Compare 2021 vs 2020 BMW X3

2021 BMW X3 vs 2020 BMW X3
2021 BMW X3 2020 BMW X3


2.0L Turbo I-4 2.0L Turbo I-4


248 hp 248 hp

MPG (City/Highway)

25/29 * 25/29 *

Smartphone Compatibility

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Apple CarPlay only

Active Blind Spot Detection

Standard Available on other styles

2021 BMW X3 vs 2020 BMW X3

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When BMW introduced the X3’s third generation in 2018, it debuted thoughtful updates that elevated many aspects of its driving experience. This sports activity vehicle is a compact luxury crossover that continues to be in its third generation for both the 2020 and 2021 model years. Before you pick out the exact X3 that you want to make your own from our inventory at BMW of Monterey, you need to get familiar with the latest 2021 X3.


The trim levels and powertrains for the 2021 X3 are identical to those offered for the 2020 model year. The lower-level trims are the sDrive30i and the xDrive30i. These trims pull 248 horsepower from a turbo 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. This engine is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission for both models. For the xDrive 30i, you also get an all-wheel drive. The M40i is the X3’s high-performance trim level. It comes with a 382-horsepower, V6, 3.0-liter engine.


The updates to the 2021 BMW X3 do not reach the crossover’s style. While there are a few trim-based differences in the X3’s façade, these differences are uniform across the model years. The X3 has a small stature, but its standout looks make a big impression. It has an innovative front-end design with a segmented lower fascia, stretched foglamps, and dual elements for the LED headlights. A curved roofline moderates the height of the cabin. Accents that flow prominently over the sides and hood elevate the X3’s style.


The most significant updates that BMW has made to the 2021 X3 are found in the features. At all trim levels, the 2021 X3 now has Android Auto and numerous assistive safety features. Also, several features that were options in 2020 are now standard in select 2021 trim levels. Some of the many features that today’s X3 drivers can appreciate are remote monitoring, a power liftgate, power-folding side mirrors with heat, simulated leather material, parking sensors, a wireless hotspot, a 10.25-inch display screen in the center stack, a navigation system, a digital cluster for the driver’s instruments and other gear.

The BMW X3 has consistently impressed shoppers since its inception, and the updates to the 2021 X3 make it more appealing than ever. At BMW of Monterey, we maintain an unwavering focus on customer satisfaction, and our sales team is ready to help you get to know the X3 in full detail through a tour of the showroom and a test drive.

* EPA-estimated. Actual mileage may vary.