2021 BMW X3 M40i SUV

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Updated on: May 29, 2021

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The 2021 BMW X3 M40i is available for sale at $56,600. Compared to the outgoing model, prices have jumped by $7,700 and that's evident due to the addition of wireless Android Auto. It is powered by a 3.0L twin-turbocharged inline-6 that produces 382 hp and 365 lb-ft. of torque. The 2021 X3 M40i can do a 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds, beating its rival, the Audi SQ5. The compact dimensions of the 2021 X3 M40i allow it to maneuver easily in tight spots. 

The 2021 BMW X3 M40i's interior, fit, and finishes are expectedly luxurious. Changes for the X3 M40i's interior include a standard digital gauge display and an Active Driving Assistant package. The 2021 BMW X3 M40i gets fierce competition from the Audi SQ5, the Porsche Macan S, and the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, which vouches for similar world-class luxury and comfort in the same segment. 

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Pros

Muscular & fuel-efficient engine

Best-in-class cargo capacity

Roomy interior for both front and rear passengers

Easy-to-use infotainment system

Cons

Remote engine start not available

Interior not as opulent as rivals

What's New?

Wireless Android Auto

Active Driving Assistance package now standard


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$56600

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

382 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

365 lb.-ft.. @ 1520 rpm

transmission

8-speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

13.7/13.5 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

112.8 in.

length

186.1 in.

width

74.7 in.

height

66 in.

curb weight

4317 lbs.

ground clearance

7.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

62.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

4400 lbs.

payload capacity

915 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.4 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

10 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base $56,600 onwards

382 hp @ 5800 rpm | 3 L | Inline 6 | Intercooled turbo premium unleaded

  • 19" Machined w/Painted Accents Aluminum Wheels
  • 3-Spoke Leather Wrapped Multi-Function M Sport Steering Wheel
  • Active Driving Assistant
  • Anthracite Headliner
  • Anti-theft alarm system w/ motion sensor and vehicle immobilizer
  • Apple Carplay Compatible
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Dynamic Stability Control & Traction Control
  • HD Radio w/"Multicast" Fm Station Reception
  • Hifi Audio System w/ Anti-Theft AM/FM Stereo
  • LED Fog Lights
  • M-Developed Electric Power Steering w/ Servotronic
  • Power Tailgate
  • Power-Folding & Heated Side Mirrors
  • Privacy Glass
  • Programmable LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers w/ Adjustable Speed
  • Sensatec Upholstery
  • SiriusXM with 360L AM/FM/HD/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof
  • Steering Wheel-Mounted Paddle Shifters
  • Universal Garage Door Opener
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Colors and Styles

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

7.2

Engine And Performance

8.1

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.2

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.5

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


Even though it's an SUV, the 2021 BMW X3 will surprise with its fun-to-drive nature, a hallmark of the brand's sports sedans through the years- CarAndDriver

With a starting price of $56,600, the 2021 BMW X3 M40i is part of the X3 lineup. However, it gets the most powerful engine in the X3 lineup under its hood. With the X3 M40i, BMW has filled the gap between a family SUV and a performance-oriented SUV. BMW has nicely blended performance with practicality. For 2021, BMW has finally added Android Auto as a standard feature in the infotainment system. 

You can lease a 2021 BMW X3 M40i at $649 per month for 36 months with a down payment of $3,425 or finance it at a 1.90% APR rate for up to 60 months. The ownership costs of the X3 M40i are estimated at $15,000 per year which includes repairs, maintenance, taxes, fuel, etc. The miles per dollar ratio for the X3 M40i is 1.29, which is the best in its class. 

2021 BMW X3 M40i SUV front view
2021 BMW X3 M40i SUV rear view

7.2/10
Pricing and Features

8.1/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.2/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

7.5/10
Competition


2021 BMW X3 M40i SUV Pricing and Features

7.2/10

The X3’s price rises to $56,600 for the sportier M40i model- Cars.USNews

The 2021 BMW X3 M40i is the top-spec trim level of the X3 lineup. Starting at $55,900, this trim can rightly be considered as the Jack of all trades as it gets the benefits of the M badge. It is equipped with all the latest tech and features that you consider in a premium luxury SUV. 

For its price, the X3 M40i comes with standard leather upholstery. BMW's iDrive 7 infotainment system includes a 10.2-inch display that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It is connected to a 12-speaker sound system but it can be upgraded to a 16-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system. 

Model

X3 M40i

MSRP(AWD)

$56,600

Key Features

Tri-zone automatic climate control

 

10.2-inch touchscreen display

 

12-speaker audio system

 

Panoramic moonroof

 

14-way power-adjustable front leather seats

 

Adaptive headlights

 

M Sport brakes & suspension


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Priced at $56,600, the 2021 BMW X3 M40i is a good buy as it adds a muscly 382-hp engine, M sport suspension and brakes, adaptive headlights, 19-inch wheels, 14-way power front seats, and many more. With all the features along with the added maintenance, ownership, and warranty packages, we certainly vouch for the X3 M40i is one of the highly considerable options amongst its rivals. 


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2021 BMW X3 M40i SUV Engine and Performance

8.1/10

The X3 M40i is a hoot to drive and its inline-six engine revs smoothly and eagerly- Cars.USNews

The 2021 BMW X3 M40i is equipped with a 3.0L turbo six-cylinder engine that boosts out 382 hp and 365 lb-ft. of torque. The mighty power of the engine is transferred to the wheels via an 8-speed Steptronic transmission system that is configured with an AWD configuration. The engine and gearbox work together with excellent refinement.

2021 BMW X3 M40i Engine

The X3 M40i rides fairly well and copes with lumps and bumps in the road smoothly. It's only when there are lots of small dimples that it tends to fidget. On adaptive suspension, the X3 M40i does keep its chunky body nicely in check through tight corners. The steering is perfectly weightted and guides the vehicle accurately. Overall, the X3 M40i's handling characteristics is exceptionally good. 

2021 BMW X3 M40i accelerates 0-60 mph in 4.4 sec

The 2021 BMW X3 M40i accelerates 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds while the quarter-mile run takes an equally impressive 13.4 seconds. With 13.7-inch rotors in the front and 13.5-inch rotors in the rear, the X3 M40i has the ability to come to a complete 60-0 mph halt in just 112 feet, thus proving the dynamic braking performance of the SUV.

Models

2021 BMW X3 M40i

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

2021 Porsche Macan S

2021 Audi SQ5

MSRP

$56,600

$59,900

$60,200

$52,900

Engine

3.0L Turbo Inline-6

3.0L Twin Turbo V6

3.0L Twin Turbo V6

3.0L Turbo V6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power 

382 hp @ 5,800 RPM

385 hp @ 6,100 RPM

348 hp @ 5,400 RPM

349 hp @ 5,400 RPM

Torque 

365 lb-ft. @ 1,520 RPM

384 lb-ft. @ 2,500 RPM

354 lb-ft. @1,360 RPM

369 lb-ft. @1,370 RPM

0-60 MPH 

4.4 sec

4.8 sec

5.1 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter Mile

13.4 sec

13.4 sec

13.2 sec

13.5 sec

Top Speed

155 MPH

130 MPH

158 MPH

155 MPH

Towing Capacity (lbs) 4,400 3,500 4,409 4,400

The BMW X3 M40i is the quickest in the acceleration test but it loses to the Porsche Macan S in the quarter-mile test. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 stands in second place in both performance tests. On the other hand, the Audi SQ5 stays with the Macan in the acceleration test but loses its pace in the quarter-mile test. 


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2021 BMW X3 M40i SUV Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The 2021 X3 is reasonably frugal for a crossover, at least until you step up to the powerful M versions- The Car Connections

The 2021 BMW X3 M40i returns an EPA-estimated 21 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. At 23 MPG combined mileage, the X3 M40i claims itself as the most fuel-efficient SUV in its segment.

With a tank capacity of 17.7 gallons, the X3 M40i allows you to cover 407 miles combined, which is pretty favorable for an everyday ride and a weekend adventure. Despite a small tank, the X# M40i's driving range is competitive.

Model

2021 BMW X3 M40i

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

2021 Porsche Macan S

2021 Audi SQ5

MPG (City)

21

19

18

19

MPG (Highway)

27

25

24

24

MPG (Combined)

23

21

20

21

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

17.7

17.4 

19.8 

19.8 

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (miles) 

372/478/407 

331/435/365 

356/455/396 

376/475/415 

The BMW X3 M40i leads the charts in terms of fuel economy and the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 is not too far behind. Both the Porsche Macan S and the Audi SQ5 have almost similar fuel estimates. The large fuel tank of the SQ5 delivers an impressive 415 miles combined. 


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2021 BMW X3 M40i SUV Interior

8.2/10

The X3's cabin is spacious and smartly arranged- Edmunds

The front seats of the 2021 BMW X3 M40i provide a decent amount of comfort and are well-cushioned. The raised driving position offers good visibility in all directions. Stipulated leather upholstery inside the X3 M40i further showcases its free craft to build a strong character inside out. The seating experience is further enhanced by the 14-way power-adjustable seats with memory installed in the front row. 

2021 BMW X3 M40i cockpit area

 

The rear seats are just as comfortable as the front ones. They also add a reclining function for enjoying a comfortable ride. With 39.1 inches of headroom and 56 inches of legroom in the rear row, six-footers can stretch comfortably. The X3 M40i comes with a trunk volume of 28.7 cu-ft. with all seats upright. The 60/40 split of the rear seats enable the expansion of the cargo space to 53.1 cu-ft. which can store about five large bags. 

Model

2021 BMW X3 M40i

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

2021 Porsche Macan S

2021 Audi SQ5

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

41.1/57.6/40.3

39.6/57.3/40.8

NA

41.7/57.7/41.0

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.1/56.0/36.4

38.5/56.5/37.3

NA

39.3/56.5/37.8

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft.) 28.7 17.6 17.6 25.1

The X3 M40i is the most spacious and practical SUV here. The Audi SQ5 offers nearly 3 cu-ft. less than the X3 M40i while the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 and the Porsche Macan S offer the least cargo space. A 10.2-inch touchscreen floating display is standard on the X3 M40i. It is paired to a 12-speaker sound system but the optional 16-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system has much better sound quality.

 

2021 BMW X3 M40i infotainment screen

Connectivity features include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity, Wi-Fi hotspot, etc. The iDrive 7 system configures with a smooth interface and responsive touch feedback. A 12.3-inch digital gauge display is now standard on the 2021 X3 M40i. It displays all kinds of vehicle information. Some other interiors and infotainment features of the 2021 X3 M40i are:

  • Multi-function tilt & telescopic steering wheel
  • Leather steering wheel and shift knob
  • 10.2-inch touchscreen display
  • Aluminum foot pedals, door, and dashboard trim
  • Voice recognition audio system
  • 12-speaker sound system
  • SiriusXM
  • BMW TeleServices

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2021 BMW X3 M40i SUV Exterior

7.0/10

There is some flair to the design with the chunky grilles- The Car Connection

The 2021 BMW X3 M40i is instilled with a classic kidney grille with chrome surrounds. The X3 M40i gets LED adaptive headlamps and fog lamps. However, what further distinguishes the M40i trim are the aero kit, blue-coated brake calipers, and 19-inch M-designed wheels that add a subtle impact to the other X3 trim variants. It has a decent ground clearance of 7.2 inches for easy egress and ingress. 

2021 BMW X3 M40i SUV

Things end with black dual exhaust tips, LED adaptive brake lights and rear spoiler configuration at the back. The optional M Sport Design package adds roof rails, P245/50R19 all-season tires wrapped on 19-inch alloys, Shadowline exterior trim for $4,230. It is worth noting that despite its heavy curb weight, the X3 M40i doesn't compromise even slightly on the performance. 

Model

2021 BMW X3 M40i

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

2021 Porsche Macan S

2021 Audi SQ5

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,317

4191

4,293

4,288

Length (in)

186.1

183.5

184.9

184.3

Width (in)

74.7

74.4

76.2

74.5

Height (in)

66.0

64.0

63.9

65.5

Ground Clearance (in)

7.2

6.7

7.4

8.2

Wheelbase (in)

112.8

113.1

110.5

111.0

The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43's wheelbase is just a few milliinches more than the X3 M40i, which speaks for its spacious interior room. The Audi SQ5 flaunts 10 inches of ground clearance more than the X3 M40i that favors for off-roading purposes. The BMW X3 M40i is the longest SUV here measuring 186.1 inches followed by the Porsche Macan S at 184.9 inches. Some other exterior features include:

  • Power-folding, heated exterior mirrors
  • Chrome exhaust tips
  • LED headlamps, DRLs & brake lights
  • Satin aluminum roof rails
  • Rear spoiler with center brake light
  • 19-inch alloy wheels

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2021 BMW X3 M40i SUV Safety

8.0/10

The BMW X3's reviews in terms of safety are high, giving it a considerable advantage over competitors- Carbuzz

In terms of safety, the 2021 BMW X3 M40i has outperformed as the best, earning 'Good' ratings from IIHS and an overall safety rating of 5 out of 5 from NHTSA, making the SUV highly preferred over its competitors. 

A suite of six airbags is installed in the cabin of the X3 M40iBMW is globally known for offering top-notch driver-assist systems in its vehicle and the X3 M40i. is one of them. The X3 M40i comes with a lot of advanced safety features as standard but there are some available as optional. Some of them are mentioned below: 

  • Fatigue and Focus Alert feature
  • Programmable LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Active Protection System
  • BMW Assist eCall includes Emergency Request (SOS button)
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rearview Camera
  • Pedestrian Detection

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2021 BMW X3 M40i SUV Competition

7.5/10

2021 BMW X3 M40i vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 costs nearly $4,000 more than the BMW X3 M40i. Although both have almost the same power figures yet the X3 M40i offers better acceleration. Also, it houses the most fuel-efficient engine and offers class-leading cargo space of 28.7 cu-ft. The AMG GLC 43 wins some points when it comes to luxurious features and an opulent interior. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV

2021 BMW X3 M40i vs 2021 Porsche Macan S

Priced at $60,200, the Porsche Macan S is the most expensive SUV in this competition whereas the BMW X3 M40i starts at $56,600. In terms of agility, the X3 M40i is way ahead but the handling and on-road manners of the Macan will take your breath away. When it comes to the practicality and fuel economy, the Macan somehow lags pretty behind.

2021 Porsche Macan S SUV

2021 BMW X3 M40i vs 2021 Audi SQ5 

The Audi SQ5 is the least expensive SUV in this competition. Its engine produces only 349 hp in contrast to X3 M40i's 382 hp. The SQ5 can't beat the X3 M40i in terms of fuel economy and practicality. The SQ5 is much better than the X3 M40i when it comes to technology. Also, the MMI interface is intuitive than BMW's iDrive system. 

2021 Audi SQ5 SUV

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2021 BMW X3 M40i SUV Final Verdict

The 2021 BMW X3 M40i is a unique blend of fun, comfort, and practicality-oriented for an everyday ride as well as a weekend adventure. It stands out in every segment with perfect ease and abilities to conquer any premium SUV, especially when it comes to driving pleasure. So the X3 M40i is undoubtedly the preferred option in many aspects and offers a worry-free experience. 


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2021 BMW X3 M40i FAQs

What is the difference between 2020 and 2021 BMW X3?

The 2021 BMW X3 lineup now comes with Android Auto, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Lane Departure Warning as standard.

Does 2021 BMW X3 have a remote start?

No, the 2021 BMW X3 lineup doesn't come with a remote engine start feature. Even the X3M model doesn't include the same. 

Where is BMW X3 M40i made?

Currently, the second-generation X3 is manufactured at the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, United States.

How many miles will BMW X3 last?

If maintained properly with regular servicing, a BMW X3 can last up to 250,000 miles. 

Does BMW X3 require premium gas?

Yes, premium gas is recommended for the BMW X3.

2021 BMW X3 Consumer Reviews and Ratings

8.4

based on 18 ratings


8.3/10 Features
8.6/10 Interiors
8.3/10 Design
8.6/10 Safety
8.3/10 Reliability
7.9/10 Deal Value

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Cecilia

2021 BMW X3 M40i SUV

4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 29, 2021

x3 m40i a powerful, luxurious

Pros - "Agile handling High fuel economy"

Cons - "Rough engine start/stop system "

Blend of car and SUV This Performance driven BMW X3 is having state of the art technologies that enhances its driving experience. I like the transmission of the X3 M40i and the way it upshifts and downshifts. Although the engine start/stop is a bit rouh on the inside and does not work at uphill. "Highly recommended for quick, affordable lease deals! The paperwork was swift and hassle-free. The staff treated me with utmost respect and transperancy.The staff was courteous and professional in every aspect. "

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
7/10
Dealer Review

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Ellen M. Rangel

2021 BMW X3 M40i SUV

4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 1, 2021

5 seater bimmer

Pros - Leather wrapped steering with all driver assists controls, long bonnet which gives sporty edge, good reilability

Cons - Low top speed, ac lags

good mileage of 24mpg, space for 5 poeple inside with great comfort, leather wrapped steering, heated seats, moonrrof, panoramic view, i like the bonnet of this car long and psorty edge, staibility control, brake lights, anti theft alram.

8/10
Features
9/10
Interior
8/10
Design
9/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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Annie G. Hicks

2021 BMW X3 M40i SUV

4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 25, 2021

2021 X3

Pros - Nice interior, stylish, smooth ride

Cons - Expensive to maintain, infotainment is confusing

An unparalleled budget vehicle My BMW X3 is very smooth and easy to drive. Handling is pretty impressive and having an AWD does come handy. Overall a great SUV for the family and even for single person use. My X3 comes with almost all the features I wanted in my next car. The cargo area is well equipped, but the head clearance in the front is too bad. Have hit my head several times while trying to get on the vehicle. 21' wheels and black color gives it all the appeal it needed. Has everything that I know of. Hope it does not die on me. With all options ticked $63,250 Good crew

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
7/10
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