Driving enthusiasts love the BMW 3 Series sedan, but for a more general upscale vehicle audience there’s the X3, a compact crossover that shoots for the heart of today’s luxury car marketplace. Introduced as a 2004 model, the current third-generation X3 arrived in 2017.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2022, BMW has given the X3 a mid-term facelift with a new grille, bumpers and exterior lights. In addition, the M40i gets a 48-volt mild hybrid system bolted onto its six-cylinder engine. The wild X3 M is covered in a separate buyer’s guide entry.
BMW offers the X3 in xDrive30i, xDrive30e, and M40i trims. The first two are built around a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, with the 30e adding plug-in hybrid drive; at the M40i’s heart is a 3.0L turbo six-cylinder engine. All engines come with an eight-speed transmission and AWD.
BMW X3 standard features include 19-inch wheels (20-inch on M40i), remote engine start, heated front seats and steering wheel, auto-dimming side and rearview mirrors, power-folding side mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, three-zone automatic A/C,
LED fog lights and adaptive headlights, 12-speaker audio, and digital gauges.
The driver assist package comprises forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change warning, and rear collision mitigation.
A premium essential package brings passive keyless entry, ambient lighting, lumbar adjustment, and a panoramic roof. An enhanced premium pack adds a head-up display, surround-view cameras, leatherette dash trim, heated rear seats, and a better sound system.
You can also add an advanced driver assistance group to get semi-autonomous highway driving and a traffic jam assistant.
As of this writing, BMW hadn’t published fuel consumption estimates for the 2022 X3, but those figures should be similar to the 2021 model’s ratings of 10.2/8.2 L/100 km (city/highway) for the xDrive30i and 11.3/8.7 L/100 km for M40i. The plug-in xDrive30e is rated for 11.0/8.6 L/100 km in hybrid mode, and 3.9 Le/100 when using the battery’s 29 km of electric driving range.
The BMW X3’s key competitors are its German counterparts the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. You can also cross-shop the X3 against the Acura RDX, Lexus NX, Lincoln Corsair, Buick Envision, Cadillac XT5, Infiniti QX50, and Volvo XC60.