BMW X3 interior
The BMW X3 wows when it comes to solid build quality and plush-feeling materials, though there are still some scratchy plastics in the lower reaches of the cabin
If you want an interior that feels as sporty as it does posh, then you’ve come to the right place. The BMW X3 mixes plenty of plush leather upholstery with some cool-looking metallic and gloss-black trim pieces that combine with supportive sports seats to lend the SUV an athletic edge. You can optionally spec a panoramic glass sunroof too, which helps to further flood the X3’s cabin with natural light.
A redesigned centre console now houses all of the buttons you need to access the car’s various drive modes, and a new gear selector that looks far more appealing than the one that appeared in the old model.
And of course, being a BMW, build-quality feels absolutely bulletproof. The Audi Q5 gives the X3 a good run for its money in this department, but while the BMW feels fresh and luxurious, the Audi is starting to feel a bit dated by comparison. That said, you will find some cheaper, harder plastics if you go looking for them.
BMW has introduced a new infotainment system for the 2022 model year X3. All versions gain a large 12.3-inch touchscreen, which features things such as sat nav, DAB radio and wireless connectivity for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.
Not only does the system have richly detailed graphics, it’s easy to use too: you can interact via the touchscreen, the rotary dial on the centre console, through gesture control or by voice command.
Joining the 12.3-inch touchscreen is a new 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, which shows you things like speed, fuel consumption and media playback. This is clear and easy to read, but lacks the configurability that you’d find in the likes of the Mercedes GLC or Audi Q5.
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