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BMW iX3 SUV - Interior & comfort

It's an attractive BMW interior but there's little to make the iX3 stand out

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Interior & comfort Rating

4.0 out of 5

Pros

  • Range
  • Refinement
  • Practicality

Cons

  • Firm ride
  • Faster rivals
  • Unadventurous design

Unlike the daring BMW i3 and i8 models that set out BMW's stall as a designer of forward-thinking green models, the iX3 is a much more conventional model that's also available with electric propulsion. This will make sense for many customers, while others may view it as a bit of a disappointment. 

BMW iX3 dashboard

If you've sat in a BMW X3, there's very little change here apart from some blue flashes of colour for the BMW badge and gearlever. The steering wheel with silver buttons is new, while a 10.25-inch infotainment display and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is carried over, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Materials are of a high quality and the infotainment software is amongst the best in the business, but there aren't any novel features like trim made from recycled bottles or cork, as seen in many environmentally conscious models. The design of the dashboard, with its instrument binnacle and infotainment screen perched above the dashboard, hasn't changed much for over a decade, so it's starting to show its age when compared with Tesla and Mercedes' interiors.

Equipment

The first versions of iX3 are called Premier Edition and Premier Edition Pro, with four exterior colours offered, along with two choices of exterior trim colour: aluminium or gloss black. Standard kit impresses, and includes large 20-inch aerodynamic alloy wheels, wireless smartphone charging, heated front seats and Driving Assistant Professional.

Premier Edition Pro is distinguished by a powered tailgate, adaptive suspension and a panoramic sunroof. It also boasts a plethora of tech like a head-up display, Harmon Kardon stereo, gesture recognition and a BMW IconicSounds Electric soundtrack developed with famous composer Hans Zimmer. Some more affordable versions are expected later in 2021.

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