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2024 BMW X3 vs X5: The Differences

2024 BMW X3 vs X5: The Differences

2024 BMW X3 vs X5: The Differences

The 2024 BMW X3 vs X5 have been cruising our streets for 20 and 24 years, respectively. Both of these luxury SUVs are multi-talented. Take a closer look at the BMW X3 specs and the BMW X5 specs to appreciate all that they have to offer.

BMW X3 and BMW X5: Interior and Exterior Design

First and foremost, it is important to mention that the German manufacturer’s X3 is a compact luxury SUV, while the X5 is a midsize luxury SUV.

The first boasts a unique and easy to recognize silhouette, like all other models from the BMW X family. It stands out with an angular radiator grille and bumpers with vertical and triangular air intakes. The Full LED headlights lend it an exceptionally modern look.

The X5 has undergone a makeover for 2024 and the fascia now stands out with thinner headlights, a new streamlined bumper and a redesigned and updated grille, which can also be lighted, making it even easier to drive at night. This SUV is more stunning than ever!

Inside, you will have several choices when it comes to the equipment, though you should know that the X3 and X5 models all offer remarkable comfort, a gigantic, curved touch screen, storage compartments, high quality materials with the possibility of customizing the finishes according to your taste, like with the choice of colours, for example. As you can see, you can expect high levels of technologies and comfort aboard these two refined SUVs.

Side view of the BMW X5 in a tunnel on a city road

BMW X3 and BMW X5: Trims and Prices

The X3 vs X5 are available in elaborate and powerful trims. While the BMW X3 is offered at a base price of $ 55,200, the BMW X5 ‒for sale in Montreal- sells at a base price of $ 86,000.

The X3 and X5 come in four trims:

  • X3 xDrive30i
  • X3 xDrive30e
  • X3 M40i
  • X3 M Competition
  • X5 xDrive40i
  • X5 xDrive50e
  • X5 M60i
  • X5 M Competition

As you will see, the main difference between the trims are the powertrains.

On top of the choice of available trims, you will also be able to choose from a vast selection of body colors and packages, according to your taste. Moreover, the 2024 BMW X3, just like the X5, offers an impressive array of interior colours and finishes. One thing is for sure: you will be able to customize your BMW according to your whims and fancies!

Close-up front view of the headlight on the BMW X3 2024

BMW X3 and BMW X5: Specs

Powertrain and Power

In order to best illustrate the differences between both SUVs, let’s take a closer look at the following summary tables:

2.0 L 4- cylinder turbo
248 HP / 258 lb-ft.
2.0 L 4- cylinder turbo
+ mild-hybrid system
288 HP / 310 lb-ft.
3.0 L 6- cylinder turbo
+ mild-hybrid system
382 HP / 369 lb-ft.
M Competition
3.0 L 6- cylinder turbo
503 HP / 479 lb-ft.
3.0 L 6- cylinder turbo
+ mild-hybrid system
375 HP / 398 lb-ft.
3.0 L 6- cylinder turbo
+ mild-hybrid system
483 HP / 516 lb-ft.
4.4 L turbo V8
+ mild-hybrid system
523 HP / 553 lb-ft.
M Competition
4.4 L turbo V8
+ mild-hybrid system
617 HP / 553 lb-ft.

As you can see, both models offer the BMW mild-hybrid system, which will allow you to save money on fuel. Then, the BMW X3 and X5 ‒for sale in Montreal- are equipped with four different powertrains. Finally, the German manufacturer’s X5 is more powerful and offers higher performance than the X3.

Fuel Consumption

Depending on the selected engine, combined fuel consumption numbers will vary. For the X3, numbers are 9.9 L/100 km (xDrive30i) and 13.9 L/100 km with the M Competition trim.

The X5 is more fuel efficient than the X3 in the xDrive40i trim (9.4 L/100 km), but less so when it comes to the M Competition trim (15.8 L/100 km).

Front view of the BMW X3 2024 on a country road with mountains

Towing Capacity and Cargo Space

The X3 vs X5 offer different levels of performance. While the first can tow up to 4,400 pounds, the 2024 BMW X5 can tow up to 7,200 pounds (xDrive40i and M60i). This vehicle will allow you to easily tow a large trailer or a bigger boat.

When it comes to the amount of cargo space, they also vary from one vehicle to another:

BMW X3 – Cargo SpaceBMW X5 – Cargo Space
813 L – 1,775 L (seats down)960 L – 2,047 L (seats down)

Given that they are two different SUVs, the amount of cargo space also varies. However, in both cases, you will have plenty of space for your grocery bags and luggage. You will also have plenty of room in your X5 for your golf bag and much more.

Table of differences BMW X3 vs BMW X5 2024

BMW X3 and BMW X5: Dimensions

As mentioned above, these are two different luxury SUVs. The X3 is part of the compact SUV category, while the X5 is a midsize SUV.

DimensionsBMW X3BMW X5
Wheelbase2,864 mm2,975 mm
Length4,721 mm4,948 mm
Width1,891 mm2,004 mm
Height1,676 mm1,765 mm

As you can see, the X5 is a more imposing SUV than the X3. It is longer by 227 mm, wider by 113 mm and higher by 89 mm.

On-Board BMW Technologies

On-Board Technologies

  • Live Cockpit Professional with 14.9- inch touch screen
  • A 16- speaker Harman Kardon sound system (optional on the X3)
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • USB Ports
  • A wireless charger
  • Live Cockpit Navigation Plus (X3) and BMW Connected Drive with integrated navigation (X5)
  • And much more.

Safety Features and Driver Assist Technologies

  • Rear collision prevention
  • Road sign recognition with speed control
  • Head-up display
  • Drowsy driver alert
  • Lane change assistant
  • Protection system in intersections
  • Semi-autonomous driving on highways
  • And so much more.
Interior view of the BMW X5 and its dashboard with BMW technology


One thing is for sure: both the BMW X3 and the X5 are high-performance, refined SUVs. They both stand out in many ways, thanks to the power and fuel efficiency they offer, along with the generous amount of cargo space and dimensions.

Both these German SUVs are among the most sold BMW models. The 2024 BMW X5 and X3 will provide you with levels of comfort and performance that can take your breath away (especially true for the M Competition). If you are looking for a more family-oriented vehicle, then you can lean towards the X5. If, however, you prefer a more agile and precise road handling, then the X3 will be a better value for your money.

Come and take a closer look at the 2024 X3 and X5 models at your BMW dealership in the West Island, close to Laval, Vaudreuil and the South Shore of Montreal. Take advantage of our numerous BMW special offers in Montreal and advantageous BMW financing solutions. Happy shopping!

BMW X3 and BMW X5: A Summary Table

Features BMW X3 BMW X5
Powertrain xDrive30i
M40iM Competition
M60iM Competition
Horsepower 248
Torque 258 lb-ft
310 lb-ft
369 lb-ft
479 lb-ft
398 lb-ft
516 lb-ft
553 lb-ft
553 lb-ft
Towing Capacity 4 400 pounds 7 200 pounds (xDrive40i & M60i)
Cargo Space 813 L – 1 775 L 960 L – 2 047 L
Base Price $55,200 $86,000
Rear view of the BMW X3 on the road at full power

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