For a car based on a platform which was designed last century (the E46 3 Series appeared in 1998), the list of gadgets found on the facelift X3 is pretty modern, albeit not at the level of a luxo-barge. Still, the array of useful toys that were to be found on our X3 3.0sd test car was rather sufficient. The front and rear parking sensors are very helpful in the city, considering the rear visibility isn't quite top notch. The heated seats and steering wheel are not a snobby option at all when you live in an area with tempered climate and dreadful winters, while the on-board computer is full of helpful information about the different states of the car.
Whether you want to calculate your average fuel consumption (except for the real time one) or the amount of kilometers until the required maintenance check, the high mounted tilting display can give you the desired information in a pretty fashionable way, since whenever you're not using it it can disappear out of sight at the touch of a button. Also, in case you're not going to be only one driving the X3, the car's mirrors, seats and steering wheel (all of them electrically adjustable) can have up to three memorized positions so you don't have to readjust them every time you jump into the car after your petite wife has driven it. Continue reading