2015 BMW X3 Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$24,234 - $30,440
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
27 City / 34 HWY
Horsepower
180-300
Seats
5
Color:  Mineral Silver Metallic
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$24,234 - $30,440
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
27 City / 34 HWY
Horsepower
180-300
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.7 Overall Score
Performance 3.9 Comfort 3.5 Styling 3.7 Value 3.4

Editor's Overview

The 2015 BMW X3 compact SUV is stands out from its rivals thanks to its sporty nature. The X3 is known for being comfortable and accommodating, but also providing its driver with a satisfying driving experience. This year, BMW adds a diesel engine to the lineup, and a new base model with rear-drive only is available at a lower base price.

BMW X3 Models & Trims

xDrive28i $25,136 - $27,825
Horsepower: 240 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8, 20 X 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
xDrive35i $27,351 - $30,440
Horsepower: 300 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8, 20 X 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
xDrive28d $26,704 - $29,651
Horsepower: 180 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Diesel I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8, 19 X 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
sDrive28i $24,234 - $26,707
Horsepower: 240 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8, 20 X 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.58

31 Reviews

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

That it is a beautiful car that is both reliable and efficient.

I love the color combination- Dark blue exterior with camel colored leather interior. The leather is soft and luxurious. I love that it has voice activated controls for many of the options. I also love the way it performs on the road and that it has options to change the profile of how I am driving - Leisure, sport or difficult conditions. I have no complaints.

- Emily W

They made me do it and it needs to be at least 25 characters.

Great performance, good gas mileage, excellent handling in all types of weather. This is my third x3 and the model has improved with each one - I especially like the "sport" mode for handling and acceleration. I do wish that I had ordered it with carplay so that I could more fully integrate my iOS devices with the display console.

- John S

Why my BMW is a great car!

Love the technology available in my BMW. Handles very sporty. It is a very reliable vehicle. However, what I do not like is the cost of maintenance. Labor pricing could be cheaper. I love the sunroof, and the passenger side mirror that adjusts to assist in reversing the vehicle. I love the prestige of owning a BMW.

- Teresa D

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$25,136 - $27,825
$27,351 - $30,440

Horsepower

Horsepower
240 (hp)
300 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L TwinPower Turbo In
3.0L DOHC 24V I
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional
Standard

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

HeadsUp Display

HeadsUp Display
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Standard
Standard

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
Standard
Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Standard
Standard

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Automatic Parking
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
39.9 (in.)
39.9 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40.7 (in.)
40.7 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.5 (in.)
36.5 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.1 (in.)
39.1 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Standard
Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Standard
Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Standard
Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
Standard
Standard

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Heated Rear Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
Standard
Standard

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
Standard
Standard

Hands Free Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror
Standard
Standard

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Standard
Standard

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P245/45WR19
P245/45WR19

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
110.6 (in.)
110.6 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
39 (ft.)
39 (ft.)

Length

Width

Width
74.1 (in.)
74.1 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4150 (.lbs)
4230 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
240 (hp)
300 (hp)

Torque

Torque
260 (ft. lbs.)
300 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Capacity
3500 (.lbs)
3500 (.lbs)

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
350 (.lbs)
350 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
Standard
Standard

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Standard
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
Straight 6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
17.7 (gal.)
17.7 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
25 (mpg)
23 (mpg)

City

City
21 (mpg)
19 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
28 (mpg)
26 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Active Suspension
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Standard
Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Optional
Optional
Standard

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
Optional
Optional
Standard

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall
  • Front
  • Side
  • Rollover
*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front
  • Side
  • Roof Strength
  • Driver-side Overlap Front N/A
*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall
  • Mechanical
  • Powertrain Quality
  • Body & Interior Design
  • ‌Features
*JD Power Circle Ratings

Safety Recalls (4)

Engine And Engine Cooling > Exhaust System > Emission Control > Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) Oct 24, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 24, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V755000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2013-2018 BMW 328d and 328d xDrive, 2014-2018 328d Sports Wagon and 328d xDrive Sports Wagon, 2014-2016 535d and 535d xDrive, 2015 740Ld xDrive, 2015-2017 X3 xDrive28d SAV and 2014-2017 X5 xDrive35d SAV vehicles equipped with an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) module with an integrated cooler. If the EGR cooler leaks internally, the coolant can mix with diesel engine soot. The high EGR temperatures may result in these particles possibly smoldering and melting the intake manifold.
Consequence:
The melting intake manifold can increase the risk of a fire.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the EGR cooler as necessary. If a leak has already occurred, the engine intake manifold will also be replaced. These repairs will be made free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 17, 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Air Bags > Frontal > Driver Side Inflator Module Sep 20, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Sep 20, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V683000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC. (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2015 BMW X3 sDrive28i, X3 xDrive28i, X3 xDrive35i, X3 xDrive28d, X4 xDrive28i and X4 xDrive35i vehicles, and model year 2014-2015 X5 xDrive35i, X5 sDrive35i, X5 xDrive50i, and 2014 X5 xDrive35d vehicles. The affected vehicles have a driver's frontal air bag inflator that may have been improperly welded.
Consequence:
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator housing could separate from the base plate and result in metal striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's front air bag, free of charge. The recall began on November 1, 2016. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Child Seat > Vehicle Latch Anchor May 22, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
May 22, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V333000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2011-2017, X3 sDrive28i, X3 xDrive28i and X3 xDrive35i, vehicles manufactured July 2, 2010 to April 14, 2016, 2015-2017 X3 xDrive28d vehicles manufactured March 10, 2014 to March 31, 2016, and 2015-2017 x4 xDrive28i, X4 xDrive35i and X4 xDriveM40i vehicles manufactured March3, 2014 to April 15, 2016. The affected vehicles have lower anchor bars for securing child restraint seats that may become damaged when using the European-ISOFIX-type, rigid-style connector, child restraint system.
Consequence:
Damaged lower anchor bars may increase the child's risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will weld a reinforcing bracket to the lower anchor bars and the vehicle body, free of charge. The recall began on July 13, 2016. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Visibility > Rearview Mirrors/devices > Exterior Oct 15, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 15, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V648000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2015 X3 and X4 Sports Activity Vehicles manufactured July 28, 2014 to July 29, 2014. The affected vehicles may have been produced with a driver's side exterior rearview mirror that was designed to meet non-US market requirements. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards No. 111, "Rearview Mirrors."
Consequence:
The driver may not notice that vehicles viewed in the mirror are closer than they appear, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's side exterior rearview mirror, free of charge. The recall began on December 16, 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.

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