2021 BMW X3 Hybrid

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2021 BMW X3 Hybrid Review

  • Smooth ride and comfortable seats
  • Wide variety of standard and optional features for personalization
  • Roomy interior for both front and rear passengers
  • Limited real-world EV range
  • Lower overall fuel economy than the gas-only X3
  • Questionable value proposition of the plug-in hybrid
  • 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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The BMW X3 plug-in hybrid is a bit of an odd duck. On one hand, it's more expensive on paper and thirstier than the gas-only X3, and observed EV-only range falls short of EPA estimates. Conversely, the hybrid is quicker and might cost less if you qualify for all the available tax rebates. The hybrid's value proposition is questionable, but the underlying X3 platform ensures the xDrive30e's excellence compared to other plug-in hybrid SUVs.
Even though its gasoline engine has less horsepower than the gas-only X3's engine, the plug-in hybrid's electric motor provides extra boost for an improved 0-60 mph time. The sprint comes in just 6.1 seconds, nearly a second quicker than the standard xDrive30i. Our tester was equipped with the M Sport and Dynamic Handling packages, plus summer performance tires — an unusual combination for a hybrid, but one that transforms the X3 from mild-mannered SUV to adept canyon-carver at the press of a button.

The brake pedal is light and easy to operate, with an imperceptible handoff from regenerative to friction brakes. The summer tires help deliver an exceptional 110-foot distance in our simulated-panic stop from 60 mph. The steering is a little too light in Comfort mode, with Sport firming it up nicely.
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 the optional 20-inch wheels. The solid level of control means you feel impacts, but they don't reverberate through the cabin or bounce your head around.

The X3 PHEV is silent in EV mode, with only a modest amount of tire noise to keep you company. The engine isn't loud when it kicks on, but putting it into Sport mode makes the exhaust a little more boisterous. It sounds great for a four-cylinder.
The X3's cabin is spacious and smartly arranged. 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 are adequate for even tall passengers. Visibility is fantastic all around.

There are no usability concerns since most buttons are within easy reach. The iDrive 7 infotainment system is complex, but only because of the breadth of its customizability. Of note are the preset buttons below the front air vents. They can be programmed to store radio presets, destinations or even oft-visited menus. That's a nifty feature.
All the latest tech offerings are present on the X3, but they're often on the optional features list. That's especially true of the advanced driving aids — only forward collision warning is standard. You'll have to pay extra for equipment such as lane departure mitigation and blind-spot monitoring, but once you do, you'll find that most systems work well.

The X3 excels in other areas too. The optional Harman Kardon audio system doesn't cost very much, but it delivers clear, punchy sound and features an equalizer for customizing your sound preferences. To connect your phone, the X3 comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The X3 xDrive30e has less cargo space than the non-hybrid model — 27.2 cubic feet versus 28.7 cubes — due to its raised cargo floor. Still, there's more room in the back than most small crossovers. The seats fold flat, though you might have to fold the headrests to clear the front seatback. Front storage is plentiful, with a decent-size bin underneath the armrest and large door pockets. The rear door pockets are similarly accommodating. Car seat anchors are clearly marked, though you will have to remove the cargo cover to attach the tethers.

As with the standard X3, the xDrive30e is rated to tow up to 4,400 pounds when properly equipped. Rival plug-ins are rated at 3,500 pounds.
The EPA estimates the xDrive30e can travel up to 18 miles in EV-only mode before the four-cylinder motor kicks on. We were only able to travel 13.8 miles on our 115-mile evaluation route before running out of electricity. In gas-only mode, the X3 is estimated to earn 24 mpg combined. Curiously, this is 2 mpg lower than the non-hybrid xDrive30i. The hybrid's smaller gas tank means you also get about 100 fewer miles of range before you have to fill up.

That said, on our driving loop, we achieved a gas-only average of 28.4 mpg, compared to the 27.7 mpg earned on a previously tested xDrive30i. Fuel economy gains versus the xDrive30i are partially attributable to individual driving style and traffic patterns since our xDrive30e test was conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic with less traffic than usual. Our conclusion is that upgrading to the xDrive30e offers minute financial benefits, if any.
With a starting price of $49,545, the xDrive30e is $4,600 more expensive than the non-hybrid xDrive30i. But here's the rub: If you qualify for them, federal and state rebates might make the plug-in slightly less expensive. It's hard to say which version makes more financial sense, especially once you start weighing the hybrid's lower fuel efficiency against charging costs. Other benefits, such as HOV stickers, might tip the scales in the plug-in's favor.

Basic and powertrain warranties line up with those for other luxury crossovers at four years/50,000 miles. BMW covers the first three scheduled maintenance services up to 36,000 miles, which is more generous than other automakers.
Even as a compact 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 other vehicles in the segment. We appreciate that BMW extends its performance upgrades to its plug-in hybrid; Volvo and Mercedes do not offer sporty enhancements for their PHEVs.

The X3 is a well-appointed and nicely constructed SUV that should live up to anyone's expectations for a luxury crossover. It also gets points for being one of the few small luxury crossover PHEVs. Bringing down this score are the hybrid's dubious fuel-cost savings.

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.

BMW also gives you the option of making your X3 a little greener with the xDrive30e. It's a plug-in hybrid, which means it has a regular gasoline engine plus a hybrid system that you can charge using an external power supply. Charge up the hybrid battery and the X3 xDrive30e offers an EPA-estimated 18 miles of electric range. When it runs out of juice, it operates like a standard hybrid and uses its turbocharged four-cylinder engine to keep things moving.

If you're charging it up between daily commutes, this X3 hybrid might make a good deal of sense. Unfortunately, fuel economy is disappointing once you run out of electricity. The plug-in hybrid X3 gets an estimated 24 mpg, while the regular X3 (with all-wheel drive) gets 26 mpg. That, plus the higher price, makes the value proposition questionable. Check out our expert rating for our in-depth take on this plug-in X3 hybrid.

Which X3 does Edmunds recommend?

In its plug-in hybrid trim, the X3 is only sold in one trim level, the xDrive30e. There are a number of options, however, and we recommend two specific option packages: the Convenience package and the Driving Assistance Professional package. If you're looking for a few more creature comforts, such as heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel, the Premium package is a nice addition too.

BMW X3 models

The 2021 BMW X3 plug-in hybrid comes in only one trim, dubbed xDrive30e. It is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired to a plug-in hybrid system. Total output stands at 288 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. According to BMW, fully charging the 12-kWh battery pack using a standard 120-volt outlet takes 11.5 hours. It only requires 3.5 hours at a Level 2 charging station.

xDrive30e
The X3 plug-in's sole trim packs a ton of features. These include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Power tailgate
  • Heated and power-folding mirrors
  • Auto-dimming interior and driver's side exterior mirrors
  • Three-zone climate control
  • Driver-seat memory settings
  • Sport seats with adjustable side bolsters
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Navigation system
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen display
  • 12-speaker audio system with satellite radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

The X3 also comes standard with:

  • 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)

As with all BMWs, a healthy list of optional packages are available, such as:

  • Convenience package
    • Four-way lumbar adjustment for front seats
    • Keyless entry
    • Panoramic sunroof
  • Premium package
    • Contents of the Convenience package
    • Heated front seats
    • Heated steering wheel
    • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
  • Parking Assistance package
    • Front and rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible behind or in front of the vehicle when parking)
    • 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)
  • Executive package
    • Contents of the Premium and Parking Assistance packages
    • Hands-free cargo opener
    • Gesture control (allows you to control certain aspects of the infotainment system by gesturing in the air)
    • Adaptive headlights (swivel as you turn the steering wheel for better illumination in curves)
  • Driving Assistance Professional package
    • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the X3 and the car in front)
    • A more advanced version of the forward collision mitigation system
  • Dynamic Handling package
    • Variable-ratio steering
    • Upgraded brakes
    • Adaptive suspension dampers

Some features included in the packages above can be ordered as stand-alone options. There are other options, but note that some require packages before they can be added. These include:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • 20-inch wheels with summer performance tires
  • Leather upholstery
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system
  • Wireless charging pad (paired with a Wi-Fi hotspot)
  • Sound-reducing windshield and side windows
  • Rear side-window sunshades
  • Trailer hitch

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    Features & Specs

    xDrive30e 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    xDrive30e 4dr SUV AWD
    2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A
    MSRP$49,600
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    HorsepowerN/A
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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.
    Automated Parking system
    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 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.

    Compare BMW X3 & Acura RDX features

    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 8.1 out of 10. You probably care about BMW X3 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the X3 gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the X3 has 27.2 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 8.1 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 xDrive30e 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $49,600.

    Other versions include:

    • xDrive30e 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $49,600
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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 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 2021 BMW X3

    2021 BMW X3 Hybrid Overview

    The 2021 BMW X3 Hybrid is offered in the following styles: xDrive30e 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A).

    What do people think of the 2021 BMW X3 Hybrid?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 BMW X3 Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 X3 Hybrid 1.0 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 2021 X3 Hybrid.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 BMW X3 Hybrid and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 X3 Hybrid featuring deep dives into trim levels including xDrive30e, 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 2021 BMW X3 Hybrid here.

    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 Hybrid?

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

    The 2021 BMW X3 Hybrid 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 $52,995. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW X3 Hybrid xDrive30e 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $4,707 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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