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The third generation X3 starts production in August of 2017 and will include the new X3 M40i top of the line performance model.

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Old 02-03-2019, 04:22 PM
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Love the X3 but the seats?

I am close to getting a new X3 30i. But man the seats are HARD - even the non-ventilated ones. How are current owners liking them? I was planning on getting leather, non-ventilated seats.
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Old 02-03-2019, 04:23 PM
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Wut? I came from an M4, the seats are an upgrade
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Old 02-03-2019, 06:06 PM
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Iím in an X5 with multi contour comfort seats. So the hard Sport seats of the M40i are what is holding me from trading in the X5. I may change my mind because the M40i is a great vehicle....
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Old 02-03-2019, 06:11 PM
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I swear the more time (only at 1500 miles) that I spend in the seat (M40i, non-vented), the more I dislike the hard feeling. Almost like I can't wait to get out of it. Maybe it will get better with more miles.
If not, I'll get rid of this vehicle sooner than expected.

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Old 02-03-2019, 06:18 PM
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I swear the more time (only at 1500 miles) that I spend in the seat (M40i, non-vented), the more I dislike the hard feeling. Almost like I can't wait to get out of it. Maybe it will get better with more miles.
If not, I'll get rid of this vehicle sooner than expected.
If it's so bad, take it to an upholstery shop and get it taken care of. It beats buying a new car!

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Old 02-03-2019, 06:55 PM
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For me the seats aren't a strong point, but definitely not a deal breaker. I recently had a Q5 loaner and would give the nod to those seats over my X3.
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After sitting in a car seat for twelve hours in one day, you would realize that hard seats are actually more comfortable. Unfortunately, BMW headed in the to direction with the current 5 Series. They listened to the marketing surveys (answers from Skip and Muffy), instead from physicians and human factors engineers. The G30's seats are soft compared to the F10's.

The most comfortable office chair I've ever sat in, a Herman-Miller Aeron, doesn't have any padding at all. It's all webbing, and very rigid webbing.

Some of the most comfortable car seats I ever sat in weren't even in a car, they were in an Isuzu Trooper from the 1990's, a very primitive, not-Muffy-the soccer-mom-friendly SUV, from the 1990's.
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Old 02-04-2019, 04:23 AM
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Test drive test drive and test drive.....don't like them now you won't like them later.
I'm enjoying the ventilated seats...the seat itself. I'd be ok with or without vented.
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Old 02-04-2019, 07:27 AM
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Iím in an X5 with multi contour comfort seats. So the hard Sport seats of the M40i are what is holding me from trading in the X5. I may change my mind because the M40i is a great vehicle....
I just traded in a X5 with Multi contour non ventilated seats, for an X3 M40 with non ventilated seats. While the X3 seats do not have all the same adjustments, I find them pretty comfortable overall.

I drove 120 miles to drop off the X5, then immediately drove back home after picking up the X3, in the rain when we did that. Was about a 2 1/2 to 2 hour 45 min drive. I got home and felt fine.

its my wifes car, and I have not put a ton of miles on it, but it felt fine to me.
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I came from a Volkswagen GTI and the seats were an upgrade for me. Although the seats are in fact hard Iíve gotten used to it over the years of driving BMW.
Being a mechanic myself, Iíve driven a lot of cars and oddly enough the car with the comfiest seat for me is the Chrysler 300. I was the gonna say the Bentley Flying Spur but I didnít like sitting in it. Not because it was uncomfortable, but because I was scared of somehow ruining itís leather lol.


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Old 02-06-2019, 10:10 PM
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Yes, the seats are firmer than my old M5 and both 535s, but I don't mind them. You can tell that BMW is focused on weight savings and economy...my leather seats really don't feel anything close to leather from the good old days.
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Old 02-07-2019, 04:43 PM
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I know BMW calls it leather, but it sure feels to hard to be any type of leather. Yes, I know there are various grades of leather. Some have said the vernasca is softer than dakota. Which if true, I'm glad they don't offer the dakota in the G01.

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Old 02-07-2019, 10:48 PM
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The hard seats are what kept me from considering an X3. Give the Macan a try if you want better seats in a driver-oriented SUV. Those are much more comfy.
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Old 02-16-2019, 11:05 AM
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For me it's not completely the seat, but the way it raises and lowers too
1 - the gap on the multi contour when you extend the leg rest, I feel it
2 - when you raise and lower the seats it actually goes forward as opposed to straight up and down
3 - you cannot rais the seat in the rear to level or above so you are always in a hole

Yes, I took mine to an upholsterer in PA to add padding to the "butt" end of the seat and fix the horrible design.

Ford Edge has better seats...
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Old 03-21-2019, 04:20 PM
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Just got a 2019 X3 and the seats absolutely suck. Leather is way too hard and terrible upper back support along with lousy seat adjustment. In a 50K+ vehicle you would think they would put more attention toward driver comfort, but just like everything else..............nothing is like it was years ago, they keep making what was once great a little worse and worse as the years go by. From cars to appliances to just about everything else, nothing and I mean nothing is made as well as it used to be, SAD!
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Just got a 2019 X3 and the seats absolutely suck. Leather is way too hard and terrible upper back support along with lousy seat adjustment. In a 50K+ vehicle you would think they would put more attention toward driver comfort, but just like everything else..............nothing is like it was years ago, they keep making what was once great a little worse and worse as the years go by. From cars to appliances to just about everything else, nothing and I mean nothing is made as well as it used to be, SAD!
They do, in a $70k+ 5 Series or X5. I'd assume the seats are even better in a 7 or X7. That's how the game is played. The seats in my 535i (heated, Multi Contour, Merino leather) cost more than my first brand new car.

Frau Putzer's X3's seat are also smaller than the ones in my 535i. I find them comfortable... for their size. But, I'd like harder cushions. I always want harder cushions. My favorite office chain has webbing instead of cushions.
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I like the seats in the X3. Theyíre better than the M4ís.
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The hard seats in the m40i may be a dealbreaker for me. The leather sport seats in my 2013 x3 35i m-sport are wonderful; supple, supportive and comfortable on long trips. I find the sport seats in my wife's 2016 340i to be hard, minimally adjustable, and just plain uncomfortable. I will assess the seats in the new x3 m40i carefully, but my bet is that I go with the 18 way seats in the Porsche Macan S/GTS next year when I purchase. Those seats are worth the price of admission.
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Seat comfort is subjective, but I personally find the M Sport seats (non-ventilated) in the M40i to be comfortable. Iíve done a 2400 mile road trip (1200 miles each way) in mine, putting 800 miles on in one day and they were very comfortable. I had a F15 X5, and yes, those seats were better, but not by much, and honestly they should be since that is a step up in vehicle size and class. The Audi Sport seats in my Ď17 S6 were awful, hated them, glad to be back in a BMW.


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Seat adjustment can make a LOT of difference, not only for driver's feeling/ability to control the car but for overall comfort. Getting in closer to the steering wheel so one's shoulders remain against the seatback and having a more upright (less recline) of seatback are things I noticed made quite a bit of difference in comfort---driving an F25 w/pretty firm leather sport seats.

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The hard seats are what kept me from considering an X3. Give the Macan a try if you want better seats in a driver-oriented SUV. Those are much more comfy.
Especially the 18-ways which are amazing.
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Subjective is right. Do not like the 18's. Went with 14.
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Sat in a new m40i yesterday after which I drove to my Porsche dealer and sat in Macans with either the 14 or 18-way seats. Either is just amazing - supple, firm, and supportive. In a different league with the BMW seats. The seats in the m40i are really a dealbreaker for me. My next car will be a Macan, within the next year.
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i have a 2019 x3, the seats are better than what i had in my 2016 x1 which were HORRIBLE. i found the x3 seats better however i agree that they are harder than other brands. i am not sure its the leather more than the foam padding underneath.
the X5 is a lot more softer and wider seat. i wish they would use the same seats in the x3. just came from NY auto show this week and found that acura, lexus and jaguar have very comfortable seats in their suvs. thinking of getting out of this X3 and into an F-Pace
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i have a 2019 x3, the seats are better than what i had in my 2016 x1 which were HORRIBLE. i found the x3 seats better however i agree that they are harder than other brands. i am not sure its the leather more than the foam padding underneath.
the X5 is a lot more softer and wider seat. i wish they would use the same seats in the x3. just came from NY auto show this week and found that acura, lexus and jaguar have very comfortable seats in their suvs. thinking of getting out of this X3 and into an F-Pace
I have an RDX and I can vouch for the seat comfort. But I think it falls short in other areas which I had taken for granted, e.g. lacks whiplash protection and seatbelt pre-tensioners.

If you are shopping for something else, I would also add the GLC which is being refreshed for 2020 and the Macan. Jaguar and Alfa have dealer issues -- where I am, both have 1/2 a dealership each in the entire metro area serving a 1M+ population. Jaguar shares with Land Rover and they are horribly understaffed. Alfa shares with Maserati and they too are horribly understaffed. Your area may be different.

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