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BMW Sports Activity Vehicles® (SAVs®) offer a stylish design, agile handling, and the latest technology. Plus, both the BMW X3 and BMW X5 offer convenient cargo room. Which one is right for you? The BMW of Atlantic City team put this 2021 BMW X3 vs. X5 comparison together to help drivers around Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Vineland, NJ, decide.


The 2021 BMW X3 runs on a sporty 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. It can produce up to 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. While it can go from 0 to 60 MPH in only six seconds, it can also cover a lot of ground in between stops for gas. The X3 can get up to an EPA-estimated 25 city/29 highway MPG.1

The BMW X5 offers a couple of high-powered engine options, including a 3.0L 6-cylinder engine that gets up to 335 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. It accelerates from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.3 seconds. Plus, it also gets good fuel economy, with an EPA-estimated 21 city/26 highway MPG.1

Both SAVs® feature a standard 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission. It gives you the chance to take control of your drive in Manual mode.

BMW X3 vs X5


Both BMW SAVs® come with seating for five and SensaTec seats. Classic wood trim lines the doors and dashboard to give the cabin a refined feel. The X3 and X5 also offer leather seats and power-adjustable front seats.

Whether you’re behind the wheel or relaxing in the rear row, both models give you plenty of space to stretch your legs. You’ll also have lots of space in the trunk. Each ride includes room for your bags, while folding second-row seats can help you load more.




Max. Cargo Room Behind First Row

62.7 cubic feet

72.3 cubic feet

Headroom (front)

41.1 inches

40.7 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

40.3 inches/36.4 inches

39.8 inches/37.4 inches

BMW X3 vs X5 Tech


A Bluetooth®-compatible infotainment system comes standard in both models. The X3 features a 10.25-inch screen on the dashboard, while the X5 features a 12.3-inch display. You can sync your smartphone to the system to stream your favorite playlist or safely make hands-free calls.

You’ll also be able to find the fastest route with the standard navigation system. It features turn-by-turn directions and clear, colorful maps. Plus, you can put a new address in with voice recognition without taking your eyes off the road.

Want to learn more about these SAVs®? Check out our 2021 BMW X3 review and our 2021 BMW X5 review!


To learn more about the 2021 BMW X3 vs. X5, visit BMW of Atlantic City. Both models offer a stylish, comfortable, and fun drive for families and drivers in Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Vineland, New Jersey. Contact us to learn more or schedule your test drive today!



1. Preliminary EPA-estimated figures are for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on speed, driving habits, trip length and driving conditions; actual mileage may be lower. Note for MPGe: All data are provisional and subject to official confirmation. The provisional power consumption figures have been calculated based on the ECE test cycle.

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