Interior Color Counterpoint - 2012 BMW X3 Long-Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3: Interior Color Counterpoint

May 09, 2012

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With all due respect to the esteemed editor, I disagree with his disagreement with our X3's interior color. In this world where every car comes in four shades of gray, two whites, two blacks, a beige and maybe a token dark red you'll never find on a dealer lot, it's refreshing any time there's a pop of color on display.

Just the other day I was driving a BMW 650i Convertible with an all black interior. It was dour and felt in no way special despite its elevated price point. Contrast that with our BMW X3 King Ranch interior, which feels richer due to its mix of colors, textures and materials. The color is distinctive, I love the contrast stitching and the Chestnut Red, which is actually darker than the picture above shows, is much less gaudy than the brighter Imola Red of our old M3.

Frankly, I'm for anything in a car these days that brings in some color. Even a Furious Fuchsia Challenger is looking good right about now. Having said all that, however, I must also say that I'm not a big fan of our exterior/interior color combination. Brown with canyon red is just a little too, well, King Ranch for my tastes. I don't think it works. So brown good, red good, but not so much together.

Still, I'd rather have it than be like every old Joe on the street with gray out, black in.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

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