BMW tends to take fewer stylistic risks with core models like the 3 Series and X3, so the design changes made for 2022 won't leave you in a state of utter shock. That's fine by us, as the X3 is a sporty, sophisticated SUV. The new grille and slimmer LED headlights are neatly executed, and the new lighting signature within the rear taillight clusters is quite striking at night.
The base model now comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, one size bigger than the 18s that were standard last year. 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.
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.
|BMW X3 Trims||sDrive30i||xDrive30i||M40i|
|Max Width||74.4 in.||74.4 in.||74.7 in.|
|Length||185.9 in.||185.9 in.||185.9 in.|
|Height||66 in.||66 in.||66 in.|
|Wheelbase||112.8 in.||112.8 in.||112.8 in.|
|BMW X3 Trims||Curb Weight|
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||19" x 7.5"|
|Rear Wheel Size||19" x 7.5"|
Alpine White and Jet Black are the two standard colors that won't add anything extra to the X3's base price. For $550 more, several metallic hues become available: Carbon Black, Black Sapphire, Dark Graphite, Mineral White, Phytonic Blue, and Brooklyn Grey. The one catch comes 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.