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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
The 2013 BMW X3 comes with no lack of standard features; but just as with other BMW models, if you want some of the best infotainment, luxury, or performance items, you'll need to pay extra.
All models 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. BMW's iDrive system is standard, too, but if you add navigation you 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.
And for those who want to keep their eyes on the road, there's an available head-up display on offer that projects all the information essential to driving in a discreet section of the windshield.
A power tailgate is newly standard for 2013, while 19-inch wheels are added to the M Sport Package; separately, Lane Departure Warning is newly offered as part of the Driver Assistance Package.
Other optional offerings include a Sport Activity Package (aluminum-satin roof rails, sport seats, sport steering wheel, X-line exterior trim, anthracite headliner); Premium Package (universal garage-door opener, panoramic moonroof, ambient lighting, additional storage); Technology Package (rearview camera, Park Distance Control, navigation with real-time traffic, BMW Assist); Convenience Package (xenon headlamps, rear side sunshades, and Comfort Access entry); and Cold Weather Package (heated front seats and a heated steering wheel).
Ticking all the option boxes can send the X3's pricetag well over the $50,000 mark--even for four-cylinder models.