BMW X3 Owners Manual: Shift paddles

BMW X3. Shift paddles

The shift paddles on the steering wheel allow you to shift gears quickly while keeping both hands on the steering wheel.

  • Shift up: briefly pull right shift paddle.
  • Shift down: briefly pull left shift paddle.
  • With the respective transmission version, the lowest possible gear can be selected by pulling and holding the left shift paddle.

Gears will only be shifted at appropriate engine and road speeds, for example downshifting is not possible if the engine speed is too high.

The selected gear is briefly displayed in the instrument cluster, followed by the current gear.

If the shift paddles on the steering wheel are used to shift gears in automatic mode, the transmission temporarily switches to manual mode.

If the selector lever is still in selector lever position D with the respective transmission version, it is possible to switch back into the automatic mode:

  • Pull and hold right shift paddle.


  • In addition to the briefly pulled right shift paddle, briefly pull the left shift paddle.

In the manual mode, after conservative driving for a certain amount of time or if there has been no acceleration or shifting of the shift paddles within a certain amount of time, the transmission switches back to automatic mode.

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