BMW

X3

2015

2015 BMW X3

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$38,500-$45,500
$35,920-$42,360
22 CITY / 29 HWY
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Overview

What's New for 2015:
  • Entry level rear-drive model
  • Turbo-diesel model
  • xLine and M Sport trim lines
  • Updated iDrive technology
  • Convenience and safety options
  • Subtle styling and design changes

Introduction
The 2015 BMW X3 is a compact luxury crossover SUV that seats up to 5 passengers. It competes against the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, Cadillac SRX, Infiniti QX50, Lexus NX, Lincoln MKC, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, and Volvo XC60.

Models and Features
Four versions of the 2015 X3 are available. The X3 sDrive28i has rear-wheel drive and a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, while the X3 xDrive28i has an all-wheel-drive system. A new turbo-diesel variant is called the X3 xDrive28d, while the most powerful version of the SUV is known as the xDrive35i, which comes with a turbocharged 6-cylinder engine.

Highlights from the standard equipment list include 18-in. aluminum wheels, power-folding and heated side mirrors, automatic headlights, LED fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, an 8-way power-adjustable front passenger's seat, leatherette upholstery, and genuine burl walnut wood trim. The X3 also includes an automatic climate control system, power tailgate, 12-speaker audio system with HD Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, and a 10-year subscription to BMW TeleService.

Options include a variety of trim and equipment packages offering a range of upgrades. Key extras include leather seats, a navigation system, premium sound system, panoramic sunroof, and a Comfort Access keyless entry system. The X3 can also be optioned with performance enhancements, including larger wheels and tires, a sport suspension, and sport steering, as well as safety and technology upgrades discussed below.

Under the Hood
A 240-horsepower, turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is installed in the X3 sDrive28i and X3 xDrive28i, while the X3 xDrive35i gets a 300-horsepower, turbocharged, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine. New for 2015, the X3 xDrive28d is equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder diesel engine rated to make 180 horsepower. More important, the new turbo-diesel generates 280 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,750 rpm and 2,750 rpm.

Each engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission with Sport and Manual modes, and an automatic start/stop function is designed to conserve fuel by shutting the engine off while the X3 is idling in traffic or at an intersection. A Driving Dynamics Control system includes a fuel-saving Eco Pro mode in addition to Comfort and Sport settings.

Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the BMW X3 with the standard turbocharged 4-cylinder engine achieves a low of 21 mpg in the city and a high of 28 mpg on the highway, depending on drivetrain. Choose the more powerful X3 xDrive35i and the SUV is rated to get 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The most fuel-efficient choice is the X3 xDrive28d, which earns EPA mileage ratings of 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Technology
Standard safety equipment for the 2015 BMW X3 includes the BMW TeleService system with an SOS button and automatic collision notification. A 10-year subscription to service keeps these features active for a decade. Rain-sensing wipers are also standard, along with automatic headlights.

Buyers can upgrade with parking sensors, a reversing camera, surround-view camera, and a blind-spot detection system. Active cruise control is also available, as well as a head-up display, park-assist system, adaptive LED headlights, and more.

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