BMW X3 review

Space & practicality
Manufacturer price from:£39,870
What Car? Target Price:£37,845
Search new deals
Review continues below...

In this review

Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

BMW X3 4x4 front space

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

Watch the next video

Each front door has a decent-sized bin and the glovebox isn’t merely a token effort. The front armrest lifts to reveal a generous cubbyhole, while in front of the gear selector is another cavernous space for your keys or wallet.

BMW X3 4x4 rear space

A couple of tall adults can sit in the back in comfort. A third adult in the middle will find it more of a squeeze around the shoulders than in either the Audi Q5 or Land Rover Discovery Sport, though, with the latter offering one of the most spacious rear seats in the class.

The outside rear seats both get a generous armrest and a decent door bin, while the back of the middle seat can be folded down to become an armrest complete with cupholders. There’s also the option of a reclining backrest that, if you regularly carry people in the rear, might be worth considering.


BMW X3 4x4 seating flexibility

The front passenger seat can be adjusted manually for height as standard and lumbar adjustment is an option.

The X3’s rear seats split in a 40/20/40 configuration and fold flat to open up more space for loading bulkier items. Another optional extra is the ability to manually recline the rear seatbacks; this is worth considering for passenger comfort. They don’t slide forward or backwards, though, as they do in the Discovery Sport.

BMW X3 4x4 boot space

Behind the five seats is a boot fit for a family. It’s able to swallow eight carry-on suitcases up to the parcel shelf with the rear seats in place – one fewer than the Q5 but the same tally as the Discovery Sport. It’s also square in shape, with very good access and no loading lip, so lugging heavy items inside is never a chore. Plus, you’ll find hooks and nets inside for keeping items in place and some decent under-floor storage.

However, because there’s no option of a sliding rear bench – something the Discovery Sport gets as standard and it's an option on the Q5 – you can’t increase the boot’s size without folding one or more of the rear seats.


open the gallery12 Images
There are 5 trims available for the X3 4x4. Click to see details.See all versions
Entry-level trim comes with luxuries such as climate control, a powered tailgate, sat-n...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
Average Saving £2,025
View Trim
Adds larger wheels, a sports steering wheel and various visual upgrades. Unless you’re...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
Average Saving £2,072
View Trim
M Sport
This top-of-the-range trim adds larger wheels and a more aggressive-looking bodykit. Sa...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
Average Saving £2,156
View Trim
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
Average Saving £2,720
View Trim
The M40i, with its raucous straight-six engine, stands on its own with 20in wheels, an...View trim
Fuel Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
Average Saving £2,720
View Trim