BMW X3 vs X5

A luxury SUV can offer drivers the perfect combination of a tall ride height, generous interior space, and premium versatility. The BMW X5 is a midsize luxury crossover that was BMW’s first entry into the SUV segment. Even when it was first released in 2000, it turned heads. The BMW X3 is a compact luxury crossover that hit the automotive market four years later. Whether new or used, these models can deliver premium driving and elegant features. In this BMW X3 vs X5 comparison, we are going to look at a few of the key differences.

Generally, both the BMW X3 and X5 offer seating for five passengers, though the BMW X5 is available with a third row which can bring interior capacity up to seven. The X5 offers more cargo space, and generally come standard with a more powerful engine. That said, for drivers looking for a compact commuting vehicle, the BMW X3 offers elegant luxury, generous power, and premium maneuverability at a lower price point. We’ve compared the BMW X5 vs X3 in a recent model year to show you some of the general differences.

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2017 BMW X3 vs 2017 BMW X5
$40,000 Estimated Starting MSRP $56,000
2.0-L 4-cylinder Base Engine 3.0-L 6-cylinder
63.3 cubic feet Cargo Capacity 66 cubic feet
5 Seating 5-7

Advantages of the BMW X3 and X5

The BMW X5 is a larger crossover SUV than the BMW X3, and it comes with a more powerful standard engine. While the exact engine output and mileage will vary depending on the specific model year and trim chosen, the BMW X5 will usually offer more horsepower and torque than the smaller BMX X3. However, the BMW X3, with its compact dimensions and fuel-sipping engine options, can often deliver a better mileage number than its larger SUV sibling. One thing that will be consistent no matter which BMW crossover you choose is that premium comfort and features will be standard.

If you are interested in one of these BMW crossovers, consider shopping the selection of pre-owned BMW models available at Certified Autoplex near Dallas-Fort Worth. Our vehicles are of recent model years and represent great quality. We also offer reasonable shipping throughout Texas and all across the continental United States. Explore our inventory today, and be sure to contact a member of the Certified Autoplex team if you are interested in learning more about one of our pre-owned luxury SUVs.

side view of the 2017 BMW X3 on the road
rear view of the 2017 BMW X5 on a cliff
2017 BMW X3 rear seats
seating in the 2017 BMW X5