BMW X3 vs BMW X5


Are you in the market for a sporty and well-appointed Sport Activity Vehicle®? Then you’re probably considering what the BMW X3 and the BMW X5 have to offer. Each delivers the rugged performance and flexible design you want along with the cutting-edge innovation you expect from a luxury brand.

To help you determine which SAV® is best suited to take on your active life, Faulkner BMW created this helpful comparison. Take a look before scheduling a test drive around Lancaster today!


BMW X3 vs BMW X5: Move Boldly

What adventures do you have on tap today? Perhaps it’s exploring the big city or maybe it’s somewhere far off the beaten path. Wherever you decide to go, each of these SAV® models deliver the confidence and comfort get you there and back.

Each feature an 8-speed automatic transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes for increased control. Delivering class-ranking efficiency and quick acceleration, each model’s stand engine packs serious RPMs:




2.0L TwinPower Turbo                   4-cylinder

Engine Type

3.0L TwinPower Turbo                  6-cylinder

248/258 lb-ft


335/330 lb-ft

6.0 seconds

0-60 MPH Acceleration

5.2 seconds

BMW X3 Fuel Economy

Fuel Efficiency

When you’re cruising between business appointments or enjoying a weekend road trip with the family, the last thing on your mind should be fueling up. That’s why each SAV® comes standard with Brake Energy Regeneration and an Auto Start-Stop function.

The results of these advanced technologies are clear; when properly configured, the BMW X3 earn an EPA-estimated 25/29/27 city/hwy/combined MPG.

By comparison, the larger BMW X5 puts up equally impressive numbers, earning an EPA-estimated 21/26/23 city/hwy/combined MPG rating.

BMW X5 Cargo

BMW X3 vs BMW X5: Stretch Out

Fully living up to the brand’s award-winning standards, each model creates an inviting space for up to five passengers.

Each SAV® provides over 40 inches of headroom across their front and rear seating areas while legroom is also generous. So, whether running errands around town or taking an impromptu trip down the shore, you’ll arrive in total comfort.

The same can be said for all your things in the cargo area as well:

  • BMW X3 cargo capacity: 28.7/62.7 cubic feet (behind 2nd/1st rows)
  • BMW X5 cargo capacity: 33.9/72.3 cubic feet (behind 2nd/1st rows)

BMW X3 Interior

BMW X3 vs BMW X5: Settle In

You’ll also find a wealth of comfortable amenities including power-adjustable front seats with memory, automatic climate control, and a power tailgate.  Each also offer 3-stage heated front seats to help take the chill of your morning commute.

Those looking to maintain the perfect mood will love the BMW X5’s panoramic moonroof. The model also offers BMW Extend Ambient Lighting package. Here you can softly illuminate the cabin from 12 distinct settings. 

BMW X5 Technology

BMW X3 vs BMW X5: Connect Up

Sync up and hit the open road as each model features a long-list of advanced technologies. Using standard features like Apple CarPlay® to the BMW ConnectedDrive® Services, you can pair your smartphone to their dashboard displays to enjoy all your favorite music and online services.

To turn your cabin into a rolling symphony hall, the BMW X5 offers a special Harman Kardon® Surround Sound Audio System.

Take a Closer at the BMW X3 and BMW X5

Ready to decide for yourself? The team at Faulkner BMW is ready to show you our impressive luxury SAV® lineup.

Visit our beautiful showroom and before you know it, you’ll be hitting the streets of Lancaster, York, Ephrata, and Reading in a brand-new BMW.

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