Consumer Reviews Summary
7 of 10 (70%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2015 BMW X3 Overview
- Adds a new diesel trim (xDrive28d) and a new rear-wheel drive trim (sDrive28i)
- Updated exterior styling with a new grille and new front/rear bumpers
- 6.5-inch display and iDrive infotainment are standard
The 2015 BMW X3 returns with several striking exterior changes, a new base model which drops the price below $40,000, and a diesel engine for even more efficiency.
BMW is fond of calling their lineup of SUVs “sports activity vehicles” and the X3 is the middle child, between the smaller X1 and the midsize X5 (soon to be joined by the oddly shaped X4 later in 2014). It competes with the Audi Q5 and Lexus RX 350, both other luxury SUVs that seat five across two rows. The X3’s exterior changes don’t so much change the overall character of the vehicle, as much as the details. There are new bumpers front and back, and X5-like headlight clusters with what is becoming a familiar two-ring look in each headlamp. Full LED headlights are optional as is a new M Sport Package which makes the X3 look sportier. There is another new feature for 2015, called the “Smart Opener” which allows the operator to open the power tailgate by waving their foot under the bumper, borrowing from the Ford Escape.
The X3’s different trim levels correspond to the three different engine options. The new rear-drive sDrive28i and the xDrive28i (models with xDrive in the name feature all-wheel drive standard) share a 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. xDrive35i models get a larger 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder. New for 2015, the xDrive28d gets a diesel power plant, a 180-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel that makes 280 pounds-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. Fuel economy ratings for the new diesel model were not available as of this writing, but they should beat the gas versions 21/28 mpg by a fair margin.
Inside, the center control stack has been redesigned, with a standard 6.5-inch display serving as its centerpiece. Below, the top of the new iDrive controller is now a touchpad which makes entering destinations and other information a breeze (simply draw the letters or numbers with your finger). Behind the rear seats is 27.6 cubic feet of cargo room, which expands to 63.3 cubic feet with the 40/20/40-split rear seat folded down. Powered front seats, automatic climate control, HD radio, and Bluetooth connectivity are also standard.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, six airbags, and active head restraints. Also standard is BMW’s Assist eCall service which includes an emergency request button and automatic collision notifications (new X3’s come with a 10 year subscription). A rearview camera and Active Blind Spot Detection are available.