Compare 2023 BMW X3 vs 2023 BMW X5

2023 BMW X3 vs 2023 BMW X5
2023 BMW X3 2023 BMW X5


2.0L Turbo I-4 3.0L Turbo I-6


248 hp 335 hp

MPG (City/Highway)

23/29 * 21/26 *

0-60 mph

6.0 seconds ** 5.3 seconds **

Max Cargo Space

62.7 cubic feet 72.3 cubic feet

2023 BMW X3 vs 2023 BMW X5

Serving Milwaukee, WI

With solid options like the X3 and the X5 in BMW’s luxury SAV lineup, your search for a new vehicle may end when you check out the possibilities available at BMW of Milwaukee North. The 2023 BMW X3 is a small, two-row model with infinite appeal through its brilliant combination of bold engineering, thoughtful features, and refined style. The 2023 BMW X5 is a midsize model that offers all of the allure the X3 presents. However, the X3 and the X5 crossovers stand notably apart in a few critical areas, and understanding these differences could help you make the right selection.


The 2023 BMW X3 has two powertrain systems available across its three trims. The first two trims draw 248 horsepower from a turbo four-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine. The top M40i trim is outfitted with a 382-horsepower, 3.0-liter, V6 engine with mild hybrid technology. These are both combined with an eight-speed auto transmission. The base trim has rear-wheel drive, and the top two trims have all-wheel drive. Three engine options are available for the X5. The options begin with a 335-horsepower, turbo 3.0-liter, V6 engine, which features an eight-speed auto transmission. A turbo V6 PHEV is also available, putting out 389 combined horsepower. The top X5 trim is outfitted with a 523-horsepower, turbo 4.4-liter, V8 system. This trim comes with a sport-tuned adaptive suspension and a sport exhaust system.


The BMW X3 has a regal, confident presence on the road. It displays long, crisp accents on the sides with a gentle arch through the roof. The X3’s nose has a well-defined hood, scalloped LED lights, and a bar-style grille with the classic BMW kidney shape. The 2023 X5 is equally sophisticated throughout its façade. Its sides are slightly smoother than the X3’s sides, and the rear wheel fenders are boldly molded. The hood is longer, and it trends toward the same kidney-shaped grille. The headlights stand out with their scooped design and upper LED light bar.


Many shared features are found across the models at various trim levels. Both models, for example, are available with remote engine start, leather upholstery, a Harman Kardon audio system, a wireless charging pad, a surround-view camera, parking assistance, smart device app connections, a head-up display, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, a navigation system, a wireless internet hotspot and more. A few additional features are only available with the X5, including massaging front seats, emergency stop assist, a four-zone climate management system, LED lighting in the panoramic sunroof, and others.

Do you want to continue comparing the 2023 BMW X3 to the X5 in person? Our sales reps at BMW of Milwaukee North are eager to meet with you, and we encourage you to stop by soon to get better acquainted with our line of luxury crossover SAVs.

* EPA-estimated. Actual mileage may vary.

** BMW Ag Preliminary Test Results. Actual Acceleration Results May Vary, Depending On Specification Of Vehicle; Road And Environmental Conditions; Testing Procedures And Driving Style. These Results Should Be Used For Comparison Only And Verification Should Not Be Attempted On Public Roads. Bmw Urges You To Obey All Posted Speed Laws And Always Wear Safety Belts.