BMW X3 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Interior

BMW X3 2021 M40i Interior
  • BMW X3 2021 front cornering
  • BMW X3 2021 M40i rear tracking
  • BMW X3 2021 M40i Interior
  • BMW X3 2021 M40i rear seats
  • BMW X3 2021 infotainment
  • BMW X3 2021
  • BMW X3 2021 front right studio
  • BMW X3 2021 rear left studio
  • BMW X3 2021 left studio
  • BMW X3 2021 boot open
  • BMW X3 2021 boot open
  • BMW X3 2021 rear tracking
  • BMW X3 2021 left panning
  • BMW X3 2021 front cornering
  • BMW X3 2021 M40i rear tracking
  • BMW X3 2021 M40i Interior
  • BMW X3 2021 M40i rear seats
  • BMW X3 2021 infotainment
  • BMW X3 2021
  • BMW X3 2021 front right studio
  • BMW X3 2021 rear left studio
  • BMW X3 2021 left studio
  • BMW X3 2021 boot open
  • BMW X3 2021 boot open
  • BMW X3 2021 rear tracking
  • BMW X3 2021 left panning
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In this section:
  • Driving position and dashboard
  • Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
  • Sat nav and infotainment
  • Quality

Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Driving position and dashboard

The traditional lofty SUV driving position is present and correct in the X3. The driver’s seat is comfortable on long journeys and keeps you in place through bends with its supportive side bolsters – even more so the sports seats, which are standard from mid-spec xLine trim. 

M40i and M40d models come with an electrically operated driver's seat with a memory function; this setup is optional on lower trim levels as part of the Comfort Plus Pack. All models provide a good range of adjustment for the seat and steering wheel, but it’s frustrating that BMW doesn’t include adjustable lumbar support as standard on any trim. It’s a relatively cheap option, though, and one that we’d definitely recommend adding.

To make manoeuvring easier still, BMW has thrown in front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera and a parking assistant system that can steer the car into spaces for you as standard on all trims. If that’s not enough, there’s the option of a 360deg surround-view camera.

Visibility at night is taken care of by bright LED headlights, which you can pay extra to upgrade to Icon Adaptive LED headlights that are able to remain on main beam without blinding other road users. These are standard on the M40i and M40d.

BMW X3 2021 M40i Interior

Sat nav and infotainment

SE and xLine cars have an 8.8in touchscreen and from M Sport spec the screen grows in size to 12.3in. Both versions have sharp graphics, intuitive and responsive software, and can be controlled directly from the screen or via the rotary 'iDrive' controller between the front seats. The latter is a much safer way of operating the infotainment while driving than through the touchscreen, and the latter is all you get on pretty much every other rival. In fact, this is a big part of why we rate iDrive as the best infotainment system on the market.