BMW X3 30i
BMW X3
BMW X3

2020 BMW X3 30i

Pros: Sport-sedan-like handling agility; generous passenger room front and rear; respectable fuel economy in 30i

Cons: Shifter isn’t intuitive; stingy levels of standard equipment, and options add up fast; some complicated audio controls

CG Says: The 2020 BMW X3 adds two new high-performance models. The base M is powered by a 473-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter in-line six and the M Competition has a 503-hp version of that engine. Both Ms have upgraded suspension. Mainstream X3s shuffle some equipment, but are otherwise unchanged. The X3 slots above the X1 and X2 in BMW’s crossover lineup. BMW also sells an X4, a fastback-roofed version of the X3.  The X3 was redesigned for 2018. The base 30i has a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 248 hp and the M40i has a turbo 3.0-liter 6-cylinder that is rated at 355 hp. All models have an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 30i offers sDrive rear-wheel drive and xDrive all-wheel drive. The M40i and M models are all-wheel drive only. Available safety features include forward-collision warning and city collision mitigation, blind-spot alert, lane-keep assist, front and rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. Other available features include heated/ventilated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate controls, head-up instrument display, Wi-Fi hotspot, and Apple CarPlay—but not Android Auto. The X3 delivers the BMW brand’s trademark athletic handling and performance combined with the practical benefits of a crossover SUV, and those qualities were only heightened with the excellent 2018 redesign. However, standard equipment levels aren’t particularly generous, and you’ll pay plenty for options.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer BMW
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices sDrive 30i: $42,945
AWD xDrive 30i: 44,945
AWD xDrive M40i: 56,895
AWD M: $70,895
AWD M Competition: $77,895

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (30i)
Horsepower
248
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
24-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder (M40i, M, M Competition)
Horsepower
355 (473 in M and 503 in M Competition)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
14-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
19-27

BMW X3 M40i
2020 BMW X3 M40i
BMW X3 M Competition
2020 BMW X3 M Competition
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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