2020 BMW X3 xDrive30e review: A compelling plug-in option

The BMW X3 is the latest compact crossover to get a plug-in powertrain.


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BMW has ambitious plans to launch 25 new electrified models by the year 2023. Some of those will be fully electric vehicles like the new i4 sedan, but the majority will be plug-in hybrids, like the 330e, the 530e or the subject of this review, the X3 xDrive30e.

Like

  • Enough electric range for short commutes
  • Plenty of room for people and things
  • Wireless CarPlay works great

Don’t Like

  • Not as powerful as its competitors
  • All the good driver-assistance features are optional

The X3 30e borrows the powertrain from the 330e: a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 combined with an 80-kilowatt electric motor. This combination is good for 288 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, with electricity stored in a 12-kilowatt-hour battery pack located underneath the rear seat.

Different hybrid drive options are accessed via the eDrive button on the center console. Max eDrive reduces speed and power delivery, for the most efficient use of electricity. You can even configure Max eDrive to be the default setting — assuming there’s sufficient battery power. The eDrive button also allows you to control your battery options, so

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Stimulus check amount, qualifications, payment schedule, deadline: Everything to know

Here’s what you need to know about the current round of stimulus payments the IRS is sending out.


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You probably have more questions than answers if you’re still waiting for your stimulus check. Do you even qualify? And if you do, how much money will you get from the IRS? How will you receive your payment? Is the payment taxable, and do you need to file a 2018 or 2019 tax return to be eligible? Can a private business or government agency seize your payment? Will there be a second stimulus check for 2020 and how much could you get with a second round? We’ll answer these questions and more. 

The payments are part of a larger CARES Act relief package passed in March to help individuals, businesses, renters and people who are out of work in the face of a US economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic. But determining who’s eligible, how much you’ll get and other ins and outs is complicated.

We’ll help you understand:

If you’re looking for more personal finance information

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