As befits a car in this segment – and of this price – the BMW X3’s cabin is a classy, well finished place. The switchgear and instruments are shared with other BMW models, but the X3’s blend of a tall dashboard built around a central display screen and its relatively upright seating position work together to create an unmistakable SUV vibe.
It’s decently spacious, with enough adjustment in the front seats and steering column to ensure that even the tallest driver can get comfortable. Using all of the front legroom dramatically diminishes the space left for rear seat passengers, but a decent compromise will allow four average-sized adults to sit in reasonable comfort. The X3 is bound to become something of a school run favourite, in which case there’s plenty of space for kids in the back and good access through the rear doors.
Boot capacity has been increased to an airy 550 litres – 70 litres more than that of the previous generation – and it is accessed via a low tailgate aperture. We have sampled BMW's sports seats (standard on M Sport models, optional on SEs), which gripped a bit too keenly for comfort on longer journeys for our liking.