2015 BMW X3

MSRP $38,500 - $45,500

Ranked #11 in Suv

7.4

Overall Rating

2015 BMW X3 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 30, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The BMW X3 is a capable and one of the best crossover SUVs in the market and offers great handling on all types of roads and focuses on delivering a comfortable and luxurious vehicle along with great performance. The in-cabin experience offered is really great and the interior comes with decent styling and premium materials.

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Pros

Supportive seats

Decent ergonomics

Finely detailed luxurious cabin

Fuel-efficient powertrains

Great driving dynamics

Cons

Available options are expensive

Start-stop needs a revamp

Engine is noisy when idle

Poor off-road capability

What's New?

Available turbo diesel engine

RWD variant added to the lineup

Refreshed exterior styling

Added lane departure warning, frontal collision warning and active driving assistant

Upgraded iDrive Controller system 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$38500

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

240 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

260 lb.-ft. @ 1450 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

110.6 in.

length

183.8 in.

width

74.1 in.

height

66.1 in.

curb weight

4030 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

90.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

63.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

910 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/28 mpg

highway range

495.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

28i$40,500 onwards

xDrive 35i$45,500 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 BMW X3 in Alpine White color
Alpine White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


The external styling is impressive too with a few changes this year. It receives various features like BMW's iDrive system, panoramic moonroof, Xenon adaptive headlights and LED brake lights. It rivals the likes of the Audi Q5, the Volvo XC60 and the Acura RDX in the premium crossover segment. All the rivals offer tremendous comfort inside and incredible smoothness. Let’s see how the X3 goes against its rivals to compete for the best luxury crossover in the segment.


8.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2015 BMW X3 Features

8.0/10

The 2015 BMW X3 is available in 3 trims with various engine and drivetrain configurations. The base model 28i priced at $38,500 features a 2.0L intercooled Turbo I-4 and is available with a standard RWD system. New addition to the lineup for 2015 MY is the 28d model which features a diesel-powered motor, which will be reviewed separately. The 35i trim comes equipped with a turbocharged 3.0L Inline-6 and comes standard with an AWD system with few additions to the features list like LED running lights, panoramic sunroof and Bi-Xenon headlamps.

Trim

28i

35i

MSRP (RWD)

$38,500

-

MSRP (AWD)

$40,500

$45,500

Key Features

18-inch wheels

Adding to 28i 

 

Automatic headlights

More powerful Inline-6

 

Rear privacy glass

Bi-Xenon headlamps

 

LED fog lamps

LED running lights

 

Power liftgate

Panoramic Sunroof

 

Automatic wipers

 
 

Cruise control

 
 

Auto-dimming mirrors

 
 

Eight-way power front seats with driver memory functions

 
 

40/20/40 split-folding rear seat

 
 

Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity

 
 

12-speaker sound system

 

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Though there isn’t much difference between both the trims in terms of features, the xDrive28i is the one that caught our eye as it is placed well between the more powerful xDrive35i and the sDrive28i. Priced at $40,500, it boasts a turbocharged 2.0L inline-4 motor with decent fuel efficiency and comes standard with an AWD system. It delivers impressive driving dynamics and comes with all the basic necessities.

2015 BMW X3 Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2015 BMW X3 is available in three engine options, the 28i trim comes equipped with a turbocharged 2.0L Inline-4 that mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This combination churns out 240hp and 260 lb-ft. torque. On the other hand, the xDrive35i comes equipped with a turbocharged 3.0L inline-6 that produces 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. 

To increase diversity, you also get a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder diesel engine added to the lineup this year that produces 180 hp and 280 lb-ft torque and comes with an automatic stop-start system that saves fuel by turning off the engine when the brakes are slammed.

The 28i is the only variant in the X3’s lineup that offers RWD as standard, while all the other options come with an AWD system. All the BMW X3’s in the lineup offer an 8-speed automatic transmission that provides quick responses while driving. The inline-6 turbocharged offered in the xDrive35i is pretty much powerful and feels responsive, taking this vehicle from 0-60MPH in about 6 seconds.

Models

2015 BMW X3

2015 Audi Q5

2015 Volvo XC60

2015 Acura RDX

MSRP

$38,500

$39,300

$35,750

$35,095

Engine 

2.0L TwinPower Turbo I-4

2.0L TFSI I-4

2.0L Turbo Drive-E I-4

3.5L V6

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8-Speed Steptronic automatic w/od

8-Speed Tiptronic automatic w/od

8-Speed Geartronic automatic w/od

6-speed

Automatic

Power 

240hp @ 5,000 RPM

220hp @ 4,450 RPM

240hp @ 5,600 RPM

273hp @ 6200 RPM

Torque

260 lb-ft @ 1,450 RPM

258lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

258lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

251 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.7

7.0

6.9

6.5

Quarter mile (sec)

14.8

15.3

14.8

14.8

Top Speed (MPH)

133

130

133

135

The RDX offers better figures when compared to all the rivals in the segment as it is powered by a bigger 3.5L V6 engine. The engine performance figures of the Volvo are at par with the BMW, but it loses in 0-60 dash by a considerable margin. Talking about the power to price ratio, Acura RDX wins hands down.

2015 BMW X3 Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The 2.0L turbocharged 4-pot motor in the 2015 BMW X3 offers 24 mpg in combined usage and 28 mpg on the highway while the other 35i variant offers 19 mpg in the city. The diesel motor however offers the most impressive mileage, putting it among the most fuel-efficient diesel-powered compact SUVs. The X3 is now available with a stop/start feature, which automatically shuts off the engines when idle to cut the fuel usage and turns it back on as soon as the brake is released.

Models

2015 BMW X3

2015 Audi Q5

2015 Volvo XC60

2015 Acura RDX

MPG (City)

21

20

24

20

MPG (Highway)

28

28

31

28

MPG (Combined)

24

23

27

22

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

17.7

19.8

18.5

16

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

371.7/495.6

396/554.4

444/573.5

320/448

Talking about fuel efficiency, the Volvo offers the best MPG figures in the segment at 24mpg for city use, 31mpg for highway roads, which is better than what the BMW X3 has to offer. Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60 offer an impressive range at 500 plus miles thanks to their large fuel tanks.

2015 BMW X3 Interior

6.0/10

The 2015 BMW X3 has a neatly arranged and attractive interior on offer. It has a well-designed cabin with great ergonomics a crossover can have. The cabin has dark dashboard moldings along with a light lower section and wood trim accents with decent quality material used on the center console and door cappings. Talking about the seats, it can seat 5 people in two rows. The seats are wrapped in Sentatec upholstery but opting for the Premium package gets you leather upholstery. 

The vehicle offers firm and properly angled seats and ample head and legroom but the rear row seats feel a bit cramped. You also get eight-way power front seats with driver memory functions as standard. The optional sport seats available offer extended bottom cushions and thicker side bolsters. The rear seats can be folded to increase the cargo capacity. Apart from the standard features, you get plenty of packages like the M-Sport package, Cold weather package for added comfort and convenience.

Models

2015 BMW X3

2015 Audi Q5

2015 Volvo XC60

2015 Acura RDX

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.7/57.3/39.9

39.4/57.7/41.0

39.0/56.7/41.2

38.7/58.7/42

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.1/56.0/36.5

39.0/56.4/37.4

39.5/55.2/36.4

38.1/57.2/38.3

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

27.6

29.1

30.8

26.1

The rear back seats on the X3 can be folded in 40/20/40 fashion and can also be folded individually. With the rear seats up, cargo space offers 27.6 cubic feet of storage and 63.3 cubic feet as seats are put down. Talking about rivals, the Acura RDX is the most spacious of all and offers plenty of legroom in all the rows. But it rides a little low thus affecting the headroom. Some of the major interior features include:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 8-way power front seats with driver memory functions
  • SensaTec premium vinyl upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Ambient interior lighting

How intuitive is the 2015 BMW X3 infotainment unit?

The ergonomics of the 2015 BMW X3 are impressive as they are and users can feel the supreme quality of touches and controls. The infotainment unit on the 2015 BMW X3 features a fourth-generation iDrive multimedia interface which gives a neat look to the dashboard. You get a touch-sensitive 8.8-inch display featuring a trans reflective screen. The steering wheel consists of various switches to the audio system and cruise control. You also get features like Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a touchpad controller, and a 12-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD radio, an iPod/USB audio interface. Some other salient infotainment features include:

  • 8.8-inch touchscreen display
  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
  • BMW TeleServices
  • ConnectedDrive Services
  • Touchpad controller
  • 12-speaker sound system
  • BMW Connected Apps

2015 BMW X3 Exterior

6.0/10

The 2015 BMW X3 gets a refreshed and stylish exterior look and now gets a large and emphatic headlight setup. The round headlights and fog lamps can be seen arranged in a triangular fashion which is a characteristic of BMW’S SAV. Coming to the side profile you get short front and rear overhangs and a flared wheel arch. 

At the rear, the taillights have a distinctive mushroom-like shape. Avoiding a rugged kind of theme it boasts a sporty tall crossover-like theme with a bit of aggressive look. You get features like 18-inch wheels, rear privacy glass, automatic headlights and LED fog lamps right from the base trim.

Models

2015 BMW X3

2015 Audi Q5

2015 Volvo XC60

2015 Acura RDX

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,030

4,079

4,041

3,902

Length (in.)

183.8

182.6

182.8

183.5

Width (in.)

74.1

74.7

74.4

73.7

Height (in.)

66.1

65.2

67.4

66.1

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.0

7.9

9.1

5.4

Wheelbase (in.)

110.6

110.5

109.2

105.7

As compared to the rivals, the BMW stands second in terms of longest crossover among the pack, right after Acura RDX. However, BMW has the largest wheelbase among its rivals while the Volvo stands tall with 9.1-inch ground clearance. The Acura RDX gets the lightest curb weight while the Audi Q5 is the heaviest in the lot. That said, some of the exterior highlights of the BMW X3 include:

  • Heated side mirrors
  • Roof spoiler equipped with center brake light
  • Chrome layered exhaust tips
  • Aluminum roof rails
  • Y-Spoke 18 inch alloy wheels
  • Aluminum exterior trim

2015 BMW X3 Safety

8.0/10

The 2015 BMW X3 has done an exceptional job in the safety area. It has scored an overall five-star rating in the NHTSA safety crash test. In the test conducted by IIHS, it has scored an overall ‘Good’ rating. As standard, it comes equipped with safety features like stability control, anti-whiplash, and a security system that can detect unwanted vehicle intrusion. Although the base X3 lacks advanced safety features, you get several add-on options like a 360-degree parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning. Some of the standout safety features:

  • Top-view parking camera
  • Blind-spot detection system
  • Collision mitigation system
  • Lane-departure warning system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • BMW Assist eCall
  • Adaptive Brake lights

2015 BMW X3 Final Verdict

The 2015 BMW X3 offers an impressive cabin experience with attractive styling and decent build quality. The interior is pretty spacious and promises a comfortable ride. The exterior boasts an aggressive design with style and offers a joyful driving experience. Compared to its rivals it might not be the best in terms of power but offers a nice package of good performance and decent fuel economy. It is a suitable choice for someone looking for a decent, comfortable and luxury crossover SUV.

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