2012 BMW 3-Series Wagon Interior

#6 out of 9 in 2012 Wagons

$12,340 - $13,017

2012 BMW 3-Series Wagon Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 BMW 3-Series Wagon was new.


Interior: 8.4

Most reviewers like the interior of the 2012 BMW 3-Series Wagon, calling it comfortable and driver-focused. A few mention ergonomic quirks and dislike BMWs iDrive system, which controls many climate and entertainment systems.

  • "BMW 3 Series interiors 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, though there's less visual pizzazz here than in some rivals." -- Edmunds
  • "The clean, elegant look is highlighted by standard leatherette upholstery set off by Burl Walnut, Poplar Natural Wood or aluminum trim." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Cabin materials have a sturdy, soft-touch feel." -- Consumer Guide


Car reviewers like the front seats in the 2012 BMW 3-Series Wagon, calling them supportive and comfortable. Several report that the rear seats are cramped, however.

  • "The base seats are comfortable and supportive, the Sport package's purpose-built seats even more so. ... The rear seats are adequately roomy for adults on shorter trips, but taller passengers will complain that their heads are crammed into the roof." -- Edmunds
  • "Headroom and legroom are good for all but the tallest drivers. Standard manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel helps tailor a comfortable driving position. Seats have excellent bolstering to secure occupants through turns, but the bolsters may make the seats feel too narrow for those of generous girth." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Critics like that the 3-Series' features and controls are driver-focused, but complain of some ergonomic quirks, as well as BMW's complicated iDrive multi-media interface.

  • "Legible white-on-black instruments and a multifunction steering wheel on a tilt and telescoping column reinforce its driver-centric character, while models fitted with the optional navigation package get an alternative 'double-wave' dash to accommodate the central video display." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "As always, instrumentation and controls are arranged for serious driving." -- The Auto Channel


The 3-Series Wagon provides an admirable 60.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which is good for the class, offering a bit more space than the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon. For even more cargo room, check out the Volvo XC70, which provides 72.1 cubic feet of room.

  • "Throw up the hatch, throw down the seats, throw in your skis or band equipment or climbing gear. In terms of practicality and life-carrying cargo capacity, the 325xi sacrifices very little to the upright, lumpen crossovers whose ads blare from the pages of Vibe and Maxim." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "The wagon's greatest advantage over the sedan is its cargo space and versatility. Not only is there a little more cargo space behind the rear seats than in the sedan's trunk, large objects that won't fit through a trunk opening can fit easily through the tailgate." -- The Auto Channel

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