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. Adaptive LED headlights are standard, too, allowing you to drive with your lights on full beam without dazzling other road users.
Interior build quality is great; with high-quality materials in abundance, the X3 M is light years ahead of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio in this regard. If you want, you can upgrade the slabs of piano black interior trim to real carbonfibre at extra cost.
The controls for the main features fall easily to hand and a 10.3in touchscreen infotainment system is standard. We rate this system highly for its ease of use; it trumps rival systems by giving you a physical control dial in the centre console, making it more intuitive and less distracting to use on the move than touchscreen controls tend to be.