2012 BMW X3's Handy Rear Lock Feature That the A8 May/May Not Have - 2012 BMW X3 Long-Term Road Test
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2012 BMW X3's Handy Rear Lock Feature That the A8 May/May Not Have

February 16, 2012

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I really like this feature in our 2012 BMW X3; that you can just hit that lock button which will not only lower and close the liftgate for you, but will also lock up the car. I like it because I don't have to dig out the key fob in my Bermuda Triangle of a purse to secure the car. And it's especially appreciated when my hands are already occupied with groceries or the like and I can't reach the key fob.

Out of curiosity, I checked out other long-termers that had that automatic-closing tailgate feature to see if they offered the same locking convenience. Turns out the Nissan Quest doesn't but I think our Audi A8L does. The reason I'm not sure is because sometimes when I hit that Close Tailgate button the Audi will make that sharp, high-pitched beep that the car is locked but it won't do this every time.

I tried hitting the button and walking a little bit aways. Nope. I then tried just standing there til the lid closed. Nope. And then another time when I wasn't thinking about it, it did lock the car. Heh?

I checked the Audi's manual to see if it would clarify how you can lock the car by just hitting that close button but all it said was "Press the button in the rear lid. The rear lid moves to the closed position by itself and soft close locks it automatically." M'kay. What am I missing?

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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