2022 BMW X3 M40i (BMW)

2022 BMW X3 M40i (BMW)

2022 BMW X3 M40i

BMW is probably the best at naming cars with letters and numbers.

  • By Larry Lark
  • Thursday, September 22, 2022 10:35am
  • LifeCars

BMW is probably the best at naming cars with letters and numbers.

I give you the 2022 BMW X3 M40i.

It’s mid-size luxury SUV to you and me. But it’s called a “Sports Activity Vehicle” per the venerable German automaker. Either way, it’s all-wheel drive and a keeper in my book.

The popular model receives meaningful enhancements in exterior design, drivetrain, infotainment, advanced driver assistance systems and available equipment and features. The six-cylinder X3 M40i engine also gains the benefits of a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.

The star of the show is BMW’s 3.0-liter, twin-powered, turbocharged, inline, six-cylinder , 24-valve engine which now includes eBoost 48-volt mild hybrid technology. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the combination generates 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.

The sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour takes 4.4 seconds, on the way to a top speed of either 130 mph or 155 mph, depending on the tire specification chosen. Magically, it also garners 26 miles per gallon fuel economy in combination city/highway driving.

X3 comes with a third-row seat, making it equipped to transport up to seven adults. With the rear seat folded flat, it was able to hold my daughter’s and her girlfriends luggage with room to spare when picked up at SeaTac.

The M Sport Package gives the BMW X3 a sportier and more aggressive appearance. The front bumper features significantly larger air intakes, inserts which are finished in a high-gloss black, as well as more pronounced air curtains. My tester came with 20-inch wheels and M Sport brakes with red brake calipers.

M40i further differentiates itself with a specific BMW M kidney grille and M double grille bars in high-gloss black and an M logo. Aerodynamically optimized M exterior mirrors in high-gloss black and free-form tailpipe trim create a distinctive look.

Standard features would take up all of the remaining space, and then some. Highlights include the navigation system, dual-zone climate controls, panoramic sunroof, satellite radio, WiFi hotspot, rear-view camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, alarm system, privacy glass , USB, Bluetooth and heated front and rear seats.

The X3’s “Driving Assistance Professional” package includes active Driving Assistant which combines active cruise control with stop & go-function, and active Lane Keeping assist with side collision avoidance. The radar-based system keeps you in your recognized lane and keeps your preselected distance from the vehicle ahead with autonomous braking, if needed. Also included in the package are front-cross traffic alert, active Lane Keeping assist with side collision avoidance, and evasion aid.

To give this a test, I took my hands off the steering wheel for an extended time, (but at the ready) and the BMW seemed to drive itself. It managed turns in the road and maintained centering within the lane. Pretty cool.

Completing the BMW X3 M40i’s exceptional package is more advanced safety technology to ensure your family stays safe on the road. Standard systems include cruise control with braking

function, as well as front collision warning with braking function for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, lane departure warning and active blind spot detection.

Base Price: $58,790

Price As Driven: $64,990

Destination charge is included in base price. Vehicles are provided by the manufacturer. List price may vary at local dealerships.

Talk to us

More in Life

Women came from all over the Pacific Northwest to “glamp” and raise money to send girls to Girl Scout Camp from Sept. 16-18. The next opportunity to glamp at Camp River Ranch will be Sept. 8-10, 2023. (Jennifer Bardsley)
Women’s glamping retreat raises money to send local girls to camp

I’ve been the camper, the counselor, the Girl Scout leader and the mom. Now, I was the glamper.

People stroll along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, one of Europe’s most interesting historic walks, as Edinburgh Castle looms in the distance. (Rick Steves' Europe)
Edinburgh, the cultural heart of Scotland, packs a cultural punch

Once a medieval powerhouse, it is today one of Europe’s most lively and festive cities.

Dan Neumeyer peers out the window of his Hummingbird Yurt. (David Welton)
Otherworldly structures constructed on Whidbey Island

The small buildings — yurts, with a Western twist — were built by Earth dweller Dan Neumeyer.

Planting containers in the shoulder season

September and October can be tricky times of the year when it… Continue reading

MyMyToyStore.com owner Tom Harrison at his brick and mortar storefront on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Near-death experience planted seeds for downtown Everett toy store

Former attorney Tom Harrison survived 9/11. It caused him to ask what’s important in life. Today, he runs MyMyToyStore.

Presented by the Edmonds Driftwood Players, Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” — a murder-mystery that is the world’s longest-running play — will run through Oct. 2 at Wade James Theatre in Edmonds. (Photo courtesy Dale Sutton)
Music, theater and more: What’s happening in Snohomish County

MUSIC Mill Creek Summer Concert Series: The music concludes with Big Dog… Continue reading

From left to right: Troy Chapman, Kristi O’Donnell and Keith Bowers are three of five members of the Hot Club of Troy. The band is the opening act at DjangoFest Northwest. (David Welton)
Django music festival returns to Whidbey Island this week

DjangoFest is taking place from Sept. 21-25 at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley.

Mazda CX-30 Crossover (Mazda)
2021 Mazda CX-30 Premium Plus

The crossover seats five adults and delivers the freedom to match active lifestyles.

2022 Kia Sportage Hybride SX Prestige

The 2022 Kia Sportage is marketed as the “ultimate urban SUV.”

Most Read