2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test


2012 BMW X3: Seat Review

October 4, 2012

Sometimes I feel the BMW X3 was designed for me. Its larger sibling, the X5, is too big for me to have everything I need within reach. The petite X3 has everything in Donna size. With that said...

Despite the many ways you can configure the driver seat in the 2012 BMW X3, I can never seem to get it just right. You probably remember the time that I got my fingers stuck in the manual seat cushion lever. Well, I learned to not do that again.

It's the power controls I've been fussing with lately. They allow you to move the seat forward, back, up, down, tilt, etc. You can adjust the width of the back support separately from the lumbar support. It does so many things. BUT, I can't get the back of the seat cushion to go low enough for me so I can reach the pedals properly. I lower the seat as far as it can go and then I can only tilt it forward to make it go lower. The back of the cushion won't budge. I have to compensate by tilting the backrest further back.

I can get myself into a safe driving position but it's not as comfortable as I would like. I wish the back of the seat cushion could go a little bit lower. BMW has thought of everything except the shortness of my legs.

Nice three-level heat, though ;)

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 17,048 miles

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