2015 BMW X3
Comfort & Convenience
Concierge Services with Critical Calling
Enjoy 24/7 access to personalized services (including dining and hotel recommendations) with direction and address sent to your BMW; then transferred to your Navigation.
Bluetooth® Mobile Office
Your iDrive display becomes your office with the seamless integration of many smartphones.* With Mobile Office, your calendar and tasks are displayed and automatically updated when you wirelessly connect your smartphone to your vehicle via Bluetooth® technology. And with our innovative text-to-speech function, your emails, text messages, calendar entries, notes and more can be read out loud to you in English, French or Spanish. Please see our Bluetooth section on the website for full details.
MyInfo lets you conveniently send destinations and associated phone numbers via email to your BMW from the Google Maps™ website. So you can plan your journey before you even get into your BMW.
Comfort access system offers an even greater degree of convenience: keyless access to your car. Simply carrying the key in a pocket allows you to unlock the doors by touching the door handle. And now you can also open the trunk when your arms are full of groceries or luggage by simply moving your foot under the center of the rear bumper. The trunk will slowly pop open.
The trunk features a 12-volt power outlet, while the 40/20/40 rear seat folds all the way down to increase storage space. There are also restraining hooks for anchoring bikes and other valuables under the second loading bay floor.
iDrive 4.2: Now with touchpad
The new iDrive 4.2 navigation system showcases an optimized menu display with state-of-the-art technologies, like Advanced Real-Time Traffic data. And, a new iDrive rotary controller with an integrated touchpad makes it easy for drivers on the go to enter destinations, phone numbers and more.
Access content from your Twitter and Facebook accounts to stay on top of what's happening with friends and family, and enjoy music on-demand with Pandora Radio. Tune in to Web Radio and search for stations from around the globe by name, location or genre. You can store your favorite entries on your iPhone so you can take them with you from one vehicle to another.
Harman Kardon® Surround Sound System
It's a sound experience as remarkable as the BMW driving experience. Unlike traditional stereo systems, the optional Harman Kardon® Surround Sound System uses vehicle-specific equalizing, and a powerful 600W amplifier, to deliver powerful, high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth. The result: a scintillating audio performance that pumps the highest definition soundtrack to the open road. The 16-speaker system also includes six tweeters, six mid-range speakers, two bass speakers located under the front seats, one mid-range speaker and one tweeter in the instrument panel.
When using a USB interface and iPod® USB cable, the artwork of your music is shown on the control display, allowing you to instantly see what's currently playing. And it's not limited to just iPods, it also works on other MP3 players and USB sticks.
Bluetooth® Audio Streaming
Bluetooth® Audio Streaming-available from BMW ConnectedDrive-wirelessly plays the music saved on your Bluetooth-capable smartphone or MP3 player.
Performance & Efficiency
2.0 Liter, BMW TwinPower Turbo Inline 4-Cylinder Engine, 240 hp
Small is the next big idea in engines – namely, BMW's mighty TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder. Displacing just 2.0 liters, this 240-hp marvel generates 260 lb-ft of torque at just 1250 rpm, for potent thrust that kicks in right from the start and continues all the way up to 4800 rpm. Lightweight and smooth-running, it incorporates BMW's award-winning High Precision Direct Injection, Valvetronic and double-VANOS technologies. Its dynamic performance is equaled by spectacular fuel efficiency, taking you further on every gallon of gas.
8-Speed Automatic Transmission
The 8-Speed Automatic Transmission Steptronic system actually makes efficiency audible with its smooth and quick gear changes. Closer spacing between the additional gears reduces the engine's rev interval between shifts, meaning the gear-changes are hardly noticeable. And at higher speeds, the eighth gear reduces the number of revolutions per minute, ensuring an overall quieter and more fuel-efficient ride.
Choosing a BMW X3 with rear-wheel drive means you will be able to enjoy typical BMW agility and driving pleasure – namely precise handling, flawless cornering ability and incomparable dynamics. The BMW X3 sDrive is the perfect choice for those seeking a thrillingly sporty driving experience.
Brake Energy Regeneration
To supply a battery with electrical energy, the generator (alternator) is usually driven using engine power, which requires fuel. With Brake Energy Regeneration, the alternator produces electricity when the driver brakes or takes a foot off the accelerator. Kinetic energy that was previously unharnessed is transformed into electrical energy, then fed into the battery. In this way, electricity is generated without consuming fuel.
Dynamic Damper Control
Dynamic Damper Control lets you easily switch between the Comfort, Sport or Sport+ gear settings with just the push of a button. Using the data collected by sensors, the system calculates the best setting for each individual wheel and continually adjusts its suspension accordingly.
Safety & Security
BMW Assist eCall and TeleServices
In an emergency, BMW Assist eCall, now standard in all BMWs, automatically sends your location and relevant information to police and EMT services, saving critical time when you need it most. Also standard, with BMW TeleServices, your BMW knows exactly when the next servicing appointment is coming up and informs you about any maintenance requirements. Your BMW Service Center will call you to arrange an appointment. Wherever you are, your BMW Service Center is at your side.
Full Color Head-Up Display
Projects important travel information, such as vehicle speed and check control warnings, onto the windshield directly in your field of vision. For the first time, all Head-Up Display data is shown in full color, making information more precise and easier to process. Additional information including Navigation directional arrows and instructions, Lane Departure Warning messages, and updates on Entertainment information can also be displayed.
Displays video images of approaching traffic on the Control Display. Side-view cameras positioned in the front bumpers show traffic approaching the front of the vehicle from the sides, such as when exiting a garage. The top-view camera provides video images of the road alongside the doors, taken by cameras positioned in the exterior mirrors.
Active Driving Assistant
Active Driving Assistant brings the latest safety technologies to drivers with features like Lane Departure Warning, Frontal Collision Warning, City Collision Mitigation and Pedestrian Warning. Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver when he or she is about to exit a lane unintentionally or when approaching the curb. The driver is alerted by a vibration in the steering wheel so drivers can respond accordingly. Frontal Collision Warning prevents collisions by warning the driver when approaching a vehicle ahead too quickly. The driver is alerted by an optical warning and an additional alarm. In addition, City Collision Mitigation helps prevents collisions by priming the brake system to reduce stopping distance. Pedestrian Warning has the same functionality but specifically prevents pedestrian collisions.
Active Blind Spot Detection
Looking forward isn't just a metaphor for our insatiable desire to innovate. It's also quite literal. The available Active Blind Spot Detection system helps eliminate blind spots to avoid collisions when changing lanes. Using radar sensors at the rear of the vehicle to monitor the traffic behind it, this system alerts drivers if a vehicle is in their blind spot by displaying a light on their side-view mirror housings. And on the chance the driver does not notice the warning and signals to indicate changing lanes, the light on the mirror housing begins to flash and the steering wheel vibrates.
2014 BMW X3
Among compact to midsize luxury crossover SUVs, the 2014 BMW X3 stands apart from most rivals. With its superb driving dynamics, spacious and upscale interior accommodations, and solid fuel economy ratings, the X3 is a front runner in this class and definitely one you'll want to check out, particularly if you have a family.
BMWs are typically known for providing an engaging experience behind the wheel, and that trait certainly holds up for the X3. While it's not quite as sporty as its smaller sibling, the X1, the X3 still provides much more feedback and entertainment through turns than the average luxury SUV.
A lot of that fun also comes from what's under the hood. BMW offers two engine choices, both turbocharged: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder (xDrive 28i) and a 3.0-liter inline-6 (xDrive 35i). If you're unsure about the idea of a four-cylinder luxury SUV, the X3 will make you a believer: The xDrive28i version offers plenty of power plus the bonus of great fuel economy. Going with the larger engine in the BMW X3 xDrive35i does drop fuel economy a little, but in return you get one of the quickest models in this class.
Inside the 2014 BMW X3, you get more of what BMW is known for: impressive quality. We've found that the X3's front seats provide great support for both long road trips and enthusiastic drives on back roads. Materials quality is first class, with understated wooden trim, brushed-metal accents and a general refinement that elevates the cabin ambience. The X3 also lives up to expectations for utility, as its rear seat is roomy and cargo space is competitive.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2014 BMW X3 crossover SUV is available in two trim levels that correspond to engine choice: xDrive28i and xDrive35i.
The xDrive28i model comes standard with 18-inch wheels; rear privacy glass; automatic headlights; foglamps; automatic wipers; a power liftgate; auto-dimming mirrors; cruise control; dual-zone automatic climate control; eight-way power front seats with memory functions; leatherette premium vinyl upholstery; a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel; Bluetooth phone connectivity; the iDrive electronics interface; and a 12-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD radio, an iPod/USB audio interface and an auxiliary audio input.
Besides its more powerful engine, the xDrive35i adds adaptive bi-xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof and wood trim. These items are options on the xDrive28i.
The Premium package includes the panoramic sunroof (xDrive28i), keyless ignition/entry, leather upholstery, four-way lumbar support for the front seats, satellite radio, cargo area nets and tie-down points. The Cold Weather package includes heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. The Technology package gets you a head-up display, a navigation system with a larger main iDrive display, smartphone app integration and the BMW Remote Services emergency communications system.
The Driver Assistance package adds front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. On top of this you can add the Driver Assistance Plus package, which has rear- and top-view parking cameras and a lane-departure warning system.
The M Sport package features 19-inch wheels, special exterior trim, sport front seats, a sport steering wheel and transmission shift paddles (35i only). The Dynamic Handling package adds adaptive suspension dampers, enhanced speed-adjustable power steering and an enhanced torque-vectoring version of the all-wheel-drive system.
Some of the above items are available as stand-alone options. Other stand-alone options include automatic high-beam headlight control and a 16-speaker surround-sound audio system.
Powertrains and Performance
The 2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are standard on all BMW X3s, along with an automatic stop-start system. The latter shuts off the engine when stopped and then starts it when you take your foot off the brake in order to save fuel.
In Edmunds performance testing, the four-cylinder X3 went from zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, which is average overall for the segment and as quick as some six-cylinder crossovers. EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined.
The X3 xDrive35i gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 that produces 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. It uses the same eight-speed automatic, and AWD is standard. In Edmunds performance testing, the 35i hit 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, which makes it one of the quickest vehicles in this segment. Fuel economy is rated at 19/26/21, which is actually better than some of the X3 xDrive35i's less powerful rivals.
Every 2014 BMW X3 comes standard with antilock disc brakes, automatic brake drying (useful in rainy weather), front seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, active front seat head restraints, stability control and hill descent control. Also standard is the BMW Assist emergency communications system, which provides automatic crash notification and on-demand roadside assistance.
The optional BMW Remote Services system upgrades BMW Assist with stolen-vehicle recovery and remote door unlocking. Other optional equipment includes front and rear parking sensors, rear- and top-view parking cameras and a lane-departure warning system.
In Edmunds brake testing, an xDrive35i stopped from 60 mph in 123 feet, which is an average distance for the segment. An xDrive28i with the M Sport package stopped in 127 feet.
In crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the X3 received the highest possible rating of "Good" in the frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests.
Interior Design and Special Features
The X3's interior will be familiar to anyone who has spent time in a BMW product. Classic analog gauges, sensible ergonomics and a restrained overall aesthetic combine to create a pleasant driving environment. Occupants will feel cocooned within the high-quality materials covering the seats, console and dash.
Overall, we're fond of the iDrive electronics interface, particularly with the higher-resolution screen that comes with the navigation system. The menu structure is straightforward, the graphics are crisp and processing times are quick, which helps minimize the amount of time you spend looking away from the road. That said, new owners should sit down and familiarize themselves with iDrive before hitting the road, because it's still a complex system and you can't master everything while the car's in motion.
Room for front passengers is more than ample, while rear legroom is downright generous and pairs with a truly comfortable seat. Indeed, this is one of the most family-friendly vehicles in the class. Total cargo capacity with the rear seats folded is 63.3 cubic feet, which makes it one of the larger compact luxury crossovers.
Special Offer Details
*2015 X3 xDrive28i Lease starting at $479/month for 36 months.
Vehicle Registered inside N.Y.
• $479 First months payment
• $3,780 Down payment
• $0 Security Deposit
• $725 Acquisition fee
• $4,984 Cash due at signing
* Lease financing available on new 2015 BMW X3 xDrive28i from participating BMW centers on leases assigned to BMW Financial Services through December 2, 2014. Monthly lease payments of $479.00 for 36 months based on MSRP of $44,400.00. $4,984.00 cash due at signing is based on $3,780.00 down payment, $479.00 first month payment, $725.00 acquisition fee, and $.00 security deposit (not all customers will qualify for security deposit waiver). Tax, title, license, registration and dealer fees are additional fees due at signing. Program available from participating BMW dealers to eligible, qualified customers with excellent credit history who meet BMW Financial Services credit requirements. Payments do not include applicable taxes. All figures presented are examples only. Actual MSRP may vary. Lessee responsible for insurance during the lease term and any excess wear and tear as defined in the lease contract, $0.20/mile over 10,000 miles per year and a disposition fee of $350 at lease end. Purchase option at lease end (excluding tax, title, and other government fees) is $25,308.00. Offer valid through December 2, 2014 and may be combined with other offers unless otherwise stated. Qualified rate lock applicants must take delivery within 60 days of initial lock.