Driven Car Reviews: BMW X3 xDrive30e Offers A Taste Of Electric Driving

Is the plug-in hybrid version of the X3 Sports Activity Vehicle good enough to compete with a similarly priced conventional version?

The recently introduced BMW X3 xDrive30e, locally made in the U.S., is another choice in the plug-in hybrid crossover/SUV segment.

According to the Driven Car Reviews’ Tom Voelk, the X3 PHEV offers a taste of electric driving, and it’s quite the right word, as the all-electric range is just 17 miles (27 km) EPA.

On the positive side, the X3 xDrive30e is comfortable, quiet, fun to drive and less expensive than the comparable internal combustion engine, when accounting for the federal tax credit (effective: $43,709).

During the tests, the EPA range seemed conservative, but the problem is that even a few more miles in the real world will be not enough to cover the daily needs of many potential customers.

The other not so great thing is that the cargo area is slightly compromised by the battery – it’s smaller and the load floor is higher.

2020 BMW X3 xDrive30e