BMW X3 M Competition review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

BMW X3 M 2021 LHD infotainment
  •  BMW X3 M 2021 front cornering
  • BMW X3 M 2021 rear cornering
  • BMW X3 M 2021 LHD dashboard
  • BMW X3 M 2021 LHD rear seats
  • BMW X3 M 2021 LHD infotainment
  • BMW X3 M 2021 right low tracking
  • BMW X3 M 2021 left panning
  • BMW X3 M 2021 left high cornering
  • BMW X3 M 2021 front right static
  • BMW X3 M 2021 rear right static
  • BMW X3 M 2021 LHD front seats
  •  BMW X3 M 2021 front cornering
  • BMW X3 M 2021 rear cornering
  • BMW X3 M 2021 LHD dashboard
  • BMW X3 M 2021 LHD rear seats
  • BMW X3 M 2021 LHD infotainment
  • BMW X3 M 2021 right low tracking
  • BMW X3 M 2021 left panning
  • BMW X3 M 2021 left high cornering
  • BMW X3 M 2021 front right static
  • BMW X3 M 2021 rear right static
  • BMW X3 M 2021 LHD front seats
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

If you’re interested in buying an X3 M Competition, or indeed any of its rivals, it’s unlikely that you have inexpensive, economical motoring in mind. Still, it actually costs slightly less than the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63S to buy outright, although the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is less expensive than either. Even so, a basic X3 M is still around twice the price of a Cupra Ateca.

The X3 M’s equipment levels are a match for rivals’, but a quick stroll down the options list can see the price rapidly escalating. Be prepared, too, for fuel economy that hovers around 25mpg – hardly parsimonious but broadly matching that of direct rivals.

Overview

The X3 M Competition is certainly a true M product; it shares little with the regular X3 when it comes to suspension and engine. It’s a tremendously fast SUV, too, and a die-hard M car fan might be willing to live with its rock-hard ride, but rivals such as the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63s manage to be more cosseting without skimping on fun. For most, the cheaper X3 M40i is plenty fast, and its softer suspension setup makes it much more liveable day-to-day.

  • Fast yet approachable
  • Composed handling
  • Generous standard kit
  • Firm ride
  • Uninspiring exhaust note
  • Lots of road noise
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