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2019 BMW 5-Series Interior Review


Interior: 8.0

The 2019 BMW 5 Series' interior certainly looks the part of a luxury sedan. The cabin's smart design and premium materials exude class, and both rows of seats are comfortable and spacious. The 5 Series comes with plenty of standard features, and few rivals can match its trunk space.

  • "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
  • "This 2018 BMW 5 Series' elegant dash is covered in SensaTec faux leather or the real thing, has a horizontal layout, and controls for climate and audio are sensibly laid out. A 10.25-inch screen relays navigation, audio, car data and more. The jet-fighter transmission lever looks cool but can be awkward initially." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "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 (2017)


The 5 Series sedan seats five and comes standard with synthetic leather seats and 16-way power-adjustable front seats. Nappa and Dakota leather upholstery, 20-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, massaging front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Both rows of seats provide plenty of head- and legroom, letting adults ride comfortably up front or in the back. The front seats stand out for their comfort and support. They can be upgraded to have 20-way adjustability and a massage function to really pamper you.

For installing child safety seats, there are three tether anchors and two sets of lower anchors. The LATCH hardware is easy to locate and use for the most part, though you may have a few issues with the lower anchors.

  • "Passenger space can easily accommodate adults in both rows." -- Autotrader
  • "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 10.2-inch touch screen, a touchpad controller, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, 12 speakers, HD Radio, and navigation.

Available features include a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, wireless device charging, and an upgraded infotainment system with two different 16-speaker audio systems (one by Bowers & Wilkins, one by Harman Kardon), satellite radio, gesture control, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

The 2019 5 Series also comes standard with many more driver assistance features than previous models. Even the base model comes with adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, daytime pedestrian protection, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and 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, a night vision camera with pedestrian detection, and a head-up display.

With its touch screen, touchpad controller, available gesture controls, and physical buttons, the iDrive system offers multiple ways to control tech functions. The system works well, and thanks to its intuitive menus, there's not much of a learning curve.

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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)


Measuring 18.7 cubic feet, the 5 Series features one of the largest trunks in the class. 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.

  • "The 18.7-cubic-foot trunk is sizable for the class. Even better, the placement of the 530e's battery packs doesn't impinge on the cargo area. 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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