2015 BMW X3 Owner Satisfaction - Consumer Reports
Want a small upscale SUV that does it all? The BMW X3 emphasizes driving fun and melds luxury car attributes with the traditional utility of an SUV. Athletic handling and eager power make the X3 enjoyable to drive. Cabin finish is impeccable and passengers benefit from supportive seats and a hushed interior. All of these attributes help the X3 rank among the top-rated vehicles in the compact luxury SUV class.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Compared with previous cars, including an X3 predecessor, handling is both more precise but with less road feel. Less 'driving machine' but also less tiring on long trips. Feels more 'fly by wire' than previous cars. I miss the option to choose a manual transmission, which I drove for 40 years."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 BMW X3)

"Acceleration is unexpectedly far superior to expectations for a 4-cylinder engine. Feel of the road (feeling control, smooth ride, sway) when not traveling on a perfectly-graded road is inferior,"

Anonymous, VA (2015 BMW X3)

"Acceleration is good; handling is so inferior to older (mechanical) models of same vehicle."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 BMW X3)

"I find that unlike cars I have had in the past this car handles very well on curves on highways. I never have to put on brakes like I used to do when going around curves"

Anonymous, ME (2015 BMW X3)

"Difficult to believe this a 4-Cylinder engine. Not neck-snapping acceleration, but much more than adequate. Handling of the vehicle is on par with a sedan or coupe rather than an SUV, yet ride is not harsh. Has the familiar BMW firmness."

MIKE M., FL (2015 BMW X3)

"Seems that all BMW's have a great driving experience especially when going over 40 MPH."

HOWARD R., CA (2015 BMW X3)

"Consistently great performance, accurate handling, and very good mileage (26 mpg average.) It feels like a sports sedan."

MARC G., MA (2015 BMW X3)

"Acceleration and handling are excellent for SUV. Braking is so-so - previous 2011 X5 was much better for brakes."

Anonymous, AB (2015 BMW X3)

"It performs well, handling is excellent and acceleration is very good for the size of the engine."

LUSTER G., CO (2015 BMW X3)

"For a small engine, great pickup. 3 series are very agile."

Anonymous, IL (2015 BMW X3)

"Softer ride and looser handling than with previous BMW"

ROBERT B., NB (2015 BMW X3)

"A great car, very balanced... does everything well."

Roger K., VA (2015 BMW X3)

"Very smooth but zippy."

Anonymous, OK (2015 BMW X3)

"Took a road trip from Virginia to the western part of Tennessee and the car performed brilliantly - the tight turns on I-40 (Eastern TN and western portions of VA) presented a great opportunity to demonstrate to my wife her cars capabilities! :)"

Anonymous, VA (2015 BMW X3)

"It is very responsive when turning and parking."

E L., LA (2015 BMW X3)

"Quick acceleration. Handles like it's on rails."

Phillip B., PA (2015 BMW X3)

"Precise response to inputs."

Marc G., MA (2015 BMW X3)

"For a SUV, the car has a very balanced feel similar to a sedan etc."

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW X3)

"Great power and handling. Very easy for long trips"

Anonymous, IL (2015 BMW X3)

"Hugs the road"

Michael B., OR (2015 BMW X3)

"awd is great,handling is very secure"

Anonymous, FL (2015 BMW X3)

"very powerful and responsive in most instances. power is important to pass safely on two lane roads, and to get out of dangerous situations. Note: no accidents in almost 50 years."

Steve S., CO (2015 BMW X3)

"Accelerates well for just a small 4 cyl. engine with a relatively large vehicle. The turbo lag is mostly negated. The transmission is soooo smooth. In Sport mode the car is much more engaging to drive. However, in Comfort mode, the handling seems to be a bit twitchy; i.e. requiring more concentration than our Mazda 3."

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW X3)

"Great acceleration. The twi tubro engine is powerful. No lag. Handeles like a tall sports car"

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW X3)

"it does not accelerate well - you push the gas and it takes a minute, feels like you're getting ready for take off, then it kicks in"

Nicole P., MA (2015 BMW X3)

"acceleration is excellent. no issues with handling, passing, breaking."

Peter D., NY (2015 BMW X3)

"Acceleration is strong, particularly for a four cylinder."

Patrick M., NJ (2015 BMW X3)

"This X3 has twin turbos that really make the car fly when needed. We have an older V8 sports car but the little X3 puts it to shame."

William L., WA (2015 BMW X3)

"Acceleration is quick and nimble. No lag ever. Driven in snow and numerous bad weather conditions--has always handled well. No vibration. Comfy ride."

Anonymous, CO (2015 BMW X3)

"Acceleration is strong for a 2.0L Turbo, handling is balanced. I prefer the 6 cylinder 3.0 L Turbo I have driven, economy is close and service intervals are less frequent offsetting the cost of fuel. 8 speed transmission is a strong point with this drivetrain."

Anonymous, FL (2015 BMW X3)

"excellent handling and driving"

Anonymous, PA (2015 BMW X3)

"Acceleration is outstanding...will push you back in the seat. It's too easy to go fast. Handling is crisp."

Patrick R., CO (2015 BMW X3)

"great acceleration and road handling"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 BMW X3)

"wonderful car as it's Diesel"

Graham H., VA (2015 BMW X3)

"Fun!"

Stephen B., IL (2015 BMW X3)

"Best handling car ever owned. Great turning ratio. Easy to park. Acceleration very adequate with 4 cylinder engine. HP higher than most competitors"

Linda S., AZ (2015 BMW X3)

"Acceleration is excellent. Braking is mediocre."

Anonymous, AB (2015 BMW X3)

"Precise handling and responsiveness add to safety"

Marc G., MA (2015 BMW X3)

"Car has good road feel and handles quickly"

Anonymous, OR (2015 BMW X3)

"it has great acceleration"

Anonymous, CO (2015 BMW X3)

"It's excellent, it feels like driving a normal car, not an SUV."

Gregory S., MN (2015 BMW X3)

"I have little bad to say about acceleration and handling of the X3d other than a slight turbo lag."

Anonymous, SK (2015 BMW X3)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"12 way adjustable seats with inflatable side bolsters are very comfortable"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 BMW X3)

"This is a dark blue exterior color. The A/C is not as powerful as most vehicles that I've had in the past. Takes longer to cool the vehicle than it should. Once it IS cooled down, it maintains the desired temp just fine."

ROBERT C., PA (2015 BMW X3)

"The air vents are noisy."

Anonymous, UT (2015 BMW X3)

"Seats could be more comfortable and plush."

S K., VA (2015 BMW X3)

"Its a soccer-mom car but it drives like a sedan - very comfortable -"

RON C., AZ (2015 BMW X3)

"I had a Honda CR-V for 11 years. It was a reliable vehicle but very noisy on the highway. My BMW is amazingly quiet . . . and I have the diesel engine. I'm very impressed with the ride I get now."

DAVID M., WY (2015 BMW X3)

"Great ride and fuel economy"

Anonymous, MA (2015 BMW X3)

"Excellent handling car. High quality seats"

Phillip B., PA (2015 BMW X3)

"Seat adjustment for lumbar support is difficult to get comfortable on a long driver."

Anonymous, OH (2015 BMW X3)

"Seats are VERY comfortable and very adjustable to suit individuals."

Anonymous, OK (2015 BMW X3)

"Seats are extremely comfortable. Road noise is minimal."

Patrick R., CO (2015 BMW X3)

"The X3d has a taut ride and precise, responsive handling. The seats are firm and supportive. There is a quiet diesel hum at lower speeds that seems to disappear at higher speeds."

Anonymous, SK (2015 BMW X3)

"Seats on the X-line model are very firm and a design element in the setback can be bothersome on longer drives. Car rides excellent with the optional and expensive dynamic handing package. Very quiet vs other SUVs I have driven in this class. Handling is second to none, and better than many sports sedans with the dynamic handling package. Tires ride great but wear fast."

Anonymous, FL (2015 BMW X3)

"Quiet and comfortable all day . Great adjustable seats, ample headroom. Easy to install car seats. Love built in sun shades in passenger doors"

Linda S., AZ (2015 BMW X3)

"The seats in the X3 are pretty poor, they cause aches and pains when traveling long distances. They are hard and even though they can be adjusted uncomfortable to passenger and driver and rear seat passengers too."

Rob R., NC (2015 BMW X3)

"sporty but comfortable"

Anonymous, CO (2015 BMW X3)

"firm ride"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 BMW X3)

"Very competent handling, comfortable seats, good build quality."

Anonymous, OH (2015 BMW X3)

"Bumpy ride stiffhandling poor sound system"

Anonymous, OK (2015 BMW X3)

"it does not accelerate well. it takes a second then jumps to the speed."

Nicole P., MA (2015 BMW X3)

"Ride is rough for a luxury vehicle, likely due to low-profile runflat tires. Hard to get the lumbar right so seat can be uncomfortable on longer drives."

Anonymous, CA (2015 BMW X3)

"Seat adjustments excellent. Quiet, well controlled ride."

Marc G., MA (2015 BMW X3)

"Seat positions excellent, seat comfort excellent. rear windows do have to be set so as not to hear wind. Ride is awesome: going 70, vehicle feels as though its at 20 mph. No vibration. Unbelievable acceleration. Well thought out interior design."

Anonymous, CO (2015 BMW X3)

"smooth comfortable ride. comfortable seats. heated seats work very well. noise level fairly good, but might expect a bit better for the price."

Peter D., NY (2015 BMW X3)

"The X3 is extremely comfortable to drive or to ride in. The seats fit very nicely with great support. I do not even have to use my lumbar support when driving this car. I love it."

William L., WA (2015 BMW X3)

"Seats are a bit stiff, but are supportive. The ride is well cushioned, but not mushy."

Patrick M., NJ (2015 BMW X3)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Like most BMWs, the options really drive up the price and this would make me hesitant to recommend the car to some friends."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 BMW X3)

"Options are expensive. Could not get side warning without an expensive option package."

Anonymous, VA (2015 BMW X3)

"The car had a major instrument problem after only 20 months. The "cluster" had to be replaced. Fortunately it was on warranty but that is disappointing for bot even 2 years use. This is a $3000 part."

Anonymous, MB (2015 BMW X3)

"Some of the "advanced" safety features (Dynamic Cruise, side cams, blind spot detection, active anti collision) are quite effective but very expensive options. Other mfrs offer these and more at much lower price points. Such "active" safety features are literally life-saving; IMO no car should be sold without them. They should either be standard or offered at price levels that allow more rather than less to have them. In that vein, the now common "lane departure warning" system is both annoyin"

PAUL C., MA (2015 BMW X3)

"The X3 rides extremely harsh. Since it is an SUV, there is no need for such a stiff suspension. On rough roads or grooved pavement it is tiring to drive. The seats are on the small side. The doors won't remain open and tend to close back on your legs when getting out. The motor is strong, but tends to not be smooth when first started."

Anonymous, IN (2015 BMW X3)

"It is everything I want in a car--acceleration and handling."

E L., LA (2015 BMW X3)

"Reliable, fun to drive, integrity of company"

Anonymous, WY (2015 BMW X3)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I think it is a very nice looking vehicle especially compared to others in its class"

LUSTER G., CO (2015 BMW X3)

"Nice BMW look. Great color - exterior and interior."

Anonymous, IL (2015 BMW X3)

"I like everything but the color. BMW colors are boring in this style of car. Orange or bright blue would be lovely."

LOFTUS B., CT (2015 BMW X3)

"Beautiful design and trim inside and out."

Anonymous, MB (2015 BMW X3)

"Rides very well but I would get an upgraded model next time for creature comforts plus blind spot add-on."

Anonymous, VA (2015 BMW X3)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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