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MSRP: $39,800 - $44,900
Invoice: $36,615 - $41,310
MPG: 21 City / 28 Hwy
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BMW X3 Interior

Reviewers like the 2014 BMW X3's interior, saying it is constructed with top-notch materials, including wood and metal trim and leather surfaces with contrast stitching. Overall, auto journalists think that the X3's cabin is welcoming and offers ample space for passengers in both the front and back seats.

  • "Materials quality is first class, with understated wooden trim, brushed-metal accents and a general refinement that elevates the cabin ambience." -- Edmunds
  • "From the metallic, sliding cargo hooks in the hold to the available wood-grain trim up front, the 2014 X3 is one polished vehicle." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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)

Seating

The BMW X3 seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Heated front and rear seats and leather upholstery are optional. Reviewers say the front seats are comfortable and offer plentiful space, though one notes that the roof pillars limit shoulder space for taller drivers who have the seat pushed back. Test drivers say forward visibility is good, and they appreciate the large side mirrors that improve visibility toward the rear. Reviewers say that the back seats offer good legroom, making the X3 very family-friendly.

  • "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
  • "Rear legroom is adequate and the seat easily folds to increase cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Getting cozy in the sport seats with lumbar support is easy, but the B-pillar intrudes on shoulder room for taller folks when the seat is at the end of its travel." -- Car and Driver (2013)

Interior Features

Standard equipment on the 2014 X3 includes BMW's iDrive infotainment system, Bluetooth, a 12-speaker stereo, HD Radio and a USB port. Optional features include a backup camera, navigation, satellite radio, a 16-speaker stereo system, a head-up display, front and rear parking sensors and lane departure warning.

Most auto journalists write that the X3's climate and stereo controls, as well as the iDrive system's menu structure, are intuitive and easy to use. However, one critic finds the iDrive controller and transmission shifter somewhat confusing. Another reviewer has difficulty getting music to play through the USB port, but reports that the auxiliary input works fine.

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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." -- Edmunds
  • "Most functions work well, though the jet-fighter gear shifter and iDrive command module can still prove a little confusing." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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. One test example would not play music from a device connected to its USB port. The auxiliary stereo input worked properly." -- 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 X3 has 27.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 63.3 cubic feet with the back seats folded. The X3's cargo capacity is fairly good for the class, though the Acura RDX has a bit more room. Reviewers write that the X3 has a useful amount of cargo space, and they appreciate that the rear seatbacks fold down to carry longer cargo. One test driver says that interior storage space isn't that impressive, though several mention that the pockets on the door panels are very large.

  • "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)
  • "Moving the rear wheels outboard and increasing the hatch's opening width has done wonders for the space and utility provided by the cargo hold. Door panel pockets are now large enough to carry 1-liter beverage bottles." -- Automobile Magazine (2011)
Review Last Updated: 12/19/13

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