German minimalism at its best, it doesn’t mean that anything is missing just that the interior is simple and functional.
How It Looks - Interior
German minimalism at its best, it doesn’t mean that anything is missing just that the interior is simple and functional. There are a number of trim options, ranging from Light Birch Wood to Buffed Aluminium. You have a choice of different leathers, fake leather (Sensatec) and cloth seat fabrics. There are even two background colours Black or Grey - so you can customize the interior to suit your taste.
Our test car was fitted with BMW’s Professional Satellite Navigation, which is a rather expensive £2,075 option. Usually we don’t need to refer to the instruction manual but we found it a bit fiddly to use. Although we did like that the way it swivelled out of the dashboard (out of sight of prying eyes) and the fact that you can adjust the viewing angle.
Our test car featured a BMW Business radio with a single slot CD player, powering six speakers. We were quite neutral in our feeling about the in-car system, feeling that it lacked any real 'bass'.
Our car was also fitted with the Bluetooth telephone preparation (£375 option) but we couldn’t get our PDA to pair with the system. I think this is more down to our PDA than anything else. If it had worked then it allows you to make and receive calls, hands free and therefore currently legally.
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BMW X3 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||BMW X3 3.0d M Sport|
|Colour||Silver Grey Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||7.4 Seconds|
|Top Speed||130 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||43.5 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Year/Unlimited Mileage Warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 04/05/06)||£34,150 OTR|