Larger inside, on a longer wheelbase, the new X3 can seat five passengers more comfortably than in previous editions. The current model is 3.4 inches longer, 0.5 inches taller, 1.1 inches wider, and clears the road an inch higher than the last-generation crossover.
The upsizing means the X3 is no longer middling in terms of size. The firm, properly angled front seats are surrounded by copious head and leg room. Second-row passengers have even more space--it's where the added length is most noticeable, and where the X3 takes the lead over vehicles like the Q5 and GLK Class. The back seats have room carved out for feet, under the front seat, and head room soars. No theater-style seats here, though--and that makes the X3 a better ride for back-benchers, since the higher ride height can make some other utes less comfortable in sporty driving.
Overall, the new X3 is so much more sophisticated in design and execution, especially inside, that it renders the prior X3 generations into early used-car oblivion. Who would want dark, hard, plasticky controls in a two-year-old, off-lease X3 when this version's innards are silky as pate?