BMW X3 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Passenger & boot space

BMW X3 2021 M40i rear seats
  • 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:
  • Front space
  • Rear space
  • Seat folding and flexibility
  • Boot space

Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Front space

The X3 is among the best large SUVs for front seat space. Its high roofline ensures that tall adults will have no problems with head room, and leg room is top-notch, too. And with two in the front, the wide interior means you’ll not be invading each other’s personal space.

Each front door has a decent-sized bin and the glovebox is no mere token effort. The front armrest lifts to reveal a generous cubbyhole and there's another cavernous space for your keys or wallet in front of the gear selector.

BMW X3 2021 M40i rear seats

Seat folding and flexibility

The front passenger seat can be adjusted manually for height, but lumbar adjustment is merely an option on all variants. Electric seat adjustment, with memory settings, is standard on top trim levels.

The X3’s rear seats split in a 40/20/40 configuration and fold flat to open up more space for bulkier items. As we mentioned above, the optional Comfort Package provides reclining rear seatbacks; these come as standard in a Discovery Sport, and the Discovery Sport’s rear seats also slide back and forth. The X3’s don’t.

Boot space