2021 BMW X3 Plug In Hybrid review

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BMW X3 Plug In Hybrid highlights

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  • Refined hybrid powertrain
  • Easy-to-learn infotainment system
  • Spacious interior dimensions


  • Small exterior mirrors
  • Dull interior styling

Battery range (EPA estimate)

18 miles

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Luxuriously equipped hybrid SUV

A luxury compact SUV with a hybrid powertrain, the 2021 BMW X3 Plug-In Hybrid stands out from the crowd. With your crew along for the ride, this five-seater has spacious dimensions for everyone and the kind of tech that keeps them entertained for hours, including smartphone integrations and an expansive multi-speaker audio system. This third-generation X3 gains more standard features for the 2021 model year, and the additional introduction of Android Auto™ functionality.

All BMW X3 Plug In Hybrid years

What is new for the 2021 BMW X3 Plug In Hybrid?

  • The X3 Plug In Hybrid is available in a new trim called the xDrive30e.
  • X3 Plug In Hybrid trims have been upgraded with Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitor, Android Auto, and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment this year.
  • Automated Parking, Head Up Display, and 20 Inch Plus Wheels features are now available as options on select trims.

2021 BMW X3 Plug In Hybrid trims

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 BMW X3 Plug In Hybrid

1. Powertrain performance 

You’ll experience optimal gas performance and the versatility of some all-electric miles with the 2021 X3 Plug-in hybrid. The turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder gas engine, onboard battery, and 80-kW electric motor can function together or independently based on your preference. With a fully charged battery, this Plug-in hybrid can achieve an EPA-estimated 60 MPGe combined when using both gas and electric power.

For neighborhood trips, use the all-electric mode for an EPA-estimated 17 miles of electric-only driving from a full charge.

2. Comfortable seating 

Because supreme passenger comfort is non-negotiable, the 2021 X3 Plug-in hybrid has plenty of cozy details and useful features for you and your crew. Up front, 12-way power-adjustable seating, with adjustable side bolsters, allows you to personalize your seating experience — something you'll welcome before starting a long journey. In the back, relaxation is key. Comfort touches that elevate a restful ride include reclining seatbacks, plush cushioning, and deep-tinted rear glass for enhanced privacy and peace. 

3. Big-trip ready 

Exploring the great outdoors with the 2021 X3 Plug-in hybrid is a delight. Whether you're heading to the golf course with your buddies or planning a fishing weekend, there's ample cargo space. With 27.2 cu-ft behind the second row for clubs and 59.4 cu-ft behind the front row when you flip the second row down, you'll have plenty of room for your gear. Plus, with standard AWD and 7.2 inches of ground clearance, you can easily navigate forest trails to reach your lakeside cabin door upon arrival. 

4. Standard connectivity  

The 2021 X3 Plug-in hybrid has lots of standard features that keep you connected to the people and places that matter most. From its 10.3-inch infotainment display, use the navigation system to find the best route to that new restaurant everyone’s talking about. Caught in traffic? Listen to the latest episode of your favorite podcast via Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto integration, or use the Bluetooth® connectivity function and make a hands-free call to your favorite family member.  

5. Useful driver aids 

Supporting your awareness in town, on the highway, and at the parking garage, is an impressive set of standard driver assistance features. The 2021 X3 Plug-in hybrid takes parking seriously, assisting you with a rearview camera, and parking sensors for the front and rear. In busy traffic, the forward automatic emergency braking system sensors can anticipate and mitigate what's happening up ahead, and if required, autonomously apply the brakes. 

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BMW X3 Plug In Hybrid features and specs

xDrive30e 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Run Flat Tires
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Running Boards
  • Smart Key
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

All Wheel (4WD/AWD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Plug-in Hybrid

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 40.3"/R 36.4"

Head room

F 41.1"/R 39.1"

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Rear tires


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