2020 BMW X3

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BMW X3 highlights

Customer rating


  • Plug-in model offers up to 18 miles of battery-only range
  • Roomy, comfortable interior


  • The X3 M is stiff to the point of being uncomfortable
  • There's no option for Android Auto™, just Apple CarPlay®

Mileage (EPA estimate)

14 city, 19 highway, 16 combined

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2020 BMW X3 gains a plug-in hybrid and a range-topping X3 M model

BMW upped the ante with its popular X3 compact luxury SUV by adding two new models into the mix for 2020. Joining the existing sDrive30i, xDrive30i, and M40i models is a new plug-in hybrid, which wears an xDrive30e badge on its trunk. It mates an electric motor and battery pack to the 30i's 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine for a combined output of 288 hp. More important, that plug-in element allows battery-only driving for up to 18 miles for emissions-free short trips. The M40i gains some power from its 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder, swelling to 382 hp from 355 hp, which you might think would top the X3 range. BMW thinks differently, though, as its other 2020 addition is a full-fat M model. The new X3 M uses its own 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder to pump out a muscular 473 hp in standard form, or 503 hp if you opt for the Competition model.

All these different flavors of X3 give it a broad sweep of ability, yet all provide plenty of interior cabin space for ample comfort—even if the X3 M's firm suspension might be a bit unsettling. The interior is high-quality and decently equipped, and you can personalize your vehicle with a number of individual options or bundled option packages. The X3 is priced to compete against alternatives like the Mercedes-Benz GLC and Audi Q5, and its expanded 2020 lineup only increases its standing as one of the luxury compact SUVs to beat.

All BMW X3 years

New for 2020

  • The X3 is available in a variety of new trims, including the Competition and M.
  • X3 trims have been upgraded with Lane Departure Warning, Adjustable Suspension, Head Up Display, Blind Spot Monitor, Front Seat Heaters, Leather Seats, 20 Inch Plus Wheels, Navigation System, Apple CarPlay, and Harman Kardon Sound as standard equipment this year.
  • Remote Start features are now available as options on select trims.

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sDrive30i 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • 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
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • CD Audio
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Smart Key
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Turbo Gas

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Leg room

F 40.3"/R 36.4"

Head room

F 41.1"/R 39.1"

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5 reasons to buy the 2020 BMW X3

1. Gas-powered options

2020 BMW X3: Engine | CarMax

The 2020 BMW X3 delivers lively performance from its gasoline powertrains that pair to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2020 X3 30i uses a 248-hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine with RWD or AWD, which is great for around-town and highway driving. For more vigor, the 2020 X3 M40i AWD features a 382-hp turbocharged six-cylinder with potent acceleration that covers zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds (according to the manufacturer when new). Regardless of the engine you choose, you can expect a powerful performance from the 2020 BMW X3.

2. Plug-in hybrid

2020 BMW X3: Plug-in-hybrid Outlet | CarMax

If you're looking for a luxury compact SUV with great gas mileage, the 2020 BMW X3 introduced a plug-in hybrid to its line-up called the xDrive30e. This model uses a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that generates 288 combined horsepower. AWD also comes standard for enhanced traction year-round. With its plug-in hybrid powertrain, the 2020 BMW X3 PHEV ensures fuel-sipping performance with an EPA-estimated 60 combined MPGe (electric and gas), making it ideal for long road trips or commutes.

3. Athletic handling

2020 BMW X3: Gear Stick | CarMax

The 2020 X3 features BMW's classic handling that's composed and enjoyable, and exceptionally agile. With this model, you can expect sharp steering and athletic cornering, as well as a smooth ride that evens out rough pavement. The 2020 X3 also includes selectable drive modes that alter the dynamics of the vehicle to your liking. With Comfort mode, you'll enjoy a softer suspension and lightener steering for errands around town, while Sport mode delivers quicker throttle and steering responses when you're eager for more excitement.

4. Comfortable cabin

2020 BMW X3: Backseats | CarMax

Whether carpooling passengers or taking long road trips, the five-passenger 2020 BMW X3 features a stylish cabin with impressive comfort. The X3's supportive front seats provide ample space with 41.1 inches of headroom and 40.3 inches of legroom, while back-row passengers benefit from 36.4 inches of stretch-out space. Featuring standard leatherette and available leather upholstery, the 2020 X3's cabin feels classy without compromising practicality. The 2020 X3 M40i also boasts added luxuries with standard heated and ventilated front seats for four-season comfort.

5. Top-tier tech

2020 BMW X3: Dashboard | CarMax

You get a whole lot of tech when you choose the 2020 X3. All trims come standard with BMW's iDrive infotainment system, which includes wireless Apple CarPlay® capabilities for seamless smartphone integration and Bluetooth® hands-free connectivity. An 8.8-inch touchscreen display with navigation comes standard on the 30i, while the M40i includes a 10.25-inch touchscreen with gesture control. Forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking round out the 2020 X3's standard driver technologies.

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Image of Mercedes GLC

The 2017–2021 Mercedes GLC-Class is a five-passenger luxury compact SUV that uses a base turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that flies from zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds (according to the manufacturer when new; 2020–2021 models). A more potent turbocharged 3.0L V6 is also available on 2017–2021 models, which covers zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds (according to the manufacturer when new; 2019–2021 models). Standard features on the 2017–2021 GLC300 include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels

  • Leatherette upholstery

  • Power liftgate

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Above Average

RepairPal gave the BMW X3 an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks BMW X3 14th out of 16 among Luxury Compact SUVs.

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2020 BMW X3 trims

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  • 30i: Includes tri-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, wireless Apple CarPlay capabilities, power-adjustable front seats, leatherette upholstery, and more.

  • 30e: Adds a 288-hp plug-in-hybrid system and is similarly equipped as the 30i.

  • M40i: Adds heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, 10.3-inch touchscreen, M Sport suspension, M Sport brakes, and more.

2020 BMW X3 FAQ

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Color options

2020 BMW X3: Color Options | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Alpine White

  • Black Sapphire Metallic

  • Carbon Black Metallic

  • Dark Graphite Metallic

  • Dark Olive Metallic

  • Glacier Silver Metallic

  • Jet Black

  • Mineral White Metallic

  • Phytonic Blue Metallic

  • Terra Brown Metallic

Interior colors:

  • Black

  • Canberra Beige/Black

  • Cognac

  • Mocha

  • Oyster

Interior details

The 2020 BMW X3 provides five-passenger seating across its two rows. Base models come standard with leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats, while genuine leather upholstery and heated/ventilated front seats are found in the M40i trim. The 2020 X3 features a versatile cabin with 28.7 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the second row or 62.7 cubes with it folded. The front seats have generous head and legroom (41.1 inches and 40.3 inches, respectively), while the second row delivers adult-friendly comfort with 36.4 inches of legroom.

Child seat details

The 2020 BMW X3 can fit up to two car seats in the rear row. This includes LATCH car seats, infant car seats, rear-facing convertible car seats, forward-facing convertible car seats, and booster car seats. The 2020 model has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats, as well as a tether anchor for the rear middle seat. Parents may find that the lower anchors are difficult to maneuver around when securing child seats in the 2020 X3.


The 2020 BWM X3 comes standard with a 248-horsepower 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission. sDrive 30i models feature rear-wheel drive, while 2020 BMW X3 xDrive30i models have all-wheel drive.

If you prioritize gas mileage, the 2020 X3 sDrive 30i returns an EPA estimated 27 mpg combined.

Stepping up to the 2020 BMW X3 M40i unlocks a 382-horsepower 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder, which covers zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds (according to the manufacturer when new) and returns an EPA estimated 23 mpg combined with standard all-wheel drive.
This model year also includes a 2020 BMW X3 PHEV, which is a 288-hp (combined) plug-in hybrid with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that delivers an EPA-estimated 60 combined MPGe (electric and gas).

Year comparison

2004–2017 BMW X3 (First Generation)

The BMW X3 was introduced in 2004 as a smaller sibling of the X5. Fast forward to 2013, the X3 gained some notable features, including a new base turbocharged four-cylinder and an available turbo six-cylinder, along with auto stop-start engine technology. 2015 also saw a new turbocharged diesel four-cylinder added to the powertrain line-up, as well as a motion-activated power liftgate.

2018–Present BMW X3 (Second Generation)

BMW redesigned the X3 for its second generation in 2018 with the launch of the xDrive30i with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder and the M40i with a turbocharged 3.0L six-cylinder. In 2020, the PHEV xDrive30e joined the line-up with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. These powertrains carried into 2021 when Android Auto smartphone capabilities, lane-departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring became standard equipment.

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