2023 BMW SUV Model Comparison
SUVs and crossovers are more popular than ever now, and it seems like new models are being released every day. Different SUVs are built with different purposes in mind, and figuring out which one is best for your lifestyle can be daunting with so many choices. BMW has a particularly extensive lineup, and we at Sewickley BMW figured it would be helpful to put together a guide to help you make sense of which BMW SUV is right for you.
|BMW X1||BMW X2||BMW X3||BMW X4||BMW X5||BMW X6||BMW X7||BMW iX|
|Max Towing Capacity||3,700lbs||3,500lbs||4,400lbs||4,400lbs||7,200lbs||7,200lbs||7,500lbs||5,512lbs|
|Full M Variant||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
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Starting at $38,600 MSRP*
Quick, agile, and surprisingly roomy, the BMW X1 packs the absolute most into a vehicle that is still easy to park in the busiest of cities. All-wheel drive comes standard on the X1, and together with a 241-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the X1 can hit 60mph in just 6.2 seconds. There is no dedicated M variant, or an M trim, but there is an M Sport package, which gives you a number of sportier touches, including a new steering wheel with shift paddles, and Adaptive M Suspension. The large BMW Curved Display puts all of the controls and infotainment at your fingertips, in a large and easy-to-use display. Safety tends to be a high priority for SUV buyers, and BMW packed the X1 full of the latest safety tech, like Active Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, and Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation. And should all that tech not succeed in helping you avoid an accident, the NHTSA gave the X1 a 5-star** overall safety rating.
Starting at $36,600*
The X2 is the stylish cousin of the X1. Although the X2 has a lower starting price, AWD-equipped models come in at exactly the same price as the X1, and most of the mechanical underpinnings are the same. You will notice that the styling is certainly different though, and BMW gives you appearance options for the X2 that aren’t available for the X1, like the Edition Goldplay appearance package. The body has a coupe-inspired roofline, which helps the X2 stand out in a crowd of boxy SUVs. You can add to this distinctiveness with an optional spoiler, and the BMW roundels on the C-pillars complete the look. You don’t get quite as much cargo space, or room in the back seat with the X2, but the X2 rewards those who don’t need those things with a better-looking way to get around.
Starting at $45,400 MSRP*
Because BMW naming conventions make more sense than a lot of other brands, the X3 is closely related to the 3-Series sedan, and offers all of the same powertrain options. This is good news, because the 3-Series has long been a standout sport sedan, and the X3 shows how well this same approach can work in an SUV. But the X3 and its higher ground clearance, as well as rear hatch, make for an even more practical vehicle. But practicality isn’t the only thing the X3 has going for it. The base engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4, makes 248 horsepower, and can get the X3 to 60mph in 6 seconds even. But for those who want more, there are two different I6 options. The first comes in the X3 M40i, a more powerful trim that isn’t quite a full M variant. This 3.0-liter engine makes 382 horsepower, a big jump up, and it allows the X3 to hit 60mph in 4.4 seconds. At the top is the X3 M, a 473-horsepower performance machine with 473 horsepower that does 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. With so many configuration options, you can truly make the X3 whatever you need it to be.
Starting at $53,400 MSRP*
In much the same way that the X2 is closely related to the X1, the X4 is closely related to the X3. The difference in price comes from more being offered as standard on the X4, but they are otherwise the same in terms of equipment and price. The difference is that the X4 is the more stylish of the two. The coupe-inspired roofline makes this clear from the start, and BMW gives you a wider selection of wheels for the X4 than you have with the X3. As you would expect, the X4 doesn’t have quite as much room in the back as the more practicality-focused X3, but you do get more interior color options. Powertrain options for the X4 are the same as the X3, all the way up to the 473-horsepower X4 M, a seriously formidable performance machine.
Starting at $61,600 MSRP*
The X5 is where BMW offers a huge array of choices, allowing you to dial in exactly what you want in an SUV. It’s big enough that BMW can offer the option of a third row of seating, or you can leave it at five seats for some seriously impressive cargo space. There are five different powertrain options, including a 389-horsepower plug-in hybrid and the 617-horsepower twin-turbo V8 found in the X5 M. Those who don’t need all-wheel drive can even have it in rear-wheel drive with the base engine. The interior is spacious and sophisticated no matter what configuration you go with, and the X5 boasts a towing capacity only just shy of the much bigger X7. You have several choices for interior colors, and BMW is now offering a vegan-friendly upholstery option called Sensafin. You even have impressive choices when it comes to suspension. There is 2-axle air suspension for supreme comfort, or Adaptive M Suspension for a performance build, which you can pair with M sport Brakes and an M Differential.
Starting at $70,100 MSRP*
Still large enough to offer some real practicality, but styled to turn heads, the X6 is the fashionable version of the X5. There are some differences though. The sloping roof means there is no room for the optional third row of seats, but there is still ample cargo space, with the X6 being big enough that the coupe-like roof doesn’t interfere with this much. Moreover, the X6 shares the X5’s impressive towing capacity. Unlike the X5, the X6 doesn’t come in a plug-in hybrid, but the base 3.0-liter I6 engine produces 335 horsepower, which makes the X6 plenty quick, hitting 60mph in just 5.3 seconds. The X6 comes with standard all-wheel drive, and two V8 engine options, the more powerful of the two being in the X6 M, which produces 617 horsepower and goes from 0 to 60 in a staggering 3.8 seconds. The athletic styling of the X6 is really better suited to the impressive performance of the M variant than the X5’s more “functional” body.
Starting at $77,850 MSRP*
The X7 is the biggest vehicle in the BMW lineup, the one SUV that comes with seating for 7 as standard, the highest towing capacity and the biggest cargo space. All-wheel drive is standard and so is the air suspension that makes for an unbelievably comfortable and quiet ride. The interior is supremely luxurious, and packed with impressive tech like the standard BMW Curved Display with the iDrive 8 operating system, putting an impressive array of functions easily within reach. And comfort isn’t all the X7 does, there is an available 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that makes 523 horsepower and gets the X7 from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, an unbelievably quick time for a vehicle that seats 7 comfortably. If you need to move the whole family in the most luxury possible, the X7 is the SUV you need.
Starting at $84,100*
As you can probably tell from the name, the iX is a little bit different from the rest of the BMW model lineup. While there is a plug-in hybrid X5, the iX is the only pure electric BMW SUV at the moment. In terms of size, the five-seater is roughly the same size as the X5, but with slightly higher cargo capacity. The towing capacity isn’t as high as the X5’s, but it is quite a bit higher than the competing pure electric SUVs. There are two different configurations available, the xDrive50 produces 516 horsepower and has 324 miles of range, while the M60 comes with 610 horsepower and has a range of 280 miles. The M60 will also go from 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds, the quickest of any BMW SUV, even dedicated M variants. The interior is high tech, and full of premium materials. There is even a Luxury Package, which gives you an open-pore walnut center console with crystal finished controls.
*Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) excludes destination & handling fee of $995, tax, title, license, and registration. Starting MSRP may vary as a result of equipment capacity restrictions.