2022 BMW X3 M40i SUV

MSRP $57,800

Ranked #13 in Compact Suv

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2022 BMW X3 M40i SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 21, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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BMW vehicles have for long have represented German craftsmanship with finesse and grace. Through each segment, the brand’s vehicles have dominated market spheres with their striking designs, jaunty engine options, and lively performance. The BMW X3 M40i as an embodiment of the brand replicates its values and delivers seamless performance. With the 2022 MY update, BMW has sought to introduce evident changes to the SUV that include a mild-hybrid assist system for improved outputs and revised styling with an even larger front grille.

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Pros

Thoroughly appointed cabin

Efficacious and potent engine

Tantalizing design

Cons

Ageing cabin design

Large front grille might not suit buyers’ taste

What's New?

Revised exterior design

48-volt mild hybrid system added to the existing powertrain for better acceleration

New 12.3-inch infotainment screen and digital cluster available as optional


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$57800

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

382 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

369 lb.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Strut

suspension rear

Multi-Link

brake rotors (f/r)

13.7/13.5 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

112.8 in.

length

185.9 in.

width

74.7 in.

height

66 in.

ground clearance

7.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

62.7 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/23/26 mpg

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

Base$57,800 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 BMW X3 M40i SUV in Alpine White 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.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.5

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

8.0

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


Priced at $57,800 for its only trim, the new BMW X3 M40i competes against sought-after and long-staple options in the segment including the 2022 Audi SQ5, 2022 Porsche Macan S, and the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43. However, with its dated cabin design and a rather debatable front grille, can the X3 M40i hold on to its charm, let’s find out.


9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.5/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2022 BMW X3 M40i SUV Features

Unlike the changes to its exterior design and powertrain, the feature load and trim ladder of the new BMW X3 M40i remain unchanged. The SUV still is made available as a single trim option only with a standard drivetrain and gets priced at $57,800. While the specifications list is in all probabilities a carryover from the outgoing model, buyers do get the option to opt for a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and infotainment screen. Amongst the list of packages, the Shadowline Package that enhances the exterior appeal with darker elements makes for a practical choice.

Trim

BMW X3 M40i

MSRP

$57,800

Key Features

Adaptive M-Suspension with electronically controlled dampers

 

Heated Exterior Mirrors

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

 

Multi-zone climate control

 

Acoustic Pedestrian Protection

 

12-speaker sound system

We Recommend

With only a single trim available, there is not much to recommend. The 2022 BMW X3 M40i is heavily equipped and is a solid performer. Its engine with the newly introduced mild-hybrid systems gets punchier and brings about a definitive change to efficiency and performance. The SUV looks sophisticated despite its sportier character and with a luxuriously appointed cabin that features the best of specifications and premium quality materials, the X3 M40i will make for a viable choice in a competitive segment.

Release Date

The 2022 BMW X3 M40i is already available for sale. As per sources, the SUV was launched on June 9, 2021.

2022 BMW X3 M40i SUV Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2022 BMW X3 M40i comes equipped with a standard 3.0L turbocharged inline-6 unit as found in the previous year’s model. However, with a view to improve performance, especially in terms of ride quality and efficiency, BMW has introduced a mild-hybrid system that makes use of an additional battery setup to produce extra torque, while power remains unchanged. It now produces 382hp and 369lb.-ft of torque and gets mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission system with manual shifting mode and paddle shifters for increased autonomy while driving. The power generated by the duo of the engine and transmission unit is transferred to all wheels as standard.

2022 BMW X3 M40i 3.0L turbocharged Engine

The 2022 BMW X3 M40i is a delight to drive. It’s a proper M-Powered SUV that is versatile enough to switch up performance when required and handles effortlessly around containing body roll to a minimal. It’s lively and engaging and the new 48-volt mild-hybrid system adds to the acceleration prowess of the SUV. It can sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and while the quarter-mile timings are not yet known, the top speed of 155 MPH feels adequate for a car of its size and stature. The adaptive M-suspension system with electronic dampers is extremely responsive adds sophistication to the already refined ride by improving handling capabilities and the 19-inch wheels ensure that the SUV remains planted to the ground at all times.

Model

2022 BMW X3 M40i

2022 Audi SQ5

2022 Porsche Macan S

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

MSRP

$57,800

$53,900

$60,900 (expected)

$59,500

Engine

3.0L turbocharged inline-6

3.0L turbocharged V6

2.9L twin-turbo V6

3.0L twin-turbocharged V6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed dual-clutch PDK

9-speed automatic

Power (hp)

382hp

349hp

375hp

385hp

Torque (lb.-ft)

369lb.-ft

369lb.-ft

383lb.-ft

384lb.-ft

0-60 MPH (seconds)

4.4 seconds

4.7 seconds

4.4 seconds

4.7 seconds

Quarter-mile (seconds)

N/A

13.3 seconds

N/A

13.3 seconds

Top Speed (MPH)

155 MPH

155 MPH

160 MPH

155 MPH

Each compact SUV in the segment makes use of a turbocharged V6 engine and is channeled as AWD variant, as standard. While power and torque outputs are essentially similar, the 2022 Audi SQ5 is the least powerful option that produces 349hp. Yet it locks horns with the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 that is the most powerful SUV averaging similar timings of 4.7 and 13.3 seconds in the 60mph and quarter-mile sprints.

On the other hand, the latest iteration of the Porsche Macan S gains almost 30hp from the outgoing model and consequently manages similar timings as the BMW to lead the segment. The differences in performance are so minute that it all depends on how each vehicle drives and that is where the 2022 X3 M40i extends its ascendancy over its competitors.

2022 BMW X3 M40i SUV Fuel Economy

7.5/10

Perhaps the most evident change in performance from 2021 MY comes in the form of improved frugality. The 48-volt mild hybrid system that has been introduced to complement the gasoline engine helps aid the SUV’s conservative nature. As per the brand’s claims, the SUV averages 21 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway. Combined its efficiency is rated at 23 MPG. It has a fuel tank of 17.2-gallons. Equate its efficiency with its storage capacity and the 2022 BMW X3 M40i manages 361 city and 464 highway miles.

Model

2022 BMW X3 M40i

2022 Audi SQ5

2022 Porsche Macan S

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

MPG (city)

21

19

N/A

19

MPG (highway)

26

24

N/A

25

MPG (combined)

23

21

N/A

21

Fuel capacity (gallons)

17.2-gallons

18.5-gallons

N/A

17.4-gallons

Range (City, highway, combined, in miles)

361/464/NA mi

N/A

N/A

313/418/365 mi

The mild-hybrid system that the BMW comes equipped with does help its cause. It is the most efficient option out of the lot. Closely following the 2022 X3 M40i are the Audi and Mercedes-AMG that remain a notch below and average 21 MPG. The 2022 SQ5 has the most voluminous tank in the segment that can hold 18.5-gallons. On the other hand, the efficiency of the Porsche is not yet known.

2022 BMW X3 M40i SUV Interior

8.0/10

The 2022 BMW X3 M40i carries forward unchanged on the inside. Consequently, we feel that the design seems dated and has started to show its age. However, while the design might be a problem for us, the usefulness and ergonomic nature of the SUV remains intact. The central infotainment system is slightly tilted and focused towards the driver for easier access to controls. The materials used are top-notch and soft-touch plastics surround the cabin. There are woodgrain inserts that run through the dashboard and add to the plushness. In addition, you also get an Anthracite headliner and panoramic sunroof that makes the cabin feel roomier and airy.

2022 BMW X3 M40i Dashboard

In terms of comfort, we have no complaints. Once leisurely seated inside the cabin, even the design does not seem to be a problem. As standard, the new BMW X3 M40i comes fitted with front sports seats. It also gets memory functionality and power adjustability. At the rear as well it’s an affair of luxury and opulence. There is ample space for three passengers and the reclining rear seatback is useful for longer journeys. The SensaTec upholstery feels good and has a great visual appeal to it. Ingress and egress are through four wide-opening doors and access to the cabin will never be a problem.

Even the trunk of the SUV is adorned with Velour carpeting and feels furnished. The cargo capacity of 28.7 cu.-ft is the largest in the segment. However, if the standard space feels less as per requirement, you can increase the space to 62.7 cu.-ft by folding the rear seats. With a powered tailgate and a wide opening, cargo loading and unloading feel easy. Even on the inside the central armrest cum storage box and lockable glove box make for cubby storage spaces.

Model

2022 BMW X3 M40i

2022 Audi SQ5

2022 Porsche Macan S

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

First Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

41.1/57.6/40.3

39.6/57.7/40.9

N/A

41.9/57.3/40.8

Second Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

41.1/56/36.4

39.3/56.5/38

N/A

38.5/56.5/37.3

Cargo Capacity (cu.-ft)

28.4

25.8

N/A

17.6

Like is typical to every vehicle from the brand, the interior and cargo space of the 2022 Porsche Macan S have not yet been disclosed. However, it can seat five passengers, which is also the segment standard. Both the Audi SQ5 and Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 have marginally higher legroom for rear seat occupants when pitted directly against the BMW. However, it comes at the cost of the cargo capacity. Both these SUVs have lower trunk volumes of 25.8 and 17.6 cu.-ft, respectively.

In terms of design, the Porsche feels new-fangled and the new haptic touch buttons on the central console only add to its contemporary nature. On the other hand, both the Audi and Mercedes-AMG have also been recently redesigned and we have no complaints with either of them.

Some of the salient interior features of the 2022 BMW X3 M40i include:

  • Multi-zone Climate Control
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Interior Courtesy Lights
  • Front and Rear Cupholders
  • Aluminum Rhombicle Trim

How intuitive is the 2022 BMW X3 M40i’s infotainment system?

Like every other interior element, the 2022 BMW X3 M40i’s infotainment system remains unaltered. It still sports the BMW Live Cockpit and comes with two 10.3-inch screens in the digital cluster and the central display unit. However, with the latest iteration, you do get an option to upgrade these screens and fit larger 12.3-inch units in place.

2022 BMW X3 M40i Infotainment System

The infotainment system continues to make use of the iDrive 7.0 software that can be accessed by voice or touch gestures. You also get a touch controller mounted on the central console to control the infotainment system. A 12-speaker sound unit is the only available option and works brilliantly. Amongst the standard features, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are the most logical options, while other infotainment features include:

  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Optional wireless charging pad
  • USB Connection
  • Wi-fi Hotspot
  • Sirius XM Satellite Radio
  • Navigation System

2022 BMW X3 M40i SUV Exterior

8.0/10

The new BMW X3 M40i also succumbs to the brand’s strategy of introducing large kidney grilles at the front. However, while it might look polarizing to some, we feel the enlarged grille does complement the overall look of the SUV rather impressively. Perhaps, it has also to do with the new headlamps and vertical air intakes, that look more streamlined improving the efficiency and fluidic nature of the design. At the rear, on the contrary, it’s a story of flamboyance with the new 3D taillamps. The rear spoiler also houses a brake light and at the bottom, an aluminum cladding surrounds the exhaust tips, which altogether look upmarket.

2022 BMW X3 M40i Three Quarter View

From the first glance, the 2022 BMW X3 M40i grabs your attention with its burly and robust built that does justice to its performance. The 19-inch wheels not only grant a more proportionate look to the cabin, but they also look immensely handsome. However, one can also opt for the Shadowline Package to blackout the headlamps and other exterior elements that render a sinister look.

Model

2022 BMW X3 M40i

2022 Audi SQ5

2022 Porsche Macan S

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

Curb Weight (lbs)

4392

4288

N/A

4149

Length (in.)

185.9

184.3

184.9

183.5

Width (in.)

74.7

74.5

76.2

74.4

Height (in.)

66

66.5

64

64.1

Ground Clearance (in.)

N/A

8.2

N/A

6.7

Wheelbase (in.)

112.8

111

110.5

113.1

In comparison, the 2022 BMW X3 M40i is the longest option measuring 185.9 inches, while the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 sports the longest wheelbase of 113.1 inches. Though the BMW’s ground clearance is not known, it is the heaviest SUV weighing 4392 lbs. On the other hand, the Audi SQ5 is the tallest SUV, while the Porsche Macan S is the widest.

In terms of design, the Porsche Macan S looks the most athletic and has a youthful vibe. All other three SUVs look more mature and family-oriented. However, if we were to choose an absolute favorite, the BMW that unifies sportier elements into a practical SUV build looks aesthetically pleasing.

Some of the salient exterior features include:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • Non-metallic Paint
  • Aerodynamic Kit
  • Roof Rails
  • Heated power-folding mirrors
  • Roof Spoiler

2022 BMW X3 M40i SUV Safety

8.0/10

Being a new entrant into the market, the 2022 BMW X3 M40i has not yet been tested by the NHTSA and IIHS. However, both these agencies highly rated the outgoing model and we expect a similar kind of performance with the current MY. The SUV has been equipped with a large number of safety and driver assistance features, which is typical of the brand. It gets a rearview camera as standard, alongside LED headlights and automatic high beams. You also get an Active Protection System that detects imminent crashes and also includes fatigue and focus alert feature. Some other standout safety features include:

  • Acoustic Safety-belt warning
  • BMW Assist eCall
  • Park Distance Control
  • Driver Assistance Package
  • Front and Rear Head Protection System
  • Anti-theft Alarm System

2022 BMW X3 M40i SUV Competition

8.0/10

2022 BMW X3 M40i vs 2022 Audi SQ5

The Audi SQ5 and BMW X3 M40i are the longest-standing rivals in the segment. Both German vehicles have carved a niche position for themselves in the market and closely compete with each other in every aspect. When power, performance, and efficiency are concerned, the BMW manages to gain ground over the Audi, however, the latter has a neatly built cabin with premium quality materials and also sports an ergonomic design. In terms of feature load, both SUVs are evenly matched and by leading in a number of practical aspects, the new X3 M40i emerges victorious in the comparison.

2022 Audi SQ5 Three Quarter View

2022 BMW X3 M40i vs Porsche Macan S

The 2022 Porsche Macan S is a true purists’ car and is a delight to drive. It produces almost similar power and torque outputs as the BMW X3 M40i and both SUVs manage similar levels of performance when put to the test. However, they cater to different demographics in the market. The Porsche is curated for those who want a sporty SUV that looks on par with fierce and athletic rivals. However, keeping in mind the feature load and the safety suite, the BMW feels like a more family-oriented SUV that delivers seamless performance when the pedal is pressed hard.

2022 Porsche Macan S Three Quarter view

2022 BMW X3 M40i vs 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

The only 2021 MY SUV in the comparison, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 is the jack of all trades, but the master of none. It manages quick-firing performance while upholding efficiency to an affable extent considering the power that it produces. It has a sought-after cabin with ample space and looks bulky and beefy that sports its claim of being a performance-oriented SUV. However, both statistically and literally, the BMW X3 M40i outperforms the Mercedes-AMG in every aspect, making it the better option.

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 Three Quarter View

2022 BMW X3 M40i SUV Final Verdict

BMW’s knack for creating all-around offerings that offer luxury, power, and practicality is evident in the way the new BMW X3 M40i has been curated. Its everything you would ask for in a daily driver. With the new 48-volt mild hybrid system, power and performance have improved and so has efficiency. It gets a revised exterior design and looks better than its rivals.

However, the cabin has an old-fangled aura which BMW should work upon with the future iterations. Additionally, the large kidney grille might not be as per every person’s liking. But the comprehensive safety system and an intuitive infotainment system when clubbed with a multi-purpose warranty policy, make the SUV an undisputed choice in the market.

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