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2017 BMW X3 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 BMW X3 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

The X3’s interior has the classic styling and quality materials that you would expect from the BMW brand. The X3 also features comfortable seats, ample cargo room, and high-tech features such as the intuitive iDrive infotainment system.

  • "The X3's interior is classic BMW, from its traditional analog gauges to its sensible ergonomics and restrained sense of style. Most surfaces are covered in high-quality and rich-looking materials, while the center stack cants slightly toward the driver for a more intimate feel. The various knobs and buttons become familiar in short order. It's a traditional layout overall, but we wouldn't call it dated." -- Edmunds
  • "Top it off with the fact the BMW X3 SUV is a quiet, comfortable and feature-laden luxury SUV, and you might look forward to your commute, instead of dreading it." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "Bright, beautiful wood veneers accent the doors, dashboard and center console and warm up a typically austere BMW interior. The design doesn't venture far from typical BMW, but at least materials match the price." -- Left Lane News (2016)

Seating

The BMW X3 seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Heated front and rear seats, sport seats, a heated steering wheel and leather upholstery can be added as options.

There is good space for passengers overall, and those in the rear seat should enjoy lots of leg room. The seats are comfortable, but you can get an even better experience by opting for the front sport seats, which offer more support. Visibility is superior.

The LATCH system in the X3 has three top tether anchors that are all easy to locate and shouldn’t be confused for other parts of the seat. The lower anchors are deep in the seat, and it requires a good amount of force to attach the straps.

  • "Room for front passengers is ample by every measure, while rear legroom is downright generous and pairs with a truly comfortable seat." -- Edmunds
  • "There's good rear legroom, and the generous cargo space expands by folding down the 2nd-row seatbacks." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "In our interior evaluation of the X3, we immediately noticed that BMW has the commanding driving position nailed. The front seats are nice and tall, affording an expansive view over the hood, and since the X3 has plenty of glass all around, outward visibility is great, no matter where you're looking. We'd consider springing for the M Sport package with its sport front seats, though, as the beefed-up side bolsters and thigh-support extenders are worth the stretch." -- Autotrader (2015)

Interior Features

The X3’s standard features include automatic climate control; the iDrive infotainment system; a nine-speaker stereo system; HD Radio; enhanced USB connections and Bluetooth, which includes an additional microphone; Bluetooth for a second phone; library browsing and voice control for contacts and music; Mobile Office, which allows touch-screen access to messaging, tasks, and voice memos, and transfers contact info to the navigation system; and BMW Assist eCall, which can automatically notify emergency responders in a crash.

Optional features include a surround-view camera system, wireless Apple CarPlay, navigation, satellite radio, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound audio system, a head-up display, a panoramic moonroof, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, active park assist, and lane departure warning.

The iDrive interface is easy to use and has novel features, such as the ability to input numbers and letters by drawing them on the touchpad. The system functions well and doesn’t lag in processing commands. Some reviewers don’t like that certain high-end features aren’t standard, but they acknowledge that you can tailor the X3 to your budget. Desirable options come in packages.

See 2017 BMW X3 specs and trims »

  • The 2017 BMW X3 features a 2-row/5-passenger configuration, and the interior can be about as nice as your budget allows. Despite the implications of its luxury badge, heated front seats, a backup camera or even genuine leather instead of the standard SensaTec fake leather all cost extra. Fortunately, most of the interior upgrades can be bundled under the xLine or M Sport packages. Ergonomics are mostly sound, once you make your peace with the odd gear selector and BMW's iDrive system." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The iDrive electronics interface is an X3 strong suit, particularly with the larger, higher-resolution screen that comes with the navigation system. An integrated touchpad lets you scrawl text and number inputs with your fingertip, a feature that's more useful than you might think. The menu structure is straightforward and processing times are quick, which helps minimize the amount of time you spend looking away from the road." -- Edmunds
  • "The standard iDrive system has a square display, lacks navigation and doesn't offer digital music storage. It's nice that some form of iDrive comes as standard, but it's hard to enthuse over the functionality of this version. With the pricey navigation system, though, there's a crisp, colorful 8.8-in widescreen and hard-drive storage for MP3s. If the extra cost is bearable, it's definitely the way to go." -- Autotrader (2016)

Cargo

The 2017 BMW X3 has 27.6 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats upright and 63.3 cubic feet with them folded, which is one of the highest capacities in the class. A power rear liftgate comes standard and the 40/20/40 split-folding second row makes it easy to take advantage of all the space.

  • "Reviews often focus on the X3's performance, but it's also one of the most family-friendly vehicles in this segment. The cargo area behind the rear seats measures 27.6 cubic feet, and total capacity with the rear seatbacks folded down is 63.3 cubic feet. Both are among the biggest in the segment." -- Edmunds
  • "There's good rear legroom, and the generous cargo space expands easily thanks to the 40/20/40-split rear seatbacks." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There's a respectable 27.6 cu ft. of cargo space behind the second row and 63.3 cu ft. with the rear seats folded down." -- Autotrader (2016)

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