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Key Specs

of the 2015 BMW X3. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Pending further review

Notable Features of the 2015 BMW X3

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 on...

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.


Latest 2015 X3 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

BMW X3 SPORT

by Rastagurl from Hyde Park on August 17, 2018

This car has so much features it's hard to list them all. Great leg space..all seats are heated...steering wheel is also heated which is a great feature for winter cold days since I live inml ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great car!

by JDP in Dallas from Dallas, TX on May 24, 2018

This car surpasses the competition in the market. I have driven new Audi Q5 and Q3, as well as the Mercedes GLK, GLA, the Volkswagon Toureg, and others, and none compare to the solid quality feeling ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 BMW X3 currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 BMW X3 sDrive28i

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by BMW

Program Benefits

Comprehensive inspection by BMW technician, 24/7 Roadside Assistance, BMW Assist. Exceptional vehicles with exceptional coverage

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Miles for 1-Year

    BMW Certified Pre-Owned: Covers you for unlimited miles for 1-year, after the expiration o f the 4-year / 50,000 mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty for a total of 5 years with unlimited miles. This includes up to 5 years and unlimited miles of BMW Roadside Assistance and BMW Assist (TM) on many late model BMW vehicles. Additional plans are available to extend your vehicle's coverage for up to a total of 6 years with unlimited miles. See your BMW Center for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Comprehensive inspection.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The X3 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker