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2015 BMW X3

$38,500 to $45,500
21 City - 28 Hwy

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Changes for the 2015 BMW X3:

Though it might be hard to tell at a glance, the BMW X3 receives a substantial refresh for 2015. Subtle changes to exterior styling and interior materials and trim draw little attention to a long list of new options, including LED headlights, a Smart Opener liftgate, Parking Assistant technology, a full-color heads-up display, an Active Driving Assistant, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go capability, Lane Departure Warning, Frontal Collision Warning, Pedestrian Warning, and City Collision Mitigation.

Additionally, a new rear-wheel-drive X3 sDrive28i model and a new X3 xDrive28d model with a turbo-diesel engine join the lineup. M Sport and xLine trim packages debut, new paint colors and wheel designs are available, and BMW adds touchpad functionality to the iDrive control system, along with an Intelligent Safety Button that quickly calls up Driver Assistance function settings.

Model Lineup:

Four different versions of the 2015 BMW X3 are for sale. The X3 sDrive28i and xDrive 28i have a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the X3 xDrive28d features a turbo-diesel 4-cylinder engine, and the X3 xDrive35i is equipped with a turbocharged 6-cylinder engine.

Engines and Transmissions:

The turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine in the X3 sDrive28i and X3 xDrive28i generates 240 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. To maximize fuel economy, choose the X3 xDrive28d for its turbo-diesel 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, which is good for 180 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. Maximum power output comes courtesy of the X3 xDrive35i model’s turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine, which whips up 300 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque.

All three engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission featuring automatic stop/start technology, and all versions except the sDrive28i are equipped with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. Owners can calibrate each powertrain using the Driving Dynamics Control system, which offers Eco Pro, Comfort, and Sport driving modes.

Fuel Economy Ratings:

In combined driving, the EPA fuel economy estimate for the X3 sDrive28i and X3 xDrive28i is 24 mpg. Choose the X3 xDrive28d and its turbo-diesel engine, and the rating jumps to 30 mpg. Feed your need for speed, and the X3 xDrive35i model’s rating is 21 mpg.

Safety Ratings:

As this summary is written, official crash-test ratings are unavailable from the NHTSA or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Last year’s structurally identical X3 received top marks from the IIHS, though it had not been assessed in the new small overlap frontal-impact evaluation.

Technology Highlights:

BMW supplies every X3 with a free 10-year subscription to BMW TeleService with an SOS button and BMW Assist eCall service. Additionally, the X3 is newly available with several technology upgrades including a hands-free liftgate that opens when the owner waves a foot under the rear bumper, a Parking Assistant system that steers the SUV into a parking space, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go capability, and new safety features including Lane Departure Warning, Frontal Collision Warning, Pedestrian Warning, and City Collision Mitigation.

Written by Christian Wardlaw

June 1, 2014