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MSRP: $38,500 - $45,500
Invoice: $35,420 - $41,860
MPG: 21 City / 28 Hwy
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BMW X3 Interior

Reviewers appreciate the 2015 BMW X3's upscale interior, noting that its styling is handsome and its materials are of excellent quality. Test drivers are impressed with the BMW X3’s comfortable front seats and roomy rear seats. Most agree that, on the whole, the X3’s interior features and controls are straightforward to operate. The X3 also has more cargo space than most rivals.

  • "Complementing this crossover's fun-to-drive disposition is a cabin that melds opulence, comfort and utility. This BMW's interior furnishings are the last word in low-key luxury, with stylish design and outstanding materials quality." -- Edmunds
  • "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
  • "Inside, there's nearly no trace of the bygone hard-plastic era. The optional leather trim is French-seamed to a faretheewell with attractive contrasting stitches." -- Automobile Magazine (2011)

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Seating

The 2015 X3 seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel and leather upholstery are optional. Auto journalists praise the X3’s quiet cabin and snug, supportive front seats. They also say its rear seats have lots of space and are easy to climb into.

  • "Room for front passengers is more than ample, while rear legroom is downright generous and pairs with a truly comfortable seat. Indeed, this is one of the most family-friendly vehicles in the class." -- Edmunds
  • "The driver and front passenger seats offer good bolstering for the times you want to hot foot the X3 around a backcountry road. The rear seats are much more accommodating than in the previous version, and don't require the flexibility of a Chinese circus contortionist to get inside." -- Left Lane News
  • "On top of it all, the 2015 X3 SUV is a luxury car, meaning it's quiet, comfortable, and feature-laden to the point that you might actually look forward to your commute, instead of dreading it." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

Standard equipment in the 2015 X3 includes BMW's iDrive infotainment system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port and a 10-year subscription to BMW Assist eCall, which provides automatic crash notifications in the event of an accident. Options include a surround view camera system, navigation, a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, a head-up display, a panoramic moonroof, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, active park assist and lane departure warning.

Test drivers agree that the X3’s iDrive infotainment system features straightforward menus and is generally easy to learn after brief practice. A few also report that the X3’s audio and climate controls are well-located and clearly labeled.

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  • "Overall, we're fond of the iDrive electronics interface, particularly with the higher-resolution screen that comes with the navigation system. … The menu structure is straightforward, the graphics are crisp and processing times are quick, which helps minimize the amount of time you spend looking away from the road. That said, new owners should sit down and familiarize themselves with iDrive before hitting the road, because it's still a complex system and you can't master everything while the car's in motion." -- Edmunds
  • "The audio and climate controls are logically arranged and marked. BMW's most recent iDrive system is straightforward enough. The uninitiated will be puzzled, but after a while it becomes second nature." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "The integrated infotainment system has come a long way since its introduction in the 7 Series, and iDrive is more intuitive than ever." -- Autoblog (2011)

Cargo

The 2015 X3 has 27.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 63.3 cubic feet with them folded. The X3's cargo hold is one of the largest in the class. A few reviewers like that it’s easy to fold down the back seats to expand cargo room, but note that when doing so, the load floor isn’t completely flat. Interior small-item storage space is also limited, some say.

  • "Total cargo capacity with the rear seats folded is 63.3 cubic feet, which is good for the compact-to-midsize segment." -- Edmunds
  • “… the generous cargo space can be expanded by folding down the 2nd-row seatbacks." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cargo area has compact-wagon floor space but SUV height. The rear seat backs fold without moving the headrests or flipping the lower cushion, but they don't rest completely flat. The optional 40/20/40 split-folding seat back is a nice convenience. Aside from large door pockets, interior storage is otherwise meager." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Review Last Updated: 11/26/14

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