BMW X3 (F25) Owners Manual: Adjusting

BMW X3 (F25) Owners Manual / Controls / Adjusting

Vehicle features and options

This chapter describes all standard, country-specific and optional features offered with the series. It also describes features that are not necessarily available in your car, e. g., due to the selected options or country versions. This also applies to safety-related functions and systems. The respectively applicable country provisions must be observed when using the respective features and systems.

Sitting safely

The ideal seating position can make a vital contribution to relaxed, fatigue-free driving.

The seating position plays an important role in an accident in combination with:

  • Safety belts
  • Head restraints
  • Airbags

Seats

Hints

Do not adjust the seat while driving

Do not adjust the driver's seat while driving, or the seat could respond with unexpected movement and the ensuing loss of vehicle control could lead to an accident.

Do not incline the backrest too far to the rear

Do not incline the backrest too far to the rear while driving, or there is a risk of slipping under the safety belt in the event of an accident. This would eliminate the protection normally provided by the belt.

Keep the movement area unobstructed

When changing the seat position, keep the seat's area of movement unobstructed; otherwise, people might get injured or objects damaged.

Manually adjustable seats

At a glance

BMW X3. Manually adjustable seats

  1. Forward/backward
  2. Thigh support
  3. Seat tilt
  4. Backrest width
  5. Lumbar support
  6. Height
  7. Backrest tilt

Forward/backward

BMW X3. Forward/backward

Pull the lever and slide the seat in the desired direction.

After releasing the lever, move the seat forward or back slightly making sure it engages properly.

Height

BMW X3. Height

Pull the lever and apply your weight to the seat or lift it off, as necessary.

Backrest tilt

BMW X3. Backrest tilt

Pull the lever and apply your weight to the backrest or lift it off, as necessary.

Seat tilt

BMW X3. Seat tilt

Pull the lever and move the seat to the desired tilt. After releasing the lever, apply your weight to the seat or lift it off to make sure the seat engages properly.

Electrically adjustable seats

At a glance

BMW X3. At a glance

  1. Seat and mirror memory
  2. Backrest width
  3. Lumbar support
  4. Backrest tilt
  5. Forward/backward, height, seat tilt

General information The seat setting for the driver's seat is stored for the profile currently in use. When the vehicle is unlocked via the remote control, the position is automatically retrieved if the Function, is activated for this purpose.

Adjustments in detail

1. Forward/back.

BMW X3. Adjustments in detail

2. Height.

BMW X3. Adjustments in detail

3. Seat tilt.

BMW X3. Adjustments in detail

4. Backrest tilt.

BMW X3. Adjustments in detail

Thigh support

BMW X3. Thigh support

Pull the lever at the front of the seat and adjust the thigh support.

Lumbar support

The curvature of the seat backrest can be adjusted in a way that it supports the lumbar region of the spine. The lower back and the spine are supported for upright posture

BMW X3. Lumbar support

  • Press the front/rear section of the switch.

    The curvature is increased/ decreased.

  • Press the upper/lower section of the switch.

    The curvature is shifted up/ down.

Backrest width

BMW X3. Backrest width Change the width of the backrest using the side wings to adjust the lateral support.

Front seat heating

BMW X3. Front seat heating

Switching on

Press button once for each temperature level.

The maximum temperature is reached when three LEDs are lit.

If the journey is continued within approx. 15 minutes, the seat heating is activated automatically with the temperature selected last.

When ECO PRO, is activated, the heater output is reduced.

Switch off

Press button longer.

The LEDs go out.

Rear seat heating

BMW X3. Rear seat heating

Switching on

Press button once for each temperature level.

The maximum temperature is reached when three LEDs are lit.

If the journey is continued within approx. 15 minutes, the seat heating is activated automatically with the temperature selected last.

When ECO PRO, is activated, the heater output is reduced.

Switch off

Press button longer.

The LEDs go out.

Safety belts

Seats with safety belt

The vehicle has five seats, each of which is equipped with a safety belt.

General information

Always make sure that safety belts are being worn by all occupants before driving off.

For the occupants' safety the belt locking mechanism triggers early. Slowly guide the belt out of the holder when applying it.

Although airbags enhance safety by providing added protection, they are not a substitute for safety belts.

The upper shoulder strap's anchorage point will be correct for adult seat occupants of every build if the seat is correctly adjusted.

  • The two outer safety belt buckles, integrated into the rear seat, are for passengers sitting on the left and right.
  • The center rear safety belt buckle is solely intended for the center passenger.

Hints

One person per safety belt

Never allow more than one person to wear a single safety belt. Never allow infants or small children to ride on a passenger's lap.

Putting on the belt

Lay the belt, without twisting, snugly across the lap and shoulders, as close to the body as possible. Make sure that the belt lies low around the hips in the lap area and does not press on the abdomen. Otherwise, the belt can slip over the hips in a frontal impact and injure the abdomen.

The safety belt must not lie across the neck, rub on sharp edges, be routed over breakable objects, or be pinched.

What reduces the restraining effect

Avoid wearing bulky clothing, and pull the shoulder belt periodically to readjust the tension. Make sure that the belt is not jammed; otherwise, the belt can be damaged and the restraining effect is reduced.

Using the middle safety belt

If the middle safety belt in the rear is used, the larger side of the backrest must be locked. Otherwise, the safety belt will not have a restraining effect.

Buckling the belt

BMW X3. Buckling the belt

Make sure you hear the latch plate engage in the belt buckle.

To ease accessibility to the seat belt buckle, an adjustable slider is available on the belt to help position the buckle when not in use.

Unbuckling the belt

1. Hold the belt firmly.

2. Press the red button in the belt buckle.

3. Guide the belt back into its roll-up mechanism.

Safety belt reminder for driver's and passenger's seat

  The indicator lamp lights up and a signal sounds. Make sure that the safety belts are positioned correctly. The safety belt reminder is active at speeds above approx. 6 mph/10 km/h. It can also be activated if objects are placed on the front passenger seat.

Damage to safety belts

Wear and tear after accidents or when damaged otherwise: Have the safety belts, including the safety belt tensioners, replaced and have the belt anchors checked.

Check and replace safety belts

This should only be done by your service center; otherwise, this safety feature might not work properly.

Front headrests

Correctly adjusted head restraint

A correctly adjusted head restraint reduces the risk of injury to cervical vertebrae in the event of an accident.

Adjusting the head restraint

Adjust the head restraints of all occupied seats properly; otherwise, there is an increased risk of injury in an accident.

Height Adjust the head restraint so that its center is approximately at ear level.

Distance Adjust the distance so that the head restraint is as close as possible to the back of the head.

If necessary, adjust the distance by adjusting the tilt of the backrest.

Active head restraint

In the event of a rear-end collision with a certain severity, the active head restraint automatically reduces the distance from the head.

Reduced protective function

  • Do not use seat or head restraint covers.
  • Do not hang objects, e.g., clothes hangers, on the head restraints.
  • Only attach accessories approved by BMW to the seat or head restraint.

Otherwise, the protective function of the active head restraint will be impaired and the personal safety of the occupants will be endangered.

Adjusting the height

BMW X3. Adjusting the height

  • To raise: push.
  • To lower: press button, arrow 1, and push headrest down.

Removing

The head restraints cannot be removed.

Rear head restraints

Correctly adjusted head restraint

A correctly adjusted head restraint reduces the risk of injury to cervical vertebrae in the event of an accident.

Adjusting the head restraint

Adjust the head restraints of all occupied seats properly; otherwise, there is an increased risk of injury in an accident.

Height Adjust the head restraint so that its center is approximately at ear level.

Adjusting the height

BMW X3. Adjusting the height

  • To raise: push.
  • To lower: press button, arrow 1, and push headrest down.

The center head restraint cannot be adjusted in elevation.

Removing

Only remove the head restraint if no one will be sitting in the seat in question.

BMW X3. Removing

1. Raise the head restraint up against the resistance.

2. Press button, arrow 1, and pull the head restraint out completely.

The center head restraint cannot be removed.

Before transporting passengers

Reinstall the head restraint before transporting anyone in the seat; otherwise, the protective function of the head restraint is unavailable.

Seat and mirror memory

Hints

Do not retrieve the memory while driving

Do not retrieve the memory setting while driving, as an unexpected movement of the seat could result in an accident.

Keep the movement area unobstructed

When changing the seat position, keep the seat's area of movement unobstructed; otherwise, people might get injured or objects damaged.

The concept

Two driver's seat and exterior mirror positions can be stored per profile, and called up. Settings for the backrest width and lumbar support are not stored in memory.

At a glance

BMW X3. At a glance

Storing

1. Switch on the ignition.

2. Set the desired position.

3. Press button. The LED in the button lights up.

4. Press selected button 1 or 2 while the LED is lit. The LED goes out.

If the SET button is pressed accidentally:

Press button again.

The LED goes out.

Calling up settings

Comfort function

1. Open the driver's door.

2. Switch off the ignition.

3. Briefly press the desired button 1 or 2.

The corresponding seat position is performed automatically.

The procedure stops when a reel for adjusting the seat or one of the buttons is pressed.

Safety mode

1. Close the driver's door or reel on the ignition.

2. Press and hold the desired button 1 or 2 until the adjustment procedure is completed.

Calling up of a seat position deactivated

After a brief period, calling up stored seat positions is deactivated to save battery power.

To reactivate calling up of a seat position:

  • Open or close the door or tailgate.
  • Press a button on the remote control.
  • Press the Start/Stop button.

Mirrors

Exterior mirrors

General information The mirror on the passenger side is more curved than the driver's side mirror.

Depending on the vehicle equipment, the mirror setting is stored for the profile currently in use. When the vehicle is unlocked via the remote control, the position is automatically retrieved if this function is active.

Note

Estimating distances correctly

Objects reflected in the mirror are closer than they appear. Do not estimate the distance to the traffic behind you based on what you see in the mirror, as this will increase your risk of an accident.

At a glance

BMW X3. At a glance

  1. Adjusting
  2. Left/right, Automatic Curb Monitor
  3. Fold in and out

Selecting a mirror

To change over to the other mirror: Slide the switch.

Adjusting electrically

The setting corresponds to the direction in which the button is pressed.

Saving positions

Seat and mirror memory.

Adjusting manually

In case of electrical malfunction press edges of mirror.

Automatic Curb Monitor

The concept If reverse gear is engaged, the mirror glass on the front passenger side is tilted downward.

This improves your view of the curb and other low-lying obstacles when parking, e.g.

Activating

1. Slide the switch to the driver's side mirror position.

2. Engage selector lever position R.

Deactivating Slide the switch to the passenger side mirror position.

Fold in and out

Press button.

Possible at speeds up to approx.

15 mph/20 km/h.

E. g. this is advantageous

  • In car washes.
  • In narrow streets.
  • For folding mirrors back out that were folded away manually.

Mirrors that were folded in are folded out automatically at a speed of approx.

25 mph/40 km/h.

Fold in the mirror in a car wash

Before washing the car in an automatic car wash, fold in the exterior mirrors by hand or with the button; otherwise, the mirrors could be damaged, depending on the width of the vehicle.

Automatic heating Both exterior mirrors are automatically heated whenever the engine is running.

Automatic dimming feature Both exterior mirrors are automatically dimmed.

Photocells are used to control the Interior rearview mirror.

Interior rearview mirror, manually dimmable

Turn knob

BMW X3. Turn knob

Turn the knob to reduce the blinding effect by the interior mirror.

Interior rearview mirror, automatic dimming feature

The concept

BMW X3. The concept

Photocells are used for control:

  • In the mirror glass.
  • On the back of the mirror.

Functional requirement

For proper operation:

  • Keep the photocells clean.
  • Do not cover the area between the inside rearview mirror and the windshield.

Steering wheel

Note

Do not adjust while driving

Do not adjust the steering wheel while driving; otherwise, an unexpected movement could result in an accident.

Adjusting

BMW X3. Adjusting

1. Fold the lever down.

2. Move the steering wheel to the preferred height and angle to suit your seating position.

3. Fold the lever back.

Steering wheel heating

BMW X3. Steering wheel heating

Press button.

  • On: the LED lights up.
  • Off: the LED goes out.
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