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2020 BMW X3 M40i


What’s new

  • No significant changes for 2020
  • Part of the third X3 generation introduced for 2018

Pros & Cons

  • 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
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2020 BMW X3 Review

Quiet, spacious and engaging to drive, the BMW X3 has long been a desirable small luxury SUV. Not much has changed for the 2020 X3 as its available engines, standard features and option packages remain broadly the same. 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.

Under the hood, the X3 has a choice of two powertrains: the respectably strong four-cylinder under the hood of the s- and xDrive30i or the potent six-cylinder in the M40i. The X3 also boasts an upscale interior and top-notch construction we've come to expect from BMW. But the lack of Android Auto smartphone integration and the added cost of Apple CarPlay compatibility, which requires a subscription to keep it going, might dissuade tech-savvy buyers.

Fortunately, that's about it when it comes to examining the X3's list of drawbacks. 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 is easy to recommend if you're shopping in the small luxury SUV category.

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Our verdict

7.8 / 10
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.

How does it drive?

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.

How comfortable is it?

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.

How’s the interior?

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.

How’s the tech?

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.

How’s the storage?

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.

How economical is it?

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.

Is it a good value?

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?

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.

2020 BMW X3 models

The 2020 BMW X3 is a five-passenger crossover sold in three trim levels: sDrive30i, xDrive30i 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 M40i is powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine (355 hp, 369 lb-ft of torque) and comes standard with all-wheel drive. All X3s use an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Standard 30i 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, Apple CarPlay compatibility (subscription-based), and a 12-speaker audio system.

There are multiple option packages available for the sDrive30i and the xDrive30i. 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.

5 star reviews: 37%
4 star reviews: 9%
3 star reviews: 27%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 27%
Average user rating: 3.3 stars based on 11 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, Edmunds Horsepower number is incorrect!
Paul the German,
M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2020 X3 M40 has increased horsepower from 355 to 382. The torque remains the same at 369. This is an amazing SAV. This is the best bang for your buck on any BMW.

5 out of 5 stars, I love my 2020 BMW X3 M40i!
M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

I love my 2020 BMW X3 M40i! WOW! I was amazed in all the changes that were made in 2 years from my 2018 model. The turbocharged six-cylinder engine went from 382 HP to 355 horsepower, the suspension upgrades, the larger steering wheel was again in the 2020. For some reason it was not in the 2018. The pickup, the starting & stopping, the smoother transition in the changing of gears; all made this the car I wanted. The car already had the standard driver assistance features to include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and traffic sign recognition. I added the additional safety features to include a head-up display, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, front and rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, parallel park assist, and a surround-view parking camera system. To me it was worth the additional cost. The changes in the infotainment system, the touch screen display is larger, the Apple Carplay, the wireless charging. I paid extra for the Adaptive M Suspension. I live in West Virginia & the curvy mountainous road here make that a needed feature. I had it in my 2018 and loved it. What a change in the M40I in 2 years. I traded in a 2018 M40i with less than 17,000 miles on it. That car had issues almost from the day I picked it up at the factory.

5 out of 5 stars, Powerful and Beautiful
David Rurka,
M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

This article is slightly wrong. The 2020 M40i has an upgraded B58 engine that packs 382HP compared to 355 in the 2018-2019 models. It is noticeably faster and pulls a lot harder. It also has some of the over engineered crackles and pops replaced with more natural sounding and more subtle burbles and less “look at me” feel.

1 out of 5 stars, tractor like suspension
ray s,
M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

this is the third bmw i've owned and the roughest suspension of any vehicle i've ever owned including pickup trucks and jeeps.

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Features & Specs

M40i 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
M40i 4dr SUV AWD
3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A
MPG 21 city / 27 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower382 hp @ 5800 rpm
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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
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
Roof Strength Test
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test

BMW X3 vs. the competition

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.

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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.

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2020 BMW X3 M First Look

A Useful Trunk and 503 Horsepower

Will Kaufman by Will Kaufman , Content Strategist and News EditorFebruary 13th, 2019

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.

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. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2020 X3 gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 4 reviews) You probably care about BMW X3 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the X3 gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the X3 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. 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:

  • No significant changes for 2020
  • 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 4-star 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. Our consumer reviews show that the 2020 X3 gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 4 reviews). 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 M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $55,900.

Other versions include:

  • M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $55,900
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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). For a full list of X3 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2020 BMW X3 M40i Overview

The 2020 BMW X3 M40i is offered in the following styles: M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A).

What do people think of the 2020 BMW X3 M40i?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 BMW X3 M40i and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 X3 M40i 3.3 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 M40i.

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Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 BMW X3 M40i and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 X3 M40i featuring deep dives into trim levels including M40i, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2020 BMW X3 M40i here.
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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.

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