2020 BMW X3

2020 BMW X3

2020 BMW X5

2020 BMW X5

2020 BMW X3 vs. 2020 BMW X5

2020 BMW X3


2020 BMW X5
$41,950 MSRP


$58,900 MSRP

Maximum Seating

7 with optional 3rd row
62.7 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Space

72.3 cubic feet
248-hp 2.0L I-4 engine

Starting Engine

335-hp 3.0L I-6 engine
23 mpg

City mpg

20 mpg
30 mpg

Highway mpg

26 mpg

2020 BMW X3 vs. 2020 BMW X5

The 2020 BMW X3 and the 2020 BMW X5 are both smart choices for the driver who wants a powerful yet balanced vehicle, but which of these BMW SUV models has exactly what you’re searching for? Pit the BMW X3 vs. X5 today, and then take each model for a test drive on the roads near Los Angeles and Hollywood!

BMW X3 vs. X5: Seating Space, Cargo Capacity, and Dimensions

The BMW X3 is a compact luxury crossover, while the BMW X5 qualifies as a midsize SUV. So, before you even get into the details, you should know that while the X3 is smaller and easier to park on the streets of Burbank, the X5 is going to offer more cargo space, along with an optional third row.  Here’s what you should keep in mind while you compare these BMW models: BMW X3

  • Maximum Seating Capacity – 5
  • Cargo Space (2 Rows, Seats Upright) – 28.7 cubic feet
  • Cargo Space (2 Rows, Seats Flat) – 62.7 cubic feet


  • Maximum Seating Capacity – 7
  • Cargo Space (2 Rows, Seats Upright) – 33.9 cubic feet
  • Cargo Space (2 Rows, Seats Flat) – 72.3 cubic feet

Although the three-row BMW X5 won’t offer quite as much space with all of its seats upright, it still remains the stronger choice for the driver who wants to maximize their capacities. However, the compact X3 is certainly capable and versatile in its own right.

BMW X3 vs. X5: Performance Specs

The BMW X3 comes standard with a 2.0-liter Inline 4-Cylinder engine, offering 248 hp. For 2020, this compact SUV gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg city, 30 mpg highway.  The larger BMW X5 gets a 3.0L Turbocharged Inline 6-cylinder engine, standard. It gets 335 hp, and although official 2020 fuel economy numbers are not yet known for this model, the 2019 X5 got 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. Considering an upgrade? With the X3, you’ll have the option to equip a 3.0L Turbocharged Inline 6-cylinder engine with 382 hp. The X5 offers two additional options: a 4.4-liter Twin-Turbocharged V8 with 456 hp, or a 4.4-liter Twin-Turbocharged V8 with 523 hp! You’ll also need to consider the new BMW X5 PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle), which has just been released for 2020.

Don’t Wait to Get Behind the Wheel!

When you compare BMW models on paper, you can learn a lot very quickly. However, if you really want to see what these BMW SUV models can do, you’ll need to get behind the wheel at Pacific BMW. Check out our new BMW X3 inventory or our new BMW X5 inventory today, and then drive into Glendale to take your turn in the cockpit. You can also explore the X1 vs. X3 or check out the X5 towing capacity or X3 towing capacity.

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