Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • Space for four adults in comfort
  • Good boot space with flexible seating
  • PHEV model loses out on luggage capacity

With more room than ever before in the X3's cabin, four tall adults can sit comfortably. The occasional fifth seat is still better-suited to smaller individuals, but we'd suggest three children should be fine perched together on the rear bench. 

BMW X3 rear seats 2017

The cabin features more storage than the outgoing X3, with improved interior storage spaces, such as larger door bins adding valuable versatility to this SUV.

Lifting the electric tailgate reveals a wide load bay and flat floor, making it easy to load large items. BMW claims 550 litres of luggage space with the rear seats in place, which is unchanged from the previous X3. You can also fold them forwards with a 40:20:40 split to unlock 1,600 litres of luggage space in total.

BMW X3 boot space 2017

This is comparable to the Mercedes and Audi, notably better than the Volvo XC60 (495/1,455 litres), but significantly less spacious than a Discovery Sport (689/1,698 litres).

Pick the plug-in hybrid version and the luggage capacity shrinks by 100 litres. There's also an additional step on the boot floor, meaning you have to lift heavy items higher up in order to get them to fit, plus you'll have two bags of cables taking up space too, unless you just leave them in the garage.

BMW X3 xDrive30e boot

Will it fit in my garage?

At 4,716mm long, the X3 has grown by 51mm over its predecessor, and that goes between the front and rear wheels – only the Mercedes GLC has a slightly longer wheelbase. This shouldn't be too problematic given that all versions get parking sensors at front and rear as standard. Optional automatic parking systems take all of the hassle away - simply push a button and the X3 will steer itself into a space. 

BMW X3 xDrive20d rear 2017

The remote parking system on the 5 Series isn’t available, unfortunately. 

Safety

  • Five star Euro NCAP
  • Loads of optional safety kit
  • Driver assistance tech too

No surprise that the X3 scored the full five-star crash-test rating from Euro NCAP when it was safety checked at the end of 2017.

Safety equipment on all X3s from base-spec SE includes Bluetooth handsfree, BMW ConnectedDrive services, LED headlights and dynamic brake lights, stability control, an automatic parking system, acoustic parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring and cruise control with a braking function.

There's a suite of optional safety kit on offer too, including a head-up display and the Driver Assistance package, which nets you:

The Driver Assistant Plus package then adds:

Watch: BMW X3 Euro NCAP video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW X3 SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Roof rails
  • Sports seats
  • TV

M equipment

M standard equipment
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Roof rails
M optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof

M Competition equipment

M Competition standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Roof rails
M Competition optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Sports seats
M Sport optional equipment
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Roof rails
  • TV

M40d equipment

M40d standard equipment
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • Roof rails
  • Sports seats
M40d optional equipment
  • Headlight washers

M40i equipment

M40i standard equipment
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • Roof rails
  • Sports seats
M40i optional equipment
  • Headlight washers

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Roof rails
SE optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint

xLine equipment

xLine standard equipment
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Roof rails
  • Sports seats
xLine optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The BMW X3 SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2017
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 93%
Child Occupant: 84%
Vulnerable Road Users: 70%
Safety Assist: 58%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.