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BMW xDrive 30e

Plug-in Hybrid


Seats 5

27.2ft3 Cargo


12.0kWh Battery

Since its launch in 2003, close to 600,000 BMW X3s have been sold through 2019 in the United States alone, which proves its incredible popularity in the SUV crossover segment. In today’s world, with SUVs and Crossovers totally dominating the automotive market, BMW offers a wide variety of models to choose from.

Classified as a Small Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD by the EPA, the X3 is the German luxury brand’s best-selling SUV. Believe it or not, it’s BMW’s best-selling vehicle, period! Drivers have fallen in love with this practical 5-seat SUV that offers the sports sedan handling of a 3 Series. One of its biggest attractions: it’s just the right size for singles, couples and small families, which make up a sizable chunk of its customers.

For 2021, the Bavarian automaker has introduced an X3 hybrid version with numerous technology updates, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. Called the X3 xDrive 30e, this 3rd Generation X3 becomes one of 5 BMW plug-in hybrids now available for drivers looking to become e-mobile.

Assuming you’ve charged the 12kWh battery, your 2021 X3 PHEV will start in Max eDrive (all-electric mode) and will stay there for an EPA-rated 18 miles of electric range. An Autoblog test driver claims he got 20.9 miles before the gas engine kicked in. The car is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and an 80kW (107hp) e-motor which combines for 288hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The e-motor is integrated into the car’s 8-speed Steptronic transmission.

Once the battery is depleted, the SAV – Sports Activity Vehicle, as BMW likes to call it – operates as a conventional hybrid, with an MPGe of 60 City/24 Highway, and a total range of 340 miles. With only the gas engine operating, the car gets an EPA-estimated 24mpg and a 14/19/16 city/highway/combined rating. The plug-in’s battery is fully re-powered in 3.5 hours using a Level 2 (240V) charger, and in 6 hours using a regular 120V wall plug. A BMW iWallbox will charge the car in around 3 hours.

BMW claims this PHEV will reach a speed of 60mph in 5.9 seconds, a 10th of a sec faster than the gas-only X3. The automaker estimates their new plug-in saves up to 778 gas gallons per year and reduces the CO2 footprint by 12,724 pounds per year, giving the eco-minded a reason to cheer.

The X3 PHEV’s competition for 2021 includes the Mercedes GLC 350e, Volvo’s XC60 T8 and Audi’s new Q5 TFSIe. The Mercedes offers 4 more e-miles, the Audi offers 2 more e-miles and the Volvo offers 1 additional e-mile. All three competitors have more power than the X3 30e and the GLC 350e is faster. But the X3 30e beats out these prestige SUVs price-wise; a major consideration for most customers.

Bottom line? If you’re looking for a luxury SUV with an ecology-conscious twist of 18 green miles added, and you’re a fan of BMW’s highly venerated styling touches and superb driving dynamics, this is the car for you. Excellent chassis tuning and great suspension set-ups offer a comfortable ride at one end of the driving spectrum and a sporty ride at the other, depending on the driving mode you choose.

Another X3 PHEV bonus is its generous rear cabin passenger area; the vehicle has 28.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats in place and 62.7 cubic feet when they’re folded down. These volumes are at the high end of the car’s segment. Interesting to note: the PHEV loses just 1.5 cubic feet to the gas version to make room for its battery packs under the rear seats; a sign of smart design and engineering. Towing is rated at around 4,400 pounds.

The base trim BMW X3 PHEV has a starting MSRP of $49,600. With estimated state and Federal incentives of up to $7,636 (, the starting cost can be reduced to as low as $42,000.

BMW has continually updated the vehicle to gain marketshare. For 2021, it comes with Android Auto and Smartphone integration and a one-year subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio. Standard as well is Live Cockpit Pro, which bundles together a 12.3” Digital Instrument Cluster and a larger 10.25” Central Information Display touchscreen. Live Cockpit Control provides more control, connectivity and customization than prior versions. The formerly optional Active Driving Assist package is also now standard.

The X3 has earned a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the X3 its highest accolade of Top Safety Pic and it earned max scores in every major category. Standard X3 safety features include: anti-lock brakes which automatically dry the pads in wet weather and BMW Assist eCall emergency services, which include automatic crash notification and an emergency services request button. BMW’s Active Guard system with forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking at city speeds is now standard, as is Active Driving Assistant, which adds lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Active cruise control with stop and go and lane-keeping assistance is now optional.

Additional safety features include: ABS and Driveline Traction Control; DSC Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Roll Stability Control (RSC); Side Impact Beams; Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags; Park Distance Control Front and Rear Parking Sensors; Frontal Collision Warning w/City Collision Mitigation; Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning; Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags; Curtain 1st and 2nd Row Airbags; Airbag Occupancy Sensors; Driver and Passenger Knee Airbags; Rear Child Safety Locks; Outboard Front Lap and Shoulder Safety Belts including Rear Center 3 Point Pretensioners; and a Back-Up Camera.

BMW’s warranties for their PHEVs are some of the best in the business. They completely cover a BMW plug-in’s 3-year lease period. These individual warranties include:
• 4 Basic Years / 50,000 Basic Miles
• 4 Drivetrain Years / 50,000 Drivetrain Miles
• 12 Corrosion Years / Unlimited Corrosion Miles
• 8 Hybrid/Electric Components Years / 80,000 Hybrid/Electric Components Miles
• 4 Roadside Assistance Years / Unlimited Roadside Assistance Miles
• 3 Maintenance Years / 36,000 Maintenance Miles

It will come as no surprise to X3 aficionados that an all-electric iX3 is being built at BMW’s Shenyang, China, Brilliance Automotive plant and will debut first in that country before coming to the United States. In 2019, BMW outsold Mercedes Benz and Audi, doing so by selling a total of 723,680 BMWs and MINI vehicles in China, alone. 120,000 of those cars were locally-produced X3s. Given its smaller battery and lower electrical range, the German car company is concerned the iX3 won’t be able to compete in the USA with its peer SUVs, which offer upwards of 250 miles of EPA e-range. Additionally, the iX3 will be a rear-wheel drive only, unfavorable to US customers, who generally prefer SUVs with 4-wheel drive. So for now, the iX3 won’t be landing on American shores.

BMW is perfectly content to promote its highly popular X3 and X3e PHEV in the USA for the time being. Based on past sales, customers will continue their love affair with the X3 family.



  • 2.0-litre BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder, 16-valve 248hp engine, combined with an integrated electric motor and a twin-scroll turbocharger with variable valve control (Double-VANOS and Valvetronic) and high-precision direct injection
  • Lithium Ion Traction Battery w/3.7 kW Onboard Charger, 6 Hrs Charge Time @ 110/120V and 3.5 Hrs Charge Time @ 220/240V
  • Transmission: 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and Launch Control
  • Electronic Throttle Control
  • Brake Energy Regeneration
  • Auto Start-Stop Function
  • Driving Dynamics Control with ECO PRO, COMFORT, and SPORT modes
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), including Brake Fade Compensation, Start-off Assistant, Brake Drying, and Brake Stand-by features; with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
  • Servotronic power-steering assist
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Electric power steering
  • Twin-tube gas-pressure shock absorbers
  • Multi-link front axle suspension with spring struts
  • 5-link rear axle suspension
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Front and rear anti-roll (stabilizer) bars
  • 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), composite front rotors and Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), brake-pad wear indicators and Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
  • Rear-wheel-drive system
  • Combined Horsepower / Torque: 288 / 310
  • ED Drive Motor Torque: 107 @ 5,000
  • Acceleration: 0 – 60 in 5.9 seconds
  • Top Speed: 130mph
  • Towing Capacity: 2,000kg (4,409lbs)


  • Live Cockpit Plus features a 5.7" analog instrument cluster and 10.25" central information display. The multi-input iDrive 6.0 system is operated by voice, touchscreen, and iDrive touchpad Controller. Navigation, Bluetooth, two USB ports, 8 freely programmable bookmarks, and Over-the-Air (OTA) updates for map data up to 4 times annually are also included
  • Anti-theft AM/FM stereo with Radio Data System (RDS)
  • HiFi Sound System with 205-watt digital amplifier and 12 speakers
  • HD Radio with "multicast" FM station reception
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 1-year All Access subscription
  • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
  • Radio Control US
  • DVD Area Coding (North America)
  • 205w Regular Amplifier
  • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
  • 3-spoke telescopic leather-wrapped multi-function sport steering wheel
  • Expanded Check Control vehicle monitor system
  • Galvanic Controls
  • Dynamic Cruise Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Rear-window defroster
  • BMW TeleServices
  • BMW ConnectedDrive Services
  • Apple CarPlay Compatibility
  • Connected Package Plus features Real Time Traffic, BMW Remote Services including Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Remote Door Unlock, and BMW Connected App, and Concierge Services.
  • WiFi Hotspot including 3 GB/3-month trial
  • Advanced Vehicle & Key Memory includes most recently used climate-control temperature and air-distribution settings; exterior mirror and power seat settings; audio tone settings and radio presets; central-locking preferences; lighting preferences and push to start button
  • Seats: 10-way power front sport seats including 2-way power side bolsters, with 2-way manual headrests and thigh support, and memory system for driver's seat; 40/20/40 split fold-down through-load rear seats; Rear seatback adjustment
  • Micro-filter ventilation system with replaceable active-charcoal filters
  • Automatic 3-zone Climate Control including micro-filter and automatic air recirculation
  • Automatic tilt-down of passenger's side-view mirror (when car is shifted into reverse gear) for visibility of curb when backing up
  • Power front windows with key-off and "one touch" up and down operation; power rear windows with "one-touch" down; anti-trapping feature
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers with adjustable speed and automatic headlight control
  • Rear-window wiper/washer with adjustable wiping interval
  • Automatic-dimming interior rear-view mirror and driver's-side exterior mirror
  • Interior courtesy lights with automatic-dimming function
  • Front-seat center console with armrest and storage compartment
  • Open storage compartments in all doors and front-seatback storage
  • Fully finished cargo area with velour carpeting and remote trunk release
  • Power tailgate
  • Locking glovebox
  • Front map lights with separate controls for the left and right, and rear reading light
  • Dual front sun visors with illuminated mirrors
  • Dual cupholders in front and rear
  • Fold-up rear-seat center armrest
  • Privacy glass
  • Storage compartment package
  • Universal garage-door opener
  • Front and rear Head Protection System (HPS)
  • Park Distance Control, front and rear
  • Rear-view Camera
  • Driver's and passenger's front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with advanced technology: dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment; and front-passenger-seat sensors designed to prevent unnecessary airbag deployment
  • 3-point safety belts with force limiters and head restraints at all seating positions
  • Acoustic safety-belt warning
  • Seat-mounted front side-impact airbags
  • Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger-seat safety belts (for installation of child-restraint seats)
  • LATCH attachments for child-restraint safety installation
  • Central locking system on driver and front passenger doors
  • Front safety belts with automatic pretensioners
  • Active Protection System detects imminent accidents, then prepares by automatically pretensioning safety belts, closing windows and moonroof, and activating post-crash braking; includes Fatigue and Focus Alert feature
  • Impact sensor that activates Battery Safety Terminal disconnect of alternator, fuel pump and starter from battery; automatically unlocks doors; and turns on hazard and interior lights
  • Adaptive Brakelights
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • BMW Assist eCall includes Emergency Request (SOS button) and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification
  • Active Driving Assistant, includes Frontal Collision Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning


  • 18" Y-spoke wheels, style 688 with all-season run-flat tires
  • Power-folding, heated side mirrors
  • Satin Aluminum roof rails
  • Roof spoiler with center brakelight
  • Non-metallic paint
  • Chrome exhaust tips
  • Satin Aluminum exterior trim
  • LED fog lights
  • Programmable LED Daytime Running Lights
  • LED Headlights with Cornering Lights
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent and Metal-Look Bumper Insert
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent and Metal-Look Bumper Insert
  • Metal-Look Bodyside Insert and Black Wheel Well Trim
  • Metal-Look Side Windows Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Driver Auto Dimming, Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
  • Deep Tinted Glass
  • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
  • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Metal-Look Grille w/Chrome Surround
  • Power Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
  • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
  • Roof Rack Rails Only
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