Compared: 2023 BMW X2 vs. 2023 BMW X3

Although they compete for different buyers, here's what you need to know if you are trying to decide which BMW SUV is best for you.

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With nine models ranging from the gas-powered X1 to the X7 to the electric  iX and performance plug-in hybrid  XM, each member of BMW's family of crossover SUVs aims for a specific combination of budget, performance, and lifestyle needs. Let's examine the key differences between the German automaker's subcompact  X2 and the larger compact  X3.

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The X2 Is More Budget Friendly Than the X3

The 2023 BMW X2 starts with the front-wheel drive (FWD) sDrive28i, priced at about $38,000, and the all-wheel drive (AWD) xDrive28i at around $40,000. Both are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 228 horsepower.

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One step up in the family, the 2023 BMW X3 starts around $47,000 for its rear-wheel drive (RWD) sDrive30i version, or $2,000 extra for AWD. Both base models include a 248-hp version of the X2's 2.0-liter engine.

Driving enthusiasts looking for more speed can upgrade to the $62,000 X3 M40i with its 382-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and AWD. The high-output, 473-hp X3 M starts at about $75,000, and the $5,500 Competition Package adds an additional 30 horsepower.

An eight-speed automatic transmission is the lone gearbox in all X2 and X3 variants.

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The X3 Is Generally More Spacious Than the X2

The 2023 BMW X2 features a standard 8.8-inch infotainment display with embedded navigation and Apple CarPlay connectivity. SensaTec leatherette upholstery is standard throughout, instruments are of the analog variety, and leather seating upgrades are available.

Even with its coupelike roofline, the X2's cargo space still totals 50.1 cubic-feet with the rear seats dropped, or 21.6 cu-ft behind the second row. However, the X3 does beat its smaller sibling if you need more cargo space, with 62.7 cu-ft of storage with the rear seats folded or 28.7 cu-ft with the rear seats up. Rear passengers note that at 36.7 inches, the X2 offers 0.3 inches more rear legroom than the larger X3.

The X3 offers standard SensaTec sport seats, as well as a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with a 10.3-inch control and navigation display. A panoramic moonroof is an option. Oak trim in the cabin and a Wi-Fi hotspot are standard. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity plus BMW's voice-activated personal assistant are included as well.

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The X3 Drinks More Fuel Than the X2

The entry FWD 2023 BMW X2 has an EPA rating of 24/32/27 mpg city/highway/combined. AWD lowers that a tad to 24/31/27 mpg.

The base RWD 2023 BMW X3 has a 23/29/25-mpg EPA estimate, and its AWD variant gets 21/28/24 mpg. The X3's 3.0-liter six-cylinder model, the M40i, is rated at 21/26/23 mpg, while the X3 M is the thirstiest at just 15/20/17 mpg.

Premium fuel is required for all models of the X2 and X3.

All vehicle pricing includes MSRP plus destination charges (set at the time of publication), and will be rounded to the nearest thousand.

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Andy Stonehouse
Andy Stonehouse literally fell into the world of auto writing while working as a ski-town journalist, and has not looked back since. A childhood spent dealing with the eccentricities of a 1976 MG Midget has made any subsequent auto experience a more safe and reliable drive. He has been blessed with nearby mountain trails and snowy roads in Colorado to do TV-adventure-styled test drives on a weekly basis.