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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.

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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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