel-efficient
  • Wide variety of standard and optional features for personalization
  • Roomy interior for both front and rear passengers
  • Android Auto is conspicuously absent from the options list
  • Questionable value proposition of the plug-in hybrid
  • New plug-in hybrid variant of the X3
  • 18 miles of EV range before you tap into the gas engine
  • 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 compact luxury SUV.
We tested the X3 xDrive30i. Around town, the eight-speed transmission smartly keeps the smooth 2.0-liter 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 modulate 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 falls easily into view. There's plenty of headroom for all passengers, while foot- and legroom is 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.)

While wireless Apple CarPlay works great, you have to pay for it, and Android Auto is not supported. Wireless device charging is an optional extra too. This, along with the finicky driver aids, brings the X3's score down significantly in this category.
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, but also the clean integration of a Class III hitch.
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.

Quiet, spacious and engaging to drive, the BMW X3 has long been a desirable small luxury SUV. The X3 boasts an upscale interior and top-notch construction we've come to expect from BMW. Under the hood, the X3 offers the choice of two powertrains: the respectably strong four-cylinder in the s- and xDrive30i or the potent six-cylinder in the M40i.

For 2020, BMW has upgraded the M40i engine; it now makes 382 horsepower, compared to 2019's 355 hp. Joining the lineup for 2020 is the xDrive30e, which features a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a plug-in hybrid system. It performs well, but it's actually thirstier than the non-hybrid unless you often make short trips and are frequently plugging it in. Also for 2020, the factory navigation system now comes bundled with the optional full digital gauge cluster (BMW's Live Cockpit), but the rest of the features carry over from the previous model year.

The lack of Android Auto smartphone integration in the X3 is unfortunate, which might dissuade tech-savvy buyers. But that's pretty much where the drawbacks end. Options are plentiful, and the interior is big enough to seat adults in all the major seating positions. Overall, the 2020 BMW X3 is an impressive SUV that's easy to recommend if you're shopping in the small luxury SUV category.

Which X3 does Edmunds recommend?

It's tempting to load up the BMW X3 with all the available features, go for the high-performance M40i engine and bury the throttle on your way out of the dealership parking lot. For most shoppers, though, we'd recommend going with one of the base models: the sDrive30i (with rear-wheel drive) or the xDrive30i (with all-wheel drive). The base four-cylinder engine provides respectable acceleration and a more reasonable price point. Also, you can option up the base X3 as much or as little as you want, adding abundant performance, luxury and safety features.

BMW X3 models

The 2020 BMW X3 is a five-passenger crossover sold in four trim levels: sDrive30i, xDrive30i, xDrive30e and M40i. The rear-wheel-drive sDrive30i and the all-wheel-drive xDrive30i are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (248 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque). The all-wheel-drive xDrive30e uses this engine but pairs it to a plug-in hybrid system (288 hp, 310 lb-ft). The M40i is powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine (382 hp, 365 lb-ft of torque) and comes standard with all-wheel drive. All X3s use an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Standard 30i and 30e features include LED headlights and foglights, a power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery, BMW's iDrive infotainment interface, wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility, and a 12-speaker audio system.

There are multiple option packages available for the 30i and 30e models. The main ones you'll want to check out are the Convenience, Driving Assistance and Driving Assistant Plus packages. The Convenience package brings you keyless access and a panoramic sunroof, while the other two equip the X3 with a variety of additional driver safety aids.

Want a sportier X3? The M Sport package adds some stylistic enhancements, while the Dynamic Handling package equips the X3 with adaptive suspension dampers, upgraded brakes and variable-ratio steering.

The M40i includes much of the above as standard equipment. Other notable X3 options you might want to look for are heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, a larger 10.3-inch central touchscreen, a digital gauge cluster display, wireless phone charging, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 BMW X3.

Average user rating: 3.4 stars
37 total reviews
5 star reviews: 46%
4 star reviews: 8%
3 star reviews: 10%
2 star reviews: 12%
1 star reviews: 24%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

1/5 stars, Lemon
Dan,
xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Got a 2020 X3 xdrive 30i earlier this year, but this car gave us nothing but problems since the first day. Had issues with misaligned lights, brakes, iDrive, excessive vibration, tailgate randomly opening...the list goes on. BMW said "we stand by our products" but refused to do anything about it. Will have to pursue a lemon law claim.
1/5 stars, Do I have to give my 2020 BMW X3 any stars?
Sapna Delacourt,
xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I really want to love this car but I can’t. I loved my test drive of the 2020 BMW X3. Loved the styling, the driveability, the roomy interior that I fell into the trap of buying one. I couldn’t agree more with the reviewer who said there are tech issues with this car. The Apple CarPlay is incompatible with my iPhone 11 (it works with Apple X or earlier). BMW calls this an idrive issue. My media turns off after playing a few bars of a song, my map freezes and locks up. These problems occur even when I use a cord connection to my phone (and the car is marketed as having wireless capability). The camera display turns on when I’m driving for no apparent reason. BMW claims it’s a problem with my phone and takes zero responsibility for the myriad of software issues with this car. Save yourself the trouble and buy something else. First and last BMW I’ll ever buy. Customer service at BMW dealer and through corporate is horrible. I suspect this is a systematic software problem and they are not acknowledging it. After experiencing all of these issues I googled the problem and it seems others are experiencing the same.
3/5 stars, very uneasy about this purchase!!
Carrie,
xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Purchased a brand new 2020 BMW X3 xdrive30i on 12/31/2019. Before we left the dealership on the day of purchase, "low coolant warning" light appeared. the car was taken to the service department and topped off with coolant and told everything was ok. on 1/1/2020 got another low coolant warning in the car. Did not drive the car at all 1/2/2020 due to this issue and was not able to bring it in for service until 1/3/2020. ( because I live 3 hours away from a BMW dealership) on 1/3/2020 the car was brought back to the dealership for service, was told coolant system was ok. As of 1/7/2020, was told the heat exchanger was the problem and the new parts had to come from Germany so it would take 2 weeks to get the parts, then get the car fixed. Have never owned a BMW, thought they were reliable and am very disappointed, I purchased this car and had it for 72 hours and it is still in the shop as of 1/10/2020. I was so excited for this car, I loved it when I drove it. It handled well, is cute and sporty, however, this experience has ruined my excitement for this car and am afraid I got a lemon. My Mercedes was totaled in a car accident, I have always wanted a BMW and made the switch, but am now regretting my decision.
1/5 stars, Fourth BMW first time disappointment
Carton24,
xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
This is my third BMW X3. The last model was a 2017. The 2020 X3 has been a huge disappointment. Anytime you hit a bump the entire cabin rattles and it sounds as though something is going to fall apart-it takes bumps, potholes, and any variance and roadway extremely rough-speed bumps in my neighborhood at lowest speed Are reminiscent of sitting in the back seat of a school bus as a kid. The car is noisy, with a lot of rattling and miscellaneous road noise of which we cannot identify the origin. My steering wheel does not heat up near as efficiently or as comfortably as my last. I’ve owned the car for two months and it has visited the shop twice. Big regret… But the X2 loaner I was given is solid and amazing, it has that familiar BMW quality. Wish I would’ve gone with that one this time around..

2020 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

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
$41,950
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.
Overall Width with Mirrors: 84.2 in.
Overall Width without Mirrors: 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
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

2020 BMW X3

2020 BMW X3

2020 Audi Q5

2020 Audi Q5

BMW X3 vs. Audi Q5

The BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 are smart competitors. They're similarly equipped, similarly sized and similarly priced. The Audi is a bit more expensive to start, but it comes standard with all-wheel drive, which is an option on the X3. Both deliver impressive driving experiences with lots of available modern features, so for some buyers it may come down to a styling preference.

Compare BMW X3 & Audi Q5 features 

BMW X3 vs. BMW X5

If you like the X3's style, available features and general vibe but want a bit more space, then take a look at its big brother, the X5. The BMW X5 is, unsurprisingly, more expensive, but it offers significantly more interior space and higher-quality materials even at the base trim level. Horsepower enthusiasts also have the option of going for the twin-turbo V8 that's now available in the BMW X5 M50i.

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BMW X3 vs. BMW X1

Are the X5 and the X3 too big (or too expensive), but you still want a BMW-badged SUV? There's always the X1. As you'd expect, it's less expensive than the X3 and doesn't have as many available options, but it does have nimble handling and an upscale interior. And what it makes up for in sheer power, the X1 offers in abundant interior space for passengers.

Compare BMW X3 & BMW X1 features 

2020 BMW X3 First Impressions

2020 BMW X3 M First Look

A Useful Trunk and 503 Horsepower

Because you can never have enough M, the good folks at BMW are adding M badges to their compact SUVs, the X3 and X4. You may know the X3 as a comfortable family hauler with class-leading cargo capacity. But starting with the 2020 X3 M, BMW hopes you'll think of it as a face-melting performance machine, too. Backing up those badges is a turbocharged inline-six engine that can produce up to 503 horsepower, along with a host of other performance upgrades and some carbon-fiber bits. There's even a Competition pack for more power and carbon fiber.

Other compact luxury SUVs let you get your small family to soccer practice in comfort, but the X3 M is about getting your family to 60 mph in 4 seconds.

How Much Power?

The turbocharged inline-six found under the X3 M's hood is a variant of the new M340i sedan's engine. It's been worked over to produce 473 hp and 442 pound-feet of torque in the standard X3 M, and 503 hp in the X3 M Competition. That's enough to get the slow version from 0-60 mph in a claimed 4.1 seconds, and the Competition to 60 in 4 seconds flat. Top speed is limited to 174 mph in the M and 177 mph in Competition models.

To handle that power, the 2020 X3 M comes standard with all-wheel drive. And if you're feeling saucy, the front-rear power bias can be adjusted rearward by the driver. BMW points out that this enables "controlled drifts," a feature that you and your family are sure to enjoy together.

Both versions use an eight-speed automatic, and both have an active dual-exhaust system that can open up to provide more sound when you want it.

2 Fast 2 Comfortable

Inside the 2020 BMW X3 M, you'll find leather-wrapped sport buckets and aluminum trim. Upgrade to the Competition and you get premium leather in multiple color choices, or you can upgrade to simulated suede. For those times when you're cornering too hard for the seat bolsters to keep you in place on their own, the X3 M comes standard with knee cushions on the center console. BMW offers further interior trim options via the BMW Individual line.

Standard items include adaptive LED headlights, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio and navigation, and several active safety features. Adaptive cruise, automatic parking, heated seats, a head-up display, wireless charging, Wi-Fi, and gesture control are available as add-ons. Both the gauge cluster and head-up display have been tailored to the X3 M, with unique content including a shift indicator.

You also get a little red switch on the steering wheel that dials the engine, suspension and traction settings to super sporty. Because when you want to go fast, you don't want to fiddle with menus.

The X3's suspension has been thoroughly reworked for M duty and its chassis bolstered at several points, including with a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic strut brace. A lot of work has gone toward making sure the X3 M's handling capabilities complement the absurd acceleration. But your children probably don't want to feel like their car seats are buckled into a stiff-as-a-rock race car, so BMW opted for standard adaptive dampers on all X3 M models, offering selectable modes from Comfort to Sport Plus.

Pricing and Availability

The 2020 BMW X3 M will be available starting this spring, though we don't have concrete pricing information just yet. The Competition pack will become available soon after, along with a Carbon package that adds — you guessed it — carbon-fiber trim around the outside of the car, including a carbon-fiber spoiler for Competition-equipped vehicles.

If you don't want to give your kids a chance to ask "Are we there yet?" ever again, BMW may have just the compact SUV for you. Stay tuned to Edmunds for more news about the 2020 BMW X3 M.


FAQ

Is the BMW X3 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 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 2020 BMW X3?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 BMW X3:

  • New plug-in hybrid variant of the X3
  • 18 miles of EV range before you tap into the gas engine
  • 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 2020 BMW X3 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 BMW X3 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 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 2020 X3 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2020 BMW X3?

The least-expensive 2020 BMW X3 is the 2020 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 $41,950.

Other versions include:

  • xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $43,950
  • sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $41,950
  • M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $55,900
  • xDrive30e 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $48,550
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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 xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and xDrive30e 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A). For a full list of X3 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 BMW X3

2020 BMW X3 Overview

The 2020 BMW X3 is offered in the following submodels: X3 SUV, X3 Hybrid, X3 M40i. Available styles include xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and xDrive30e 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A). BMW X3 models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine or a 3.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 382 hp, depending on engine type. The 2020 BMW X3 comes with all wheel drive, and rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2020 BMW X3 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 2020 BMW X3?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 BMW X3 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 X3 3.4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. 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 2020 X3.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 BMW X3 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 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 2020 BMW X3?

2020 BMW X3 sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2020 BMW X3 sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $48,360. The average price paid for a new 2020 BMW X3 sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $3,796 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,796 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $44,564.

The average savings for the 2020 BMW X3 sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 7.8% below the MSRP.

2020 BMW X3 xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2020 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 $51,410. The average price paid for a new 2020 BMW X3 xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $3,957 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,957 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $47,453.

The average savings for the 2020 BMW X3 xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 7.7% below the MSRP.

2020 BMW X3 xDrive30e 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2020 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 $56,160. The average price paid for a new 2020 BMW X3 xDrive30e 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $4,340 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,340 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $51,820.

The average savings for the 2020 BMW X3 xDrive30e 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 7.7% below the MSRP.

2020 BMW X3 M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2020 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 $64,060. The average price paid for a new 2020 BMW X3 M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,950 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,950 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $59,110.

The average savings for the 2020 BMW X3 M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 7.7% below the MSRP.

Which 2020 BMW X3s are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2020 BMW X3?

2020 BMW X3 xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
26 compined MPG,
24 city MPG/29 highway MPG

2020 BMW X3 sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
27 compined MPG,
25 city MPG/29 highway MPG

2020 BMW X3 M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
23 compined MPG,
21 city MPG/27 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG26
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement2.0 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase112.8 in.
Length185.9 in.
WidthN/A
Height66.0 in.
Curb Weight4041 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2020 BMW X3?

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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