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2020 BMW X3 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Aayush Yadav Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 30, 2019


BMW once set the standard with their wagons. The 3 Series Wagon was one of the highest-selling vehicles in its class. Well, that is not the case anymore. It's 2020 and nobody cares about wagons. SUV is the new cool and BMW has 7 on sale. With the X3, BMW aims at capturing the small luxury SUV market. And so far, they have been successful in doing so. The 2020 BMW X3 is powered by a 2-liter inline-4 engine capable of pushing out 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the twin-turbo setup, the peak torque is achieved very low in the rev-band.

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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 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41950

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

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 w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

63.8/64.4

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

7.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/27/29 mpg

ev range

430 mi.

highway range

498.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited


Pictures

Exterior
 2020 BMW X3 3 Quarter View  2020 BMW X3 Left Side View  2020 BMW X3 3 Quarter View  2020 BMW X3 3 Quarter View  2020 BMW X3 Right Side View
Interior
 2020 BMW X3 Rear Seats  2020 BMW X3 Cargo Area  2020 BMW X3 Rear Seats  2020 BMW X3 Cockpit Area  2020 BMW X3 Front Seats

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

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.8

Interior

8.0

7.8

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 BMW X3 sDrive30i

sDrive30i

power
248hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Gasoline
mpg
26 combined

$41,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $41,950 MSRP (25/26/29) 248hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, Gasoline
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual rear wheel drive 5

 2020 BMW X3 xDrive30i

xDrive30i

power
248hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Gasoline
mpg
25 combined

$43,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $43,950 MSRP (24/25/29) 248hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, Gasoline
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual all wheel drive 5

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The X3 first came out in 2003- even Bluetooth was an option back then. Fast forward fifteen years and BMW came out with the third generation of the X3 in 2018- Bluetooth is offered as standard. Over these years, a lot has changed in addition to the Bluetooth. The X3 offers way better handling, ride quality and practicality than the SUVs of the last generation. 

The 2020 BMW X3 is powered by a 2-liter inline-4 engine capable of pushing out 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the twin-turbo setup, the peak torque is achieved very low in the rev-band. This makes it very easy to drive in traffic. The 2020 X3 is a very capable and good looking small SUV ready to take on the market with a storm. The X3 is accompanied by some very capable vehicles in this segment including the Mercedes GLC, the Audi Q5, and the Volvo XC60. 

2020 BMW X3 Front view
2020 BMW X3 Angular Front View
2020 BMW X3 Rear view
2020 BMW X3 Angular Rear View

7.8/10
Features

 
 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 BMW X3 Features

7.8/10

The 2020 BMW X3 is offered in two trims- sDrive30i and xDrive30i. The only difference between the two trims is the drivetrain configuration. The sDrive offers a rear-wheel-drive configuration whereas the xDrive is all-wheel-drive. The X3 is also offered in a more powerful version called the X3 M.

Trim

BMW X3

MSRP(sDrive30i)

$41,950

MSRP(xDrive30i)

$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

Which trim to go for?

We’d recommend the xDrive30i trim. Although there is literally no difference between the two trims. For a couple of grand more, you could get an all-wheel-drive car. The extra traction could come in handy during tricky situations.

2020 BMW X3 Engine

Be it the xDrive or the sDrive, both the trims come with the same engine- a 2-liter twin-turbo inline-4. This powerhouse is capable of pumping out a maximum of 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine is complemented by an 8-speed automatic transmission unit.

2020 BMW X3 SUV Engine
2L Twin-turbo I4 unit powers the 2020 X3.

The peak torque is offered at a very low 1450 revolutions per minute and the max power is offered at a much higher 5200 revolutions per minute. This means that the X3 offers enough juice to overtake in traffic and can also cruise on the highway at higher speeds with ease. The transmission is also very smooth and offers very slick shifts on the move.

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 inline-4 twin-turbo

2.0L inline-4 bi-turbo

2.0L Turbocharged

inline-4

2.0L Inline-4 Turbocharged

Transmission

8 Speed automatic 

9 Speed automatic

7 Speed DCT

8 Speed A/T

Power (hp)

248hp @ 5200rpm

255hp @ 5800rpm

248hp @ 5000rpm

250@5500rpm

Torque (lbs.-ft.)

258 lb-ft @ 1450

273 lb-ft @ 1,800rpm

273 lb-ft @ 1600rpm

258@1500rpm

 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. In terms of money, 

How fast is the BMW X3?

The BMW, when compared to the competition, is pretty slow. The Volvo manages to beat the GLC in terms of 0-60 acceleration. The Audi manages to run the quickest quarter-mile in the group mainly due to its Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The Audi takes 14.5 seconds followed by the Merc’s 14.6, then the Volvo at 14.9 and BMW comes last at 15.1 seconds. 

BMW X3 Accelerating through a Coastal highway
The acceleration of the 2020 X3 far from the best in the class.

Models

BMW X3 xDrive30i 

Mercedes Benz GLC 300 4MATIC

Audi Q5 Premium Quattro 

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

0-60 MPH (Sec)

6.7

5.8

5.9

5.4

Quarter mile (Sec)

15.1

14.6

14.5

14.9

Engine

2.0L Twin Power Turbo Inline-4

2.0L inline-4 bi-turbo

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 

Emission 

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

6.8

7.3

7.4

7.7

These numbers don’t really matter all that much as these vehicles are not meant to make runs down the drag strip. They are meant to haul your family from point A to point B and they are very good at doing that. 

How is the ride quality on 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 suspensions manage to soak up most of the bumps and even big impacts. Without the dynamic taking care of choices, this X3 isn't as adept at handling bends as you would anticipate. It can even now be driven with direct energy and hold its level-headedness, yet with its all-season run-punctured tires, this BMW SUV inclines more "utility" than "sport."

Blue BMW X3
The handling of the 2020 X3 is very impressive. 

The X3's steering is light and direct, however, it feels a little nervous at higher speeds. This makes a dubious on-focus feel and requires more push to keep up a curve through any street with a level of twist. An odd deficit for BMW.

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 X3 to a complete stop from 60 MPH in 114 feet. 

2020 BMW X3 SUV brakes
The braking performance of the 2020 X3 is impressive. 

Model

BMW X3 xDrive30i 

Mercedes Benz GLC 300 4MATIC

Audi Q5 Premium Quattro 

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Front Brake Rotor(in.) 

13

13.5

13.3

13.6

Rear Brake Rotor(in.)

13

12.6

13

12.6

60-0 MPH(ft.)

114

115

112

114

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4034

3891

4057

4109

The Volvo 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.

2020 BMW X3 Fuel Economy

The Inline units are preferred over other configurations for its fuel efficiency. And this Bimmer does not disappoint. It has a combined efficiency figure of 26 MPG. In the city, the X3 returns 24 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

The X3 is the most fuel-efficient of the lot. All the other cars have more or less the same economy, 24 MPG combined.  

2020 BMW X3 Interior

8.0/10

The X3 is not the largest car in the segment, yet it's impressive what the German company has done with its interiors. The cabin is spacious and provides comfortable seating for 5. The front seats are well cushioned and aptly bolstered. The seat bolstering can also be adjusted to meet your needs. There are various adjustment options for the perfect seating position. The available lumbar support only adds to the experience. 

BMW X3 rear seats
The seats of the 2020 X3 are comfortable and plush.

The cabin stays quiet, even when cruising on the highway, thanks to the excellent acoustic insulation. Vibrations are 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

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (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

Second (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 offers the most amount to space to both the front and the rear passengers. This can be attributed mainly due to the boxy shape of the vehicle. All these vehicles can easily carry five on a short trip but the rear middle passenger might feel a little uncomfortable on longer journeys. 

What's there to keep you entertained? 

iDrive infotainment system that you'll find in all of the Bimmers now is one of the best in the business. It's swift and extremely easy to use. The available rotary dial makes using the system while driving easy for the driver. However, Android Auto is still absent while Apple CarPlay is present. Some of the features of the infotainment system are

  • 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

How much cargo can it store?

Even for a small luxury SUV, the cargo capacity matters a lot. The BMW X3 offers 28.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Considering the class and size of the vehicle, it is actually pretty impressive. The rear seats can be folded down to release around 62 cubic feet of cargo volume. What adds to the cargo capacity is the comparatively lower load height. The underfloor storage is very limited due to the full-size spare wheel on offer. 

Model

BMW X3 xDrive30i 

Mercedes Benz GLC 300 4MATIC

Audi Q5 Premium Quattro 

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Volume (ft cube)

28.7

19.4

25.1

29.7

Out of this bunch, with 29.7 cubic feet, the Volvo XC60 offers the most cargo-hauling capacity. The BMW closely follows and then the Audi at 25.1 cubic feet. The German “Freund” Mercedes probably offers the least amount of storage in this segment- 19.4 cubic feet. 

Creature comforts on offer

  • 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 front center console storage compartment, rear center console, and in trunk

  • Front-seat center console with armrest and storage compartment

2020 BMW X3 interior
2020 BMW X3 interior
2020 BMW X3 interior
2020 BMW X3 interior
2020 BMW X3 interior
2020 BMW X3 interior
2020 BMW X3 interior
2020 BMW X3 interior
2020 BMW X3 interior
2020 BMW X3 interior

2020 BMW X3 Exterior

The X3, with its sleek and contemporary styling, will surely make you look twice. The signature "kidney grille" is bigger than ever, and also it is active. As per need, the grille opens and closes thus controlling the airflow. The size of the grille received polarizing reception from the mass. It might not be the best looking car out there but it is definitely a handsome one. 

Blue BMW X3 Exterior design
The 2020 X3 makes its presence felt with its aggressive styling.

In terms of size, the X3 slots right in between the BMW X1 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. 

Model

BMW X3 xDrive30i 

Mercedes Benz GLC 300 4MATIC

Audi Q5 Premium Quattro 

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

Curb weight(lbs)

4034

4057

4057

4109

Length(in)

185.9

183.3

183.6

184.6

Width(in)

74.4

74.4

74.5

78.7

Height(in)

66.0

64.5

65.3

65.3

Ground clearance(in)

8.0

5.0

8.2

8.5

Wheelbase(in)

112.1

113.1

111.0

112.8

In terms of size, all the vehicles in this segment are evenly matched. All the vehicles size up to 185 inches in length and 74 inches in width with the exception of the Volvo XC60 which measures up 78 inches in length. The Mercedes disappoints with the ground clearance at 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
2020 BMW X3 Exterior
2020 BMW X3 Exterior
2020 BMW X3 Exterior
2020 BMW X3 Exterior
2020 BMW X3 Exterior
2020 BMW X3 Exterior
2020 BMW X3 Exterior
2020 BMW X3 Exterior
2020 BMW X3 Exterior
2020 BMW X3 Exterior
2020 BMW X3 Exterior
2020 BMW X3 Exterior

2020 BMW X3 Safety

When it comes to safety, not everyone can beat the Germans. But the Swedish can! The BMW offers a ton of safety features and all of those features work perfectly. Volvo manages to beat its competition narrowly when it comes to safety features and their implementation. The 2020 BMW X3 has not been rated by the NHTSA or the IIHS yet. But based on the previous year's data and the crash tests of other BMW vehicles, it can be expected to perform pretty well. Some of the standard safety features are

  • 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

2020 BMW X3 Competition

BMW X3 vs Mercedes-Benz GLC 

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. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

BMW X3 vs Audi Q5 

Picking between the Q5 and the X3 is troublesome. They are similarly valued, convey a satisfying driving background and offer a far-reaching set of highlights. If you want a feature-loaded cabin without paying a lot, the BMW will be the best. 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 your SUV of decision.

2020 Audi Q5 
2020 Audi Q5 SUV

BMW X3 vs 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 but it starts to glitch after a while. Overall, the Bimmer is a much better option. 

2020 Volvo XC60 SUV
2020 Volvo XC60 SUV

 

2020 BMW X3 Final Verdict

Should you buy the X3?

All the four vehicles- the BMW X3, the Mercedes Benz GLC, the Audi Q5, and the Volvo XC60 are very capable and comfortable vehicles. All of them offer a similar amount of power, comfort, and tech. Even in terms of money, not a lot can be said to differentiate them. However, when it comes to quality, the Volvo falls behind slightly behind the Germans. To pick one from the bunch, the Audi Q5 offers the best overall package.