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2020 BMW X3

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2020 BMW X3

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RepairPal reliability rating**

3 out of 5


  • 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)

25 city, 29 highway, 27 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.

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Above Average
RepairPal gave the BMW X3 an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks BMW X3 14th out of 15 among Luxury Compact SUVs.

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sDrive30i 2WD 4D Sport Utility

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