2020 BMW X3

MSRP $41,950 - $43,950

Ranked #3 in Compact Suv

8.1

Overall Rating

2020 BMW X3 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 13, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2020 BMW X3 comes with no major visual changes and starting at $41,950 sees a price bump of $950 from last year. The 2020 X3 is motivated by a turbo-four engine which isn't the most powerful in the segment but has the right mix of performance and gas mileage thus making it an excellent choice for urban dwellers who loves to travel a lot. That said, the X3 in the standard form offers just the choice of the drivetrain while those looking for more power will need to step up to either the M40i trim or the X3 M trim.

2020 BMW X3

The standard X3 drives and handles like a typical BMW car while those either unsatisfied with the standard setup or looking for more fun have an option to improve the ride and handling with the available package. The humble and aggressively priced X3 thus remains the most fun-to-drive and luxurious SUV in its segment and would definitely entice a large set of buyers with this proposition. Thus it won't be wrong to say that in the form of X3, BMW has a sure-shot winner in the compact luxury SUV segment.

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Pros

Premium cabin

Good gas mileage

Well equipped with features

Intriguing driving experience

Cons

Expensive performance versions

Costly optional extras

Android Auto is still missing

Rivals offer better performance

What's New?

LED headlights with cornering function has been added to the 2020 BMW X3

Switchgears now come in silver finish instead of black.

Navigation system is updated on the 2020 BMW X3.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41950

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

258 ft-lb. @ 1450 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13/13 in.

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

6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/26/29 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

30i$41,950 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 BMW X3 in Alpine White color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

7.8

Engine and Performance

8.4

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

8.0

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


With a confident drive, the X3 also provides excellent practicality and a premium cabin but with competitors like the Volvo XC60, Mercedes-Benz GLC Class, and Audi Q5, there is little more work than BMW has to do on the X3 which would help it take the fight to its rivals.

​  2020 BMW X3 Front View

For the MY 2020, the BMW X3 comes with a couple of changes, and with an all-new hybrid variant, xDrive30e added to its lineup. The 2020 X3 has a starting price of $41,950 and for the price, it comes loaded with more than enough features which makes it almost unnecessary to even look for the optional packages.

2020 BMW X3 front angle view
2020 BMW X3 rear angle view

7.8/10
Features

8.4/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2020 BMW X3 Features

7.8/10

The 2020 BMW X3 is offered in four trims sDrive30i, xDrive30eM40i, and X3 M. For this review we will talk about the base X3 i.e. sDrive30i while the rest of the other trims have been covered by us separately so don't forget to check them out. The sDrive30i trim is RWD as standard while the AWD version of the same goes by xDrive30i name. Both of them are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The sDrive30i trim starts at $41,950 while the xDrive30i trim starts at $43,950 thus requiring you to shell out an extra $2,000 to get the AWD variant. Being the only trim available, there is no dearth of features in the X3, however, it lacks the exclusivity in its cabin build compared to its competitors. That said, for key standard features refer to the table below.

Trim

30i

MSRP (RWD)

$41,950

MSRP (AWD)

$43,950

Key Features

LED headlights and foglights

 

Power tailgate

 

Tri-Zone automatic climate control

 

Stimulated leather upholstery

 

12-speaker audio system

 

6.5-inch touchscreen display w/ 12-speaker sound system

  Power adjustable front seats
 

Power-folding, auto-dimming and heated mirrors

Apart from the standard features, there are a couple of optional packages to further spice up your X3. A Driving Assistance and Driving Assistance Plus package gets you a range of advanced driver-assist features while the Convenience package can be had to add a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, etc. Other than that if you don't have the money to go for the top-of-the-line X3 M then you can equip the regular X3 with the M Sport Package to get M car-specific cosmetic enhancements. While the Dynamic handling package beefs up the regular X3's dynamics by adding upgraded brakes and steering wheel along with adaptive suspension dampers.

We Recommend

Except for the drivetrain, there isn't much choice for the regular X3. Thus if you want to go for the X3 we suggest adding the Dynamic handling package and Driving Assistance package to beef up the X3 and make it more fun-to-drive.

2020 BMW X3 Engine and Performance

8.4/10

The standard engine in the 2020 BMW X3 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, this engine makes 248 hp with 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine feels powerful enough and offers decent fuel economy figures making it the best engine choice for daily driving. The standard engine comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and as standard, the X3 is offered in RWD. An xDrive30i or AWD configuration is also available for an extra $2,000 but the only difference it makes is felt around the track where it provides more grip and while offroading. With that said, the 2020 X3 goes from 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds and can complete a quarter-mile run in 14.9 seconds.

​  2020 BMW X3 Engine

One of the most notable and acclaimed features of any BMW is their zippy and sporty handling, which they provide without much compromise on comfort. No matter which model you go for the X3, provides a fun driving experience, while the option for the more powerful versions further increases sportiness. However, the base X3, which gets the standard suspension setup offers just the right amount of sportiness while keeping it as comfortable as any other luxury SUV in the segment.

2020 BMW X3 Driving View

While those looking for even better handling could upgrade to the Dynamic Handling package that gets adaptive suspension dampers and upgraded brakes and steering setup. That said, the steering responses are sharp and if you are from a place that sees a lot of snow or sand, then opting for the AWD would be a better choice.

​  2020 BMW X3 Wheel Design & Brakes

The 2020 X3 is a powerful and heavy SUV thus requires a big and powerful braking setup. It uses 13-inch rotors in the front and rear and under panic braking, it took only 114 feet to stop from 60-0 mph. There is no play in the brake pedal and when pressed the brakes do offer a good bite with sure-footed stopping power.

Models

2020 BMW X3

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class

2020 Audi Q5

2020 Volvo XC60

MSRP

$41,950

$42,500

$43,300

$40,150

Engine

2.0-liter Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0-liter Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0-liter Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0-liter Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

AWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic 

7-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

248 hp @ 5,200 RPM

255 hp @ 5,800 RPM

248 hp @ 5,000 RPM

250 hp @ 5,500 RPM

Torque

258 lb-ft @ 1,450 RPM

273 lb-ft @ 1,800 RPM

273 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

258 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.3

6.0

5.8

6.3

Quarter-Mile (sec)

14.9

14.7

14.5

14.9

Top-Speed (MPH)

130

130

135

140

In this comparison, the GLC 300 emerges as the most powerful vehicle and outputs 255hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. While the Audi Q5 is the fastest in the 0-60 mph and quarter-mile run followed by the GLC 300. On the other hand, the 2020 XC60 which boats almost similar power and torque figures matches the 0-60 mph and quarter-mile timing of the X3 and thus shares the third spot with it.

2020 BMW X3 Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The 2020 BMW X3 powered by the 2.0-liter turbo-four engine has an EPA estimated gas mileage of 25 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 27 mpg combined. While going for the xDrive30i or AWD variant sees a dip of 1 mpg in the city gas mileage only. It comes with a 17.2-gallon fuel tank that allows for a maximum range of up to 430 miles in the city and 499 miles on the highway when filled up to the brim.

Models

2020 BMW X3

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class

2020 Audi Q5

2020 Volvo XC60

MPG (City)

25

22

22

22

MPG (Highway)

29

29

28

29

MPG (Combined)

27

24

24

24

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

17.2

17.4

18.5

18.8

Range (City / Highway) (mi.)

430 / 499

383 / 505 

407 / 518

414 / 545

The bigger fuel tank in the Volvo allows for a better overall range, while BMW X3 is the most fuel-efficient of them all. All three competitors have a similar efficiency of 24 mpg under mixed driving conditions. While on the highway the GLC 300 and XC60 match the gas mileage of the X3 but due to lower gas mileage in the city both the SUVs return lower gas mileage under mixed driving conditions.

2020 BMW X3 Interior

8.0/10

There is not much to talk about the cabin design of the 2020 BMW X3 as it is as usual simple and elegant looking. The dash design is simple and crisp with premium materials used all around the cabin, from the dash to the seats every bit of the cabin is draped in premium leather upholstery and soft-touch material. The infotainment system of the 2020 BMW X3 has a 6.5-inch touchscreen which comes with a 12-speaker sound system. Moreover, BMW’s iDrive 6.0 system comes with built-in navigation and voice command. There's Live Cockpit Plus as a standard feature in the X3 and the only drawback that remains in the infotainment system is that it still misses out on Android Auto while wireless Apple CarPlay is standard.

2020 BMW X3 Front Seats

There is no lack of space inside the cabin and the X3 proves to be one of the roomiest crossovers. Whether seated in the front or in the rear, the occupants would be in the utmost comfort, and while the front seats come with power adjustability, the rear seats come with a recline function which further increases comfort. The rear seats would be more comfortable for two passengers while three would be a tight fit and will be uncomfortable for long journeys.

2020 BMW X3 Cargo

Like its cabin space, the cargo capacity of the 2020 BMW X3 is also one of the largest in the segment. Behind the rear seats, there are 28.7 cubic feet of available space, and with the rear seat folded, trunk volume increases considerably to 62.7 cubic feet. While beneath the cargo floor there is small storage space given to store smaller items. 

Models

2020 BMW X3

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class

2020 Audi Q5

2020 Volvo XC60

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (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

Rear Row (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

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

28.7

19.4

25.1

29.7

The 2020 Volvo XC60 has the biggest trunk of 29.7 cubic feet and the most spacious cabin. BMW also has a big trunk and ample space in the front and rear with better headroom on offer than the Volvo. All the SUVs have almost identical space inside the cabin, while Mercedes-Benz has the least amount of headroom on offer in both the rows although the seat comfort and overall cabin quality stay true to the German standards. The Q5 on the other hand offers the best head and shoulder room in both rows but bows out to the XC60 when it comes to legroom on offer.

2020 BMW X3 60/40-Split Folding Rear Seats

Interior Features:

  • Tri Zone-automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable steering wheel
  • Rearview camera
  • Stimulated leather upholstery
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver seat with four-way power lumbar adjustment and memory functions
  • Rear ventilation ducts with fan control
  • Available 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Available 16-speaker Harman & Kardon sound system

2020 BMW X3 Exterior

9.0/10

The redesign made to the X3 in 2018 gave it a funky yet sporty look and the kidney grille on this one remains of acceptable size, which means that it does nothing to hamper the front look of the X3 and keeps the design subtle. A sporty rear spoiler is standard across all the trims, while a chrome rear exhaust tip and chrome grille are also standard. Despite being a compact crossover, the exterior design reeks of luxury, and the subtle lines and creases that run through the body, make the BMW an eye-candy.

​  2020 BMW X3 Front Three-Quarter View

Dimension wise the X3 is also second to none measuring 185.9-inches in length and offering 112.8-inches between the wheels. While the X3 isn't marketed as an SUV instead BMW calls it a Sports Activity Vehicle which nevertheless warrants a towering 66-inches of height with an 8-inch ground clearance both enough to lend it a tall stance and ability to clear off moderate off-road trails with ease.

Models

2020 BMW X3

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

2020 Audi Q5

2020 Volvo XC60

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,931

3,889

4,045

4,105

Length (inches)

185.9

183.3

183.6

184.6

Width (inches)

74.4

74.8

74.5

74.9

Height (inches)

66.0

64.7

65.3

65.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.0

5.0

8.2

8.5

Wheelbase (inches)

112.8

113.1

111.0

112.8

The Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 has the longest wheelbase of 113.1 inches, making it roomier on the inside, yet the small length takes away significant cargo space. The BMW X3 is the longest option on offer with a total length of 185.9 inches and is also the tallest with 66-inches of height. That said, the GLC 300 is the lightest at 3,889 lbs while the XC60 is the heaviest weighing just over 4,100 lbs. 

​  2020 BMW X3 Rear Three-Quarter View

Exterior Features:

  • LED turn indicators on ORVM
  • LED headlights w/ cornering function
  • LED foglights
  • Power liftgate
  • 18-inch alloy wheel
  • Available sunroof

2020 BMW X3 Safety

8.0/10

The 2020 BMW X3 got excellent safety scores from both the NHTSA and IIHS making it one of the safest compact crossovers on the road today. The NHTSA gave the X3 a full five out of five stars for the crash test while IIHS gave the top title that is ‘Top Safety Pick +’ to the X3 as it scored the top rating in all the tests that were conducted on it. All this was possible because BMW has included a lot of safety and driver-assist features as standard while the advanced driver-assist features are bundled with the driver-assist packages as an optional extra.

​  2020 BMW X3 NHTSA Crash-Test

Safety Features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Fatigue and focus alert
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Forward collision warning w/ automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection system
  • Available adaptive cruise control
  • Available lane keep assist
  • Available blind-spot monitoring

2020 BMW X3 Competition

8.0/10

2020 BMW X3 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class

Practically speaking there is not much to differentiate these two. Both are from German manufacturers and they did a lot to keep their particular vehicles perfect in every term. The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class has slightly better ride quality, apart from that both the SUVs come at almost the same price, offer the same features, and perform identically.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class

The GLC-Class also shares the same capacity engine but produces more power and torque which does help it outperforms the X3 in acceleration trimmings but then it loses out to the X3 in terms of gas mileage. Thus between the two, it is more of a personal preference over the car's individual merit.

2020 BMW X3 vs 2020 Audi Q5

If you are on a tight budget then surely the BMW X3 has a lot more on offer at a lesser price, whereas if you are willing to spend a few extra grand then the Audi Q5 would be a better choice as it has a better cabin and more features for the extra money you spend on it.

2020 Audi Q5

The legendary Quattro AWD is standard and the Q5 is an overall well-rounded package. Just like the GLC-Class it is also quicker than the X3 in acceleration timings but loses to the X3 in the gas mileage comparison. Thus either you can save your money and buy an X3 or you can spend some extra dollars to enjoy the Q5 with a full-time Quattro AWD.

2020 BMW X3 vs 2020 Volvo XC60

Volvo is known for its minimalistic design and elegant style. This can be seen in the 2020 Volvo XC60 as well, and while on one hand, the design is good, the infotainment system in the Volvo could learn a little bit from the BMW’s as it is more high-tech and advanced than the plebian unit found on the Volvo.

2020 Volvo XC60

Other than that the XC60 offers phenomenal power and torque figures with almost similar acceleration timings as the X3. Coupled that with the spacious cabin and big cargo space also makes it a very practical and luxurious ride. The X3, on the other hand, offers these perks but when compared to the XC60 it remains second in most of the comparisons. 

2020 BMW X3 Final Verdict

The 2020 BMW X3 is one of the most fun to drive and value for money compact SUVs in the segment as it not only has the signature driving experience that every BMW offers, it offers a luxurious cabin, an advanced infotainment tech, and an engine that strikes a fine balance between power and efficiency. Thus it is safe to say that the 2020 BMW X3 is a near-perfect choice in the compact luxury SUV segment.


FAQs on the 2020 BMW X3:

Is the 2020 BMW X3 reliable?

The 2020 BMW X3 has a reliability score of 79 out of 100 from J.D.Powers and stood at the seventh spot in the top ten consumer-rated SUVs thus making it a fairly reliable SUV. 

How much does the 2020 BMW X3 costs?

The 2020 BMW X3 for the sDrive30i version costs $41,950 and goes up to $76,900 for the X3 M Competition.

What's the size of the 2020 BMW X3?

The 2020 BMW X3 measures 185.9 inches in length and has a wheelbase of 112.8-inches. The X3 stands 66-inches tall with 8-inch ground clearance and sits 74.4-inches wide (excluding the side mirrors).

What all configurations are available for the 2020 BMW X3?

The 2020 BMW X3 is available in five configurations sDrive30i, xDrive30i, xDrive30e (plug-in hybrid), M40i, and X3 M.

What is new on the 2020 BMW X3?

The 2020 BMW X3 gets an updated navigation system and LED headlights with a cornering function while the switchgear this year comes finished in silver instead of black.

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