Prices for the 2023 BMW X3 start at $47,195.


Sports sedans are generally the models that best reflect the essence of the BMW brand. No longer. The satisfying combination of the 2023 X3 SUV finishing field; Driver involvement allows it to get closer to its four-door cousins’ territory. The X3, as the name suggests, is the crossover counterpart of the popular 3 Series sedan and uses the same powertrains. The entry-level models feature a 248hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the M40i models feature the popular 382hp turbocharged six-cylinder engines that never fail to amaze us with their smooth performance. The attractive body of the X3 offers enough flair to blend into stylish cars like the Camp Genesis GV70; Volvo XC60. The X3’s spacious interior is stylishly understated yet packed with desirable technologies and luxurious materials. But the X3’s sporty handling appeals best to enthusiasts like our team members. The bonus is a sporty driving style that doesn’t detract from the SUV’s refined driving stance or versatility. 

What has changed in 2023?

The new 2023 X3 sees minimal changes after a small cosmetic update. Add-on Premium trim no longer supports multitouch gestures in the infotainment system, and wireless proximity keyless entry became standard on all models. Four-cylinder 30i models can now be painted Skyscraper Gray Metallic. 

Efficiency engine, transmission and more

The rear-wheel drive sDrive30i and all xDrive30i have a second turbocharged engine with 248 hp.0 liters 4 under the hood, giving them enough power to handle almost any but not particularly exciting driving situation with ease. The xDrive 30i took 6.2 seconds to hit 60 mph on our test track; we have not yet tested the training version of the 30i. Although it doesn’t add agility to the Macon, the X3 looks more capable than other existing BMW sedans; it’s fun to drive and ready to turn better than expected. Its ride quality is perfectly tuned, offering just the right amount of stiffness for a sporty feel without causing discomfort when driving over rough surfaces. 

Fuel Efficiency and Actual MPG:

According to Cities, its EPA ratings, the X3 sits squarely in the middle of its competitors. But in our actual testing, both of our test vehicles, the xDrive30i and M40i, exceeded their performance expectations. Freeway fuel costs aren’t much for all that extra horsepower, as the more powerful M40i (29mpg) ended up surprisingly close to the four-cylinder xDrive30i (31mpg). 

Fuel efficiency and actual MPG

Accent meets the requirements for good fuel economy expected from small cars. Fuel efficiency has increased with the new four-cylinder engine, reaching a combined rating of 36 MPG.

Cargo, Comfort, and Interior

Before you settle on an option, the X3’s sleek interior is well-appointed; the electric 10-way adjustment of the front seats, including movable side bolsters, makes it easier to find a relaxed position. All seats are comfortably padded for long journeys, and the rear seat backs can be reclined. The rest of the X3’s cabin is elegant and expertly crafted, with carefully selected materials and a minimal footprint. Despite the plastic, the test car’s high-gloss wood paneling looked and felt authentic. The stitched door panels and leatherette dashboard add an extra touch of opulence. The X3 achieves average performance in this category. The second row in the rear can seat up to 20 people, so with the rear seats folded down, there is room for one person in the second row for each passenger and two more in headroom. 

The connectivity and entertainment

That the infotainment system of a modern luxury vehicle should offer is provided with the BMW Drive Interface. A 10.3-inch infotainment screen with in-dash navigation, Apple Car Play and Android Auto come standard. The 12.3-inch infotainment screen can be upgraded as an option. The only infotainment features available are Bluetooth smartphone connection, Wi-Fi hotspot, camping; a USB port; a second USB port and a wireless phone charger are additional options for those who want to charge two devices at the same time. 

Driver assistance and safety features

While a comprehensive range of driver assistance systems is available, BMW offers the base as standard. In addition to the front collision warning, automatic emergency braking is standard. The typical adaptive cruise control with lane departure warning is available.