2009 BMW 3-Series Wagon Interior
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For 2009, the 3-Series wagon's interior is refreshed. Overall, critics are pleased with its superb fit and finish and comfortable front seat, but complain that its backseat is too cramped for adults. Though BMW's iDrive multi-media system has been updated, many still find it difficult to use.
- "The 3 Series interiors provide a restrained show of luxury. Though a tad plain, the emphasis is on driver comfort and involvement through elements such as supportive seats and clean analog gauges. Materials and build quality are exceptional; even the standard leatherette (vinyl) upholstery looks and feels better than one would expect." -- 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
Reviewers find that the 3-Series wagon offers comfortable accommodations in the front but is too cramped for tall passengers in the back seat.
- "The standard front seats have enough firm support to ward off fatigue during a day's worth of driving, while the optional power-adjustable sport seats are sublimely comfortable. The rear seats are adequately roomy for adults on shorter trips, but taller passengers will wish for more headroom." -- 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
- "The front seats are among the most supportive and comfortable in the industry." -- Forbes
Auto writers like that the 3-Series wagon's 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
- "[T]he much-maligned iDrive electronics interface, which comes with the optional navigation system, now features physical menu buttons surrounding the mouselike iDrive controller. While this certainly improves the system, opting for iDrive still means that the standard, fairly straightforward stereo controls are replaced by a much more complicated network of menus and submenus." -- Edmunds
The 3-Series wagon provides 60.9 cubic-feet of cargo space, which critics find enhances the vehicle's practicality.
- "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