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The BMW X3's continued success is unquestionably due to its combination of qualities. Not only is it among the most upscale and enjoyable of compact luxury SUVs, but it's also comfortable, spacious, and practical, making it a very talented and desirable all-rounder. BMW offers the 2021 X3 in a number of models, including the plug-in hybrid xDrive30e and, at the other end of the range, the high-performance X3 M. The plug-in allows some electric-only motoring, but it typically comes at a hefty price point and its EPA-estimated fuel economy isn't overly impressive beyond those short-run battery-powered trips. The X3 M fulfills a different aim: It's a wickedly fast yet still very capable premium compact SUV. The thing is, the X3 M's power comes with a stiff suspension that makes it uncomfortable on all but the smoothest of roads.
In the middle, the rear-wheel-drive sDrive30i, the all-wheel-drive xDrive30i, and the M40i have all the X3's strengths without the compromises found on opposite ends of the lineup. Even the entry-level 248-hp 2.0-liter turbo engine in the 30i models provides good performance, backed with solid EPA-estimated fuel economy. The M40i raises the stakes a bit, adding more power via a turbocharged six-cylinder 3.0-liter engine for very enjoyable, quick driving. It might prove the sweet spot, because it comes with equipment that you'd have to add as options to the 30i models, and it benefits from the sharper M Sport styling. Also of note for 2021, the X3 adds some standard driver-assistance features and Android Auto™ capability joins the existing Apple CarPlay®.
F 40.3"/R 36.4"
F 41.1"/R 39.1"
The details on the 2021 BMW X3 are designed to make life easier for you as the driver. For example, you get a standard power tailgate, but inside there's also a handy strut to hold up the trunk's floor while you pack or access luggage. If you love to travel with family and friends, this is a convenient detail that you'll wonder how you lived without. There's also the digital assistant, which gives you voice control over settings, navigation, and entertainment so you can always keep your eyes on the road.
Whether you want something easy to drive and refined, a sporty weekend warrior, or an off-road adventurer, you'll be able to find the BMW X3 to suit you. If you're looking for luxury and creature comforts, check out the sDrive30i, which features 10-way power front seats, power tailgate, universal garage door opener, and dynamic cruise control. If it's power and sporty handling that excites you, the 2021 BMW X3 M is the way to go. The 473-hp engine is a whole lot of fun, plus you get sport suspension and sport brakes, too. Add the Competition package for an extra boost of power and bolstered sport seats.
Even if you find a base model sDrive30i or its AWD counterpart (xDrive30i), you won't be disappointed at the level of equipment inside 2021 BMW X3 models. You'll get everything you need for an engaging drive, including navigation, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity, and tri-zone climate control. As you move up the trim levels and package options, more features get added. The 2021 BMW X3 xDrive30e hybrid, for example, adds a digital gauge cluster and Android Auto connectivity.
The front seats in the 2021 BMW X3 are supportive and comfortable, with plenty of legroom and headroom. You'll get 40.3 inches of legroom up front and 36.4 inches in the back, which is plenty for an adult. Plus, everyone gets 41.1 inches of headroom. The BMW X3 features synthetic leather upholstery as standard; upgraded models boast genuine leather, as well as heated and ventilated front seats. If you're regularly transporting children, look for the available rear sunshades, too.
The 2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i has standard all-wheel drive, which makes it ready for all your adventures. On models with the dynamic handling package, you also get a slightly stiffer ride, which is great if you want to put the all-wheel drive to good use on mountain roads. While the standard equipment is mostly the same as the rear-wheel-drive sDrive30i, the all-wheel-drive package adds hill descent control so you can have confidence on tricky slopes.
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Includes LED headlights, roof rails, power tailgate, selectable driving modes, tri-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, navigation, parking sensors, and more
Adds all-wheel drive and hill descent control
Adds the more powerful six-cylinder engine, sport exhaust, upgraded brakes, sport-tuned suspension, M Sport styling features, plus everything from the Convenience package, including a panoramic sunroof and keyless entry
Features a twin-turbo engine, upgraded brakes, sport seats, leather upholstery, Harman Kardon® premium audio, a carbon fiber interior trim, and unlocks the available Competition package for extra horsepower
Black Sapphire Metallic
Dark Graphite Metallic
Glacier Silver Metallic
Mineral White Metallic
Phytonic Blue Metallic
Seat five across two rows
28.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats
62.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded
12.3-inch digital instrument cluster (M40i and xDrive30e) and 10.25-inch central display
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
The 2021 BMW X3 received an overall 5/5 rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.