2021 BMW X3 Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

2021 BMW X3 Model Overview at Sewickley BMW

2021 BMW X3

Key Features

  • Starting at $43,000 MSRP*
  • Standard 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder (248 horsepower / 258 lb-ft of torque) or available 3.0-liter BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder (382 horsepower / 365 lb-ft of torque)
  • 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes
  • Available xDrive Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System
  • Live Cockpit Plus featuring Navigation with iDrive 6.0, touchpad Controller, and 8.8-inch touchscreen
  • Driving Dynamics Control with ECO PRO, COMFORT, and SPORT modes
  • Connected Package Professional including Real Time Traffic and BMW Remote Services
  • LED headlights and front fog lights



BMW X3 Exterior

About the BMW X3

Driving a crossover SUV no longer means having to sacrifice agile handling, potent performance, and superlative comfort when you choose the BMW X3. Signature BMW styling cues and distinctive alloy wheel designs allow the X3 to stand out from the competition. Power comes in the form of either a standard 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder or the available 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder, each offering an impressive combination of efficiency and response. Designed to go wherever adventure leads, the X3 can be equipped with xDrive all-wheel drive to help you excel across all types of terrain. Lower its standard power tailgate to reveal a cavernous 62.7 cubic feet of cargo space, making it simple to bring all of your luggage along for your next weekend getaway. Inside the X3, drivers will find themselves surrounded by cutting-edge tech and superlative comfort amenities to help them get the most from their daily drive.


What the Critics Say

Even though it’s an SUV, the 2021 BMW X3 will surprise with its fun-to-drive nature, a hallmark of the brand’s sports sedans through the years. A trio of available powertrains provide plentiful performance, especially the gutsy turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six in the sportiest M40i model.” — Car and Driver
The X3 remains one of the leaders in its class, a booming one that includes the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5, Lexus NX, Acura RDX, and Volvo XC60. Those are all strong rivals, but the BMW X3 continues to appeal to drivers who desire a crossover with SUV practicality and sport sedan driving manners – not to mention the prestige of a BMW badge.” — Kelley Blue Book


What’s New for 2021

Several previously optional features are now included as standard equipment on the BMW X3 for the 2021 model year. These include all features found in the Active Driving Assistant package such as lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring, Android Auto smartphone, and SiriusXM satellite radio. In addition, both xDrive30e and M40i trim levels now feature a standard digital gauge display.


BMW X3 Features

BMW X3 Performance

Passionate Performance

Striking the perfect balance of agility, utility, and power, the X3 offers your choice of three different powertrains. The latest TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine provides a power boost of 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque delivering exceptional acceleration to the xDrive30i. A fine-tuned 3.0-liter M performance TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder engine performs by pulling power with smoothness and efficiency — and propels the M40i with a best-in-segment 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds. Drivers searching for maximum efficiency can select the 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder with integrated electric motor on xDrive30e models. All variants come with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport Automatic with shift paddles, tuned specifically to match the engine’s personality. XDrive all-wheel-drive, as standard, 8 inches of ground clearance, and Dynamic Stability Control maximizes the driving dynamics and efficiency of the BMW X3.

BMW X3 Cargo Capacity

Luxurious Interior

The X3 is ready to accommodate whatever your adventure requires. Cargo storage capacity expands to an impressive 62.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the help of the split fold-down seats. The optional factory-installed trailer hitch can take your getaways to an entirely new level. Along with luggage nets, cargo rails, and hooks, this Sports Activity Vehicle® can accompany everything and everyone you’re taking with you. Standard SensaTec upholstery provides the perfect combination of durability and luxurious comfort inside the BMW X3.

BMW X3 Technology

Intelligent Technology

The X3 is equipped with innovative technology you never knew you needed. From changing the volume to answering phone calls, available Gesture Control, allows you to operate controls totally touch free. 3D Surround View lets you view your vehicle remotely on the BMW Connected app, allowing you to rest easy knowing your vehicle is right where you left it. Found on every X3, iDrive 6.0 is an intuitive interface that displays navigation, music and other essential information for everyday driving. Driver’s can opt for more enticing features such as Wireless Charging console and onboard WiFi Hotspot to ensure they’re always connected to the outside world.

The optional Driving Assistance Plus Package gives drivers the extra boost of confidence they need to get through life’s unpredictable moments. Features include Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind Spot Detection, Front Collision Warning with City Collision and Active Lane Keeping Assistant. Active Protection system, coming standard, monitors potential accidents and alerts the driver when to take action — adding an extra layer of protection when cruising to the destination.


Trims & Specs

2021 BMW X3 sDrive30i

X3 sDrive30i

  • Starting at $43,000 MSRP*
  • 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder (248 HP / 258 lb-ft of torque)
  • 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes
  • SensaTec Upholstery and Anthracite Headliner
  • Live Cockpit Plus featuring Navigation with iDrive 6.0, touchpad Controller, and 8.8-inch touchscreen
  • Automatic 3-zone climate control
2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i

X3 xDrive30i

  • Starting at $45,000 MSRP*
  • xDrive Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System
  • Driving Dynamics Control with ECO PRO, COMFORT, and SPORT modes
  • Active Guard with Frontal Collison Warning, Automatic City Collision Mitigation and Braking including Daytime Pedestrian Detection, and Speed Limit Information
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers with adjustable speed and automatic headlight control
  • 10-way power front sport seats including 2-way power side bolsters
2021 BMW X3 xDrive30e

X3 xDrive30e

  • Starting at $49,600 MSRP*
  • 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder with integrated electric motor
  • BMW eDrive Services including range and charging status display, charging station search, charging timer and cabin preconditioning
  • Brake Energy Regeneration
  • Active kidney grille
  • Auto Start-Stop function
2021 BMW X3 M40i

X3 M40i

  • Starting at $56,600 MSRP*
  • 3.0-liter BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder (382 HP / 365 lb-ft of torque)
  • M Sport exhaust system, M Sport suspension, and M Sport brakes
  • Panoramic moonroof with fully automatic 2-piece glass panel
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function M sport steering wheel
  • 19-inch M Double-spoke bi-color wheels, style 698M


*MSRP includes destination & handling fee of $995, but excludes tax, title, license, and registration.