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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
interior materials are fairly nice, but some testers feel they're not as rich as they should be
the X3 masks its compact dimensions well
new and improved interior materials up the quality and overall luxury
high build quality
Experts at TheCarConnection.com love the comfort and quality inherent in a 2009 BMW X3. Even picky drivers should be pleased.
Reviewers are mixed on the front seats of the 2009 BMW X3. ConsumerGuide reports that 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." Comfort and support from the "firm, well-shaped seats" is deemed "excellent" by Edmunds. MyRide.com notes that the "standard seats are more comfortable than the Sport seats." The reviewer goes on to giddily state that 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.
The rear seats of the 2009 X3 also do not offer comfort for adults in particular. 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." However, the heated rear seats are a plus.
Cargo and storage space are generally quite good. MSN Autos notes the following about the rear cargo area: "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." On the interior, 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, pointing out that many are "fitted with netting that stretches to accommodate odd shapes and medium-sized water bottles."
Reviewers are also divided on the materials and build quality of the 2009 BMW X3. 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 2009 model, the reviewer experiences a "hollow echo" rather than the "solid 'thunk'" that is typically expected of such a vehicle. ConsumerGuide comments 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 2009 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."
ConsumerGuide is impressed by the BMW X3's "low tire and wind noise" and notes the engine exhibits a "classy growl" during acceleration. Wind noise in this BMW 2009 model is a bit louder than expected, says MyRide.com, but the reviewer attributes this to how quickly you can get up to speed without realizing it.
The 2009 BMW X3 is comfortable—if you’re sitting in front—and materials and build quality are up for debate.