2017 BMW X3 vs BMW X5

Drivers in the market for a premium luxury crossover have plenty to choose from in the elite BMW model lineup. In this comparison, we are going to look at the compact and midsize options to see what benefits they offer to customers. While comparing the 2017 BMW X3 vs the BMW X5, we are going to look at the powertrain, feature, and interior capacity that they can offer to different drivers and for different driver needs. The 2017 BMW X3 comes in four models, including with two gasoline engines (with rear-wheel or all-wheel xDrive), and one diesel engine option. The 2017 BMW X5 comes in four models, featuring two gasoline engines, a diesel engine, and a plug-in hybrid.

The 2017 BMW X5 is larger than the X3 and offers an optional third-row (creating seven-passenger seating), though both models have standard seating for five passengers. The compact 2017 BMW X3 offers 27.6 cubic behind the rear seat, which expands out to 63.3 cubic feet. The midsize X5 offers 35.8 cubic feet which can become 72.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

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2017 BMW X3 VS 2017 BMW X5
$39,250  Starting MSRP $55,500
2.0-L 4-cylinder (240 hp) Base Engine 3.0-L turbo inline 6-cylinder (300 hp)
300 hp (3.0-L turbo inline 6-cylinder) Top Horsepower 445 hp (4.4-L turbo V8)
63.3 cubic feet Cargo Space 72.5 cubic feet

Engine And Feature Options in the BMW X3 and X5

Both the 2017 BMW X5 and the 2017 BMW X3 come well-equipped with premium luxury features. Comfort and convenience advantages like dual-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, heated front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a nine-speaker sound system are standard features on both of these luxury crossovers. The larger 2017 BMW X5 also comes with a standard sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, and a 10.2-inch display screen for the BMW iDrive infotainment system.

In this 2017 BMW X3 vs BMW X5 comparison, the X5 offers the top engine options whether you look at the base model or the most advanced gasoline engine option. The base 2017 BMW X3 sDrive28i and xDrive28i come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated for 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, while the base engine on the 2016 BMW X5 35i is a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine offering 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Both of these models offer premium acceleration and handling appropriated to their respective sizes. The top engine on the X5 is a 445-horsepower 4.4-liter turbo V8, while the X3 tops out at 300 horsepower.

To learn more about this comparison, or to test drive either of these vehicles in the Topeka KS area, contact a member of our sales team.

2017 BMW X3 seen from the rear
2017 BMW X5 perched dramatically on a cliff
rear seats of the 2017 BMW X3
seating options in the 2017 BMW X5