2020 BMW X3 vs. Its Competition

2020 BMW X3
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The BMW X3 is most often compared to the Mercedes GLC Class for good reason: both are German, offer good luxury, with a wide range of performance potential.

The GLC is more stylish, but the BMW offers a slightly better base powertrain.

The Audi Q5 is relatively conservative next to both—it’s the understated one of the bunch.

The Acura RDX goes all-in on tech and an advanced powertrain that includes a 10-speed automatic.

The Lincoln Corsair offers stateliness instead of performance or flash.

The conservative style of the Volvo XC60 is our off-the-beaten-path pick.

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Quick Specs
The 2020 BMW X3 is excellent at delivering what crossover buyers want: luxury, capability, and a prestigious badge attached.
The 2020 Acura RDX is a stylish, strong-performing crossover SUV worthy of a place on any shopping list.
The 2020 Audi Q5 has become the default luxury crossover SUV for many drivers for a reason: it’s very good.
The 2020 Lincoln Corsair capitalizes on calm—and caps out near $60,000.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is comfortable and quiet, with few rivals in among small luxury crossovers.
The 2020 Volvo XC60 delivers all the feel and substance of a luxury car, without any ostentatious attitude.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
sDrive30i Sports Activity VehicleFWDPremium 45 TFSI quattroStandard FWDGLC 300 SUVT5 FWD Momentum
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
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Sports Activity VehicleSport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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