Three models make up the BMW X3 lineup: sDrive30i, xDrive30i, and M40i. The first two make use of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, whereas the M40i has a wonderful 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six engine with 382 hp and 369 lb-ft. All models have an eight-speed automatic gearbox with a manual mode and paddle shifters.
Standard features common to all are 19-inch alloy wheels, a power liftgate, LED headlights, SensaTec upholstery, a 10.25-inch touchscreen interface, dual-zone climate control, an auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, and blind-spot monitoring. Spending more on the M40i not only buys you a 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds but also an exterior aerodynamic kit and moodier Shadowline trim. The top model also has a 12.3-inch infotainment screen as standard.
The 2022 BMW X3's price starts at an MSRP of $43,700 for the sDrive30i, increasing to $45,700 for the xDrive30i. If the much more powerful M40i is the one you want, it comes in at a price of $57,800. These prices all exclude a destination charge of $995 in the US. Fully loaded with every conceivable option, the BMW X3 will cost over $70,000 in M40i guise.
Our relatively basic X3 xDrive30i came with just a single option package, the Premium Package for the interior. Along with the $1,500 exterior paint color, one or two other extras, and destination fee, our X3 tester came to a grand total of $51,390, a very reasonable sum for a luxury SUV. Just to compare, a fully-loaded and slightly bigger 2022 Chevrolet Blazer RS AWD we also recently tested specced out at $50,585. You've got to wonder why a Chevy, despite being very well-equipped, costs nearly the same as a BMW.
At $1,850 in the USA, the Convenience Package for the 30i models adds comfort access keyless entry, lumbar support, and a power panoramic moonroof. One step up is the Premium 2 Package at $2,600 which packs in heated front seats, gesture control, comfort access keyless entry, a heated steering wheel, the moonroof, and lumbar support. However, this package requires adding Live Cockpit Pro for another $900 too. Speaking of Live Cockpit Pro, this adds a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster and navigation. Due to the chip shortage, it's worth noting that some X3s built in late 2021 don't have touchscreens, so it's worth checking this with your dealer.
30i models come with the more conservative xLine exterior as standard, but the M Sport Package adds many of the goodies from the M40i for $4,700 such as the aerodynamic kit. The Dynamic Handling Package adds red or blue M Sport brakes, dynamic damper control, and variable steering, for $1,400.
The M40i is uniquely available with its own Premium Package at $1,600, adding heated front seats, a head-up display, and more. An M Sport differential costs $1,300 and a Harman Kardon sound system is $875. A Parking Assistance Package and Driving Assistance Professional Package with adaptive cruise control can be equipped, too, at $700 and $1,700, respectively.
Standalone options include a heated steering wheel ($190), remote engine start ($300), and heating/ventilation for the front seats ($500/$350).
If you can afford it, the X3 M40i is the one to get. It begins at $57,800 but that also gets you the more powerful turbocharged six-cylinder. For 2022, the M40i also receives a 48-volt hybrid system. If you can't swing for the M40i, then the X3 xDrive30i should be your next choice over the sDrive RWD variant. Having AWD has endless benefits, especially in rough weather conditions like snow and heavy rain. The additional traction could save you. We also highly recommend opting for the very reasonably priced $1,400 Dynamic Handling Package which, as previously noted, adds Comfort, Sport, and Eco Pro driving modes. The X3 M, which is covered in a separate review, may be too extreme power- and handling-wise for many. That's why the X3 M40i, complete with the bigger engine, stronger acceleration, and M Sport suspension, is our choice.