2021 BMW X3 vs. 2021 BMW X5

2021 BMW X3 vs. 2021 BMW X5
2021 BMW X3


2021 BMW X5
$43,000 MSRP

Starting Price

$59,400 MSRP
5 passengers

Seating Capacity

5-7 passengers
28.7 cubic feet

Cargo Space (Seats Upright)

33.9 cubic feet
248 hp 2.0L I-4 engine

Base Engine

335 hp 3.0L I-6 engine
382 hp 3.0L I-6 engine

Top Engine

523 hp 4.4L V8 engine

Drivetrain Options


Available as Plug-In Hybrid



BMW luxury SUVs are widely popular in the Manchester market, giving you a mesmerizing combination of high-end features and robust performance. At Tulley BMW of Nashua, we’re often asked about the BMW X3 vs. X5 matchup. Read below as we compare BMW models so you can see which is best for you!

BMW X3 vs. X5: Interior Space

The first thing to note when we compare BMW models is the size of these SUVs. The X5 is a larger model, which means it should be the choice for Lowell, MA drivers who prioritize more seating. Each has been designed to maximize the space it has, with comfortable legroom and a flexible cabin. Here are more details: 

BMW X3 Interior: 

  • 5-passenger seating 
  • 28.7 cubic feet of cargo space
  • Maximum 62.7 cubic feet of cargo space with seats folded 

BMW X5 Interior: 

  • Available 7-passenger seating
  • 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space 
  • Maximum 72.3 cubic feet of cargo space with seats folded 

BMW X3 vs. X5: Engines and Performance 

One standout feature on any BMW SUV model, the kind that makes the big difference for Westford drivers when comparing BMW vehicles to other competitors, is BMW performance. You’re getting a really powerful starting engine with either of these vehicles, and BMW has made sure you can upgrade to an M performance series vehicle or a hybrid vehicle. Here are your options:

2021 BMW X3 Engine Options

  • Standard 248-hp 2.0L I-4 engine with 258 lb-ft of torque
  • Upgrade: 382-hp 3.0L M Performance I-6 engine with 382 lb-ft of torque
  • Hybrid: 288-hp 2.0L I-4 engine with eDrive Electric Motor with 258 lb-ft of torque
  • sDrive RWD or xDrive AWD on the base trim
  • Standard xDrive AWD on all upper trims 

2021 BMW X5 Engine Options

  • Standard 355-hp 3.0L I-6 engine with 330 lb-ft of torque
  • Upgrade: 523-hp 4.4L M Performance V8 engine with 553 lb-ft of torque
  • Hybrid: 389-hp 3.0L I-6 engine with eDrive Electric Motor with 331 lb-ft of torque
  • sDrive RWD or xDrive AWD on the base trim
  • Standard xDrive AWD on upper trims 

And yes, both of these BMW SUV models can tow! The X3 gets up to 4,400 pounds of towing capacity, while the X5 gets up to 7,200 pounds of towing capacity.

BMW X3 vs. X5: Technology and Amenities 

You’ve got a luxurious cabin on the X3 and X5. Talk with our finance center to upgrade the X3 with some features that are standard on the X5, or just stick with its great array of standard features. Here’s just a few highlights on these BMW SUV models:

BMW X3 Amenities: 

  • 12 Speakers 
  • Standard Apple CarPlay™
  • Available Three-Stage Heated Front Seats 
  • Available Hands-Free Liftgate 

BMW X5 Amenities: 

  • 10 Speakers 
  • Standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
  • Standard Three-Stage Heated Front Seats 
  • Standard Hands-Free Liftgate and Comfort Access Keyless Entry

Compare BMW Models at Tulley BMW of Nashua

So, which of these BWW SUV models meets your needs as a Nashua driver? We’re excited to have them both at Tulley BMW of Nashua! Contact us today to set up a test drive and see which one clicks with you.

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