The interior layout, fit and finish
With plenty of adjustment for the seats and steering wheel, it’s easy to find a decent driving position in the X3 M Competition. Heavily bolstered, the seats do a fine job of keeping you in place during spirited cornering, their illuminated M headrest badges being a natty touch. All-round visibility is good, too, and, just to make your life easier, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera are standard (if you’re a particularly nervous parker, a 360 degree camera and a parking assistant function are optional). Adaptive LED headlights are standard, too, allowing you to drive with your lights on full beam without dazzling other road users.
In traditional BMW M-car fashion, there's not a great deal of difference between the X3 M and any other X3 inside – but that’s no bad thing. The X3 has one of the highest quality interiors in the large SUV class and we reckon BMW has made enough tweaks to make you feel like you’re behind the wheel of something special. As well as the sports seats we mentioned earlier, you get seatbelts in the blue and red M Division colours, a bright red starter button, some carbon-fibre trim and a sports steering wheel with contrast stitching.