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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
[navigation system is] a bear to use—even without BMW's much-maligned iDrive system
function takes priority over opulence
audio and climate controls are logically arrayed
Reviewers assess the 2009 BMW X3's long list of features, most of which, with the exception of the navigation system, are easy to use.
Edmunds notes that standard features on the 2009 BMW X3 include "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." Other standard features on the 2009 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.
BMW's navigation system is optional on the 2009 X3. However, Cars.com says it is "a bear to use—even without BMW's much-maligned iDrive system." Many drivers will want to skip this option in favor of an aftermarket nav system.
The BMW X3 is available in only one trim level, but it comes with three major option packages that group together popular options. Edmunds explains the options packages as follows: "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.
The 2009 BMW X3 piles on the features, but the interfaces aren’t as friendly as they could be.