BMW X3 (with spare tire) Baggage test | Yes, spare parts

“Hi Zac, do you have a picture of the charging area of ​​the BMW X3 that is not the car with electric?” I asked road test editor Zach Palmer.

“What do you mean, that picture for the X3 M contest,” he replied.

nations. You see, the reason I brought up this is when I posted our BMW X3 review a while ago, I noticed that the X3 in question had a raised cargo floor. This wasn’t on the last X3 I’ve driven, and this stuff is usually the result of the batteries being stuffed under the charging floor as in the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. Hence, I suppose Zac provided an image of the now discontinued X3 Plug-In Hybrid.

Well, when I got the X3 M Competition on it myself, it also had what I would call a “cargo floor stage”.

Ah, what’s the deal? Answer: A spare tire!

You see, BMW is (finally) moving away from flat tires. my guess? customer request. BMW has received a plethora of complaints about the hacked ride and hefty replacement costs. Or there are other reasons, but they don’t really matter in this context.

You see, BMW has started offering some of its cars with spare tires again in recent years. This included mostly front-wheel drive cars: the X1, X2 and 2 Series Gran Coupe. Their packaging has made possible the kind of underfloor cavity that has been designed for nearly 15 years of flat-wearing BMWs.

It looks like this on the 2 Series Gran Coupe.

I think this option has proven popular because BMW is now offering the X3 with a spare tire option. Unfortunately, the X3 was not designed/packaged with this cavity in mind. The result is these, including the charging zone stage.

And remember, this isn’t some full-size spare, either. no. Compact spare tire.

Well, what does this mean for the cargo capacity of the BMW X3? Well, it’s officially listed as 28.7 cubic feet, but you can totally throw it out the window.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t doing baggage tests the last time I had a lower X3 spare, so I wouldn’t know for sure the differences. But this is the result of the spare tire phase.

As with every baggage test, I use two medium-sized roll-top bags that must be checked in at the airport (26″ long, 16″ wide, 11″ deep) and two roll-up bags that barely hold (24 liters x 15 widths) x 10d), and one smaller roll that fits easily (23L x 15W x 10D). I also include my wife’s fancy night bag just to spruce things up a bit (21L x 12W x 12D).

That would be one of the biggest bags. As you can see, it will not fit the cargo hold cap in place. This is unusual for a compact SUV.

Yes, I can remove the cargo cover, but I always do this test first with the lid in place for an airport worst-case scenario: You pick up people from the airport, and they either have more stuff than you thought, or you forgot to remove the cargo cover. Either way, the thing has to go somewhere. And certainly nowhere to be used in the X3 if there is not enough space for a spare tire.

Medium sized handbags can fit their side, but that’s ultimately the best I can do. One large bag is missing.

That’s technically the same number of bags a Mercedes GLC can manage, but this could swallow both large bags (versus one of the small black ones in there) and there was more room left. And in theory, the GLC is supposed to have a smaller cargo area.

All right, let’s take out the payload cover.

So all the bags fit, but that’s all I wrote. The big blue bag is also straight, partially blocking the rear view, and the deluxe bag is also awkwardly on its side. You can clearly see how much space is left if there is no spare tire: just lower all the bags by about 3 inches. There will likely be enough room at the top to safely store extra bags without them flying into the cabin when braking.

Below are a variety of competitors to compare. Clockwise from top left: Mercedes GLC, Genesis GV70, Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, Audi Q5 PHEV.

In short, everything except the Q5 was able to swallow all of our test baggage bags (I didn’t take a pic with the Stelvio’s luxury bag, but it fits). The difference is that the X3 has no room left once everything is stuffed inside, while the Benz, Genesis and Alfa cars do. And no, all that space in front of the bags in the Audi is not as usable as it seems.

Now, another contender is blowing them all out of the water: the Acura RDX.

It not only fits bags, but also the entire Coleman cooler. How? It has underground storage. It also has a spare tire.

In the end, the X3 cargo floor stage isn’t as much of a disadvantage compared to the competition as I’d expect, but you definitely have to sacrifice if you want a spare tire. It’s also important to note that the GLC can fit a spare spare inside the small underfloor storage area, and you can get one for the GV70 as well. The Q5 could have one as well, but not with the plug-in hybrid. They do contain batteries, after all.

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