2022 BMW X3 M SUV

MSRP $45,000 Est.

Ranked #5 in Compact Suv

7.4

Overall Rating

2022 BMW X3 M SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 3, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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It is said that appearances are deceptive and the new BMW X3 M proves the point. On the outside, it might just look like an ordinary BMW crossover SUV but then it is simply much more than that. Powered by an engine that makes nearly 475 horses, the 2022 X3 M is a monstrous performance SUV or as BMW likes to call it, a high-performance Sports Activity Vehicle.

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Pros

Top-notch driving dynamics

Acceleration numbers could give sports cars a run for their money

Still a functional and practical BMW despite all the power and performance

Priced better than all its rivals

Cons

Fuel economy, only if you care.

Ride quality is a touch harsh by luxury SUV standards.

What's New?

A 12.3 inch fully digital cluster

A new larger 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment unit

Larger Kidney Grille upfront

Torque figures are up by 13 lb-ft and 37 lb-ft in the X3 M and X3 M Competition respectively


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$45000

bodystyle

dr SUV

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$45,000 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 BMW X3 M SUV in Black Sapphire Metallic color
Black Sapphire Metallic

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

Ratings

Engine and Performance

9.5

Fuel Economy

4.8

Interior

7.6

Exterior

7.6

Safety

6.6

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


Built to offer the thrills of a sports car while offering all the practicality and creature comfort of an SUV, there’s not one thing that X3 M can’t do. It can race against the sports cars, go off-roading with the adventure clan, and at the same time haul you and your family comfortably on the highway and even do daily city driving duties. This review will take you through the updated 2022 BMW X3 M and give you all the reasons why this is perhaps the best vehicle you can buy for $70000.


9.5/10
Engine and Performance

4.8/10
Fuel Economy

7.6/10
Interior

7.6/10
Exterior

6.6/10
Safety


2022 BMW X3 M SUV Features

The 2022 BMW X3 M is offered in just one trim level; prices for which start at around $69900. As standard, the X3 M comes with a 473 hp, 3-liter turbo inline-6 engine. However, BMW offers a $7000 optional Competition package that loads the car with the same 3-liter turbo 6 pot unit that’s tuned to make 503 horses. Moreover, the Competition package comes with a host of cosmetic and functional upgrades. We’ve listed a few standard features offered the X3 M in the table below-

Model

2022 BMWX3 M

MSRP (AWD)

$69,900

Key features

20-inch, double-spoke bi-color, aluminum wheels

 

Powered tailgate

 

464-watt, 16-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system

 

A 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display

 

12-way power-adjustable heated front seats

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Blind-spot monitoring

 

Frontal collision warning

Which Trim should you buy?

You don’t have much choice here when it comes to trim levels. BMW offers only one trim on offer. However, we recommend you opt for the Competition package to further enhance your driving experience.

The expected release date for the 2022 BMW X3 M

The 2022 BMW X3 M is available for pre-orders and the cars are supposed to roll out in the month of September 2021.

2022 BMW X3 M SUV Engine and Performance

9.5/10

Under the hood of the 2022 BMW X3 M sits a 3 liter, twin-turbo, 6 pot engine that delivers staggering numbers. The engine churns out a whopping 473 horses and 457 lb-ft of torque. The power unit has been tweaked slightly and now delivers more torque than the outgoing model. This unit is coupled to a slick-shifting 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox and power is sent to all four wheels as standard. The X3 M shares its hardware with the M3 and M4 sports cars.

2022 BMW X3 M 3L twin-turbo Engine

The acceleration numbers are even more staggering than the power figures. The 473 horses launch the X3 M from rest to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. On the drag strip, it travels the quarter-mile distance in just 12.3 seconds. These numbers are crazy for a crossover SUV. And if you do not find these numbers crazy enough, you can opt for the Competition package. For $7000 more, the Competition pack gets you an engine that’s tuned to deliver 503 horses and 479 lb-ft of torque. Moreover, with this pack, the SUV rockets to the 60 mph mark in just 3.1 seconds and travels the quarter-mile distance in just 11.4 seconds. These numbers can easily put any sports car or supercar to shame!

Models

2022 BMW X3 M

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63*

2022 Porsche Macan GTS

2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio*

MSRP

$69,900

$73,900

$79,900

$81,250

Engine

3L twin-turbo inline-6

4L Biturbo V8

2.9L twin-turbo V6

2.9L twin-turbo V6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

473hp @ 6250 rpm

469hp @ 5500 rpm

434hp @ 5700 rpm

505hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque

457 lb-ft @ 2750 rpm

479 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm

405 lb-ft @ 1900 rpm

443 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

3.9

3.8

4.3

3.6

Quarter mile (sec)

12.3

12.5

12.6

11.8

Top Speed (MPH)

155

174

169

176

*2021 data used for reference.

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio has the highest power figures and is the fastest car of the lot capable of doing 0-60 in 3.6 seconds and a quarter-mile run in 11.8 seconds. However, when the X3 M is equipped with the Competition Pack, it beats those numbers fair and square. On the flip side, the Porsche Macan GTS is the slowest of the lot and has the lowest power and torque figures. Porsche dropped the Turbo variant from its lineup.

How well does the 2022 BMW X3 M handle?

The 2022 X3 M is not a small vehicle by any means but driving it feels like driving some hot hatch. It is super athletic and flickable and driving dynamics are as good as you would find in some sports cars. BMW markets the X3 M as a Sports Activity Vehicle or SAV and not just as an ordinary SUV. Mind you, this just isn’t a marketing gimmick and the X3 M delivers what it claims. The Beemer is gifted with a very agile chassis and excellent body control. Even when you throw it around the turns at high speeds, the body roll is minimal and you have all the confidence while making such moves. The X3 M just doesn’t hesitate to dive into the corners, just loves doing it over and over again.

2022 BMW X3 M Driving View

The X3 M comes with multiple driving modes and the engine responses, gear shifts and steering responses all alter according to the mode you select. The suspensions are naturally a bit on the stiffer side. Even in the comfort mode, the suspensions feel a touch stiffer and if you expect a cushy ride quality, then this might not impress you all that much and we would recommend you to stick to the standard X3. Oh, and did we forget to mention that it has a very loud and grumpy exhaust note? Well, yes, it does and it is pure bliss to the ears.

Powerful cars need powerful brakes and this one does have some very grippy brakes. As standard, you get 15.6-inch rotors at the front and 14.6-inch rotors at the back. These brakes counter the 400 odd horses of the engine to bring it to a full stop from 60 mph at a distance of just 112 feet. Just like the engine and throttle responses, the brake pedal is also very responsive. At times it feels a little too aggressive but it's needed for a vehicle like this.

2022 BMW X3 M SUV Fuel Economy

4.8/10

When you’re buying a crazy car like this, you shouldn’t really care about fuel economy. The 2022 X3 M returns 15 MPG while driving around the city and while on the highway it can haul up to about 20 miles on a gallon of gas. Its combined EPA rating of 17 mpg is the lowest in the segment but you know, hardly anybody bats an eye about that when you have nearly 400 horses under the hood. With a decent 17.2-gallon tank, it can manage over 300 miles on the highway on a full tank.

Models

2022 BMW X3 M

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63*

2022 Porsche Macan GTS

2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio*

MPG (City)

15

15

NA

17

MPG (Highway)

20

22

NA

23

MPG (Combined)

17

17

NA

19

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

17.2

17.4

17.1

16.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

258/344/292.4

261/382.8/295.8

NA

287.3/388.7/321.1

Despite making 500+ horses, the Stelvio Qadrifoglio manages to deliver the best fuel economy figures in the segment. Its combined figures of 19 mpg are better than the BMW X3 M and the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63 both deliver 17 mpg combined. EPA ratings of the Macan GTS are not available yet. 

2022 BMW X3 M SUV Interior

7.6/10

It’s interesting how little changes the 2022 X3 M gets compared to the regular X3. One would expect the X3 M’s interior to be stripped down for weight saving and would get light-weight carbon fiber bits and no features and equipment whatsoever. But that’s not quite the case. Yes the X3 M has a blacked-out cabin along with carbon fiber trims here and there that look sporty and match the character of the car. But BMW hasn’t stripped the X3 M down of any luxury and creature comfort features. You have a nice, round stubby steering wheel at the front wrapped in BMW’s M-Sport leather. There’s a fully digital instrument cluster behind the wheel that displays all the info you might need including navigation. This is a driver-focused vehicle and so the central air-con vents and the infotainment screen are angled towards the driver slightly.

2022 BMW X3 M Dashboard

Moreover, the air-con vents at the front get carbon-fiber surrounds while we find it a bit odd that BMW has stuck in a plain piano black plastic panel for the areas around the gear-shift lever, around the center console. What’s impressive though, is the sheer space and comfort in the car. BMW hasn’t compromised in this area even if it is a high-performance model, it gets all the bells and whistles. At the front, you have M Sport bucket seats that come with power adjusting side bolsters to hold you firmly up in place. The rear outboard seats are scooped out as well to offer better bolstering and to prevent passengers from getting thrown around. Fitting in 3 adults at the back can be a tad bit difficult but carrying 4 people in the SUV should be no problem at all.

Models

2022 BMW X3 M

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63*

2022 Porsche Macan GTS

2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio*

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

41.1/57.6/40.3

37.8/57.3/40.8

NA

40.2/57.5/36.6

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

41.1/56.0/36.4

38.5/56.5/37.3

NA

38.9/56/31.9

Cargo Capacity (cu ft)

28.7

17.6

17.2

18.5

In terms of sheer passenger space and comfort, there’s no other vehicle that comes close to the Beemer. Yes, we like the design of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio more, for it just feels more sporty and has lots of exposed carbon fiber bits around but for somebody who would still like the vehicle to feel as luxurious and upscale as a regular luxury SUV, would prefer the BMW’s interior. And the X3 M is also very practical at the same time. 

It has a large boot that can swallow up to around 28.7 cubic feet of cargo. The rear seats split-fold 60/40 and you can fold those seats flat and throw in more stuff. There are plenty of storage spaces on the inside as well including a fairly large glove box at the front, deep storage pockets in the center console, and front armrest and bottle holders on all four doors. Standout interior features in the 2022 BMW X3 M are:

  • 12-way power-adjustable, 3-stage heated front M-Sport bucket seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Carbon fiber and leather interior trim
  • Multi-color, adjustable ambient lighting
  • Leather-wrapped seats

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2022 X3 M comes with a lot of equipment to keep you entertained. There’s a large 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display that sits in the center of the dash. The system is quite simple and intuitive to use and the interface is pretty slick.

2022 BMW X3 M Infotainment System

It also comes along with a very crisp Harman/Kardon surround sound system along with a host of other features. Other infotainment features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM radio, Navigation, and WiFi Hotspot. Standout infotainment features in the 2022 BMW X3 M are:

  • A 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • 464-watt, 16 speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • SiriusXM radio
  • WiFi Hotspot
  • AM/FM radio

2022 BMW X3 M SUV Exterior

7.6/10

The 2022 X3 M is an inconspicuous vehicle and it is a little difficult to differentiate the high-performance variant from the regular one. Although, there are a few subtle differences that make the X3 M different from the X3. At the front, there’s that gloss-black kidney grille with a very aggressively sculpted bumper. There’s also a carbon fiber front lip-spoiler which adds to the sporty look of the car. At the side, you’ve aerodynamically angled mirror caps and you can have them in carbon fiber if you opt for the Competition package.

2022 BMW X3 M Three Quarter View

The SUV as standard sits on 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and also gets red brake calipers that look really cool and add to the sporty flair. There’s a fair bit of drama at the back as well and the elements like the split LED taillight set up and once again an aggressively sculpted rear bumper. Plus, the Beemer features a ground clearance of 8 inches and the performance upgrades do not rob of its off-roading abilities. Not to forget the panoramic sunroof which gives a wide, clear view of the outside world.

Models

2022 BMW X3 M

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63*

2022 Porsche Macan GTS

2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio*

Curb Weight (lbs)

4610

4546

4400

4313

Length (inches)

186.0

184.3

186.1

185.1

Width (inches)

74.7

76

76.1

77

Height (inches)

65.7

64

62.8

66.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

8

6.2

6.9

NA

Wheelbase (inches)

112.8

113.1

110.5

111

The BMW X3 M is the largest car in the competition. It also boasts the highest ground clearance in the segment. And while it might not look as striking as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q4 or the Macan GTS, it still is a pretty good-looking vehicle. AMG GLC 63 may be short but it has the largest wheelbase among the competition. Standout exterior features in the 2022 BMW X3 M are:

  • 20-inch double-spoke, bi-color aluminum alloy wheels
  • Heated ORVMs
  • Speed sensitive rain-detecting wipers with heated jets
  • Carbon-fiber front lip spoiler
  • Powered liftgate
  • Auto on/off projector-beam LED headlights with DRLs

2022 BMW X3 M SUV Safety

6.6/10

The 2022 BMW X3 M hasn’t yet been tested and rated by the NHTSA and the IIHS. It is unlikely to be tested either. Hence, we’ve nothing much to talk about in this area. However, this is BMW’s performance vehicle and they would not really compromise on safety features and we’re pretty sure that the X3 M will get decent crash safety scores. It gets a pretty long list of standard safety equipment, a few of which we've listed down below. Standout safety features in the 2022 BMW X3 M are:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Frontal collision warning with city collision mitigation
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning

2022 BMW X3 M SUV Competition

2022 BMW X3 M vs 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63*

The Beemer undercuts its home-bred arch-rival by almost $5000 and does pretty much everything better than the SUV that bears the 3-pointed star on the grille. The BMW has more power, is faster, also drives better, has more passenger space and at the same time can haul more luggage. Moreover, the Mercedes gets just 6.4 inches of ground clearance which means you’ll most certainly end up scratching its floor if you take it over bad roads. Our pick here is the 2022 X3 M because there’s not one area where the Mercedes-Benz beats the BMW.

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63 Three Quarter View

2022 BMW X3 M vs 2022 Porsche Macan GTS

This home-grown rival of the Beemer is a little too expensive and doesn’t even come close to it in terms of power and performance. Yes, the Macan’s cabin and interiors feel more plush and opulent. And the Porsche crest bears a better snob. But if you’re looking for a hard-core performance machine then the BMW just makes more sense. Even if we had the extra money to afford the Macan, we would put it on the Competition package and get the 30 hp upgrade.

2022 Porsche Macan GTS Side View

2022 BMW X3 M vs 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio*

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is perhaps one of the most anticipated and sought-after vehicles in the segment. It delivers those crazy numbers from its Ferrari-derived engines and drives better than a few sports and supercars that are there in the market. However, it is the most expensive vehicle in the segment but then if you’re willing to spend for the 505 horses and the exhilarating driving experience that it offers, go ahead, it won’t disappoint you at all. So, our pick in this comparison is the Alfa Romeo, although, logically, the BMW with the Competition package would just make more sense.

2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Side View

2022 BMW X3 M SUV Final Verdict

The BMW X3 M is a proposition like none other. Absolutely crazy numbers, including price, power and performance, brilliant driving dynamics, great luxury and comfort levels, and super practical at the same time- how much would you want from an automobile? Further, it does almost everything better than all its rivals! If you’re a driving enthusiast and looking are looking to spend over $70000 on a new car purchase, look no further than the 2022 X3 M. Looking at all that it has got on board and everything that it can do, there’s no doubt that this is the best vehicle that you can buy for $70000.