2020 BMW X3 M SUV

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2020 BMW X3 M SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 24, 2020

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Doing speed pulls such as 0-60mph has always been categorized for sports coupes and fast hatches. Not anymore, the compact luxury SUV by BMW has the potential of doing pulls in the sports car category. The X3 M can do the 0-60 dash in 4.1 seconds. Well, there is a lot more to talk about other than just straight-line speed.

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Pros

Very quick off the line

Impressive practicality

Excellent grip and handling

Cons

Stiff ride quality

Still misses out on Android Auto

What's New?

All new AWD system

Updated suspension setup


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$69900

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

473 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

442 lbs.-ft. @ 2600 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

15.6/15.6

dimensions

wheelbase

112.8 in.

length

63.1 in.

width

74.7 in.

height

65.6 in.

curb weight

4620 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

62.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

4400 lbs.

payload capacity

840 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

11.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/27/23 mpg

highway range

477.9 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.5

7.4

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 BMW X3 M SUV Base

Base

power
473 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$69,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $69,900 MSRP (20/23/27) 473 hp @ 5600 rpm, 3 L, Inline 6, premium unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 BMW X3 M SUV Competition

Competition

power
503 hp @ 5950 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$76,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Competition 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $76,900 MSRP (20/23/27) 503 hp @ 5950 rpm, 3 L, Inline 6, premium unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.4

Overall Rating


Under the hood department has been taken very seriously by BMW while developing the X3 M. it is powered by a 3.0 Liter, Inline-6 engine tuned perfectly with twin power turbocharger setup. 

You might believe that there aren’t a lot of compact luxury SUVs pushing out more than 400 horses but there are! The X3 M is surrounded by other high-performance SUVs including the Mercedes AMG 63, the Porsche Macan Turbo and the Jaguar F-Pace SVR. All of these vehicles are very competent in their own, let’s stack them up against each other and see how they perform.

2020 BMW X3 M Front view
2020 BMW X3 M Rear view

7.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

8.5/10
Safety


2020 BMW X3 M SUV Features

7.0/10

The X3 M is stuffed full of equipment. Even the standard variant gets a lot of features, obviously more than the average X3. Although the X3 M Competition gets a few extra features of styling and handling.

Trim

2020 BMW X3 M

2020 BMW X3 M Competition

MSRP

$69,900

$76,900

Key Features

All-wheel drive

Adds/changes to the X3 M

 

20" Double-spoke bi-color orbit grey wheels

21" V-Spoke bi-color jet black wheels

 

LED headlights and foglights

M Competition body kit

 

Automatic wipers

M Performance rear spoiler

 

Roof rails

 
 

Power tailgate

 
 

M quad tailpipes

 
 

M Performance body kit

 
 

Power-folding, auto-dimming and heated mirrors

 
 

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

 
 

Adjustable driving modes

 
 

Tri-zone automatic climate control

 
 

Simulated leather upholstery

 
 

6.5-inch central display

 
 

BMW's iDrive infotainment interface

 
 

16-speaker audio system

 

Which trim to go for?

We’d recommend the X3 M Competition because for a premium of an extra $6,000 you get a completely different level of performance. Along with increased power outputs, it also features a few tweaks in different parts to make the Competition trim a completely different animal to hoon.

2020 BMW X3 M SUV Engine and Performance

9.0/10

Power duties on both the BMW X3 M and the X3 m Competition are handled by a 3 liter inline 6 engine boosted by a “TwinPower” turbo setup. It comes mated to an 8 speed “STEPTRONIC” automatic transmission for flashing shifts. The X3 M Competition is the most powerful version ever, wearing the X3 name. It pumps out a maximum of 503 horsepower at 5950 RPM and 442 lb-ft of torque which comes early at as low as 2600 RPM. The wide powerband makes sure that the X3 M Competition can tackle both highways and city roads with ease. 

2020 BMW X3 M powered by a 3 liter inline 6 engine

Models

BMW X3 M Competition

Mercedes AMG GLC 63

Porsche Macan Turbo

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

MSRP 

$76,900

$70,800

$83,600

$80,600

Engine

3.0L Turbo Inline-6

4.0L Twin Turbo V8

2.9L Twin-Turbo V6

5.0L Supercharged V8

Drivetrain AWD AWD AWD AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Steptronic 

9-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

503@5,950

469@5,500

434@5,700

550@6,500

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

442@2,600

479@1,750

406@1,800

502@2,500

Every manufacturer works on different formulas to produce performance vehicles. Competition is very tough as all of these vehicles are quite close in terms of direct numbers but each manufacturer has different engine setups. Jaguar leads ahead in power figures followed by BMW. Porsche Macan featuring the smallest engine loses on the power output front. 

Acceleration

Talking about acceleration numbers seems like a boring idea. Well, the moment you step on the gas pedal hard, you will be pushed back in your seat and you will thank the headrest a lot for holding your head upright. The powerful 3.0L engine is capable of pushing the X3 M to 60mph from a standstill in a mere 4 seconds and if you keep the pedal floored then the quarter-mile marker will get crossed in 11.6 seconds. And if that doesn’t sound too good to you, the Lexus LFA does the quarter-mile in 11.7 seconds. The all-wheel-drive drivetrain plays an important role in launching this heavy SUV.

2020 BMW X3 M SUV hits 0-60 in just 4 sec.

An all-out supercar from five years ago is a tenth of a second slower than this luxury SUV! The all-wheel-drive drivetrain of the X3 definitely comes into play.

Models

BMW X3 M Competition

Mercedes AMG GLC 63

Porsche Macan Turbo

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

0-60 MPH (sec)

4.0

N/A

4.1

4.1

Quarter Mile (sec)

11.6

11.8

13.6

12

Top Speed (MPH) 177 155 167 176

Engine

3.0L Turbo Inline-6

4.0L Twin Turbo V8

2.9L Twin-Turbo V6

5.0L Supercharged V8

Emission 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

In comparison, the X3 M manages to put on the fastest time on the board for 0-60mph. Quartermile time for most cars is not available so no comparison possible. The X3 M will make you capable of pulling the supercar level off the red light along with passengers on the rear seats as well. 

Ride and Handling 

The X3 M was made with only one concern in mind, providing this SUV with the handling and power of a sports car. So, you will be feeling all undulations on the road due to the stiffened suspension setup. Even in the softest comfort mode, this is not a comfortable SUV. although this doesn’t mean you are going to experience a punishing stiff ride, it can still be used as a daily driven machine. Helping with harsh ride quality the exhaust note might help you forget about that.

Steering feedback is light and feels much direct in comparison to the standard X3. The M Performance definitely worked their magic in more than one place, perfecting the X3 M. the car feels more planted than ever before at high speeds. Stiffer suspension setup definitely helps a lot here. The body roll is also under control and the SUV can now handle curvy roads with ease. 

Braking

Bringing this heavy SUV to a standstill is a tough task. Especially if it is powered by an engine capable of doing 0-60 in 4 seconds. So, to complement the performance, The X3 M Competition comes equipped with 15.6-inch rotors in the front and 14.6-inch rotors in the rear. Along with bigger disc size, the front brakes are equipped with 4 piston calipers. To increasing braking performance, the rotors are also ventilated and drilled which helps in reducing the brake time effectively. 

2020 BMW X3 M Competition  15.6-inch brake rotors

Model

BMW X3 M Competition

Mercedes AMG GLC 63

Porsche Macan Turbo

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

 Brake Rotors Front (in)

15.6

15.4

15.4

15.5

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

14.6

14.2

14.0

15.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

4620

4550

4430

4395

60-0 MPH (ft)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

All the competing cars have almost the same size brakes in but Jaguar offers the biggest brake discs out of them all. As no official timing of 60-0mph braking distance is available, so no head to head comparison is possible. But, they are expected to be pretty impressive. 

2020 BMW X3 M SUV Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The X3 M Competition was never developed for putting out good numbers in fuel efficiency. It returns a fair mileage of 14 miles to the gallon in the city and 19 miles to the gallon on the highway. Combined fuel efficiency comes at 16MPG. These figures are still on the lower side, but considering the level of performance offered, they make sense. 

Model

BMW X3 M Competition

Mercedes AMG GLC 63

Porsche Macan Turbo

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

MPG (City)

14

16

18

16

MPG (Highway)

19

22

23

21

MPG (Combined)

16

18

20

18

Fuel Capacity (Gallons) 17.2 17.4 19.8 21.7
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi) 241/327/275 278/383/313 N/A 347/456/390

As all above SUVs are performance-based with no sense of providing great fuel efficiency. Still, Porsche Macan turbo puts out the best mpg figures due to its smaller size engine. The other three cars provide almost the same numbers in fuel efficiency. 

2020 BMW X3 M SUV Interior

7.5/10

The 2020 BMW X3 M Competition offers the best performance SUV. but, things change when talked about seating and comfort. It is slightly on the rougher side in terms of ride quality. Although, it still can be used for long drives because the seats provide good overall support to the occupant. Features come handy and within reach of the driver. In terms of space, the interior never feels cramped or lacking space anywhere. 

2020 BMW X3 M Front Seat

All the competing vehicles offer a decent amount of interior space. BMW takes the lead with the maximum amount of interior space in both front and rear. No official dimensions of Macan keep it out of the comparison. 

Model

BMW X3 M Competition

Mercedes AMG GLC 63

Porsche Macan Turbo

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.)

41.1/40.3/57.6

37.8/57.3/40.8

N/A

37.8/57.7/40.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.1/56.0/36.4

38.5/56.5/37.3

N/A

37.5/55.8/37.2

In terms of interior space, all of these vehicles offer a decent amount but the most front and rear room is offered by the X3. Even though the exact interior dimensions of the Macan, it is supposed to be at par with the other vehicles in the segment.

Infotainment

The X3 M comes loaded with famous BMW’s iDrive interface which offers a buttery smooth touch and is quick to respond. Helping in the selection of the feeds is the rotary dial which makes it very easy and user-friendly to operate while driving. Some basic features still get missed out such as Android Auto, but you still get Apple car play. 

2020 BMW X3 M infotainment display

The front row offers a couple of USB ports and both the rows offer one 12-volt socket. 

Infotainment features 

  • Apple CarPlay Compatibility with 1-year trial
  • BMW TeleServices
  • ConnectedDrive Services
  • USB audio connection and hands-free Bluetooth including audio streaming
  • BMW Concierge Services
  • BMW Connected App
  • Real-Time Traffic
  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery
  • Remote Door Unlock

Cargo Capacity 

The second thing which comes after buying a performance SUV is still cargo space because at the end of the day it is still an SUV and they are known for cargo space and hauling capability. The X3 M manages to offer a great amount of cargo space, 28.7 cu.ft to be precise and if you need more than the rear seats can be folded to offer a mammoth 62 cubic feet of space altogether. The low load height makes it easier to load heavy items into the cargo area. 

2020 BMW X3 M Competition offers 28.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity

Model

BMW X3 M Competition

Mercedes AMG GLC 63

Porsche Macan Turbo

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Volume (ft cube)

28.7

17.6

17.6

33.5

The jaguar F-Pace overtakes everyone in terms of cargo space with 33.5 cu.ft, followed by the X3 M which also offers an impressive amount of cargo volume and is still more than what is offered in the GLC and the Macan Turbo, both offer only 17.6 cubic feet of cargo space. 

2020 BMW X3 M front seat
2020 BMW X3 M front seat
2020 BMW X3 M steering
2020 BMW X3 M steering
2020 BMW X3 M interior
2020 BMW X3 M interior
2020 BMW X3 M instrumental cluster
2020 BMW X3 M instrumental cluster
2020 BMW X3 M center console
2020 BMW X3 M center console
2020 BMW X3 M rear seat
2020 BMW X3 M rear seat

2020 BMW X3 M SUV Exterior

7.0/10

In the front, you will find the X3 M boasts BMW’s signature “Kidney Grille” but, there is a new upgrade in the grill too. That is, the grille can open and close depending on the engine’s needs and requirements. This helps in better cooling when needed which also results in better efficiency. It might not feel like the best looking SUV out there, but it will blend in slowly. To improve both performance and aesthetics the M Competition body kit is added.

2020 BMW X3 M SUV  Side View

Model

BMW X3 M Competition

Mercedes AMG GLC 63

Porsche Macan Turbo

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Curb weight(lbs)

4034

4475

4293

4395

Length(in)

185.9

184.2

184.9

186.5

Width(in)

74.4

76.0

76.2

81.5

Height(in)

66.0

63.8

63.9

65.7

Ground clearance(in)

8.0

6.1

7.4

8.4

Wheelbase(in)

112.1

113.1

110.5

113.1

The X3 comes out to be the lightest of them all in competition. Although, none of these SUVs can be considered as big as they are similar in terms of measurement. With Merc sitting the lowest in terms of ground clearance followed by BMW with Jaguar leading the pack. 

Exterior Features 

  • 21" V-Spoke light-alloy wheels
  • Satin Aluminum roof rails
  • Non-metallic paint
  • Satin Aluminum exterior trim
  • Power-folding, heated side mirrors
  • Roof spoiler with center brake light
  • M Sport rear spoiler
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2020 BMW X3 M front
2020 BMW X3 M front
2020 BMW X3 M front view
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2020 BMW X3 M taillight
2020 BMW X3 M taillight

2020 BMW X3 M SUV Safety

8.5/10

Germans take safety very seriously. Packed with a ton of safety features the X3 M outshines with other safe products offered by BMW. The 2020 BMW X3 has not been rated by the NHTSA or the IIHS yet. But based on previous years' data and the crash tests of other BMW vehicles, it can be expected to perform pretty well.

Safety Features

  • Front and rear Head Protection System (HPS)
  • Active Protection System
  • Fatigue and Focus Alert feature
  • Impact sensor
  • Adaptive Brake lights
  • Programmable LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • BMW Assist eCall includes Emergency Request (SOS button)
  • Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification

2020 BMW X3 M SUV Competition

BMW X3 M Competition vs Mercedes AMG GLC63

The Mercedes AMG GLC63 is one of the most dynamic and fun to drive SUVs on sale today fitted with the most amazing soundtrack from the exhaust. It does feel more lively than the BMW and offers more feel and feedback. Even the 0-60 times are not very far apart. The Merc does provide better comfort and luxury living up to its name. whereas the Bimmer is more of a better road performer.

2020 Mercedes Benz AMG GLC63

BMW X3 M Competition vs Porsche Macan Turbo

Following the fact of Porsche making one of the sportiest vehicles, the MacanTurbo lives up to its expectations. It provides a better feeling around corners and feels fun to drive. It might not comes out to be the quickest but surely there is a heritage of Porsche present in the Macan. The main highlight is the 7-speed PDK gearbox which is considered to be one of the most advanced transmissions in the world. 

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo

BMW X3 M Competition vs Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Jaguar is having the biggest engine out of the competitors. This 5-liter supercharged V8 motor has been around for some time now. It is also used in the F-Type SVR. but, it has been established as one of the most unreliable engines on the market. Yes, the F-Pace SVR is a fantastic car in a straight-line and offers amazing handling too. But, it also comes with a very high ownership cost. In terms of tech, offered features are quite basic and not up to the level of competition with lagging and connectivity issues. Overall, the Jaguar F-Pace SVR might prove to an expensive buy to some due to reliability issues.

2020 Jaguar F-pace SVR

2020 BMW X3 M SUV Final Verdict

The 2020 BMW X3 M Competition is a proper SUV with a sports car underneath its shell. With the power to pull great timings on the straight-line run along with the capability of handling curves with confidence. It has the capability to go head-on with cars over double its price range. Although, the AMG still has more road presence and sounds the best. But, if you have to choose one from this group, the Macan is the one with a perfect blend of everything. 

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