Review of BMW X3 M40i

Richard C. Siniard • 4 August 2022

BMW has recently steadily expanded its SUV lineup, thanks to the addition of cars like the iX. Still, the BMW X3 still has a place in the hearts of many motorists, having long been hailed as a great SUV option for those looking to combine luxury and sport. For 2022, BMW has made some modest changes to the X3, including the addition of a hybrid system to make driving smoother. 

But BMW isn't the only manufacturer trying to develop its SUV. Over the past year or so, we've seen a number of electric SUVs and crossovers - and many of them are making compelling arguments. Some car enthusiasts pose a question in Wapcar will the 2022 BMW X3 M40i do enough to keep its position as a leading contender in the SUV segment? I drove it for a while to find out.

2022 BMW X3 M40i performance

The 2022 BMW X3 M40i comes with a 3.0-liter i6 engine, but perhaps even more interestingly, BMW has also included a 48-volt mild-hybrid generator starter. The result is 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Its speed could start at 0 and achieve a peak at 60 in 4.2 seconds. There is no doubt that it's pretty fast. 

Rapid acceleration is only part of the picture, however. The car is responsive and smooth. It is easily turn-based, and less lean despite its larger size. It's a real pleasure to drive, no matter what driving mode you're in.

2022 BMW X3 M40i exterior design

The exterior of the BMW X3 M40i will be familiar to anyone who's seen any other modern BMW - but that's not a bad thing. It looks sleek and elegant, with slim headlights and almost timeless styling. The car has completely avoided the oversized grilles, however, they are still larger than previous generations. Like I said before,  the giant nets don't bother me anymore.  

The side profile of the X3 makes it clear that this is a midsize SUV, with a slightly sloping roofline that curves towards the rear of the vehicle. There's a small upper spoiler for a stylish accent, and the taillights are sculpted in a  modern and interesting way. The X3 comes in several different colors and our review model is Metallic Blue, which looks great. The wheels on our model are  20-inch dual-spoke M 5-spoke wheels, which I also love.

2022 BMW X3 M40i interior design

The familiarity of the BMW lingers inside the car. Like all modern BMWs, the X3 features high-quality beige stitched leather, which overall looks great. 

One of the best things about this particular BMW, however, is its spacious interior. The taller roof ensures plenty of headroom front and rear, and the oversized windows provide excellent visibility regardless of the driver's height. 

The space also extends to the trunk. I happened to revisit this car when my parents and brother flew to town, and I could easily fit three large suitcases in the trunk. The trunk offers 28.7 cubic feet of space with the rear seats raised and an impressive 62.6 cubic feet of space with the seats folded down. 

The front has many physical buttons for climate control, and cars, in general, have three climate zones, so rear passengers can control them individually. There are also USB-C ports dotted throughout the car, which comes in very handy.

2022 BMW X3 M40i driver assist

As you would expect, the BMW X3 M40i comes with a number of driver assistance features that can make driving and parking easier. You'll get the basics, like a rear view camera and blind spot monitoring. You'll also get a 360-degree camera view, which has quickly become one of my favorite features on modern cars. 

BMW generally lags behind the competition a bit when it comes to self-driving tech, but depending on the option you get, you'll still get adaptive cruise control, which can be useful in stopping traffic. and go. And, you will have a lane assistant.

2022 BMW X3 M40i infotainment

The BMW X3 M40i comes with BMW's iDrive 7 infotainment system which I love/hate a bit. The design of this one is good, although it still looks a bit old and messy. It revolves around a customizable home screen, followed by a few "apps" screens that you can dive into. Again, this works well and it's better than the others. 

Of course, you don't need to use iDrive 7 much if you don't want to. Vehicles are pre-installed with Android Auto and CarPlay via a wireless connection. Unlike other BMWs, I never really had any connectivity issues with CarPlay Wireless, however.

 

The competition

The BMW X3 M40i is a great choice, but not without its competition. Most notably, the car goes up against models like the Genesis GV70, which is probably a slightly better option thanks to its stunning design and great performance. 

 

Conclusions

The BMW X3 M40i is a luxurious SUV. Such a car is easy for the owner to drive and handle. However, the price of the X3 M40i is not as affordable as expected. But if you take its luxury and spaciousness into consideration and you also have the desire to buy a car, it is obvious that the BMW X3 M40i is your wonderful option.