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Pros & Cons

  • Punchy engines
  • Above-average fuel economy
  • Poised handling
  • Spacious cabin and cargo hold


  • Stiff ride at times




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 9.8
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2015 BMW X3 Overview

Is the 2015 BMW X3 a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 X3 is a great luxury compact SUV. Those who want more than just a daily driver will enjoy its potent, fuel-efficient engines and sporty handling. The cabin is luxurious, roomy, and filled with features. However, some may find its ride a bit too firm.

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How Much Is the 2015 BMW X3?

Our site has about 325 listings for the 2015 BMW X3, with an average price of about $27,300. Prices range from around $21,000 to roughly $33,900, and they vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 BMW X3 Cost to Own?

The 2015 BMW X3’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are estimated to be about $30,086. That’s slightly above average for a luxury compact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New X3?

The 2019 BMW X3 starts at $41,000, which is around $13,500 more than the average price of a 2015 model. The 2019 model has numerous standard active safety features that were available in the 2015 model. The X3 was redesigned for 2018, receiving fresh exterior styling and standard features like tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, satellite radio, smartphone integration, and a rearview camera. The 2017 X3 gained an upgraded iDrive infotainment system. 

While the base 2019 X3 is well-equipped, it will cost you much more than the 2015 model, which has many of the same features.

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There are no new luxury compact SUVs that are comparable in price to a 2015 X3. If you’re interested in a BMW, consider the 2018 BMW X1, which has a starting price of $33,900. Even though it’s a luxury subcompact SUV, the X1 has similar interior dimensions to the X3, but its maximum cargo capacity is about 5 cubic feet less than the X3’s. The 2018 X1 has a standard rearview camera, push-button start, and smartphone integration. On the other hand, the top-trim X3 has 72 more horsepower than the base 2018 X1.

Choose the 2018 X1 if you're considering a high-end 2015 X3. However, if you’re on a budget, consider saving almost $13,000 with a lower-priced 2015 model, and you will still get a good balance of performance and comfort.

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Which Model Year of the BMW X3 Is Best?

The 2015 X3 is part of a generation that began with the 2011 X3 and ended with the 2017 model. The 2017 X3 received an upgraded iDrive interface. BMW redesigned the 2018 X3, giving it exterior styling updates and additional standard features like a rearview camera and tri-zone automatic climate control. For 2019, BMW added many standard active safety features.

You could likely save money with an older model, but you’ll miss out on some of the X3’s updates for the 2015 model year, including refreshed exterior styling and the introduction of the available turbodiesel engine. There are few differences between the 2015 and 2016 models.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 BMW X3?

The 2015 BMW X3 has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 BMW X3 Recalls

As of this writing, there are three recalls for the 2015 BMW X3. These concern an incorrectly welded driver air bag inflator, possible damage to lower child-seat anchor bars, and possible problems with the exterior rearview mirror. Make sure these recalls are addressed before buying a used BMW X3.

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Which Used BMW X3 Is Right for Me?

There are few differences in features among the X3's trims. We recommend the xDrive28i trim for most buyers. Its 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine is both fuel-efficient and powerful, and its all-wheel-drive system helps deliver improved road grip. Higher trims add different powertrains and a few features, including a panoramic moonroof.

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What Does BMW's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

The BMW Certified CPO program is available on vehicles no older than five years with between 300 and 60,000 miles on the odometer. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty has expired. This warranty can be renewed for a fee, but there is a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW must pass a road test and a 196-point inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available. This CPO coverage can be transferred to subsequent owners, but some restrictions may apply, so read the BMW warranty page carefully.

BMW has one of the less-attractive CPO programs among luxury car manufacturers, according to our research. You’ll get better warranties from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the X3?

The 2015 X3 has excellent safety scores. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the X3 an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests, and four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 X3 the highest rating of Good in all tests conducted.

The X3 lacks standard safety features, but some X3 models may have a 360-degree parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, or lane departure warning.

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2015 BMW X3 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW X3 or 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK and the 2015 X3 are both great luxury compact SUVs, but in different ways. The GLK is among the most luxurious models in the class, and it has one of the highest reliability ratings. However, its rear seats are a bit cramped. On the other hand, the X3 delivers more engaging performance than the GLK. Choose the Mercedes if you prefer luxury and comfort, or pick the BMW if your main priority is having a sporty driving experience.

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW X3 or 2015 Acura RDX?

The 2015 Acura RDX is a good lower-priced competitor of the X3, and you should check it out if you prefer a more comfortable ride rather than athletic performance. The RDX has a roomy, high-end cabin, with generous legroom in the back. It also has one of the largest cargo areas in the class. A punchy yet smooth V6 engine is standard, and it gets nearly the same fuel economy as the X3's base four-cylinder. The RDX isn't as agile as the BMW, but it has a comfortable ride and feels composed around corners. Overall, the Acura is a better value.

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2015 X3 Performance

How Does the 2015 BMW X3 Drive?

The 2015 X3 has sporty handling and precise steering, making it one of the more fun-to-drive models in the class. The ride is firmer than most rivals’, but it’s still comfortable in most situations. The base sDrive28i has rear-wheel drive, and all other models have all-wheel drive. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard in all models, and it's a great match for any engine.

A 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers the sDrive28i and xDrive28i models. The X3 xDrive35i comes with a 300-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine, and the xDrive28d comes with a 180-horsepower turbodiesel four-cylinder engine.

All X3 models have more than enough power for highway passing and merging, and the xDrive35i models deliver especially spirited acceleration. The base engine should be more than sufficient for most driving needs.

Does the 2015 BMW X3 Get Good Gas Mileage?

According to the EPA, the base X3 with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive returns 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which are good ratings for the class. The diesel-powered xDrive28d gets even better estimates of 27/33 mpg city/highway. The six-cylinder engine with standard all-wheel drive is rated at 19/26 mpg.

2015 BMW X3 Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the X3 can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

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2015 X3 Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 X3 Seat?

The 2015 X3 seats five and comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Heated front and rear seats as well as genuine leather upholstery are available. The X3 has a quiet cabin with snug, supportive front seats. The rear seats provide lots of space, and they are easy to climb into.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 BMW X3?

Each of the X3’s rear outboard seats has a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors, and the rear middle seat has an additional upper tether.

2015 BMW X3 Features

Standard equipment in the 2015 X3 includes BMW's iDrive infotainment system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and BMW Assist eCall, which provides automatic crash notifications in the event of an accident. Available features include a surround-view parking camera, navigation, a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, a head-up display, and a panoramic moonroof.

The X3’s iDrive infotainment system features straightforward menus, and it’s generally easy to use after some practice.

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2015 BMW X3 Dimensions

BMW X3 Cargo Space

The 2015 X3 has 27.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 63.3 cubic feet with them folded. The X3's cargo hold is one of the largest in the class. It is easy to fold down the back seats to expand cargo room, but the load floor isn’t completely flat.

2015 X3 Length and Weight

The 2015 BMW X3 is 15.3 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 4,030 to 4,230 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 BMW X3 Built?

BMW manufactured the 2015 X3 in South Carolina.

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