2015 BMW X3 vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

With the introduction of the new 2015 BMW X4 as well (a somewhat lower, swoopier take on the X3), as well as the 3-Series GT, BMW now has several nearly like-sized models, each blending different amounts of performance and utility in a relatively compact footprint.

Among these the X3 is the most utility-minded, with the best height and versatility.

We'd call the smaller BMW X1 a rival, too, but it makes more obvious sacrifices in usability and interior space, all in the name of saving just a bit of parking space that to Americans wil be insignificant.

The Audi Q5's cabin wows, but a stiff ride upsets its pleasant demeanor.

The Benz GLK is a great choice for steering and ride, and for acceleration, but its cargo space is smaller than the X3's.

The Acura RDX was completely new this past year, and its new V-6 powertrain and more conventional design aims right at the luxury mainstream.

With a lower sticker price, the Volvo XC60 is rated tops for safety and has decent on-road handling, space, and fit and finish.

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Quick Specs
Among compact crossovers, the 2015 BMW X3 doesn't try to be rugged; instead it's one of the sportiest and most fuel-efficient in its class, and this year's new sDrive and diesel models add to that while the lineup gets even more tech and active-safety options.
A sporty yet smooth driving feel, quiet interior, and top-tier safety all add up to a lot of appeal for the 2015 Acura RDX, although its lack of features and flair stop it short of greatness.
The 2015 Audi Q5 remains one of the most elegant, truly car-like crossovers on the market.
The 2015 BMW X1 runs a little short on versatility, but it's big on style and enthusiasm.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK offers two great engine options in a baby-SUV shell, but with the comfort and dynamics of a crossover.
The 2015 Volvo XC60 crossover stays stylish--and now it gets much better gas mileage from a new four-cylinder engine.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDLarge CarsSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
RWD 4-Door sDrive28iFWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumRWD 4-Door sDrive28iRWD 4-Door GLK 350FWD 4-Door T5 Drive-E
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sports Activity VehicleSport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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