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2020 BMW X3 Interior Review

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Interior: 7.9

The 2020 BMW X3's cabin doesn't wow you from a style standpoint, but it looks good inside and incorporates plenty of premium materials. Both rows of seats are spacious and supportive, and few class rivals have as much cargo space as the X3. There are plenty of standard and available features, including a user-friendly infotainment system.

  • "The interior quality and construction are top-notch, even if the design isn't as overtly stylish or luxurious as those of its rivals." -- Autotrader
  • BMW's X3 has the same design aesthetic as other recent vehicles from the German luxury brand. There's a wide-view display mounted high on the dash, the iDrive control knob alongside BMW's unique gear selector, and the same ergonomics of the BMW ownership experience for the past couple of decades. It leans more toward the minimalistic end, but there's built-in premium feel to its simplicity." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "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 (2018)

Seating

The BMW X3 seats five and comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Genuine leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

For a small crossover, the X3 provides a good amount of passenger space. The front seats have plenty of head- and legroom, and they remain supportive on longer drives. The rear seats can accommodate two adults with no trouble, though three might be a bit of a squeeze.

For securing child safety seats, the X3 has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats, as well as a tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The tether anchors are easy to identify, but the lower anchors are tough to maneuver around.

  • "The X3's cabin offers generous rear passenger space as well as reclining rear seats. The lower cushions are set at a comfortable distance from the floor." -- Autotrader
  • "The X3 is extraordinarily roomy inside, even for its compact class. The driver and front passenger have plenty of space, and most rear-seat passengers will find good legroom. Headroom is similarly plentiful." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "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 (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the X3 include tri-zone automatic climate control and the iDrive infotainment system with an 8.8-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, a USB port, a 12-speaker audio system, and HD Radio.

The X3 gets a larger standard touch screen for 2020, and infotainment controls are within easy reach of the driver. The iDrive system is easy to use once you're used to it, but it does take a little practice to master the interface.

Available features include a panoramic moonroof, a 10.25-inch touch screen with gesture control, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, proximity keyless entry, wireless device charging, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and traffic sign recognition.

Available active safety features include a head-up display, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, front and rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, parallel park assist, and a surround-view parking camera system.

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  • "The relationship between the driver and the controls and switchgear is harmonious and well-considered, especially with regard to BMW's latest iDrive infotainment system." -- Autotrader
  • Controls for common functions like audio and climate are logical and easy to reach, but the iDrive circular controller for screen functions and even the pistol-like gearshift are best first studied at a standstill." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "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 (2018)

Cargo

The X3 provides 28.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 62.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Those are terrific totals for a luxury compact SUV. The cargo hold has a flat floor, making it easy to load and organize cargo, and there's a hidden underfloor storage compartment where you can stow valuable items. A power liftgate comes standard.

  • "The cargo area also enjoys a relatively square and functional space. Its maximum cargo volume of 62.7 cubic feet is among the segment's best -- as is its 28.7 cubic feet of space with the rear seats in place." -- Autotrader
  • "… cargo space is near the top of the class in both usability and outright space. In addition to a flat-floor cargo area, there's room for small items should you want to hide them beneath the floor." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "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 (2018)
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