2024 BMW X3


Are compact luxury crossovers the new sports sedans? Judging by the way the 2024 BMW X3 handles corners we’re tempted to answer affirmatively. Based on the venerable 3-series four-door, the X3 blends the same refined nature and engaging handling with a practical body style capable of hauling more cargo. Entry-level models come with a 248-hp turbocharged four-cylinder but the sportier M40i gets a 382-hp turbo inline-six. Both provide effortless power, but the inline-six delights with its smooth-running nature and added muscle. The X3’s design is just premium enough to be recognized as a luxury SUV without resorting to garish adornments. Its interior is well-matched to its exterior styling, with an orderly look and smartly integrated technology. Those seeking more designer duds may find rivals such as the Genesis GV70 or the Volvo XC60 more to their liking. But the X3’s focus on driving verve is something we can get behind, even with its more sober appearance.

What’s New for 2024?

Evidently satisfied with the well-rounded package it currently is, BMW made no changes to its popular X3 SUV for the 2024 model year.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

Regardless of the exact power output, all BMW engines exude a similarly 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 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 is substantially so. Those seeking a performance-oriented crossover will find the X3 M40i a lot more to their liking. Its muscular 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 actually 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 a sporty 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 by 0.4 inches.

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 shortlist.

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

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 par for the course in this segment. Three years of complimentary scheduled maintenance is nice, but it’s something that the GV70 and the XC60 also offer.

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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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