2021 BMW X3 PHEV

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$49,600

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2021 BMW X3 PHEV
2021 BMW X3 PHEV

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Ride quality
  • Refined four-cylinder engine
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Apple CarPlay integration
  • Highly customizable

The bad:

  • Backseat comfort
  • Numb steering
  • Modest cargo room
  • Less expensive X1 nearly as nice

1 trim

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Our 2021 BMW X3 PHEV trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • More active safety features, Android Auto now standard
  • Five-seat compact luxury SUV
  • Choice of turbocharged engines
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Plug-in hybrid and performance X3 M versions available

2021 BMW X3 PHEV review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 BMW X3?

The BMW X3 is a five-seat compact luxury SUV. It’s offered with rear- or all-wheel drive, and power comes from a standard 248-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Available powertrains are a 288-hp plug-in hybrid; 382-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six; and 473-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six for the X3 M. All X3s have an eight-speed automatic transmission, and competitors include the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and Volvo XC60.

What’s New on the 2021 BMW X3?

Android Auto smartphone connectivity joins Apple CarPlay, and satellite radio is also now standard. Newly standard active safety features include blind spot warning and lane departure warning. 

What Features in the 2021 BMW X3 Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • Forward collision warning 
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking
  • Navigation with a 10.25-inch touchscreen
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Power liftgate

Available features include:

  • Heated and ventilated front seats 
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Wireless device charging
  • Harman Kardon surround-sound system
  • 360-degree camera system 
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability

Should I Buy the 2021 BMW X3?

The BMW X3 rides well and has a refined base four-cylinder engine, but it suffers from numb steering and modest cargo room. If you’re considering an X3, we’d recommend taking a look at BMW’s less expensive X1, too. It’s nearly as nice and has a roomy interior.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 3.7

Most recent consumer reviews

3.4

Unresolved hybrid system failures

We placed an order for a BMW X3 plug-in hybrid in March, 2020 and received/purchased it on July 18, 2020. BMW recalled the X3 for the hybrid battery on October 22, 2020. We parked the car at the dealer until about six weeks later when BMW said our battery was not in the recall. BMW again recalled the car on October 13, 2021 for the hybrid battery. BMW completed the battery replacement on November 30, 2021. The check engine light came on a couple weeks later. BMW completed service on the hybrid battery cooling system approximately January 3, 2022. The check engine light came on again approximately February 25, 2022. The car has been in the shop to the current date, April 14, 2022, without resolution. This dealer reportedly has several X3s in its shop with a similar history and similar unresolved hybrid system issues. BMW reportedly has not been able to identify the source of the faults and has resorted to replacing sensors in hope to find/fix the issue, without success. BMW refuses to declare the car a lemon. Dealer has provided a loaner or rental car for extended service visits. We loved almost everything about this X3 when it is drivable, from the road feel, power, comfort and style. The most significant disappointment beyond the hybrid system issues is the fuel economy/driving range is unexpectedly low when in towing mode. When towing, the fuel consumption is about 12-14 miles per gallon which, when combined with the (smaller) hybrid fuel tank, provides a full tank driving range of only about 150 miles. The finish and quality of interior materials are noticeably inferior to our last 4 BMWs though the technology options continue to impress. We particularly appreciate the newer safety systems, but these are useless if the car is not otherwise drivable.

5.0

Like the E assist

Very comfortable and great handling car. The car is a great size for our needs and is very economical to drive. I also like the tax credit.

3.0

2 FAILED IN 8 MONTHS

Purchased 2020 in September 20. Recalled for bad battery in Oct. BMW could not fix and bought it back. Bought second one in March 2021. Failed after 13 days. part backorder from Germany, for a month. Part arrived. Didn't fix. next part backordered from Germany. Waiting for BMW to buy back.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
144 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Hybrid electric
96 months/80,000 miles
Maintenance
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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