2015 BMW X3

Change year or car

Change year or car

$38,500

starting MSRP

2015 BMW X3
2015 BMW X3

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • New more-affordable rear-wheel drive model
  • Spruced-up front styling
  • Visibility

The bad:

  • Pending further review

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2015 BMW X3 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Mild styling update
  • New turbocharged diesel four-cylinder
  • Gasoline turbocharged four- and six-cylinders
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-or all-wheel drive
  • Motion-activated power liftgate

2015 BMW X3 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The BMW X3 was last redesigned for 2011. Some visual changes join significant interior updates, particularly among the dashboard’s center controls. But the biggest news may be the diesel X3 xDrive28d, which is the first time we’ve seen a diesel X3 in the U.S. There’s also a new rear-wheel-drive version of the four-cylinder gasoline X3, called the sDrive28i.
ExteriorThe most significant styling change comes to the X3’s headlights. They adopt a similar framework to the larger X5’s headlights. BMW says the front and rear bumpers are new, as are the headlights, grille and side mirrors. LED headlights are optional.
BMW says overall length has grown just 1 centimeter. A new xLine Package adds metallic bumper inserts, aluminum side cladding, bars across the air intakes and more underbody work in the front and rear. An M Sport Package, meanwhile, adds some aerodynamic enhancements and 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels.
In back, BMW’s new Smart Opener allows you to wave your foot under the bumper to open the power tailgate, similar to a feature in the Ford Escape.

InteriorThe redesigned center controls feature BMW’s black-panel display with a dark finish and illuminated icons. BMW’s latest iDrive controller governs the action on a 6.5- inch dashboard display.
The five-seat interior has 27.6 cubic feet of cargo room, with 63.3 cubic feet available with the seats folded down. That beats the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and the Audi Q5, though only with the rear seats folded, but the Lexus RX still rules the roost with 40 and 80.3 cubic feet with the rear seats up and down, respectively.

Under the HoodThe diesel xDrive28d employs a turbocharged diesel four-cylinder that makes 180 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque. The sDrive28i and xDrive28i have a turbo 2.0-liter gasoline four-cylinder with 240 hp and 260 pounds-feet of torque, while the xDrive35i’s turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder makes 300 hp and 300 pounds-feet of torque. The X3’s eight-speed automatic transmission includes paddle shifters in M Sport versions. A drivetrain controller includes an Eco Pro mode, which purports to improve real-world gas mileage.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

First BMW SUV

Six cylinder turbo provides great performance. Sport package worth every penny for the handling. I had a 2011 E90 several years ago with the same N55 motor and Sport package. This is just as much fun.

4.7

I Love This Car

Bought it for my daughter. Wanted a safe, reliable vehicle. It has not disappointed. I drive it more than she does. Plenty of pep and great pickup. Blind spot and lane departure warning are a huge plus. Only downside, the seats are not terribly comfortable.

4.0

28d xdrive

Great car, has over 70k miles and no major problems. With the Diesel engine I get great MPG, almost 40 on highway trips, over 500 miles per tank.

See all 47 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
144 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Maintenance
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
View all cpo program details

Have questions about warranties or CPO programs?

Compare the competitors

2017

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

$32,850

starting MSRP

2015

Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

$37,900

starting MSRP

2016

Audi Q5

$40,900

starting MSRP

See all 2015 BMW X3 articles