2021 BMW X3 vs. 2021 BMW X5

2021 BMW X3 vs. 2021 BMW X5
2021 BMW X3


2021 BMW X5
$43,000 MSRP

Starting Price

$59,400 MSRP
5 passengers

Seating Capacity

5-7 passengers
28.7 cubic feet

Cargo Space (Seats Upright)

33.9 cubic feet
248 hp 2.0L I-4 engine

Base Engine

335 hp 3.0L I-6 engine
382 hp 3.0L I-6 engine

Top Engine

523 hp 4.4L V8 engine

Drivetrain Options


Available as Plug-In Hybrid


If you’re on the market for a luxury SUV, there’s a good chance you’ve considered BMW SUV models. Idaho Falls drivers often end up thinking about the 2021 BMW X3 vs. X5 matchup. Read below as BMW of Idaho Falls compares BMW models!

BMW X3 vs. X5: Interior Space

The biggest difference Jackson, WY drivers will care about when they compare BMW models is the size. The BMW X3 is a compact SUV and the X5 is a midsize SUV. Both come with standard 5-passenger seating, but the X5 has an option for the third row and 7 passengers. One question people have about these vehicles concerns cargo space:

  • The BMW X3 Cargo Space: 28.7 cubic feet of cargo space is in the back of the X3, but you can adjust the 40/20/40 split fold-down through-load rear seats for 62.7 cubic feet of cargo space.
  • The BMW X5: 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space exists in the standard passenger configuration (if you use the third-row configuration, you’ll need to fold those down to get that space). The max cargo space with the rear seats folded is 72.3 cubic feet.

BMW X3 vs. X5: Engines and Performance

Whenever you compare BMW models, you’re going to find high performance standards. A larger size requires a larger engine, so the X5 has more torque to get it around on Bozeman, MT roads. But the X3 engine is powerful, too, and more than enough to give you responsive city handling. Here are the many engine options available on these BMW SUV models:

2021 BMW X3 Engine Options

  • Standard 248-hp 2.0L I-4 engine with 258 lb-ft of torque
  • Upgrade: 382- hp 3.0L M Performance I-6 engine with 382 lb-ft of torque
  • Hybrid: 288-hp 2.0L I-4 engine with eDrive Electric Motor with 258 lb-ft of torque
  • sDrive RWD or xDrive AWD on the base trim
  • Standard xDrive AWD on upper trims
  • Max 4,400 pounds towing capacity

2021 BMW X5 Engine Options

  • Standard 355-hp 3.0L I-6 engine with 330 lb-ft of torque
  • Upgrade: 523-hp 4.4L M Performance V8 engine with 553 lb-ft of torque
  • Hybrid: 3.0L I-6 engine with eDrive Electric Motor with 331 lb-ft of torque
  • sDrive RWD or xDrive AWD on the base trim
  • Standard xDrive AWD on upper trims
  • Max 7,200 pounds towing capacity

BMW X3 vs. X5: Technology and Amenities

Both of these BMW SUV models are stuffed with convenient technology and comfortable features. You’ll find standard leatherette upholstery, 10-way power front seats, and voice-activated navigation to guide you on Butte, MT roads. There are some noticeable differences between the two:

  • Speakers: Though it’s smaller, the X3 has 12 standard speakers in its system. The X5 has 10.
  • Connectivity: The X5 has standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, while the X3 only has the former standard. You can get Android Auto™ with a simple upgrade.
  • Heated Front Seats: The X5 has standard three-stage heated front seats, another feature that requires an upgrade on the X3.
  • Cargo Features: Upgrade the X3 for a hands-free liftgate. The X5 has a standard hands-free access trunk and Comfort Access keyless entry.

Compare BMW Models at BMW of Idaho Falls

So, where do you fall on the BMW X3 vs. X5 matchup? At BMW of Idaho Falls, we’re proud to have these BMW SUV models among our lease and finance offers for Idaho Falls drivers. Contact us today to set up a test drive with the X3 or X5! Also be sure to learn more about BMW X5 interior features and the X3 interior features.

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