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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
steering column tilt and telescope movements are still managed by a simplistic single-lever release instead of the power adjuster
a seemingly endless list of high-priced options
8.8-inch navigation display includes an Internet connection with voice-read e-mails
enough features to make your iPhone jealous, including the ability to display e-mails when the vehicle is stationary, as well as a text-to-speech functionality that reads messages through the audio system while on the go
BMW’s head-up display will be on the options list for the first time
Car and Driver
BMW's far less stingy with connectivity and infotainment features in this new X3 than in past versions. All models now have standard power front seats; automatic climate control; Bluetooth; and an audio system with 205 watts of power, 12 speakers, a USB port, HD and satellite radio.
Models outfitted with the available iDrive system also get a large 8.8-inch LCD screen that displays information from the audio, phone, and navigation systems, and comes bundled with real-time traffic information and full iPod integration.Other noteworthy options—most offered in somewhat pricey packages—include heated front and rear seats, xenon headlamps with adaptive light control, a panorama roof, and a power tailgate. A head-up display, which projects some gauge readouts onto the windshield is also now available. Oddly, while a 60/40-split rear seatback is standard, a 40/20/40-split rear seatback with fold-down armrest is optional.
Base X3s are well-equipped, but ticking all the option boxes can send its pricetag over the $50,000 mark.