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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

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. 

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

Will my luggage fit?

Along with the improved interior storage spaces, the X3's growth means more space inside. Rear passengers will benefit from decent legroom but boot space remains the same amount as the outgoing model, at 550 litres.

The rear seats fold in a 40:20:40 split, but they don’t go completely flat

Will it fit in my garage?

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. 

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

Adaptive cruise control on the BMW X3

Safety

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 Assistant package, which nets you:

The Driver Assistant Plus package then adds:

Basic equipment

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

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • 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
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sports seats

M equipment

M standard equipment
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
M optional equipment
None available

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Sports seats
M Sport optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint

M40i equipment

M40i standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sports seats
M40i optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
SE optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint

xLine equipment

xLine standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Sports seats
xLine optional equipment
  • 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%
Pedestrian: 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.