BMW Reviews - Interior & Walk Around

2017 BMW X3 Walk Around


Smaller than the X5, the compact BMW X3 looks less like an SUV than a tall sedan, at least to some eyes. Though less daring than the related X4, the X3 has visual virtues of its own, centered upon its handsome proportions. Compared to an X5, it has a leaner, more graceful air.

Round headlights and a rather pronounced rendition of BMW’s familiar kidney grille emphasize kinship to the German automaker’s sedans. LED headlights are optional. Chiseled lines adjacent to the hood tend to make the beltline look lower, its creases swooping gracefully.

Two lines are available as options. The xLine adds brightwork to grille and windows, while the M Sport package includes a more aggressive-looking front fascia.

Interior

Not only are materials handsome, but the X3 cabin boasts thoughtful ergonomic elements. Shaped to aim displays and controls toward the driver, the dashboard features soft-touch materials, though few would call it lavish.

Ranking among the most versatile smaller crossover models, the X3 offers more usable interior space than most rivals. Despite relatively compact dimensions, cargo volume is abundant, amounting to 27.6 cubic feet. Headroom also abounds, helped by a body that’s 66.1 inches tall.

Front seats are firmly cushioned and appropriately angled, offering bountiful legroom and good head clearance. Back-seat passengers aren’t too slighted, with 36.5 inches of legroom available, a bit less than some competitors. Unlike the related X4, the X3 can actually carry five passengers without anyone being crushed. A pass-through is standard, while the 40/20/40 configuration makes it easier to fold seatbacks. The cargo area contains rich carpeting and metal cargo rails.

Reasonably quiet on the road, the X3 is tightly assembled. As a result, the cabin has a muted character, absorbing harsh sounds.

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