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2022 BMW X3

Starting at $44,695

2022 bmw x3 m40i
Marc Urbano|Car and Driver

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  • Highs Surprisingly agile handling, gutsy optional inline-six engine, more fuel efficient than expected.
  • Lows Clunky auto stop/start feature on base engine, aging cabin design, exterior mirrors are too small.
  • Verdict While its sport sedans have lost some of that old-fashioned BMW driving verve, the X3 SUV still delivers those thrills—with the added benefit of practicality.
By Drew Dorian


While delivering luxury and practicality, the 2022 BMW X3 SUV also channels sports sedans from BMW's past to blend driving fun into the equation. Its balanced chassis and well-tuned steering makes it a surprisingly willing partner on a twisty road, and both of its available turbocharged powertrains—either a four- or six-cylinder—provide plenty of power. The X3's cabin is comfortable and upscale if conservative in its design. It's a nice place to spend time, even if some rivals, including the Mercedes-Benz GLC-class and the Volvo XC60, have it beat on style. BMW has incorporated plenty of tech into the X3, including two digital dashboard displays as well as a host of driver-assistance features. Overall, the X3 is well rounded, but it's the agile handling and gutsy turbo engines that make it one of our favorite BMWs and an Editors' Choice winner for 2022.

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What's New for 2022?

The X3 receives a refresh to its styling for 2022, which includes a revised grille, new headlamps and taillamps, updated front and rear bumpers, new wheel designs, and tweaked exhaust tips. The base X3 is now available with an M Sport appearance package that dresses it up to look similar to the racier M40i model. Speaking of the M40i, it gains a 48-volt hybrid system for 2022, but combined horsepower remains the same 382 horsepower as the 2021 model. The plug-in-hybrid xDrive30e has been discontinued. Inside, the center console has been reworked and some secondary controls have been repositioned. While a 10.3-inch infotainment display and a matching digital gauge display are still standard, BMW now offers 12.3-inch upgrades for both.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

    Regardless of the exact power output, all BMW engines exude a similar strong and refined character. While the M40i's 382-hp six-cylinder motivates it to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, we suggest buyers stick with the standard 248-hp four-cylinder, which is plenty powerful. The turbocharged four-cylinder collaborates with the excellent eight-speed automatic to make easy passes in traffic and sip fuel on the highway. The entry X3 sDrive30i only drives the rear wheels. That won't be a problem for anyone living in the Sun Belt, but buyers in snowy states will want to upgrade to the all-wheel-drive xDrive30i model.

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    With the 248-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder under its hood, the rear-wheel-drive sDrive30i and all-wheel-drive xDrive30i provide enough power to comfortably negotiate almost any traffic situation, but they're hardly exhilarating. At our test track, the xDrive 30i required 6.2 seconds to reach 60 mph; we haven't tested an sDrive30i model. The Porsche Macan S and the Audi Q5 are both quicker in our testing—the Porsche substantially so. Those seeking a performance-oriented crossover will find the X3 M40i more to their liking. Its 382-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine provides almost brutish power, delivering a 4.1-second zero-to-60-mph time in our testing. The X3 still feels more competent than some of BMW's current sedans; it's fun to drive and willing to arc around corners better than expected, although it doesn't quite offer Macan levels of athleticism. The ride quality is well balanced with just enough firmness for an inspired feel without resulting in a rough ride over bumpy road surfaces. Our test vehicle came with an option we highly recommend, the adaptive suspension. Called Dynamic Damper Control, it adds Comfort, Sport, and Eco Pro driving modes to the xDrive30i. An adaptive M suspension, available on the M40i, lowers the chassis 0.4 inch.

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    Marc Urbano|Car and Driver

    Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

    Judging the X3 by its EPA ratings places it only mid-pack among its rivals. But both of our test cars, an xDrive30i and an M40i, outperformed their efficiency estimates in our real-world testing. The higher-powered M40i (29 mpg) came in surprisingly close to the four-cylinder xDrive30i (31 mpg), meaning there's little highway fuel-economy penalty for all that extra power. For more information about the X3's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    The X3's stylish interior comes well equipped before you check a single option box; 10-way power-adjustable front seats, which include adjustable side bolsters, make it easy to find a comfortable position. Rear-seat occupants are treated to reclining seatbacks, and the cushioning on all seats is plush enough for long journeys. The rest of the X3's cabin is handsome and put together competently, with well-chosen materials and tight panel gaps. The glossy woodgrain trim on our test vehicle looked and felt real despite being plastic; the stitched faux-leather dash and door coverings add an extra element of luxury, as do the nickel-finish metal trim. The X3 is about average for the segment in our carry-on suitcase test. Seven carry-ons fit behind the second row—enough for each occupant to have one, with room left over for two extras— and 20 fit in total with the rear seats folded. The cargo-hauling champ in this segment, however, is the Cadillac XT5; heavy haulers should put that one on their short list.

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    Marc Urbano|Car and Driver

    Infotainment and Connectivity

    BMW's iDrive interface provides everything a modern luxury car's infotainment system should. A 10.3-inch infotainment display is standard and features in-dash navigation as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A larger 12.3-inch infotainment display is optional. Bluetooth phone connectivity, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and one USB port are standard, but every other infotainment feature is offered as an optional extra; for those looking to juice two devices at once, a second USB port is optional as is a wireless smartphone charging pad.

    Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

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    A full suite of driver-assistance features is available, but BMW offers the basics as standard equipment. For more information about the X3's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

    • Standard automated emergency braking with forward-collision warning
    • Standard lane-departure warning
    • Available adaptive cruise control

    Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

    BMW's warranty offerings on the X3 don't stand out among its rivals; a four-year or 50,000-mile basic warranty is basically par for the course in this segment. Three years of complimentary scheduled maintenance are nice, but it's something that the Volvo XC60 and the Cadillac XT5 also offer.

    • Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
    • Powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
    • Complimentary scheduled maintenance covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles



    2022 BMW X3 M40i
    Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

    Base/As Tested: $58,795/$64,995

    turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
    Displacement: 183 in3, 2998 cm3
    Power: 382 hp @ 6500 rpm
    Torque: 369 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm

    8-speed automatic

    Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
    Brakes, F/R: 13.7-in vented disc/13.6-in vented disc
    Tires: Bridgestone Alenza 001 RFT
    F: 245/45R-20 103W ★
    R: 275/40R-20 106W ★

    Wheelbase: 112.8 in
    Length: 185.9 in
    Width: 74.4 in
    Height: 66.0 in
    Passenger Volume: 99 ft3
    Cargo Volume: 29 ft3
    Curb Weight: 4378 lb

    60 mph: 4.1 sec
    100 mph: 11.1 sec
    1/4-Mile: 12.8 sec @ 107 mph
    130 mph: 21.2 sec
    Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.
    Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 4.9 sec
    Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.5 sec
    Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.1 sec
    Top Speed (mfr's claim): 155 mph
    Braking, 70–0 mph: 158 ft
    Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.88 g

    Observed: 20 mpg

    Combined/City/Highway: 23/21/28 mpg


    2018 BMW X3 xDrive30i

    front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

    $57,820 (base price: $43,445)

    turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
    122 in3, 1998 cm3
    248 hp @ 6500 rpm
    258 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm

    8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

    Wheelbase: 112.8 in
    Length: 185.9 in
    Width: 74.4 in
    Height: 66.0 in
    Passenger volume: 99 ft3
    Cargo volume: 29 ft3
    Curb weight: 4297 lb

    Zero to 60 mph: 6.2 sec
    Zero to 100 mph: 17.2 sec
    Zero to 120 mph: 28.2 sec
    Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 7.5 sec
    Top gear, 30-50 mph: 3.9 sec
    Top gear, 50-70 mph: 4.8 sec
    Standing ¼-mile: 14.9 sec @ 94 mph
    Top speed (governor limited): 126 mph
    Braking, 70-0 mph: 175 ft
    Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.86 g

    Observed: 22 mpg
    75-mph highway driving: 31 mpg
    Highway range: 530 miles

    Combined/city/highway: 25/22/29 mpg

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