2010 BMW 5-Series Wagon Interior

#10 out of 16 in 2010 Wagons

$9,036 - $9,036

2010 BMW 5-Series Wagon Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 BMW 5-Series Wagon was new.


Interior: 7.9

Auto writers admire the 535i xDrive Sports Wagon for its exquisite fit and finish, comfy seats and practical cargo hold. However, most find BMW's iDrive system anything but convenient.

  • "Interior decor benefits from high-quality materials." -- Consumer Guide
  • "On the interior, trim is a tasteful combination of wood and leather, with a variety of choices available." -- Left Lane News
  • "Build quality and materials inside the 5 Series are still outstanding, although competitors offer more stylish and less austere environments." -- Edmunds
  • "For the money, there are other cars on the market offering similar levels of luxury and, in some cases more interior space, although without all the complicated high-tech wizardry." -- Kelley Blue Book


Reviewers find the 5-Series' front and back seats comfortable for four adult-size passengers.

  • "Power seats and power tilt and telescopic steering wheel make it easy to find a comfortable driving position." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Supportive seating is provided in both the front and rear, and even adults won't mind sitting in the commodious backseat." -- Edmunds
  • "The front seats are terrific - my test car included the 12-way sport seat with adjustable thigh support. The back seats aren't bad, either, with adequate shoulder and leg room for three adults. In contrast to the Mercedes E-Class wagon, a third row is not offered." -- The New York Times
  • "While not the roomiest car in its class, four adults of all sizes will fit comfortably; a fifth can squeeze in the back for shorter trips." -- Forbes

Interior Features

Like a true BMW, the 535i xDrive Sports Wagon comes packed with loads of modern convenience features. Still, critics focus on its all-too-complicated iDrive system.

  • "The dash is elegant, with few buttons, but dominated by a center screen that monitors all functions and provides vision for the optional navigation and new night vision systems. All of this is controlled with BMW's iDrive, which offers a one-knob interface that is loved by computer jocks and hated by many other reviewers." -- Left Lane News
  • "The control layout itself is fairly simple and convenient, but the driver must interact with iDrive for anything other than simple audio and climate adjustments. That complicates most functions and diverts the driver's attention from the road." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It uses a single large knob on the center console to control most in-vehicle functions. Although separate buttons for audio and ventilation systems have been added over the years, iDrive remains a chore to use and does the opposite of what BMW originally intended - simplify control operation." -- Forbes


The BMW 535i xDrive Sports Wagon, with the backseats folded, holds cargo that rivals much larger SUVs.

  • "Cargo space in the wagon is an expansive 33.6 cubic feet with five passengers aboard, and over 58 cubic feet with the back seats folded, more than many mid-sized SUVs. The flat load area is fully-carpeted, almost four feet wide, and includes handy enclosed bins, bag holder, cargo tie-downs and a cargo net, a power point, and a rolling luggage area cover." -- Left Lane News

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