BMW sedans have largely lost the double personality behavior that made them fun to drive and luxurious to own, but the BMW X3 still captures most of the magic. The BMW X3 2020 offers strong acceleration, agile handling and premium interior finishes that make it a favorite of the car and the driver in a dense field of luxury compact crossovers. The X3 30i models with the standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine provide an intelligent balance between power and fuel economy. Turning to the M40i version of 335 hp converts the X3 into a very fast crossing. (For those who want their little crossover with an even bigger engine, there is also the BMW X3 M. from 473 hp 2020) The luxury materials and the build quality of the X3 are easier to feel than they see; The Volvo XC60, the Mercedes-Benz GLC-class and the Audi Q5 offer more elegant cabins.
The BMW X3 2020 receives small packaging changes for this year. Navigation is recently standard, and some of the switching equipment is now silver instead of black. LED headlights with corner lights are also new to 30i models.
X3 sDrive30i: $ 42,945
X3 xDrive30i: $ 44,945
X3 M40i: $ 56,895
Regardless of the exact power, all BMW engines exude a similar strong and refined character. While the 335 hp six-cylinder M40i motivates it to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, we suggest that buyers adhere to the 248 hp four-cylinder standard, which is quite powerful. The turbocharged four-cylinder collaborates with the excellent eight-speed automatic to facilitate traffic passes and sip fuel on the road. The X3 sDrive30i input only drives the rear wheels. That will not be a problem for anyone living in the Sun Belt, but buyers in snowy states will want to upgrade to the xDrive30i model with all-wheel drive.
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
The elegant interior of the X3 is well equipped before marking a single option box; Adjustable front seats with 10-position power, which include adjustable side reinforcements, make it easy to find a comfortable position. Rear seat occupants are treated with reclining backrests, and the cushioning on all seats is plush enough for long trips. The rest of the X3 cabin is handsome and joins competently, with well-chosen materials and tight panel spaces. The edge of bright wood grain in our test vehicle looked and felt real despite being plastic; The stitched faux leather board and the door covers add an additional element of luxury, as does the nickel finish metal finish.
The X3 is approximately average for the segment in our hand luggage test. Seven transport luggage fits behind the second row, enough for each occupant to have one, with extra space for two extras, and 20 in total with the rear seats folded. The champion of loading in this segment, however, is the Cadillac XT5; Heavy carriers must put that one on their short list.
Infotainment and connectivity
BMW’s iDrive infotainment system offers almost a full complement of features, except compatibility with Android Auto; Apple CarPlay comes standard. A small 6.5-inch infotainment screen is standard, but opts for navigation and a much larger, sharper 10.3-inch screen replaces it above the X3’s central stack. Bluetooth phone connectivity and a USB port are standard, but all other infotainment functions are offered as an optional extra; For those looking to squeeze two devices at once, a second USB port is also optional.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
BMW X3 2020-With the 248 hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder under its hood, the rear-wheel drive sDrive30i and the all-wheel drive xDrive30i provide enough power to comfortably negotiate almost any traffic situation, but they’re hardly stimulating. On our test track, the xDrive 30i required 6.2 seconds to reach 60 mph; We have not tested an sDrive30i model. The Porsche Macan S and the Audi Q5 are faster in our tests, the Porsche substantially. Those looking for a performance-oriented crossover will find the X3 M40i more to their liking. Its turbocharged 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine provides almost brutal power, accelerating the most powerful version of the Macan Turbo and the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 with a 4.4-second time from zero to 60 mph. A plug-in hybrid model with up to 31 miles of electric driving field will join the line soon.
The BMW X3 still feels more competent than some of BMW’s current sedans; It is fun to drive and willing to arch around the corners better than expected, although it does not offer Macan athletic levels. The driving quality is well balanced with sufficient firmness for an inspired sensation without giving rise to an abrupt ride on rough road surfaces. Our test vehicle comes with an option that we highly recommend, the adaptive suspension. Called Dynamic Damper Control, add the Comfort, Sport and Eco Pro driving modes to the xDrive30i. An adaptable M suspension, available on the M40i, reduces the chassis 0.4 inches.
Fuel economy and real-world MPG
Judging the X3 by its EPA ratings places it only in the middle of its rivals. But our two test cars, an xDrive30i and an M40i, exceeded their efficiency estimates in our real-world tests. The higher power M40i (29 mpg) came surprisingly close to the four-cylinder xDrive30i (31 mpg), which means there is little penalty for highway fuel savings for all that additional power.
Safety features and driver assistance
The BMW X3 earned a five-star safety rating from nHTSA and a Top Safety Pick + award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A complete set of driver assistance features is available, but few of them are standard. Key security features include:
> Standard automated emergency brake
> Standard frontal collision warning
> Adaptive cruise control available
Warranty and maintenance coverage
BMW’s warranty offers on the X3 don’t stand out among its rivals; A basic warranty of four years or 50,000 miles is basically even for the course in this segment. Three years of free scheduled maintenance are nice, but it’s something that the Volvo XC60 and the Cadillac XT5 also offer.
> The limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
> The powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
> Free scheduled maintenance covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles