The 2023 BMW X3 is a quality luxury compact crossover that is great for camping or just grabbing weekly groceries. It has a distinct sophistication you can only get from BMW. But which X3 is the one for you?
Models, Designs, Trims, and Packages
If you’ve ever explored BMW’s vehicles before, you’ll know that options get complicated quickly. Each model of car confusingly has what BMW also terms as “models.” These model options are, in effect, engine and drivetrain choices. For the 2023 BMW X3, the five options are the sDrive30i (rear-wheel drive), the xDrive30i (all-wheel drive), xDrive30e hybrid model, the M40i (all-wheel drive with larger engine) and X3 M.
The 2023 BMW X3 sDrive30i is the base model X3 offering. The starting MSRP is $45,400 and comes with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline four-cylinder engine that’s capable of 248 horsepower. The sDrive30i is a rear-wheel-drive vehicle.
The exterior has several features that you won’t find in less expensive models from other manufacturers. You get heated power-fold mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED fog lights, and roof rails. While these may seem like small additions, they upgrade the sDrive30i enough to make the price worth it. After all, who doesn’t want roof rails for extra cargo space? Blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning are standards for the X3 base trim.
On the inside, the sDrive30i goes from a rugged weekend warrior to pure comfort. The driver’s seats are power-adjustable and use SensaTec upholstery, which is BMW’s rebranded leatherette. Just for a little accent, the cabin is also surrounded with dark oak wood trim. There’s also a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster.
If you’re looking at the sDrive30i for long drives, you may be wondering about the entertainment system. Well, BMW didn’t slack. This trim comes with a 10.25-inch display, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a HiFi Sound System with 12 speakers and a 205-watt digital amplifier.
The xDrive30i starts at $47,400 and is a bit of a disappointment. Like previous years, the xDrive30i simply adds all-wheel drive to the X3, along with hill descent control. There are no additional features that make this model stand out from its sDrive counterpart. While adding all-wheel drive may be important to some, the $2,000 price hike is a little steep considering some other brands charge less for the same change.
The 2023 BMW X3 M40i is a big jump in price from the other two models at $59,950, but it’s worth every penny. Everything about this crossover improves from the previous models. The most noticeable change is the 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower inline six-cylinder engine that’s capable of 382 horsepower. Add to the fact that its all-wheel-drive like the xDrive30i, it’s easy to say that the M40i is worth it.
But unlike the xDrive30i, that’s not the only improvement. The top-tier X3 comes with a ton of extra features to sway customers away from the lesser trims. The exterior gets Icon adaptive headlights with automatic high beams.
The interior also sees some major improvements, including four-way lumbar support for the front seats and a panoramic moonroof with fully automatic, two-piece glass panels. Drivers can access the power liftgate using the keyless entry, which has hands-free capabilities. The entertainment system comes completely decked out. You get a 12.3-inch touch screen and unique styling features that are exclusive to M trims.
Overall, these changes make the upgrade worth it, especially when drivers are considering whether they should purchase the xDrive30i or the M40i. If you’ve resolved to spring for something more than the base model at all, there’s hardly any competition between the second two trims.
The X3 M is a high-performance SUV that will cost you $72,900. It boasts a 473-horsepower 3.0-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo engine and an 8-speed M Sport Automatic transmission with multiple drive modes. On top of this, there is M Sport adaptive suspension and differential, and 20-inch wheels. Some convenience and comfort features include proximity keyless entry, a hands-free power liftgate and heated front seats. As for entertainment, the Harman Kardon Surround Sound Audio System with 600-watt amplifier and 16 speakers sounds absolutely incredible.
The Performance options include a mobility kit at no additional cost with the X3 M and a Competition package that raises the top speed of your vehicle and the horsepower to 503.
There are three optional packages available with the base trim: Convenience, Premium 2, Executive, and Dynamic Handling.The Convenience package adds keyless entry, lumbar support and a panoramic roof. The Premium tier package adds heated front seats, a heads-up display and navigation, along with everything included in the Convenience tier. You’ll also have the option for real leather seats and heated rear seats.
(Featured image via BMW Press Club USA)