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2015 BMW X3 KBB Expert Review

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MSRP $39,350

Fair Purchase Price $36,689
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Invoice $36,280
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KBB Expert Rating 7.5 / 10
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Keith Buglewicz - Updated Date: 4/29/2014


BMW calls the 2015 X3 SUV a "sports-activity vehicle." It's a bit of marketing-speak that'd be harder to swallow if there weren't a hint of truth to it. The 2015 BMW X3 continues to stand out against rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GLK, Acura RDX and Cadillac SRX, thanks to a dynamic driving nature that makes it feel more like one of the company's sport sedans than a big SUV. This year, BMW adds a diesel option with the X3 xDrive28d, further enhancing the line's fuel economy. On the other end, the 2015 BMW X3 sDrive28i is a new base model only available with rear-wheel drive, a first for the X3.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want your upscale SUV to accent "sport," then the 2015 BMW X3 may just be the ticket. Of course, with plenty of cargo space and a choice of two fuel-efficient engines, it's not short on utility, either.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Prices on the BMW X3 climb quickly as you add options. That $40,000 base price for the X3 sDrive28i can easily climb higher than $50,000 or more – even paint colors cost extra, unless you're happy with black or white. Not everyone is a fan of BMW's odd gear selector, either.

What's New for 2015

The 2015 BMW X3 gets a new 2.0-liter diesel engine, promising excellent fuel economy without sacrificing performance. A new base model offers rear-drive only for the first time, lowering the entry price for the X3. The X3 also gets a new grille and headlights, among other styling updates.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Whether you're driving the 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder, the 2015 BMW X3 is a quick SUV. And while we haven't had a chance to sample the new diesel first-hand, the same engine in the BMW 3 Series has proven itself no slouch, and we expect the same here. The base turbocharged 4-cylinder propels the X3 from zero to 60 mph in the mid-6-second range. The 6-cylinder does the 0-60 run in about five seconds, and BMW promises the diesel will do it in less than eight seconds. Regardless, expect effortless onramp sprints and plenty of passing power. No matter which engine you choose, it comes with BMW's excellent 8-speed automatic transmission. On top of it all, the 2015 X3 SUV is a luxury car, meaning it's quiet, comfortable, and feature-laden to the point that you might actually look forward to your commute, instead of dreading it.

Favorite Features

POWER AND EFFICIENCY
BMW's making a big play with its diesel engines, and we couldn't be happier. The same 2.0-liter diesel in the BMW 3 Series is a gem, with plenty of power and excellent fuel economy. It could make the 2015 X3 a fuel economy leader, and even give hybrids a run for their money.

NEW NOSE AND TAIL
The styling revisions made to the 2015 BMW X3 are subtle, but effective. We particularly like the compact SUV's new headlight design, which extends the lights all the way to the updated grille. It's a more sophisticated look, and it ties in with the current 3 Series sedan design as well.


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