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8.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 9.7
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2015 BMW X3 Review

The 2015 BMW X3 has powerful and fuel-efficient engines, sharp performance, and a spacious cabin, but some drivers may find its ride a bit too firm. 

Pros & Cons

 

  • Punchy engines
  • Above-average gas mileage
  • Poised handling
  • Spacious cabin and cargo hold

 

 

  • Stiff ride at times

New for 2015

 

  • New available turbodiesel engine
  • Refreshed exterior styling
  • Shuffled standalone options and packages

 

2015 BMW X3 Overview

Is the 2015 BMW X3 a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 X3 is a great luxury compact SUV. It has potent engines and sporty handling for those who want "The Ultimate Driving Machine." For those just looking for a daily driver, the cabin is luxurious, roomy, and filled with features.

Used 2015 BMW X3 Performance and Interior

There are three power plants to choose from in the 2015 X3. The sDrive28i and xDrive28i come with a turbocharged four-cylinder, while the xDrive28d has a turbodiesel four-cylinder engine. A turbo six-cylinder engine powers the xDrive35i. All of the available engines have ample power, whether around town or on the freeway. The xDrive35i is especially quick when accelerating. All engines are paired with an automatic transmission. The base model gets up to 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is above average for the class. Turbodiesel models are among the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the class, getting 27 mpg in the city and 33 on the highway.

The X3 has sporty handling and precise steering, making it one of the more fun-to-drive models in the class. The ride is rather firm, but it’s still comfortable most of the time. The base sDrive28i has rear-wheel drive, and all other models have all-wheel drive.

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The X3's cabin is fitted with high-end materials and has sleek, upscale styling. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, while the rear seats have ample space for adults and are easy to get into. Each of the rear outboard seats has a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors, and the rear middle seat has an additional upper tether.

Every X3 model comes with the iDrive infotainment system, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. The iDrive system has intuitive menus that are easy to navigate after a short learning curve. You control the system with a knob mounted on the console; it has a touchpad that recognizes handwriting, so you can trace numbers and letters to input addresses into the available navigation system.

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Used 2015 BMW X3 Prices

Used 2015 BMW X3 prices range from around $28,000 for the base sDrive28i model to about $34,000 for the top-of-the-line xDrive35i trim. Pricing depends on each vehicle’s condition, location, and mileage.

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To help you decide if the BMW X3 is the right used SUV for you, we gathered and analyzed 41 published professional reviews. We also added information on fuel economy, safety, and reliability in our analysis.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 BMW X3?

The BMW X3 has a predicted reliability score of 3.5 out of five. That's typical for a luxury compact SUV but above average for the auto industry as a whole.

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How Safe Is the X3?

The X3 earns excellent safety scores. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the X3 five out of five stars overall, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest rating of Good in all its tests. No safety features come standard, but some X3 models may have a 360-degree camera, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, or front and rear parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used X3?

The 2015 X3 is part of the SUV’s second generation, which began in 2011 and ends with the 2017 model year. Buying an older model will save you money, but you’ll miss out on some of the X3’s updates for the 2015 model year, including refreshed styling, shuffled available features, and the introduction of the available turbodiesel engine. There are few differences between the 2015 and 2016 model years.

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Which Used BMW X3 Is Right for Me?

There are few differences in features among the X3's trims. Most buyers should go for the base sDrive28i trim, as its engine is both fuel-efficient and powerful. If you want all-wheel drive, the xDrive28i is the model for you. Higher trims add different powertrains and a few features, including a panoramic moonroof.

BMW offers a certified pre-owned program on select X3 models. The BMW CPO program has three levels based on the vehicle’s age and the number of miles on the odometer: Certified Pre-Owned Elite, Certified Pre-Owned, and Pre-Owned. Each level receives the balance of the original new-car warranty. Certified Pre-Owned Elite vehicles get an additional one-year/25,000-mile warranty, while Certified Pre-Owned models receive an additional two-year/50,000-mile warranty. Pre-Owned BMWs receive no additional coverage. Each BMW undergoes an inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the BMW warranty page carefully.

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2015 BMW X3 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW X3 or 2015 Audi Q5?

It's a close call between the X3 and the Audi Q5, but in the end, the BMW is the better buy. Both models have sporty performance, high-end interiors, and comfortable seats. The X3 has higher safety and reliability scores along with a more user-friendly infotainment system, so it comes out on top.

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

The Mercedes-Benz GLK and the X3 are both great SUVs, but in different ways. The best way to choose between them is to weigh what's most important to you. The GLK is among the most luxurious models in the class and has one of the highest predicted reliability scores. However, its rear seats are a bit cramped, and the X3 has nimbler performance.

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

If you care more about riding in comfort than athletic performance, the Acura RDX is a good lower-priced competitor of the X3. The RDX has a roomy, high-end cabin, with generous legroom in the back. It also has one of the largest cargo capacities in the class. A punchy and smooth V6 engine is standard; 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 stays composed around corners. The RDX offers a better value, but the X3 is a better overall SUV.

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