I picked up my new 35i x3 almost three weeks ago. It is my first BMW and the first vehicle I've ever had built to my specs. So far I am loving it but thought I would share my initial review to get others' thoughts.
Here is what I got: 35i with M Sport in Black Carbon, oyster interior with all the packages except the premium sound or the drivers assist.
First, I love both the exterior color and the oyster leather. Photos just do not do the black carbon paint color justice. It is fierce and beautiful IMHO. Also living in Dallas people advised to not get black because it would get too hot. I have found that with the oyster interior that is not the case at all. For being over 100 outside getting in the car has been fine with the oyster....one caveat, don't leave the moonroof liner open. Then the car is justifiably hot.
Second, I wish I had spent the extra $900 on the premium sound. For a $50K vehicle, it should have a better stereo (again IMHO). I used to drive a Lexus RX350 without premium sound and thought it was fine so I never assumed I would need it. The base Lexus stereo is way better than the base BMW stereo. This has truly been the only disappointment and I am by no means a stereo snob or anything.
Third, I am getting in the low 15s on mpg and that is with a conscious effort to drive in ECO PRO mode. I was thinking it would be higher than this given the EPA estimate of 19 for city driving. The vehicle devours gas in the sport mode. Some people have said gas mileage improves though after the car is broken in. Hopefully that will be the case.
Fourth, having the unlock button in the center of the car is quite annoying when I open the door by touching the handle and have to reach all the way in to unlock a back door. But I guess that is just a BMW standard thing. I just think that is bad design though for a woman carrying things she needs to put in the back seat.
Fifth, I think the feature that turns the car off when stopped is neat and I feel compelled to use it to save gas/ be ecological etc... but it takes some getting used to and can be annoying in a stop/go traffic situation.
All in all, I love my new x3. The only changes I would make are to get the premium sound and add a little more horsepower (but that of course is not an option and probably not even a good idea for my lead foot).