BMW X3 Ground Clearance

Ground clearance (also understood as Ride height) calculates the interval between the bottom point of the car’s undercarriage and the point of the tires’ contact with the level area. Nevertheless, the manufacturer of the model might utilize tiny tweaks to the typical program to come up with enticing stats entailing the valid distance from the shock absorbers, the engine oil pan or the muffler to the ground could be lower than mentioned in the published characteristics.

It is no wonder cause rational car buyers strive for a lifted ground clearance to get rid of headache when parking near the high edges or on trip through the harsh land. The correct ride height of the model differs between 200 to 212 mm based on the year of production and equipment. Remember that a well- packed car will definitely sacrifice about 1 inch of ground clearance.

Luckily, the model ground clearance can be increased with the help of spacers for shock absorbers to help the car rest higher off the ground. While making a taller model, you lose a portion of the erstwhile stability and maneuverability in angled turns. On the other hand model ground clearance can be diminished in the name of improved handling and stability.

There a number of ways to increase ground clearance. When it comes to lifting or lowering your BMW X3 you can choose between bigger tires, a leveling kit, coil spring assisters, coilovers, airlift suspension, suspension lifts, etc.

06.2017 – 2019

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
xDrive 30d AT 200
xDrive M40d AT 200
xDrive 20i AT 203
xDrive 20i AT Urban 203
xDrive 20i AT Luxury 203
xDrive 20d AT 203
xDrive 20d AT Urban 203
xDrive 20d AT M Sport 203
xDrive 20d AT xLine 203
xDrive 30i AT 203
xDrive 30i AT M Sport 203
xDrive 30d AT Luxury 203
xDrive 30d AT M Sport 203
xDrive M40i AT 203
xDrive AT M Special Edition 203
xDrive AT M Competition 203

How to raise Ground Clearance on your BMW X3. Tip 1 – Get Bigger Tires.

You can raise the ground clearance of your BMW X3 by upgrading tires to the bigger size. This will earn you extra 0,5-1 inch of clearance.


06.2014 – 11.2017

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
xDrive 20i MT 212
xDrive 20i AT 212
xDrive 20i AT M Sport 212
xDrive 20i AT Urban 212
xDrive 20d MT 212
xDrive 20d AT 212
xDrive 20d AT Special Edition 212
xDrive 20d AT xLine 212
xDrive 20d AT Urban 212
xDrive 28i AT 212
xDrive 28i AT Lifestyle 212
xDrive 28i AT Exclusive 212
xDrive 30d AT 212
xDrive 30d AT Exclusive 212
xDrive 35i AT 212
xDrive 35d AT 212

How to raise Ground Clearance on your BMW X3. Tip 2 – Install Leveling Kit.

Leveling kits are designed to level out the uneven stance and increase the ground clearance of your BMW X3. In most cases, the slight lift will allow for bigger tires. Please refer to Plus Sizing Guides.


11.2010 – 05.2014

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
xDrive 20i MT 212
xDrive 20i AT Urban 212
xDrive 20i AT 212
xDrive 20d MT 212
xDrive 20d AT Urban 212
xDrive 20d AT 212
xDrive 20d AT Special Edition 212
xDrive 28i AT Lifestyle 212
xDrive 28i AT Exclusive 212
xDrive 28i AT 212
xDrive 30d AT 212
xDrive 30d AT Lifestyle 212
xDrive 35i AT 212
xDrive 35d AT 212

How to raise Ground Clearance on your BMW X3. Tip 3 – install Suspension Lift Kit.

BMW X3 Suspension Lift Kits (only available for trucks and SUVs) provide the proper clearance between the tire and chassis when going off-road. Normally, it increases the ground clearance from 2 to 8 inches.


10.2006 – 10.2010

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
xDrive 20i MT 201
xDrive 20d MT 201
xDrive 20d AT 201
xDrive 25i MT 201
xDrive 25i AT 201
xDrive 30d MT 201
xDrive 30d AT 201
xDrive 30i MT 201
xDrive 30i AT 201
xDrive 35d AT 201

02.2003 – 09.2006

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
xDrive 2.0i MT 200
xDrive 2.0d MT 200
xDrive 2.5i AT Business 200
xDrive 2.5i AT 200
xDrive 3.0d AT Business 200
xDrive 3.0i AT Business 200
xDrive 3.0i AT Luxury 200
xDrive 3.0i AT Dynamic 200

11.2010 – 05.2014

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
sDrive18d MT 212
sDrive18d AT 212
xDrive20i MT 212
xDrive20i AT 212
xDrive20d MT 212
xDrive20d AT 212
xDrive28i AT 212
xDrive30d AT 212
xDrive35i AT 212
xDrive35d AT 212

10.2006 – 10.2010

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
xDrive18d MT 200
xDrive20i MT 200
xDrive20d MT 200
xDrive20d AT 200
xDrive25i MT 200
xDrive25i AT 200
xDrive30d MT 200
xDrive30d AT 200
xDrive30i MT 200
xDrive30i AT 200
xDrive35d AT 200

02.2003 – 09.2006

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.0i MT 200
2.0d MT 200
2.5i MT 200
2.5i AT 200
3.0d MT 200
3.0d AT 200
3.0i MT 200
3.0i AT 200

How to lower the Ground Clearance on your BMW X3.

Option 1 – Install Lowering Springs.

Option 2 – Install Coilovers

Option 3 – Install Air Suspension Kit


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