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2017 BMW 5-Series Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 BMW 5-Series was new.


Interior: 8.8

The 2017 BMW 5 Series' interior has a refined and understated design with lots of high-end materials. The front seats offer exceptional comfort – especially when you opt for multicontour or massaging seats – and the back seats are roomy for most adults. The 5 Series’ infotainment system is fairly easy to master, and it offers many input options. Trunk space is great for the class.

  • "Bestowed with interior perfumes, the highly functional iDrive 6.0, gesture control, and a generous overhaul with quality cabin materials, the substantially more fanciful G30 cabin will be a major contributor to positive acclaim." -- Motor Trend
  • "The 5 Series GT's interior is as nice as some flagship luxury sedans because it's based on that of the previous-generation BMW 7 Series. Comfort and quality are excellent throughout, just as you'd expect." -- Edmunds
  • "It's in the cockpit that the most dramatic design changes await. Indeed, compared with the new interior, the old cabin looks positively dowdy. The new 5's shapes are more angular and interesting, while a lowered instrument panel contributes to a vastly enhanced sense of airiness. You could almost be sitting in a 7 Series." -- Automobile Magazine


Both the sedan and hatchback 5 Series models have seats for five. Leatherette upholstery and 16-way power-adjustable front seats are standard, while leather upholstery, 20-way power-adjustable front seats, active front seats that help reduce fatigue, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and power rear sunshades are optional.

The BMW 5 Series is quiet inside, and its standard front seats are some of the most comfortable on the market. The available 20-way multicontour and massaging front seats are even more pleasant. The 5 Series' back seats have good room for most adults, but some taller folks may find legroom lacking.

  • "The optional 20-way adjustable front seats are available with ventilation and a massage function that's almost as good as having an acupressure therapist working your backside." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The taller you are, the more elusive rear seat comfort is. Mounted low in the vehicle, the seat cushion provides merely adequate thigh support. Legroom is fine, but there is no space beneath the front seats for feet. I spent well over an hour back there, and while it was not quite as uncomfortable as traveling coach with your carry-on bag taking up all of the space underneath the seat in front of you, it's close enough." -- New York Daily News
  • "The cabin is impressively quiet, especially considering that the 5-series does without acoustically insulating side glass. Also impressive is the way the optional 20-way multicontour seats morph from plush loungers into rib-hugging buckets thanks to inflatable bolsters." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

The redesigned 2017 BMW 530i sedan comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a moonroof, a 12-speaker audio system, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, and BMW's iDrive infotainment system, which includes a 10.2-inch high-resolution display, navigation, a console-mounted control knob, and a touchpad that recognizes letters and numbers written with your fingertip. New for 2017, the 5 Series also comes with adaptive LED headlights, a driver drowsiness monitor, sport seats, and Active Protection, a package that includes pre-collision braking, as well as understeer and oversteer correction.

Optional features include satellite radio, a panoramic moonroof, either a Bowers & Wilkins premium stereo or a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, a rearview camera, a surround-view camera, a night vision camera with pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking.

The iDrive infotainment system has a brand-new interface. It comes with a 10.2-inch screen that has vivid graphics. Its menus are fairly straightforward, but you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the system at first. There are also configurable on-screen menu tiles for features like navigation and audio. The 5 Series offers a number of options for controlling the cabin’s features, including steering wheel-mounted controls, voice commands, an iDrive scroll wheel with handwriting recognition, and Gesture Control, which allows you to access some features by making hand motions in front of the screen.

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  • "Most notable is the central display screen, previously buried under an overhang of dash but now standing tall and on its own above the central vents. Of particular note: that 10.25-inch high-res color display – incorporating a new iDrive 6.0 interface – is a touchscreen, vastly improving user-friendliness. The displays for various systems – navigation, audio system, etc. – are spread out over two screen pages on six 'tiles,' each tile devoted to a system. The tiles can be arranged as you see fit, your favorite three always visible and the other three just a swipe away. Further, each tile is 'live;' one might display a moving map while another shows the album cover of the song currently being played. Touch a tile and the menu for that particular system pops up. Easy. Or, if you're a long-time iDrive die-hard, you can call up menus and functions using the iDrive controller in the center console. The various systems can also be controlled via voice commands." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "My advice to anyone who is purchasing a car equipped with a complex infotainment system is to get it set up to your personal preferences and then learn how to use the technology before you shift into gear and set off down the road. Once you've taken the time to do this with iDrive 6.0, it proves to be fairly, though not entirely, intuitive." -- New York Daily News
  • "Despite its last-generation 7 Series origins, the 5 Series GT has kept up with the pace of technology. The iDrive infotainment system is one of the best interfaces out there, and a fair number of advanced safety features are available." -- Edmunds


The 2017 BMW 5 Series sedan has 18.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is outstanding for the class. Hatchback (Gran Turismo) models have up to 63.6 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats folded, but its sloped roofline compromises the space.

Sedan models come standard with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and a power trunk lid is available. Gran Turismo models come standard with a 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat and a power liftgate. Both sedan and Gran Turismo models are available with a hands-free trunk or liftgate, which opens the lid or hatch when you wave your foot under the rear bumper.

  • "In general, hatchbacks and SUVs gain an advantage over sedans for their additional cargo space and versatility. In the case of the 5 Series GT, though, the gains are marginal due to the sloping rear roofline." -- Edmunds
  • "The rear seat is roomy, and at 18.7 cubic feet, the trunk is huge. The main motivator for the carryover 5 Series Gran Turismo is a sizable hatch." -- Kelley Blue Book

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