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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
Function takes priority over opulence
Audio and climate controls are logically arrayed
luxury and performance oriented options
Active head restraints are now standard
Even in base form, the 2008 BMW X3 sports a long list of features that makes its nearly $40,000 price tag a little easier to swallow.
The BMW X3 is only available in one trim level, but with three major option packages available. Edmunds speaks of these major option packages on this BMW 2008 model, which are: "Cold Weather package," which includes heated front and rear seats, headlight washers, and a ski bag; the "Premium package" that includes leather seating and additional interior and exterior lighting; a "Sport package" with firmer suspension calibrations, 18-inch alloys, sport seats, and body styling accents; and a "Sport Activity package," which includes the 18-inch alloys, running boards, privacy glass, and blackout window frames.
Standard features on the BMW X3 include "automatic climate control with micro-filter and air recirculation; Sensatec leatherette upholstery; eight-way power adjustable front seats with two-way manual headrests and driver seat and mirror memory," and more, says MyRide.com. And Edmunds adds a few items to the list of BMW X3 features, including "17-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, automatic climate control, leatherette (a.k.a. vinyl) upholstery, full power accessories (including front seats), keyless entry and a CD player with an auxiliary audio input."
Besides the numerous standard features included on the 2008 BMW X3, there are several optional ones as well, including a navigation system. However, Cars.com says it is "a bear to use--even without BMW's much-maligned iDrive system," making this feature less than desirable.
The 2008 BMW X3 contains plenty of convenience features, and a handful of useful options—among them, the infuriating iDrive controller.