2022 BMW X3

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2022 BMW X3 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 17, 2021

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Nathan Dyer

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Since its inception in 2003, the BMW X3 still remains a best-seller from the Bavarian auto-marque, with approximately 60,000 units sold in 2020. We aren’t even halfway through this year and it has sold 14,000 units till now. The 2022 X3 is expected to replicate the sales figures or even surpass them. The X3 has had 3 generations since its launch and we are at a mid-cycle update as BMW seems to upgrade the vehicle after every 7 years. So, we should expect only minor cosmetic changes on the exterior.

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Pros

Luxurious interior feel

Precise handling

Great passenger space

Best in class city mileage

Cons

Gets expensive with options

Moody Start/Stop feature

What's New?

The 2022 model is expected to have only a few minor changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$43000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

engine type

horsepower

248 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures


Trims

30i $43,000 Est. onwards

248 hp @ 5500 rpm |

Colors and Styles

2022 BMW X3 in Alpine White color 2022 BMW X3 in Carbon Black color
Alpine White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The X3 has a great reputation as a compact luxury crossover because of high safety standards. The performance and comfort offered by this SUV are pretty much unmatched by the competition. The handling and steering response is one of its highlights. The X3 remains a great choice for those who seek a dependable luxury vehicle with a BMW promise. The competition to this SUV is all respected crossovers from well-known automakers like the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300, Volvo XC60, and Audi Q5.

2022 BMW X3 Features

The 2022 BMW X3 is available in one trim and two drive configuration. The sDrive30i is an RWD trim that starts at $43,000 and the xDrive30i is the AWD drive version of the X3 that starts at $45,000. Standard features include a 10.25-inch infotainment system, three-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, tilt, and telescoping steering wheel, etc.

Trims

X3*

MSRP (sDrive30i)

$43,000

MSRP (xDrive30i)

$45,000

Features

Tri-zone automatic climate control

 

Auto Start/Stop function

 

10.25-inch infotainment display

 

Leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel

 

Anthracite headliner

 

Advanced Vehicle and Key memory function

 

Satin Aluminum roof rails and exterior trims

*expected

Apart from the standard features, the optional packages will also be available just like the previous year. Optional packages like Convenience Package which will add comfort access keyless entry and a panoramic moonroof. The Premium Package will add features like gesture control, a head-up display, and a Live Cockpit Pro. However, the prices of these packages are yet to be announced and we will update this section once they are available.

We recommend

We recommend going for the xDrive30i trim over the sDrive30i as it adds a full-time AWD to the X3 which is an added plus for SUV this size. That said there is not much difference other than this between the two. As for the optional package you have to look at and choose them according to your requirement thus we won’t recommend anything here.

Price

Well, the 2022 pricing isn’t out yet but we can surely get a rough idea from the previous year’s model pricing. The base variant sDrive30i 2WD starts at $43,000; add $6600 more and you will have the Plug-In hybrid. The 4WD drive variant costs $45,000 and the top trim M40i costs $56,000 with a turbo Inline-6 engine. 

The X3 M variant with a twin-turbo setup costs $70,000. All these prices are without options, so with some options expect roughly a $6000 price hike over the base price. Add a competition package to the M variant and the price just keeps going up. The 2022 X3 is expected to cost just a bit more than the 2021 model, a $1000 difference at most.

Release Date

2022 BMW X3 is expected to land in the dealerships late in the year 2021 and the updated X3 M can be expected several months after.

2022 BMW X3 Engine and Performance

This is a minor cosmetic upgrade we are talking about so the engine & power figures are bound to remain the same. The Plug-In hybrid has been launched in 2019 only so we should not expect anything crazy; battery range may have been increased at best. The 2022 X3 will feature a 2.0L Intercooled Turbo, Inline-4 engine which produces 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This can be coupled with either a 2WD or 4WD setup. The Plug-In hybrid variant features the same 2.0L engine and an electric motor alongside. It churns out 288 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.

A 3.0L Intercooled Turbo, Inline-6 engine is available for more power-hungry drivers with 382 hp and 365 lb-ft torque. If this still doesn’t calm the race driver inside of you, the X3 M does 473 hp and 442 lb-ft torque. The Competition package will further increase these power figures to 503 hp. As the suspension setups and the engine aren't changed the driving dynamics for the 2022 X3 should remain the same as the 2021 model. The pre-adjusted dampers on this variant further enhance the handling at the slight cost of stiff ride quality.

The base variant has balanced ride comfort but on harsh surfaces, it will just let you know that the surface is bad; nothing serious. The optional feature called as Dynamic Damper Control feature adds driving modes like Comfort, Sport, and Eco Pro which will tune the suspension according to your needs. The steering response on all the variants is well balanced except for the plug-in hybrid. The power regeneration system hinders the steering feels quite a bit.

Models

2022 BMW X3( Expected)

2021 Audi Q5

2022 Volvo XC60

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

MSRP

$43,995

$44,395

$43,000

$44,250

Engine

2.0-liter turbocharged Inline-4

2.0-liter turbocharged Inline-4 

2.0-liter turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L I-4 Turbo

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

7-speed DCT

8-speed automatic

9-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

248 hp @ 5,500 RPM

261 hp @ 5,000 RPM

250 hp @ 5,500 RPM

255hp@5,800RPM

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

258 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

273 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

258 lb-ft 4,800 RPM

273lb-ft@1,800RPM

The base model engine has enough power for quick highway overtakes and it will do just fine in urban areas. Just don’t expect any brutal power from it. It takes 6.2 seconds to reach 60 MPH and that’s very respectable from a small engine. The competition also has delivered the same numbers except for the Audi Q5. The Q5 performs better than everyone at 5.9 seconds. The M40i variant will satisfy your performance needs as it achieves 60 MPH in just 4.2 seconds.

2022 BMW X3 Fuel Economy

The 2022 BMW X3 fuel efficiency numbers aren’t out yet but as there are no changes in the engines it should reflect with the 2021 X3. The base engine delivers excellent efficiency in the city, the best in its class. The more powerful M40i variant will deliver 21 MPG in the city, 27 MPG on the highway, and 23 combined. It is very efficient nevertheless. The plug-in hybrid variant will provide 18 miles of range on a charge.

Models

2022 BMW X3( Expected)

2021 Audi Q5

2022 Volvo XC60

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

MPG (City)

25

23

22

22

MPG (Highway)

29

28

29

29

MPG (Combined)

27

25

24

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

17.2

18.5

18.8

17.4

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

430/499/465

426/518/463

414/545/451.2

383/505/435

Highway fuel economy is almost the same on every SUV. The BMW X3 lacks a little bit when it comes to fuel capacity and so the overall range takes a hit. Otherwise, the X3 is the best performer in its class.

2022 BMW X3 Interior

There aren’t any sneak peeks available but we are expecting the 2022 X3’s interior to remain the same, as the 2021 X3 already has many advanced features. The overall interior gives out a premium vibe. The fit and finish of the panels and switches are immaculate as expected from BMW. On the base model, you will get faux leather for the seats and door panels. The dashboard looks like it has a leatherette finish but it is a textured plastic molding with fake stitching. This area could have been improved. With optional genuine leather upholstery, you can make your X3 more luxurious overall.

There are 6 color options for the upholstery. The instrument cluster is a conventional analog gauge but there is an option to get the digital cockpit-style display which also shows navigation alongside your usual information. The standard steering wheel is good with leather padding and bolstering but the M variant has a much better and thicker steering wheel; Feels substantial to hold. The premium package will get a heated steering wheel. The cruise control, media, and phone switches are all present on the steering itself. The same thing applies to traction control suspension setting switches.

The passenger space in the X3 is really good. The front row has 10-way power-adjustable seats with power lumbar support. The under-thigh extension can be set manually. The front seats are bolstered just enough to properly support your body. The second-row seats are pretty much bench-type seats but what they do best is having ample keen room. The under-thigh support for the second-row seats is great and so is the headroom. The X3 comes with an 8.8-inch touch screen and the touch response is very good. BMW calls it the iDrive 6. It does support Apple CarPlay & Android Auto. Switches have a glossy finish. Be ready to see them smeared in fingerprints.

Models

2022 BMW X3( Expected)

2021 Audi Q5

2022 Volvo XC60

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

41.1/57.6/40.3

39.6/57.7/40.9

38/58.2/41.5

39.6/57.3/40.8

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.1/56/36.4

39.3/56.5/38

38/56.3/38

39.6/56.5/37.3

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

28.7

25.9

17.8

24.3

The BMW X3 has the best-in-class trunk capacity at 28.7 cubic feet. Fold-down the seats and you will get 62.7 cubic feet of space. The 2022 X3 will supposedly have this same cargo capacity. There is an ample amount of space inside the cabin too in terms of cup holders and little storage compartments.

2022 BMW X3 Exterior

The BMW X3 has remained pretty much constant design-wise since 2018. There have been very subtle tweaks that often go unnoticed. It won’t be a great idea to upgrade the design every year just for the sake of it. Looking at the information we have we can expect minor grille design change at the front. The headlight setup is the same as the previous model. The side portion is unchanged. The rear end might get some retouches on the taillights but then these are just speculations, the 2022 product may still look like the previous year’s model.

Models

2022 BMW X3( Expected)

2021 Audi Q5

2022 Volvo XC60

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Curb Weight (lbs)

3931

4079

4008

3889

Length (inches)

185.9

184.3

184.6

183.3

Width (inches)

74.4

74.5

74.9

74.4

Height (inches)

66

65.5

65.3

64.7

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.2

N/A

8.5

5.9

Wheelbase (inches)

112.8

111

112.8

113.1

BMW has hit the sweet spot in aggressive design since they have added those hexagonal DRLs at the front. The kidney grille has been the most iconic design piece for BMW and we will experience that till the day BMW is there. There are contour lines all over the exterior of this SUV. The overall design language adapted is sharp.

The wheels on the base variants were sporty enough yet you can get 19-inches for a charismatic appearance. The M variant totally changes the game in terms of looks as it gets a chiseled front bumper and sharply carved out wheels. Let’s hope that the 2022 model doesn’t skip on any of these design cues.

2022 BMW X3 Safety

The NHTSA crash test ratings are self-explanatory as the 2021 X3 has received 5-stars in every category except for the rollover risk. It is minimal at 17.20% considering we are talking about an SUV. The same story repeats in the IIHS crash tests with a Good rating in every category, including crash avoidance & Mitigation as the X3 has quite a lot of active safety features like Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind-spot Monitoring, Lane-Departure Warning, Rear-traffic cross alert as standard.

At $1700 more you can get adaptive cruise control. Not to mention the standard airbags. As we are talking about luxury SUVs they are bound to be safe for their respective owners and every SUV in the competition today has scored 5-stars in the crash tests. It is very reassuring to know that no matter which SUV you buy, all of them are perfectly safe. As there are no structural changes in the BMW X3 it is obvious that the 2022 model will replicate these same results in the crash tests.

2022 BMW X3 Competition

2022 BMW X3 vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Both the SUVs are on the same page in terms of safety equipment and build quality. The little bit of extra power and torque on the Mercedes-Benz GLC might give it an upper edge. The interior of these SUVs is miles apart visually. The X3 has a subtle stealthy interior whereas the GLC has a little bling factor going on. Visually the X3 looks much better than the car-like GLC 300.

2022 BMW X3 vs 2021 Audi Q5

Visually both SUVs are attractive. The interior of these SUVs is doubtfully identical. It's almost like they were designed by the same guy. The Q5 has more power than the X3 but it lacks in transmission. That extra gear on the BMW X3 will help to get better fuel mileage on the highways.

2022 BMW X3 vs 2021 Volvo XC60

Both of these vehicles might belong to the same segment, but offer qualities that are worlds apart. The XC60 and X3 can both be expected to provide plush interiors and a premium feel, but apart from that, they differ in their very attitudes, with the X3 being the obvious driver’s choice. The Volvo XC60 is the better rear seater of the two, not offering much excitement in the way of driving as a result of lackluster braking and a softly strung suspension.

2022 BMW X3 Final Verdict

The BMW 2022 X3 should be a great option to do your daily chores but in style. It is one of the best-looking SUVs in the market right now. One thing to keep in mind is the $46,000 price tag may seem like a really great value for money and it is to a certain point.

But if you really want to have a great experience inside this SUV, the Premium Package, Convenience package should be there in the bucket list. Colour options will cost $500 more and the Adaptive Cruise Control will be $1700. Add all this and you are looking at $50,000 approximately. So, for the initial price, the X3 seems like a great little SUV which does a little of everything.

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