2022 BMW X3 vs. 2022 BMW X5

2022 BMW X3 vs. X5 Comparison
2022 BMW X3


2022 BMW X5
$43,700 MSRP

Starting Price

$60,600 MSRP
5 passengers

Seating Capacity

5-7 passengers
248 hp 2.0L 4-cylinder

Base Engine

335 hp 3.0L 6-cylinder
28.7 cubic feet

Cargo Space

33.9 cubic fee
36.4 inches

Second-Row Legroom

37.4 inches

When you compare BMW models, you’re guaranteed to win! Our 2022 BMW X3 vs. X5 matchup shows that while the X5 is larger and more powerful, the accessible X3 is still a phenomenal choice. We’ve laid out everything you’ll need to know to make the right call—and if you need to see more, you can always see both BMW SUV models in person at our dealership!



2022 BMW X3 vs. X5: Price Overview

No driver wants to spend more than they have to. Although the BMW X3 and the BMW X5 are both luxurious and well-appointed vehicles, you can bring home either model in exchange for an accessible monthly payment:

  • 2022 BMW X3: Starting at $43,700 MSRP
  • 2022 BMW X5: Starting at $60,600 MSRP

The X3 and the X5 share many standard features, but the X5 has several advantages that justify its higher price tag. Just for starters, only the X5 comes standard with a hands-free liftgate, three-stage heated front seats, and a panoramic moonroof.

2022 BMW X3 vs. X5: Performance Features

If you’re exploring our lineup to find the Ultimate Driving Machine®, performance can’t be absent from the equation. Although the X3 is certainly formidable, the X5 offers more power as standard as well as more power at the top of the line:

2022 BMW X3 Engine Options

  • 2.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder: 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L BMW M TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder: 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L BMW M TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder: 473 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque (specs are for the BMW X3 M configuration)

2022 BMW X5 Engine Options

  • 3.0L BMW M TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder: 335 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder with integrated electric motor: 389 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque
  • 4.4L BMW M TwinPower Turbo V-8 engine: 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque
  • 4.4L BMW M TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine: Up to 617 hp with Competition Package

It’s also important to note that the X5 is currently available as a plug-in hybrid. At the time of this writing, the X3 lineup has no rival for the BMW X5 xDrive45e, and that means efficiency-conscious Los Angeles-area drivers can safely upgrade to the larger vehicle without worrying about higher fuel costs. However, if you’re comparing gas-powered configurations, the smaller X3 is generally more efficient.

2022 BMW X3 vs. X5: Interior Dimensions

As we’ve mentioned throughout this comparison, the midsize X5 is larger than the compact X3. Here’s what this difference actually means in practice:

  • Only the X5 is offered with an optional third row of seats that brings your total capacity to seven passengers. The X3 can only seat five.
  • The X3 offers 36.4 inches of second-row legroom, compared to 37.4 inches in the X5.
  • The X3 measures 185.9 inches end-to-end, so it’s easier to park and maneuver than the X5—which comes in at 194.3 inches.
  • The BMW X5 offers 33.9 cubic feet with the rear seats upright; the X3 offers 28.7 cubic feet under the same conditions. When the rear seats are folded flat, the X5 can store about 10 more cubic feet of cargo than the X3.

See Both BMW SUV Models at Rusnak BMW!

Still comparing the BMW X3 vs. X5? If you’re based anywhere near Westlake Village or Malibu, we encourage you to stop into our Thousand Oaks dealership and test drive both models at your convenience! Ready to move forward? Reserve the X3 or X5 that’s right for you today.


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