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2015 BMW X3 xDrive28i Road Test | Edmunds.com

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edited February 2015 in BMW
image2015 BMW X3 xDrive28i Road Test | Edmunds.com

Edmunds' road test of the 2015 BMW X3 xDrive28i includes on-road driving impressions, instrumented test data, specs, photos, competitor information and more.

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  • airpowerairpower Member Posts: 28
    edited February 2015
    I bought a X3 diesel in December. The diesel is incredible - especially in ECO-Pro mode. Although the diesel is a $1500 option, I had a choice at the dealership - pay list for the X3 gas model, or save thousands on the diesel. Yes, diesel fuel is (currently) more expensive than gasoline, but no one in the media really looks into the details. The X3 requires PREMIUM fuel - not regular. Thus the difference between premium and diesel here in NY is only thirty-eight center per gallon. The 32 MPG I have thus far averaged in a month more than makes up for that.

    One thing that upset me. Why is it that a rear view camera is STANDARD on a 2015 Ford Focus, but was optional on my $53,470 BMW X3? No excuse not to have a RVC in an SUV as standard equipment.

    Considering an X3? Do yourself a favor - test drive the diesel model also.
  • quidycatquidycat Member Posts: 12
    another reason to not consider it: run flat tires
  • jstrauch81jstrauch81 Member Posts: 64
  • carreragt3carreragt3 Member Posts: 9
    Let me understand this: You idiots would not buy the class-leading car (regardless of brand) because it has $1k worth of tires that: 1) improve handling, 2) are in their seventh generation and are nearly indistinguishable now from other SUV-type tires in sound and ride, 3) are designed to work with the suspension and thus make the vehicle the best handling in the segment, and 4) which you could just trade in and change out for something else? I suppose one look at your avatars says it all. You probably can't afford this car anyway...so, you may as well bash it.
  • kicjowkicjow Member Posts: 1
    I would offer that an alternative would be the GLK 250 as it has offered me an average mileage of 35.2 mpg over 30K miles of driving.
    It is boxy, but this allow bulkier packages to fit easier.
    The roof rails accept a multitude of Yakima and Thule racks without having to buy any adapters or BMW components.
    It also has more torque and seems to get out of it's way quite handily.
    It does have mobility extended tires as well, aka RF, but so far no issues other not being able to find the same size snow tires.
    The lack of a standard RVC is also an issue, which is ridiculous considering that my 2009 Tacoma had one.
  • bpfeiffebpfeiffe Member Posts: 1
    Bought the X3 28I in Sept '14. Great car ... a bit heavy on the technology ... makes it more complicated drive than it needs to be. (and I'm an Engineer). The tech options tend to be overlapping and pricy! The I drive Navigation can be frustrating ... and the Speedometer is graduated in 10MpH increments with no intermediate tick marks .. naturally the KpH has multiple ticks and dial markings ..!?!

    Nevertheless, in terms of room and overall driving experience ...NOTHING LIKE IT!! (Had 2 RDX's before the X3).
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