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2018 BMW X3 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 BMW X3 was new.


Interior: 8.0

The 2018 BMW X3 has an attractive, roomy interior, but it doesn't come with a long list of standard amenities. The cabin features comfortable, high-quality leatherette seats. An easy-to-use touch-screen infotainment system comes standard and is available with optional gesture controls. Cargo space is above average for the class.

  • "The interior materials convincingly support the notion of the X3 as a premium-brand vehicle, and the front-seat occupants both enjoy standard sport seats with 10-way power adjustment." -- Car and Driver
  • "Inside, small design cues repeat themselves in satisfying ways, in particular the arced striations in the vents, overhead controls, and the pattern of the puddle lamps that greet you in the dark. Our test vehicle's interior was dressed in lovely caramel-hued leather, which contrasted beautifully with the black dashboard and carpets. A healthy amount of brushed aluminum trim brightened things a bit, but typical refined, Germanic understatement reigned. Admittedly though, in a vehicle of this price, it would have been nice to see a little more visual jewelry dressing up the cabin." -- New York Daily News
  • "Inside, the interior is still traditional BMW; most of the controls are canted to the driver, there aren't particularly interesting shapes or materials, and the gauge and switch gear lighting is still a red-orange hue. Of course, this latter design aspect also means the various ambient lighting colors don't necessarily match nicely with the switchgear, something this editor has griped about before." -- Autoblog


The BMW X3 seats five in two rows of seats. Leatherette upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable front sport seats come standard, while heated seats, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and leather upholstery are add-ons. The front-row seats provide all-day comfort and support, and there’s a generous amount of space in the rear seats.

  • "The rear seat is roomy enough for two adults, though three can fit in a pinch. Young children won't have any problem scrambling up into the cabin, and those in booster seats will be able to reach and access the seat-belt receptacles and secure themselves." -- Consumer Reports
  • "But the new X3 is extraordinarily roomy inside, even for the class. The driver and front passenger have plenty of space, and even rear-seat passengers will find good legroom as long as they're not beyond the 95th percentile." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Like most compact luxury SUVs, the BMW X3's rear seat is just roomy enough that two adults won't complain, and kids will have plenty of room." -- New York Daily News

Interior Features

The X3 comes standard with an iDrive touch-screen infotainment system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, rain-sensing windshield wipers, tri-zone automatic climate control, LED fog lights, HD Radio, and a 12-speaker audio system.

Available features include satellite radio, proximity keyless entry, a head-up display, navigation with real-time traffic information, wireless charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a panoramic moonroof, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display. Available advanced safety features include parking sensors, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation, pedestrian detection, parallel park assist, and a 360-degree surround-view camera.

The standard infotainment system's controls are easy to operate and include a control knob for physical controls. You can also add a feature that allows you to operate the infotainment system through gestures, such as waving your finger to raise or lower the volume and swiping your hand in the air to change the station. Wireless Apple CarPlay is also available. However, some features that come standard in competitors – like Android Auto – aren’t even available in the X3.

  • "Additionally, the infotainment lacks Android Auto, which may turn off some customers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Still, BMW's latest approach to iDrive is an improvement, with clearly marked buttons that, once committed to memory, are easy to find by touch, combined with a meaty knob with positive articulation. Plus, this new version of iDrive supplies a touchscreen display for the first time, which is somewhat miraculous." -- New York Daily News
  • "Overall, the X3 is an impressive machine. But it's not perfect. BMW makes it quite difficult to find an X3 equipped with advanced safety equipment including high-speed automatic emergency braking. It's part of a $1,700 option package that is nearly impossible to find on X3s on dealer lots. In order to get it, you have to pay for other expensive option packages, including the $900 Driving Assistance Package, which includes forward-collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic warning, and options of dubious value." -- Consumer Reports


With 28.7 cubic of cargo space behind the second row and 62.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, the 2018 X3 has an above-average cargo capacity among class rivals. A power rear liftgate and a 40/20/40 split-folding back row are standard.

  • "The new BMW X3 manages its dimensions admirably, offering ample interior space for front and rear passengers, and all their stuff in the cargo area. We particularly like the triple-split folding rear seatbacks, which allow you to fold down the center section for long objects without having to sacrifice two seating positions." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Like most compact luxury SUVs, the well-finished cargo area is spacious enough for a family of four to take a weeklong road trip. Fold the second-row seats flat and there's plenty of space to swallow the goods from a big-box store." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The 40/20/40-split backseat reclines a few degrees but doesn't slide. A power liftgate is standard, and BMW pegs cargo volume at 28.7 cubic feet behind the backseat and 62.7 cubic feet with the seats folded." -- Cars.com

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