BMW X3 vs BMW X5 Comparison

bmw x3 vs bmw x5 comparison

BMW is famous for producing high-performance, high-technology luxury cars that are ideal and practical, and these vehicles come in different sizes and forms. BMW has most models and versions that try to look similar in many aspects but differ in size, engines, performance, and form such as BMW X3 and BMW X5. In this article, we will review BMW X3 and BMW X5 models by comparing their interior, exterior, engine, and practicality. The BMW X3 and BMW X5 are both SUVs and when it comes to deciding which one to buy, it can be difficult to decide which one you should buy! 

Our review of the BMW X3 vs BMW X5 is full of information about the styling, design, interior, and exterior department on both models, plus what is installed under the bonnet. Please let’s go through it.

N.B: Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD prices as of May 2022.

 BMW X3BMW X5
Capacity/Doors5 door/5 seater5 door/5 seater
Torque– 600 Nm400Nm - 750 Nm
Top Speed260 km/h225 km/h
0-100 km/h5.8 sec – 9.9 sec3.8 sec – 3.9 sec
Max Power180 hp – 360 hp184 – 575 hp
Engine2.0L – 3.0L  2.0L – 4.4L
Fuel Tank Capacity67L83L
Key Features SRS Airbags, Curtain airbags,

DCS and TCS, ABS,

Electronic Stability Control,

Adaptive Headlights
Built-in Monitor, Sunroof,

Power Windows
Fuel Consumption~22.23 km/l~10.6 km/l
Length x Width x Height4.65×1.88×1.67 m4.93×2.00×1.74 m
BE FORWARD PRICEUSD 1,810 – 73,580 USD 2,220 – 74,500

Interior & Exterior Comparison

BMW X3

(a) Cabin Storage

The BMW X3 is spacious for a car its size and comes with enough space for both headroom and legroom in the front cabin. The second-row seat is designed to  accommodate 3 passengers, but the one sitting in the middle will struggle for legroom due to the interference of the transmission tunnel, but the 2 passengers will be much more comfortable.

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The interior of the BMW X3 is so good and you will find storage booths that are useful for storing items such as smartphones, goggles, handbags, beverages, etc. In the front row, you are treated with a center box, 4 cup-holders, door panel storage, and a glovebox. In the passenger’s row, there are front seat jacket pockets, 4 cup holders, and door pockets.

(b) Cargo Space

The boot space is somehow great and can accommodate luggage for a family of 5. When extra space is needed, the rear seats can fold flat in a split format to create an even bigger room.

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Exterior

The BMW X3 has a smooth and well-shaped exterior that is angular from the front to the curvy rear. The M Sport has bigger alloy rims and extra detailing that give it an impressive pose with all higher grades.

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BMW X5

As the very first SUV from this Bavarian car-maker the BMW X5 first made its appearance in 1999. When the 2nd generation X5 was launched with many improvements and upgrading including an all-wheel-drive system that was combined with an automatic transmission the following generations receive many upgrades in the exterior, interior, and technology. The 3rd generation started production from 2013 to 2018, with a number of further upgrades and improvements and incorporating the latest technology features. Now it’s in the 4th generation starting from 2019 to the present.

(a) Cabin Storage

The BMW X5 is a 5-seater, 5-door luxury SUV that is roomy with enough space to carry 5 tall adults comfortably. Inside the X5 has a number of advanced features suitable for its status. Among the most key features include its fitting 10-way adjustable front seats. The driver’s seat has features like heated seats, leather, and lumbar support.

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Other interior features include front and rear cupholders, a navigation system, a built-in system monitor, power control for the tailgate, a smart device integration system, all-power windows, and a sunroof. With all of the features being within easy reach like many BMWs, this model makes the cockpit a driver-centric affair. In addition, it has a useful footrest as well as a telescopic steering wheel.

(b) Cargo Space

The cargo space of the X5 is around 1,076L and is located behind the 2nd-row seats. The 2nd-row seats are also foldable in an easy split style, so you can increase the cargo space when needed. Cargo space increased when folding down the seats to a convenient 2,152L, and the cargo space can be hidden so passersby will not see what you carry in your boot.

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Exterior

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The exterior of the X5 has great looks and is also eye catchy for any passerby that values a good appearance of a vehicle. The X5’s tapered roof gives this vehicle an aggressive look fit for a station wagon.

Engine, Performance & Fuel Consumption

BMW X3

(a) Engine & Performance

bmw x3 engine

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The BMW X3 3rd generation has several optional engines such as the 2.0L B48B20B I4 turbo, the 3.0L B58B30/S58B30T0 I6 turbo/twin-turbo petrol engines, the 2.0L B47D20 I4 turbo petrol plug-in hybrid, the 2.0L B48B20 I4 turbo with an electric motor, and the 3.0L B57D30M0 I6 turbo diesel engine. All these engines are supported by an 8-speed ZF 8HP automatic Single-speed transmission with fixed ratio (iX3) and for the petrol plug-in hybrid combined with a 12 kWh Lithium-ion (PHEV) and 80 kWh Lithium-ion (iX3).

(b) Fuel Consumption

The BMW X3‘s fuel consumption is around 22.23 Km/L though the fuel consumption depends on several factors such as fuel used, driving habit, and engine fitted under the bonnet.

BMW X5

(a) Engine & Performance

bmw x5 engine

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The X5 4th generation comes fitted with one of several engine options such as the 2.0L B48 turbo I4, the 3.0L B58 turbo I6, the 3.0L B58 turbo PHEV I6, the 4.4L N63 twin-turbo V8, the 4.4L S63 twin-turbo V8 petrol engines, the 2.0L B47 turbo I4, the 3.0L B57 turbo I6, and the 3.0L B57 quad-turbo I6 diesel engines. These engines are supported by an 8-speed ZF 8HP automatic transmission.

All 2019 model year X5s are powered by xDrive all-wheel drive. The 2020 X5 sDrive was powered by BMW’s B58 I6 petrol engine (the sDrive40i).

The xDrive45e PHEV was another 2020 model year addition. It also has the B58 engine, attached with a 110 hp electric motor. The result is a combined power output of 389 hp from its larger 24 kWh battery pack.

BMW released the X5 M and X5 M Competition performance variants for the 2020 model year. Both models are powered by a 4.4L S63 twin-turbo V8. The X5 M generates 600 hp and accelerates from 0–100 km/h in 3.9 seconds while the Competition variant produces 617 hp and accelerates to 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 3.8 seconds.

In addition to the horsepower increase, the standard model and the Competition’s major differences are larger rear wheels, an upgraded exhaust system, and tires, improved standard leather upholstery, and Track mode.

(b) Fuel Consumption

Apart from having different model years with different engine sizes fitted under the bonnet, the X5 offers a standard fuel consumption range from 10.6km per liter with its fuel tank capacity of 83.3L.

Final Verdict

BMW is at top of automobile makers who manufacture good and reliable cars that are going anywhere without stress. The BMW X3 and the BMW X5 are those models that are unlimited in almost every aspect of vehicle details, The BMW X3 has better fuel consumption than BMW X5, but BMW X5 is the best in luxury and comfortability.

In terms of space, the X5 has a spacious interior and attractive look inside with more features than BMW X3 but both models are well in speed though the BMW X3 has a top speed of 260 kph while the X5 has a top speed of 225 kph.

If you plan to buy one of these models whether it is X3 or X5 you need to break the bank though the BMW X3 seems to be more affordable rather than BMW X5. After this piece of article, you will be filled with enough tips and the choice remains yours in which model to buy between BMW X3 vs BMW X5. Take a look at which model is better for you by visiting BE FORWARD.

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Written by: Josephat Lukaza

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