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2021 BMW X3

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2021 sDrive30i 4dr 4x2 Sports Activity Vehicle
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Price:   -  From $43,000
2021 xDrive30i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle Price:   -  From $45,000
2021 xDrive30e 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle Price:   -  From $49,600
2021 M40i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle Price:   -  From $56,600
2021 X3 M Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Coupe Price:   -  From $69,900
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3.8 (Good)

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What's New

The 2021 BMW X3 adds Android Auto compatibility, satellite radio, and more active safety features for the new model year. The plug-in hybrid X3 30e and sporty M40i also get a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. These are minor changes, but they certainly help the X3 be more competitive in the compact luxury crossover class.

The X3 continues to be one of the more well-rounded choices in the segment. Filled with high-tech features, offering a sporty ride, and boasting a spacious interior that’s also comfortable, the X3 manages to combine a little bit of everything in one excellent package.

Choosing Your BMW X3

There are three trims for the X3: 30i, 30e, and M40i. Prices start at $43,995 including destination for the 30i and go up to $57,595 for the M40i.

Engine Choices

There are three different engine choices for the X3. The 30i features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, while the 30e adds an electric motor and lithium-ion battery to the same motor. The M40i houses a 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorque0-60 mph TimeFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder248 hp258 lb-ft6.0 seconds27 mpg
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder Plug-In Hybrid288 hp310 lb-ft5.9 secondsNot Yet Rated
3.0L Turbo 6-Cylinder382 hp368 lb-ft4.4 seconds23 mpg

Every engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard on the 30e and M40i and available for $2,00 on the 30i, which has standard rear-wheel drive.

Out of the three engines, we’re most impressed with the six-cylinder, which brings 134 more horsepower than the base motor and much more impressive performance for a marginal hit in fuel economy. It’s important to note that every X3 requires premium gasoline.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The BMW X3 has seating for up to five passengers. When it comes to cargo capacity, it can hold 28.7 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seats and a total of 62.7 cubic feet with the rear bench folded. That’s more than what you’ll find in the X3’s main competitors, the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.

Cargo capacity falls to 27.2 cubic feet behind the second row in the 30e.


Safety Features

Standard safety features on the X3 include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The M40i trim adds automatic high beams.

The $700 Parking Assistance Package brings a surround-view camera and an automated parking system. Adaptive cruise control is available through the Driving Assistance Professional Package that costs $1,700.

The 2021 X3 carries a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.


BMW’s iDrive infotainment system is standard on every X3 and is controllable through a 10.25-inch touchscreen. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as are wi-fi hot spot capability, a 12-speaker audio system, satellite and HD radio, two USB ports, navigation, and a 5.7-inch display in the instrument cluster.

The 30e and M40i get a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster display, which is available on the 30i for $900. A wireless charging pad is a $500 standalone option, as is a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system for $875. A head-up display is available through the Premium or Executive Package.


30i - From $43,995

The X3 30i is the entry-level model and the most popular in the lineup. It features 18-inch wheels, roof rails, aluminum exterior trim pieces, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and LED headlights, daytime running lights, and fog lights. Every 30i model also comes with tri-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, 10-way power front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

A variety of optional packages are available. The Convenience Package costs $1,850 and brings a panoramic moonroof, remote keyless entry, and lumbar support. The Premium Package ($4,500) adds the 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a head-up display, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel in addition to those three.

30e - From $50,595

The 30e comes with the plug-in hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive as standard. BMW says to expect 17 miles of all-electric driving range, but charging times are to be determined. The 30e also gets the 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster as standard.

M40i - From $57,595

The M40i trim is the most powerful trim in lineup with its turbo-six engine. It also gets an aerodynamic body kit, 19-inch wheels, a sport steering system, M sport brakes, blue calipers, and an M sport suspension. Interior upgrades include a panoramic moonroof, a hands-free trunk, a leatherette dashboard, and 14-way power sport seats.

The Shadowline Design is an extra $300 and brings more black exterior trim pieces. An adaptive M suspension costs $700, while an M sport differential is priced at $1,300.

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CarsDirect Tip

To get the most out of the 2021 BMW X3, we recommend going with the 30i. We would also get the Premium Package. The result is a luxurious and high-tech vehicle that’s sure to impress, all while being priced somewhat reasonably.

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Expert Review

  • Classy cabin
  • New plug-in powertrain
  • Good safety tech
  • Does everything well
  • Anodyne styling
  • Odd hybrid braking
  • Relatively small second row
Expert Rating
3.8 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Serene and sensible. The 2021 BMW X3 is a car for all seasons. BMW’s bestselling model is a compelling take on the crossover promise: more practicality, fewer compromises.

That starts with a luxurious interior. The cabin is thoughtful but not bland, with a large central touchscreen and an expansive dash. Synthetic leather is the default, but material quality is generally high, and it feels like a BMW should.

Cabin space is decent, and four adults should fit without issue. Still, rear passengers get only 36.4 inches of leg room, which is less than you’d find in a Volvo XC60 or a Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. Cargo capacity is a better story – with nearly 63 cubic feet available after folding the seats, the X3 is as capacious as we can reasonably expect from a crossover this size.

Hybrid is (mostly) better. The big news for 2021 is the addition of a hybrid powertrain. For the most part, the news is good. The X3 xDrive30e takes the default turbocharged engine and adds a 12-kWh battery pack, which allows for up to 18 miles of electric range.

The range is a bonus for commuters, but we’re even more pleased with the instantaneous torque from the electric motor. The base engine is no slouch, but the X3 weighs more than 4,000 pounds in most configurations, and the hybrid’s 40-horsepower boost pays dividends.

Our only quibble is with the braking, which feels artificial when the system is storing energy in the batteries. It isn’t a deal breaker, but this is one area where BMW could take some notes from other hybrid manufacturers.

Tech everywhere. Tech was already a strong point in the BMW X3, but it gets even better this year. The infotainment system is finally compatible with Android Auto, which joins wireless Apple CarPlay functionality. Satellite radio is newly standard for 2021, with a 12-month subscription to SiriusXM rolled in.

The 10.3-inch screen is sharp, and it can be operated in several ways: by touch, by gesture, or through a controller on the console. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but it’s pleasant to live with and easy to use.

More important to families are the standard safety features, which now include lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring. Adaptive cruise control remains a costly extra, but the X3’s standard kit is among the best in the industry. It gets good crash test scores, too.


Mainstream luxury. If there’s one criticism that can be leveled at the X3, it is that it’s old news. This iteration of the X3 doesn’t take many design risks, and it lacks the bling factor of the BMW X7. All the same, the shape is reasonably attractive, and the conservative lines are unlikely to offend.

BMW doesn’t let you forget that this is a luxury purchase, especially on the options list. The X3’s starting price of around $44,000 is already on the upper end of the segment, but most models at dealerships will cost at least $50,000 after all-wheel drive and a few options.

If you want to distinguish yourself from the growing horde of crossover drivers, the X3 provides plenty of opportunities. The interior can be customized in a variety of shades and finishes, and the BMW X3 M is a formidable performer – as long as you’re prepared to pay.

Final thoughts. The 2021 BMW X3 is one of the most popular luxury crossovers on the market, and it isn’t hard to see why. It has a multitude of strengths: a comfortable cabin, excellent technology, and strong powertrains. Nothing is perfect, and we’d prefer a little more rear leg room, but the X3 deserves to keep its legions of fans.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 248 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
25 / 29 / 27 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 248 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
25 / 29 / 27 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
17.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
62.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
101 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
185.9 "
Exterior Width
74.4 "
Exterior Height
66.0 "
Front Headroom
41.1 " / 40.0 "
Rear Headroom
39.1 " / 38.5 "
Front Legroom
40.3 "
Rear Legroom
36.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,931 Lbs.
Wheel Base
113 "
Turning Radius
19.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Gray Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Body-colored With Metal-look Insert / Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Metal-look W/chrome Surround / Black
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Sensatec Leatherette / Vernasca Leather
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
12-way (10-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
12-way (10-way Power)
Front Armrests
12-way (10-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan / Siriusxm With 360l Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
12 / 16 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Frontal Collision Warning W/city Collision Mitigation Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Active Blind Spot Detection Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure / Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Traffic Jam Assistant Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Daytime Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Active Protection W/fatigue And Focus Alert Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assistant Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Park Distance Control Front And Rear / Parking Assistant Plus Automated / Active Park Distance Control Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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