2023 BMW X3 Exterior and Dimensions

BMW X3 Exterior Design Rating

2023 X3 Exterior

BMW tends to take fewer stylistic risks with core models like the 3 Series and X3, so the design changes made last year didn't leave us in a state of utter shock. Nothing else is done for the new model year, so the X3 retains its sporty, sophisticated looks. The grille and slim LED headlights are neatly executed, and the lighting signature within the rear taillight clusters is quite striking at night.

The base model comes with 19-inch alloy wheels. Satin Aluminum roof rails, a rear roof spoiler, chrome exhaust tips, and power-folding side mirrors are standard. Full LED headlights are complemented by intricately shaped taillights with adaptive brake lights.

The M40i ups the aggression with its 19-inch M wheels, Shadowline exterior trim, and an aerodynamic kit. It also has a panoramic moonroof with a two-piece glass panel, something you have to pay extra for on 30i models.

Our Tanzanite Blue Metallic xDrive30i tester did not come equipped with any significant optional exterior features, and that's just fine. It's already a very well-executed package straight out of the box, which is good for buyers as they get sportiness and luxury all at once without having to pay more.

2023 X3 Exterior Photos

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2023 BMW X3 Front View
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2023 BMW X3 Frontal Aspect


Longer and taller than the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, the BMW X3 has dimensions that are otherwise typical for the average luxury compact crossover. It measures 185.9 inches in length, 74.4 inches in width, and 66 inches in height. The 112.8-inch wheelbase is actually a little shorter than its Mercedes rival. The M40i is slightly wider (74.7 inches) than 30i models.

The curb weight for the X3 sDrive30i is 4,079 pounds, increasing to 4,149 lbs for the xDrive30i variant with its heavier all-wheel-drive system. The heaviest model of all is the M40i at 4,392 lbs.

2023 BMW X3 Exterior Dimensions:

BMW X3 TrimssDrive30ixDrive30iM40i
Max Width74.4 in.74.4 in.74.7 in.
Length185.9 in.185.9 in.185.9 in.
Height66 in.66 in.66 in.
Wheelbase112.8 in.112.8 in.112.8 in.

2023 BMW X3 Weight Information:

BMW X3 TrimsCurb Weight
sDrive30i4,079 lbs.
xDrive30i4,149 lbs.
M40i4,392 lbs.

2023 BMW X3 Tires:

Front TireP245/50HR19
Rear TireP245/50HR19

2023 BMW X3 Wheels:

Wheels TypeAluminum Wheels
Front Wheel Size19" x 7.5"
Rear Wheel Size19" x 7.5"

Exterior Colors

Alpine White and Jet Black are the two standard colors that won't add anything extra to the X3's base price. For $650 more, several metallic hues become available: Carbon Black, Black Sapphire, Dark Graphite, Mineral White, Phytonic Blue, Skyscraper Grey, and Brooklyn Grey. There is one catch if you select Carbon Black or Brooklyn Grey, as both of these colors require the addition of the M Sport Package. Two premium colors - Tanzanite Blue II Metallic (featured on our tester) and Aventurin Red Metallic - cost the most at $1,500.

For the M40i, Jet Black falls away but the palette is otherwise unchanged for this feisty derivative. Red brake calipers and a special logo celebrating 50 years of BMW's M division are available as options for the M40i. This logo has semicircles in blue, dark blue, and red - the traditional M colors - and the emblem will replace the standard one on the hood, trunk, and wheel hubs.

  • Black Sapphire Metallic +$650
  • Dark Graphite Metallic +$650
  • Mineral White Metallic +$650
  • Phytonic Blue Metallic +$650
  • Skyscraper Gray Metallic +$650
  • Carbon Black Metallic +$650
  • Brooklyn Grey Metallic +$650
  • Tanzanite Blue II Metallic, Priority 1 +$1,500
  • Aventurin Red Metallic, Priority 1 +$1,500
  • Alpine White
  • Jet Black

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