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2020 BMW 5-Series Interior Review

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Interior: 7.8

The 2020 BMW 5 Series has a stylish interior, with well-organized controls and plenty of top-notch materials. Both rows of seats are supportive and spacious, with the front seats offering several comfort upgrades. A user-friendly infotainment system headlines the features list, and the 5 Series has one of the largest trunks in the luxury midsize car class.

  • "Rich appointments and good design make the cockpit of the 5-Series a civilized space – and a noticeable upgrade compared with the somewhat drab cabin of its predecessor." -- Car and Driver
  • "The dashboard keeps clutter to a minimum, the ergonomics are just right and the quality of the materials is absolutely appropriate for such a high-class car." -- Autotrader (2019)
  • "This 2019 BMW 5 Series has an elegant dashboard design, covered either in simulated leather (SensaTec) or the real stuff." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)

Seating

The 5 Series sedan seats five and comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Genuine leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, massaging front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Adults can sit anywhere in this BMW without feeling cramped, as both rows provide plenty of head- and legroom. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, particularly with some of the premium upgrades like massaging seats.

For securing child safety seats, this BMW has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats. There’s also a single tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The hardware is mostly easy to locate and use, though you may have a few issues with the lower anchors.

  • "Passenger space can easily accommodate adults in both rows." -- Autotrader (2019)
  • "BMW does a good job allowing for a number of driving positions and placing controls in easy reach across their range. The 5 Series also has a roomy cabin, with plenty of rear legroom and enough headroom for most adults." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "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 (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 5 Series include dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, push-button start, and BMW's iDrive infotainment system with a 10.25-inch touch screen, a touchpad controller, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a 12-speaker stereo, HD Radio, and navigation.

Available features include a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, wireless device charging, gesture control capability for the infotainment system, 16-speaker audio systems by Bowers & Wilkins and Harman Kardon, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

There are several ways to control the iDrive infotainment system. You can use the touch screen, the touchpad controller, physical buttons, or even gesture control in models with that option. This gives you plenty of choices for navigating the system, which is generally user-friendly.

Standard driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, daytime pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Another standard amenity is the Active Protection System, which readies the car if it senses an impending collision. Some of these features are part of BMW's Active Driving Assistant.

Available driver assistance features include a surround-view parking camera system, parallel park assist, a night vision camera with pedestrian detection, and a head-up display.

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  • "The 5 Series is packed with technology, including some standard active safety measures. Extensive driver aids are available, which also add more safety features. The infotainment system supports touchless gesture controls, but it still offers a secondary knob controller and user-friendly interface." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "… 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. … 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." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
  • "The iDrive 6.0 system includes a brilliant 10.3-inch display that doubles as a touchscreen. That firmly positions BMW's infotainment system as the industry's most redundant. Certain features can now be controlled via steering-wheel buttons, center-stack audio controls, voice commands, hand gestures, and the iDrive knob (with its own touchpad on top). This … works better than you might expect. It proves intuitive to drag a finger to scan the map, then scroll through audio channels with the iDrive rotary, then adjust the volume via the steering wheel." -- Car and Driver (2017)

Cargo

The 5 Series features one of the largest trunks in the luxury midsize car class, checking in with 18.7 cubic feet in standard models. It’s 14.5 cubes in the 530e plug-in hybrid because the battery pack takes up extra space.

Split-folding rear seats come standard, giving you some flexibility if you need to haul larger objects. You can add a hands-free power trunk lid as well. There's not much small-item storage space in the cabin, however.

  • "The BMW's large trunk is on par with its competitors (we fit six carry-on suitcases inside a 540i's trunk), but the cabin is lacking in cubbies and storage compartments. To accommodate the battery pack, the plug-in hybrid 530e has four less cubic feet of trunk space than nonhybrid models. The 530e fit two fewer carry-on suitcases in its trunk but retains its folding rear seats." -- Car and Driver
  • "The 18.7-cubic-foot trunk is sizable for the class. … Split-folding rear seats mean the 5 Series can carry quite a bit." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "The rear seat is roomy, and at 18.7 cubic feet, the trunk is huge." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
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