The 2022 BMW X3 gets a facelift, but loses an extra component

The X3 is a small SUV but not included in BMW’s lineup, and it sits above the diminutive X1 and below the family-sized X5. Due to its size, the X3 fits in the area where most sport utility sports facilities are of a decent size and fuel economy. And that’s all there is to it.

2022 sees a few changes to the X3, including some styling tweaks front and rear, some interior upgrades to include a larger infotainment touchscreen, and a mild hybrid system for the option of the six-cylinder turbo engine. Unfortunately, BMW has dropped the xDrive30e plug-in hybrid and hasn’t said if it will return. The iX xDrive50 will likely be the alternative as an electric car of the same size.

In a glance

  • Two engine options, one with a built-in mild hybrid
  • Surprising fuel economy for the segment and performance levels
  • Well-designed interior with smart technology
  • long price
With the sub-5s 0-60 sprint sprint, other drivers should be willing to see this side of the BMW X3 M40i regularly

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The 2022 BMW X3 comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder option and a six-cylinder turbocharger, the latter acquiring a 48-volt mild hybrid system for improved fuel economy. The sDrive30i four-cylinder model is designated for front-wheel drive models, and the xDrive30i for all-wheel drive models. The six-cylinder is the M40i, with its mild-hybrid system adding an upgraded starter alternator and an extra battery to add torque for acceleration, especially in stop-and-go situations like city driving.

As the best-selling model in the BMW fleet, the X3 is where the German automaker must shine to stay ahead of the game. This update adds a few things that make the X3 a little better. The infotainment system has been significantly improved with the new, larger screen and better voice recognition. However, the plug-in hybrid was our favorite among the X3 options and with it gone, the M40i mild hybrid is our next choice.

The system definitely adds some acceleration to the engine’s output, especially during pre-turbo points where lag is usually the enemy to getting up and going. Fuel economy improves across the city and is rated at 23 mpg (10.2 l/100 km), but the mild hybrid system apparently boosted that because the overall (hybrid) MPG yield was 28 mpg (8.4 l) / 100 km). The MPG Highway was rated at 29 (8.1 l/100 km) and we achieved 29.4 (8 l/100 km) in our loop test. For reference, the four-cylinder model is rated at 31 mpg (7.6 l/100 km), so the penalty for using the six is ​​slight.

The rear seats of the BMW X3 2022 are more spacious than expected
The rear seats of the BMW X3 2022 are more spacious than expected

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For performance, the 30i models use a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 248 hp (185 kW). This is a very good output for a small SUV like this. However, when moving to the M40i model, the 3.0-liter inline-six is ​​swapped out for a turbocharged 382 hp (285 kW). This combined with the mild hybrid system means that the X3 M40i is capable of cruising speeds of less than 5 seconds from 0 to 60 mph (96.5 km/h).

Driving a BMW X3 2022 is a pleasure. The combination of versatility and everyday utility with solid driving dynamics is a winning combination. The steering is well balanced, body roll is minimal, and the option to change steering feel at the push of a button is great. Noise levels on the highway are as expected in a BMW, they are better than average, but not as quiet as some other luxury cars. Despite this, the feel of the road is excellent, it gives a strong engagement.

The interior of the X3 is comfortable and well appointed, with typical BMW flair for simplicity and luxury. The scales are easy to read, and are a convenient mix of analog and digital. Storage is roughly average for everyday items and small items, but shipments are excellent with one of the largest merchandise in this category. Luggage space is 28.7 cubic feet (813 liters) behind the second row, and expands to 62.7 cubic feet (1775.5 liters) with the rear seats folded. It folds almost flat.

The interior of the X3 is comfortable and well-appointed, with typical BMW taste for simplicity and luxury
The interior of the X3 is comfortable and well-appointed, with typical BMW taste for simplicity and luxury

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The front seats are spacious and the back seat is very good outside, but not so good in the middle (as one would expect). The seats aren’t great for big and tall passengers, but they’re fine for everyone else. Headroom is surprisingly good for a car this size, legroom is pretty good in the front and good enough for most cars in the back. As with most European designs, the LATCH connectors for child safety seats are easy to reach and use.

Where things get sticky in the price. The price of the 2022 BMW X3 sDrive30i and xDrive30i starts at around $45,000. M40i Jumps to $59,000. All purchases of the 2022 X3 include three years of free scheduled maintenance.

The 2022 BMW X3 is a great car just the right size for a lot of buyers. Its competitors offer fierce competition, and while the X3 is definitely the best option, it won’t be everyone’s favourite. However, we still think it’s competitive, and I enjoyed the M40i a lot.

Product page: 2022 BMW X3

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