2008 BMW X3 Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

Plenty of space and overall good quality come with each 2008 BMW X3, ensuring even picky drivers that they'll be riding in comfort.

"Comfort and support" from the "firm, well-shaped seats" is deemed "excellent" by Edmunds. And though the "standard seats are more comfortable than the Sport seats," says MyRide.com, the seatbelts are "properly tensioned" and the range of seat adjustment is "extensive." In fact, a "six-footer can enjoy major amounts of headroom and actually put the steering wheel and forward footwell well out of reach." ConsumerGuide adds that there is "good legroom and ample headroom," but the "wide center tunnel" tends to limit foot space. ConsumerGuide also feels the "seats lack sufficient padding for ideal long-distance comfort" and the "manual tilt and telescoping steering wheel may not offer enough reach for some drivers,” a sentiment echoed by MSN Autos.

The 2008 BMW X3 is built from high-quality materials, but second-row passengers might feel the squeeze.

The rear seats also do not offer comfort for adults in particular. However, the heated rear seats are a plus, and the space is good overall, though MSN Autos reports, “There's room for five tall adults, although four is a more practical number because the X3 is a little narrow, and the center of the rear seat is too stiff and high for comfort.”

Edmunds adds that there are "plenty of storage cubbies," and when the rear seats are folded forward, "a healthy 71 cubic feet of cargo space" is revealed. The storage areas are also called "flexible" by MyRide.com, noting that many are "fitted with netting that stretches to accommodate odd shapes and medium-sized water bottles." MSN Autos covers the rear cargo area, noting, “The one-piece tailgate has an interior pull-down assist and 6-foot clearance when fully open to reduce head-banging to those in a hurry to load cargo. The rear seatbacks sit mostly flat when flipped forward to enlarge the moderately sized cargo area, and their head restraints need not be removed.”

ConsumerGuide mentions the "interior materials are fairly nice, but some testers feel they're not as rich as they should be." The standard upholstery is vinyl on the 2008 BMW X3, which is a bit out of place, as the standard on most cars in this class is leather. Edmunds notes "function takes priority over opulence" with the BMW X3, but still calls the interior "well thought out." But MyRide.com mentions a bit of haphazard construction in that the BMW X3's two front cup holders look like "an afterthought" or "something cobbled together and glued in place" at the last minute. Plus, when closing the doors of this BMW 2008 model, the reviewer experienced a "hollow echo" rather than the "solid 'thunk'" that is typically expected of such a vehicle.

Wind noise in this BMW 2008 model is a bit louder than expected, says MyRide.com, but they attribute this to how quickly you can get up to speed without realizing it. ConsumerGuide concurs, after being impressed by the "low tire and wind noise" and noting the engine exhibits a "classy growl" during acceleration.

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