The 2022 BMW X3 retails from $52,990 in Canada and from $43,700 in the United States, freight and delivery charges not included.
Fun to drive, luxurious cabin, feels solid as a rock.
High entry price, average fuel economy, stiff suspension in M models.
Compact luxury crossover shoppers have plenty to choose from, but that wide selection could become a head-scratcher if we’re not sure what you’re looking for. However, if we’re into driving dynamics, the 2022 BMW X3 should be on our shortlist.
We’re obviously not teaching anybody anything here, as BMW has been focused on performance and handling for decades, if not forever. On the other hand, the X3 isn’t a one-dimensional vehicle, but it all depends on which variant we choose.
Under the hood, there are several powerplants available. The rear-drive sDrive30i (U.S. only) and AWD xDrive30i get a turbocharged 2.0L four that develops 248 horsepower. It nets 25/24 mpg or 9.9 L/100 km on the combined city/highway cycle, and premium fuel is required, of course.
The Canada-only xDrive30e plug-in hybrid serves up 288 combined horsepower, and boasts overall averages of 3.9 Le/100 km and 9.9 L/100 km, while its EV-only driving range is pegged at 29 km (18 miles).
Next up, we have the 2022 BMW X3 M40i that’s equipped with a turbo 3.0L inline-six, good for 382 horsepower and a combined average of 23 mpg or 10.3 L/100 km. At the top of the model range, there’s the X3 M (U.S. only) and X3 M Competition, which respectively belt out 473 and 503 horsepower with their twin-turbo 3.0L six engines.
For the 2022 model year, the X3 gets revised front and rear styling, new alloy wheel designs and paint colour changes, along with new interior upholsteries and colours.
The 2022 BMW X3 competes against the Acura RDX, the Audi Q5, the Porsche Macan, the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the Genesis GV70, the Jaguar F-PACE, the Lexus NX, the Volvo XC60 and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, and indirectly with the Cadillac XT5, the Infiniti QX50 and the Lincoln Corsair.
Why You Should Buy a 2022 BMW X3
- As mentioned above, the X3’s forte is driving dynamics. Every variant offers great handling characteristics and a sporty character. Obviously, the M40i is resolutely more athletic and the X3 M editions are brutes.
- The X3’s interior furnishings are quite handsome, fit and finish are excellent, and there are many colour schemes to choose from.
- The X3 feels solid as a rock, both in the way it drives and regarding cockpit switchgear. The infotainment system may not be the most easiest to use due to the many layers of on-screen menus, but its console-mounted multifunction knob helps out a lot.
- Tall folks will appreciate the 2022 BMW X3’s class-leading headroom. Legroom and shoulder room are average in the segment, though.
- The M40i, M and M Competition’s mix of performance and sound is exhilarating.
Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 2022 BMW X3
- Fuel economy is average in its segment. Some direct rivals such as the RDX and the Q5 are more efficient. However, the M40i is consumes less fuel than the Porsche Macan GTS, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, the Genesis GV70 3.5T and the Audi SQ5. On the other hand, the X3 M swills down more premium juice than all its competitors, even the V8-powered GLC 63. During our test with an M40i, we averaged a very decent 23 mpg or 10.3 L/100 km.
- The X3 M40i’s suspension is a little on the stiff side, especially when the Sport and Sport Plus modes are activated. The X3 M’s ride is very stiff, which becomes exhausting on less-then-perfect surfaces.
- The X3’s entry price is higher than almost all its rivals.
- Cargo space is average in its segment, surpassed by the Acura RDX and the Infiniti QX50, notably. At least the rear seats fold down flat and there are floor-mounted rails to tie stuff down.
The 2022 BMW X3 is a solid choice in the compact luxury crossover category. The third-generation model has been around since the 2018 model year, and although the mid-cycle changes aren’t significant, major improvements weren’t necessary.
Those who want a fun-to-drive vehicle will be pleased with the X3, but buyers should note that this crossover doesn’t necessarily come cheap, at least in its most popular variant. For the negligible fuel economy difference, and if our budget can swing the higher monthlies, we’d go for the M40i, listed at $57,800 in the U.S. and $68,000 in Canada. It’s the all-around best of the bunch with a swell mix of performance, sound, features and fuel economy.