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.