2020 BMW X3

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2020 MODEL
$41,950 - $43,950
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2020 BMW X3 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 13, 2020
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Aayush Yadav

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BMW once set the standard high with its exclusive wagons especially the 3 Series Wagon which became one of the highest-selling vehicles in its luxury class, not only in the US but around the world. Today, SUVs rule the minds of the American audience and the X3 has rightly enjoyed top-spot in the compact luxury crossover segment. The 2020 BMW X3 outshines courtesy of its strong acceleration, high fun to drive factor, premium interiors and enough room to seat five in relative comfort. It is one of the highest-selling luxury SUV, thanks to a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which makes X3 30i capable without compromising on the mpg.

For 2020, BMW X3 returns mostly unchanged with a base sDrive30i starting under $42,000 and an all-wheel-drive version, xDrive30i with a $2000 premium over the base price. BMW privileges X3 to wear M badge in the form of BMW X3 M40i and BMW X3 M, the performance-spec version for those who want extra oomph from their practical family SUV. The interiors and a strong built of X3 feel absolutely premium but relatively lacks the finesse and style when compared to some of its German competitors. The closest rivals include the likes of Volvo XC60, Audi Q5, and Mercedes-Benz GLC class.  

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Pros

Impressive fuel economy

Generous standard feature list 

Plenty of room for all passengers

Cons

Still misses out on Android Auto

Expensive optional equipment list

What's New?

Updated navigation system

LED headlamps with cornering lights 


2020 BMW X3 Latest Update

Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41950

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft. @ 1450 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13/13

dimensions

wheelbase

112.8 in.

length

185.9 in.

width

74.4 in.

height

66 in.

curb weight

3931 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

62.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

4400 lbs.

payload capacity

893 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/27/23 mpg

highway range

477.9 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


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Exterior
Interior
Videos
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Styles

2020 BMW X3 in Alpine White color 2020 BMW X3 in Black Sapphire Metallic color 2020 BMW X3 in Carbon Black color 2020 BMW X3 in Dark Granite Metallic color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

7.5

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.5

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 BMW X3 30i

30i

power
248 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$41,950 - $43,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $41,950 MSRP (20/23/27) 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $43,950 MSRP (20/23/27) 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.9

Overall Rating


Since 2013 when even Bluetooth connectivity was an optional feature, BMW X3 has always been a desirable small luxury SUV till today. Over these years, X3 has been specced up to meet the growing American aspiration.  For 2020, BMW X3 is similar to its 2019 model, carrying forward the 248 hp  2.0-liter turbocharged engine with broadly similar standard features and optional packages. The X3 offers way better handling, ride quality, and practicality than the SUVs of the last generation. 

If you need more thrill, there are multiple X3 performance variants as well. The 2020 X3 30i comes with plenty of standard features and customization options, starting at an MSRP of under $42,000. The X3's responsive powertrain balances performance with fuel efficiency. Strong build quality and subtle aesthetics feel premium but the X3's cabin lacks the plush feeling of Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and Volvo XC60. However, by ruling such stiff competition, X3 has a well-rounded character to suffice the need of every kind of American shopper at price under $50,000 (even after including extra add-ons). 

2020 BMW X3 SUV Front View
2020 BMW X3 SUV Rear View

9.0/10
Features

 

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Safety

 

7.5/10
Competition

 
 

2020 BMW X3 Features

9.0/10

The 2020 BMW X3 is offered in two trims- sDrive30i and xDrive30i, flexibility is not a concern here with ample options. BMW X3 sDrive30i sends the power to the rear wheels as standard while the X3 xDrive30i gives you additional traction of the AWD setup. The 2020 BMW X3 is powered by the same turbocharged engine as its predecessor. It feels strong, refined, and offers a punchy performance. For features, X3 scores a 9 for having ample standard features, a long list of extras, and low maintenance cost. The 2020 X3 starts just above $40,000, which is not cheap but the standard equipment list justifies every dollar. The X3 is also offered in a more powerful and sporty version, the X3 M40i and X3 M.

There are multiple available options packages with the sDrive30i and XDrive30i, major ones include the Convenience Package, Driver Assistance Package, and Driver Assistance Plus Package. The convenience package gets keyless access and a panoramic sunroof, while the other two Driver assistant equips the X3 with a myriad additional driver safety assistance features. Compare sDrive30i and xDrive40i specs & features side by side

Trim

30i

MSRP (RWD)

$41,950

MSRP (AWD)

$43,950

Key Features

LED headlights and foglights

 

Automatic wipers

 

Power tailgate

 

Rearview camera

 

Power-folding, auto-dimming and heated mirrors

 

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

 

Tri-zone automatic climate control

 

Simulated leather upholstery

 

6.5-inch central display

 

BMW's iDrive infotainment interface

 

12-speaker audio system

What do we recommend?

We recommend the X3 xDrive30i trim for its all-terrain capability, thanks to the intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system. Although there is literally no other difference between the two trims, the extra traction could come in handy during tricky situations.

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2020 BMW X3 Engine and Performance

7.5/10

Be it the all-wheel-drive xDrive30i or the rear-wheel-drive sDrive30i, the BMW X3 draws enough power to beat any traffic situation from a 248 hp 2-liter turbocharged inline-4 cylinder engine. Under the hood, one can find the tried and tested 2.0L turbocharged engine in the 30i trim. The engine feels buttery smooth and it delivers power linearly even though there is a turbo cramming in the air for increased power output. Even for a turbocharged motor, the throttle response is immediate. Put your foot down and there’s an immediate downshift and the X3 flies away.  The engine is complemented by a slick 8-speed automatic transmission unit which offers clean and crisp shifts. 

248 HP 2.0L Turbo Four: Thrilling performance for all

The peak torque is offered at a very low 1450 rpm and the max power touches as high as 6500 rpm. This means that X3 accelerates progressively to overtake in traffic and also cruise on the highway at much higher speeds with ease. That being said, the X3's top speed is limited to 130 mph. 

Models

BMW X3 xDrive30i 

Mercedes Benz GLC 300 4MATIC

Audi Q5 Premium Quattro 

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

MSRP 

$43,950

$44,500

$43,300

$40,195

Engine

2.0L Twin-scroll Turbo inline-4

2.0L Turbo inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain AWD AWD AWD `FWD

Transmission

8-Speed ZF automatic 

9G Tronic automatic

7-Speed DSG

8-Speed A/T

Power 

248hp @5,200rpm

255hp @5,800rpm

248hp @5,000rpm

250hp @5,500rpm

Torque

258lb-ft @1,450rpm

273lb-ft @1,800rpm

273lb-ft @1,600rpm

258lb-ft @1,500rpm

When it comes to comparing these vehicles in terms of engines, there is not a lot to differentiate. All of these vehicles are powered by 2-liter 4 cylinder engines producing roughly the same amount of power and torque. The Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC class beats the X3 with better torque figures, giving them an advantage of more instantaneous acceleration. However, the price to power ratio is the best if you buy the Volvo XC60 SUV.

How fast is the BMW X3 off-the-line?

For luxury compact crossovers starting above $40,000, X3 possesses ample horsepower and a quiet powertrain. From urban cities like New York to the snow-covered states like colorado, X3 sDrive30i, and xDrive30i has you covered. The X3 acceleration is quick but not exhilarating and for that additional thrill, you must opt for sportier M versions of X3. 

A natural athlete, faster by design.

The BMW X3 trails in the 0-60 mph test when compared to its rivals. BMW claims X3 takes flat 6 seconds to go from 0-60 mph but in a real track test, the 2020 X3 xDrive40i took 6.2 seconds to achieve the milestone. Volvo's small crossover manages to beat the Mercedes GLC in a 0-60 mph race. The 2020 Q5 manages to run the quickest quarter-mile in the group mainly due to its Quattro all-wheel-drive system and additional torque advantage. 

Models

BMW X3 xDrive30i 

Mercedes Benz GLC 300 4MATIC

Audi Q5 Premium Quattro 

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

0-60 MPH 

6.2 sec

5.8 sec

5.9 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile 

15.1 sec

14.6 sec

14.5 sec

14.9 sec

Top Speed  130 mph 130 mph 135 mph 140 mph

Engine

2.0L Twin-scroll Turbo inline-4

2.0L Turbo inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

These numbers don’t really matter all that much as these vehicles are not meant to make runs down the drag strip. However, the 2020 Mercedes GLC series and the Audi Q5 are quickest of the lot, taking under 6 seconds to get to 60 mph from standstill. 

How is the ride quality of the BMW X3?

The 2020 BMW X3 offers a very calm and composed ride on almost every terrain. The car feels planted all the time. The BMW X3's suspension manages to soak up most of the bumps and even big impacts without even breaking a sweat. with that said, the suspension has an underlying sporty edge to it which is quite noticeable when you hit the corners hard. The BMW X3 sticks to its line and for the kind of heavy SUV this is, it rides fairly flat and inspires confidence to the driver. The ride quality of 2020 BMW X3 is well balanced with enough stiffness for aggressive feel without compromising riding comfort. 

2020 BMW X3: Built for balance.

The X3's steering is light and direct, however, it feels a little nervous at higher speeds. That being said, it is one of the better electronic steering systems out there at this price point. BMW X3 is able to maintain BMW's trademark of fun-to-drive family cars and precision performance out on the road as well as on the track.

What about the braking system on BMW X3?

With all the weight these small luxury SUVs carry, it is imperative that they are equipped with brakes that complement the other aspects of the vehicle. The 2020 BMW X3 is equipped with 13-inch rotors in the front and in the rear. These brakes manage to bring the 2020 X3 to a complete stop from 60 MPH in 114 feet. BMW equips the X3 with standard 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), composite front rotors, and Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), brake-pad wear indicators and Cornering Brake Control (CBC) to improve its braking performance.

To stop with confidence X3 features 13-inch F/R rotors

 Both the sDrive30i and XDrive30i exhibit similar stopping prowess and are equipped with a similar braking setup. For a family, X3 is a confident companion as it has strong brakes for panic stops, thanks to large rotors. The nose-dive is well-contained under heavy braking which further inspires confidence.

Model

BMW X3 xDrive30i 

Mercedes Benz GLC 300 4MATIC

Audi Q5 Premium Quattro 

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Brake Rotors Front 

13"

13.5"

13.3"

13.6"

Brake Rotors Rear 

13"

12.6"

13"

12.6"

Curb Weight 

4034 lbs

3891 lbs

4057 lbs

4109 lbs

60-0 MPH

114 ft.

115 ft.

112 ft.

114 ft.

The Volvo XC60 has the largest front brake rotors in this group. At 13.5 inches, the GLC’s rotors are only a tiny bit smaller than the Volvo’s. Even though the Mercedes weighs the least in this group, it takes the longest distance to stop. The Benz could have been equipped with better brakes. All in all, the BMW is equipped with pretty decent brakes. Read more about the engine and performance of 2020 BMW X3.

2020 BMW X3 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The turbocharged inline-4 unit under the hood of X3 is preferred over other configurations for its good fuel efficiency. The EPA rates the X3 xDrive30i at 26 mpg combined which is an average figure in the luxury SUV segment. The RWD sDrive30i better the efficiency marginally which returns 27 mpg combined as per the 2020 EPA estimates. In the city, the base X3 returns 24 miles for a gallon of gas, while on the highway the figure goes up to 29 MPG.

Model

BMW X3 xDrive30i 

Mercedes Benz GLC 300 4MATIC

Audi Q5 Premium Quattro 

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

MPG (City)

24

21

22

22

MPG (Highway)

29

28

27

29

MPG (Combined)

26

24

24

24

Fuel Capacity 17.2 gallons 17.4 gallons 18.5 gallons 18.8 gallons
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

413/499/447 miles

365/487/417 miles

407/500/444 miles

414/545/451nmiles

Emission 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 

6.8 7.3 7.4 7.7

The X3 is the most fuel-efficient among the listed compact luxury crossovers. All the other cars have more or less the same economy, revolving around 24 MPG combined. The Audi's AWD Quattro system is rear-biased and transfers powers to front-wheels as per the demand and thus saves fuel. To make your life easier, BMW equips the 2020 X3 with a 17.2-gallon fuel tank which gives it a range of 413/499 miles in the city/highway.

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2020 BMW X3 Interior

8.0/10

The BMW X3 is a compact SUV with a smaller-ish footprint. But the BMW designers have engineered a clever and space-efficient design that opens up ample room inside the 2020 BMW X3 for a comfortable ride. The single option X3 comes well-equipped which further accentuates its stylish interior. BMW X3's cabin is spacious all-around and provides comfortable seating for 5.  Seats in the front row are well cushioned and aptly bolstered to hold you tight with adequate support. Behind the front seats, even a 6-foot tall person can be comfortably seated but accomodating three in the rear is a big ask. There's more than enough legroom in the X3's rear row, good enough for a tall seating position. There are various adjustment options for the perfect seating position. The available lumbar support only adds to a more elated experience inside BMW X3 30i. 

2020 BMW X3 "compact" SUV: It's big inside

The 2020 BMW X3 cabin stays quiet even when cruising on the highway, thanks to the excellent acoustic insulation. Vibrations are well controlled inside the cabin but some amount of wind noise can be heard around the ORVMs. The suspension also does very well to masquerade road imperfections bumps. 

Model

BMW X3 xDrive30i 

Mercedes Benz GLC 300 4MATIC

Audi Q5 Premium Quattro 

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(in)

41.1/57.6/40.3

37.8/57.3/40.8

41.7/57.7/41.0

38.0/58.2/41.5

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(in)

39.1/56.0/36.4

38.5/56.5/37.3

39.3/56.5/37.8

38.0/56.3/38.0

When it comes to numbers related to the interior space, the Volvo XC60 offers the most amount of space in both the front and the rear passenger's seats. This can be attributed mainly due to the boxy shape of the vehicle. All these SUVs can easily carry five on a short trip but the rear middle passenger might feel a little uncomfortable on longer journeys. The BMW X3 cabin is handsome and put together competently but still lacks the luxurious feel of more stylish Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC series. Read more about the comfort features inside the 2020 BMW X3.

What's there inside BMW X3 to keep you entertained? 

The iDrive infotainment system that you'll find in all of the Bimmers is one of the best in the business. BMW X3's infotainment system is well-complimented by all the capabilities except for Android Auto. The infotainment system is swift to respond and extremely easy to use. The available rotary dial makes using the system while driving easy for the driver. However, Apple CarPlay is standard, so is the 6.5-inch display for the 2020 model year. Opting for the available navigation system you also get a larger and shaper 10.3-inch touchscreen display atop the dashboard. Some of the infotainment features inside the 2020 X3 are listed below:

Key Infotainment features in 2020 BMW X3

The BMW X3 across features similar standard technology for the 2020 model year for both the sDrive and xDrive trims. The amalgamation of the analog and digital gauge cluster is a beautiful blend of a classic and modern approach. The voice recognition system in the BMW X3 is responsive and provides a good controlling option to access all the cabin features. 

  • Apple CarPlay Compatibility with 1-year trial
  • BMW TeleServices
  • ConnectedDrive Services
  • USB audio connection and hands-free Bluetooth including audio streaming
  • BMW Concierge Services
  • BMW Connected App
  • Real-Time Traffic
  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery
  • Remote Door Unlock

Is BMW X3 30i a practical compact luxury crossover?

Even for a small luxury SUV, the cargo capacity of X3 is class-average. The 2020 BMW X3 offers 28.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the second row, enough to haul seven carry-on bags. The flexible rear seats can be folded down to release around 62 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the first row. What adds to ease of cargo access is the X3's lower lift-over height. The underfloor storage is very limited due to the full-size spare wheel on offer. However, the 2020 X3 is a versatile SUV because of its generous cargo space and ample internal storage options.  

2020 BMW X3: Provides space for every journey 

There are numerous door pockets and cubby holes in the BMW X3, large enough to hold big 1L water bottles. Also, a small storage option on the left of the steering wheel comes in handy for small knick-knacks. 

Model

BMW X3 xDrive30i 

Mercedes Benz GLC 300 4MATIC

Audi Q5 Premium Quattro 

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Cargo Capacity

28.7(ft3)

19.4(ft3)

25.1(ft3)

29.7(ft3)

Out of this bunch, with 29.7 cubic feet, the Volvo XC60 offers the most cargo-hauling capacity. The BMW closely follows with second-best cargo numbers, trailed by the Audi at 25.1 cubic feet. The German “Freund” Mercedes probably offers the least amount of storage in this luxury SUV segment- a mere 19.4 cubic feet of cargo. 

Creature comforts on offer in BMW X3

  • 10-way power front sport seats including 2-way power side bolster, with 2-way manual headrests and memory system for driver's seat
  • Automatic 3-zone climate control
  • 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Tilt/telescopic steering wheel column
  • Interior courtesy lights with automatic-dimming function
  • Privacy glass
  • Power outlets in the front center console storage compartment, rear center console, and in the trunk
  • Front-seat center console with armrest and storage compartment

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2020 BMW X3 SUV Sun roof
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2020 BMW X3 Exterior

7.0/10

The BMW X3 with its sleek and contemporary styling keeps the head-turning-quotient high even without breaking any new ground. The signature "kidney grille" has grown wider and intakes are now even bigger. As per need, the active grille opens and closes automatically to adjust the airflow. The size of the grille received polarizing reception from the mass but in flesh, the BMW X3 is a looker. Riding atop 18" wheels and 8.0-inch ground clearance, X3 has a tall-stature with good outward visibility. The 2020 BMW X3's exterior dimensions are average in the class but translate into a spacious cabin.

Dynamic design enables you to overcome every obstacle in the journey.

In terms of size, the X3 slots right in between the BMW X2 and the X5. It measures up a total of 185.9 inches in length and 74.4 inches in width. The ground clearance is very impressive at 8 inches- enough to go over most of the obstacles. The wheelbase is also plenty which means more room for the passengers. A good ground clearance allows BMW X3 to be an adventurer and a capable off-roading SUV.

Model

BMW X3 xDrive30i 

Mercedes Benz GLC 300 4MATIC

Audi Q5 Premium Quattro 

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Curb Weight

4034 lbs

4057 lbs

4057 lbs

4109 lbs

Length

185.9"

183.3"

183.6"

184.6"

Width

74.4"

74.4"

74.5"

78.7"

Height

66.0"

64.5"

65.3"

65.3"

Ground Clearance

8.0"

5.0"

8.2"

8.5"

Wheelbase

112.1"

113.1"

111.0"

112.8"

As far as X3's dimensions are concerned, all the vehicles in this compact segment are evenly matched. Most of its rivals size up to 185 inches in length and 74 inches in width with the exception of the Volvo XC60 which is wider. The Mercedes GLC disappoints with a low ground clearance of just 5 inches. While you might not have to think before taking these vehicles off-road, the Merc might scrape its front bumper even over small rocks. 

Features that will keep on-lookers hooked on the outside

BMW has been famed for speccing their cars with the best in terms of features and the 2020 X3, follows the same suite. You will find a long list of features on the outside of the X3 and includes the likes of the following features

  • 18" Y-Spoke light-alloy wheels, style 688 with run-flat all-season 
  • Satin Aluminum roof rails
  • Non-metallic paint
  • Satin Aluminum exterior trim
  • Power-folding, heated side mirrors
  • Roof spoiler with center brake light
  • Chrome exhaust tips
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2020 BMW X3 Safety

9.0/10

When it comes to safety, German offerings feature the most advanced and future-proof technologies. BMW offers a ton of standard safety features and driver assistance technologies to X3 across the lineup. The 2020 BMW X3 scores five-star safety ratings from the NHTSA won the Top Safety Pick+ award from IIHS. Volvo manages to beat its competition narrowly when it comes to safety features and their implementation. Some of the standard safety features in the 2020 BMW X3 SUV are listed below:

  • Front and rear Head Protection System (HPS)
  • Active Protection System
  • Fatigue and Focus Alert feature
  • Impact sensor
  • Adaptive Brake lights
  • Programmable LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • BMW Assist eCall includes Emergency Request (SOS button)
  • Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification

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2020 BMW X3 Competition

7.5/10

2020 BMW X3 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC series 

When Comparing the BMW X3 to the Mercedes Benz GLC, there is not a lot to differentiate. Both the GLC and the X3 are very impressive vehicles. Both of them offer a good amount of luxury and comfort to the passengers. Even in terms of money, there is not a lot to differentiate these vehicles. As far as ride quality is concerned, the GLC is slightly better. In terms of tech, both the Merc and the BMW are very well matched. 

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2020 BMW X3 vs 2020 Audi Q5 

Picking between the Audi Q5 and its German counterpart X3 is troublesome. They are similarly valued, convey a satisfying driving experience, and offer a far-reaching set of highlights. If you want a feature-loaded cabin without paying a lot, the BMW will be the better option. In case you're after a more pleasant interior and tech-laden cabin with the best in class Infotainment System, the Audi Q5 could be THE SUV for you.

2020 Audi Q5: Luxurious inside-out

2020 BMW X3 vs 2020 Volvo XC60

Volvo makes one of the most low-key and minimalistic vehicles on sale. The XC60 is no exception. As a package, it is very impressive and offers a great value for your buck. Even the interior is very clean and simply laid out. In terms of tech, the BMW is far better than the Volvo. Volvo’s infotainment system is also pretty good for the most part but it starts to glitch after a while. It can surely do with a bit more processing power. Overall, the Bimmer is a much better option. 

2020 Volvo XC60: Stylish with Swedish sensibility

2020 BMW X3 Final Verdict

BMW sedan's sporty driving dynamics are brilliantly showcased by its SUVs now. The 2020 BMW X3 is the perfect example of the German automaker's dual personality of ultimate driving fun along with its luxurious feel. The BMW X3 faces stiff competition from the Mercedes Benz GLC, the Audi Q5, and the Volvo XC60 SUVs which are equally capable and comfortable vehicles. All of them offer a similar amount of power, comfort, and tech on the inside. Even in terms of price, not a lot can be said to differentiate them. However, when it comes to quality, Volvo slightly falls behind the Germans. To pick one from the bunch, the Audi Q5 offers the best overall package while X3 is the most indulgent and enjoyable compact crossover. Also, the 2020 BMW X3 is one of the most fuel-efficient luxury crossovers.

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2020 BMW X3 FAQs

How is the 2020 BMW X3 different from its predecessor?

There are minor updates in the 2020 X3 as it is part of the third generation introduced in 2018. The updates include an upgraded navigation system and new LED headlamps with cornering lights.

What are the different trims of BMW X3?

The 2020 BMW X3 is available in two trims- Drive30i and xDrive30i, the former sends the power to the rear wheels while the latter offers additional traction with AWD setup. Get more information from our 2020 BMW X3 specifications page.  

How much does the 2020 BMW X3 cost?

The least expensive 2020 BMW X3, the X3 sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is available at an MSRP of $41,950. The other versions of BMW X3 include:
xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is priced at $43,950
sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is priced at $41,950
M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is priced at $55,900

How much reliable is the 2020 BMW X3?

The 2020 BMW X3 has received five-star safety ratings from the NHTSA and won the Top Safety Pick+ award from IIHS as well. If you still want to know more, have a look at our reliability page

Is the 2020 BMW X3 a good SUV to buy?

The 2020 BMW X3 is loaded with hefty features and is certainly one of the best SUVs to buy in the present day. You can read our expert review to know more about the BMW X3 for a better buying decision.  

 

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2020 BMW X3 Overall Reviews


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David John

2020 BMW X3

sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 8A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Doesn't feel like a BMW.

Pros - Engine works great, transmission is also very smooth. Backseats are very comfy and roomy.

Cons - Suspension, rear design, infotainment

Overall Review

7 /10 Overall Rating

The 2.0L engine is very punchy and has a decent amount of torque as well, but the real highlight of the driving experience is the 8-speed automatic transmission. It is so quick. Ride quality is not the best though. Suspension could have been better as they are not great when it comes to shock absorptions. Gas mileage is satisfactory on the other hand.

9/10
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8/10
Interior
7/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
10/10
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Ivory E. Breen

2020 BMW X3

sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 8A)

1

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

A let down from bmw

Pros - Nothing

Cons - Noise inside the cabin even when windows are fully up, engine over heating check light, suspension

Overall Review

1 /10 Overall Rating

Since this is not my first car from bmw, I've never really had any issues in past. 2020 X3 seemed to be a better option since I had a fair amount of good experience with the brand. Unfortunately the 20 model is nothing but a let down. The silent ride quality of bmw is no more a thing now. Even when the windows are rolled fully up, the noise still manages to creep in. I've also had an issue where my engine overheating warning would light up after like 10-12 miles of driving. And if this was not enough, the cabin has started to rattle when going over small droops and the suspension has this creaking sound. All these issues under 4000 miles on the odo, the built quality clearly going to rack and ruin.

1/10
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1/10
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1/10
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1/10
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1/10
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1/10
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4/10
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User Overall Rating

Doesn't feel like a BMW.

The 2.0L engine is very punchy and has a decent amount of torque as well, but the real highlight of the driving experience is the 8-speed automatic transmission. It is so quick. Ride quality is not the best though. Suspension could have been better as they are not great when it comes to shock absorptions. Gas mileage is satisfactory on the other hand.

by David John

1

User Overall Rating

A let down from bmw

Since this is not my first car from bmw, I've never really had any issues in past. 2020 X3 seemed to be a better option since I had a fair amount of good experience with the brand. Unfortunately the 20 model is nothing but a let down. The silent ride quality of bmw is no more a thing now. Even when the windows are rolled fully up, the noise still manages to creep in. I've also had an issue where m...

by Ivory E. Breen

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