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Which 2021 BMW X3 is Right for You?

Find out which trim level of BMW’s popular compact luxury SUV is the perfect pick as your next new vehicle.


Squeezing between the sub-compact X1 and mid-size X5, the BMW X3 is the German automaker’s entry into the hotly contested compact luxury SUV segment. Despite competing for buyers in a class that includes the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, Genesis GV70, Lexus NX, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and Volvo XC60, the X3 continues to be one of the most popular luxury vehicles in Canada.

All 2021 BMW X3 trims boast room for 5 occupants and athletic driving manners. Plus,  there is now a broader choice of powertrains than ever to meet many tastes and budgets. 

The base X3 xDrive Essential trim uses a 248 horsepower and 258 pound-foot of torque turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine that will satisfy the majority of buyers. It scores a 9.3 litres per 100 kilometres (L/100-km) combined city and highway fuel economy estimate.

More power (382-hp/365 lb-ft ) is available with the X3 M40i trim. BMW’s smooth, turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-6 replaces the 4-cylinder and scores a 10.1 L/100-km estimate.

For buyers who don’t mind plugging in, there’s the X3 xDrive30e plug-in gas-electric hybrid trim that arrived last year. Its powertrain consists of a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor for a combined 288 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, allowing this electrified X3 to travel up to 29 kilometres gas-free.

Whatever is under the X3’s hood, all-wheel-drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission are standard. As is BMW Canada’s 4-year/180,00-km factory warranty with no charge scheduled maintenance.

While there are plenty of stand-alone options, BMW has grouped many of them into Packages that bundle together a wide variety of safety, performance, luxury and convenience features.

To help you make the right call on your next BMW compact luxury SUV, here's a breakdown of 2021 X3 trim levels:.


2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i Essential - Starting MSRP: $49,990 CAD 

Key standard features include:


  •  2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine/8-speed automatic transmission/AWD
  •  19-unch alloy wheels
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Heated/Leather Sport steering wheel
  •  Electric Sport seats with driver memory
  • Heated front seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • LED headlights
  •  BMW Assist Emergency Call, TeleServices, Online and Apps
  • Connected Package Plus
  •   Apple CarPlay
  •  BMW Live Cockpit Plus
  •  BMW ConnectedDrive Services Essential


2021 BMW X3 xDrive30i - Starting MSRP: $52,550 CAD 

Includes or replaces xDrive30i Essential features, plus:

  • Leather upholstery
  •  Advanced Driver Assistance Package ($2,900)
  • M Sport Package ($3,500)
  • Premium Package Essential ($4,500)
  • Premium Package Enhanced ($6,500)
  • Ultimate Package ($12,100)


2021 BMW X3 xDrive30e - Starting MSRP: $59,990 CAD 

Includes or replaces xDrive30i features, plus:

  •   2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine + electric motor
  •  Leather Sport steering wheel
  •  Leatherette upholstery
  • LED headlights/LED fog lights
  • Hi-Fi sound system
  •  Advanced Driver Assistance Package ($2,900)
  • M Sport Package ($3,500)
  •   Premium Package Essential ($6,400)
  • Premium Package Enhanced ($8,000)
  •    Ultimate Package ($14,600)


2021 BMW X3 M40i - Starting MSRP: $66,250 CAD 

Includes or replaces xDrive30i features, plus:

  • 3.0-litre turbocharged 6-cylinder engine
  •  21-inch alloy wheels
  • M Sport Brake
  • Adaptive M Suspension
  •  Performance Control
  •  Variable Sport Steering
  •  Electric Seats with Driver Memory
  •   Leatherette dashboard
  • Park Distance control, front and rear
  • Adaptive LED headlights/LED fog lights
  • High-beam Assist
  •   Hi-Fi sound system
  • M Leather Steering Wheel
  •  M Aerodynamics Package
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Package ($2,900)
  •   Premium Package Essential ($3,900)
  •  Premium Package Enhanced ($6,350)
  •  Ultimate Package ($11,750)



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