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2015 BMW X5 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2015 BMW X5 was new.


Interior: 8.2

According to reviewers, the 2015 BMW X5 features an elegant cabin that’s built with top-notch materials. Test drivers report that the X5’s front seats are exceptionally comfortable, and its second-row seats have good room for adults. Reviewers are also impressed with the 2015 X5’s straightforward controls and intuitive iDrive infotainment system.

  • "As with most BMWs, the X5's interior layout is elegant, with solid construction and high-quality materials. Models with the upgraded and extended leather options are particularly impressive. From the driver seat, you're presented with classic BMW gauges and a large central display screen with crisp graphics." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the X5 boasts an appealing, modern cabin design constructed from high-quality wood, metal and leather." -- Left Lane News
  • "Inside, the 2014 X5 features all the technology you'd expect in a high-end model integrated into a stylish and driver-friendly cockpit." -- Autoblog (2014)


There are seats for five in the base 2015 BMW X5, and an optional third row increases seating capacity to seven. Leatherette upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable heated front seats are standard, while leather upholstery, 20-way power-adjustable multi-contour front seats, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are available. The 2015 X5’s front seats earn praise from reviewers who say they are some of the most comfortable seats in the class. A few reviewers also like the optional multi-contour seats, which are highly adjustable for even more comfort. Automotive journalists agree that the second row has good space for adults. On the other hand, they complain that the available third-row seats have only enough room to accommodate children. 

  • "Of course, luxury features galore are available, too, including ‘multicontour’ seats that adjust every which way but loose, as well as different design themes for a bit of extra personalization." -- Edmunds
  • "When it comes time for people hauling, the X5 is up to the task with two rows of comfy, accomodating seats that can be optionally heated and ventilated up front and heated in back. An optional third row seat can be spec'd to bring passenger capacity up to seven, although limited space means it's best suited for children." -- Left Lane News
  • "Legroom is good in the first two rows, and the front seats are especially comfortable and spacious, even for adults with large frames." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 BMW X5 include a panoramic moonroof, push-button start, front and rear parking sensors, satellite radio, Bluetooth, navigation and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-inch display. Optional features include a surround view camera system, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, active park assist, a night vision system with pedestrian detection, a rear-seat entertainment system, a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system and soft-close automatic doors.

Test drivers agree that the X5’s iDrive infotainment system is straightforward. However, a few point out that rivals’ systems require fewer user inputs to adjust settings. Some others appreciate that there are supplementary physical buttons to access functions without using the iDrive controller.

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  • "The iDrive interface works well for controlling and adjusting all of the X5's systems, and even includes a touchpad on the control knob for handwritten navigation inputs. Still, iDrive typically takes a few more clicks and twists of the control knob to get what you want compared to some rival systems that are easier to use." -- Edmunds
  • "It's controlled by BMW's iDrive interface, which has evolved over the years into one of the most user-friendly infotainment systems in the industry. Redundant buttons and voice commands give users alternate means of accessing the electronics." -- Left Lane News
  • "The 2014 X5's blend of entertainment and information is splendid, and splendidly displayed on an elegant 10.2-inch screen." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "All of these systems worked as advertised during our testing. However, the optional Lane Change Warning was particularly intrusive - the steering wheel would vibrate annoyingly when the vehicle even began approaching a lane marker, even if there was plenty of space in the lane." -- Autoblog (2014)


The 2015 BMW X5 has 23 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 66 cubic feet of space with them folded. That’s on par with many rivals’ cargo holds. However, competitors like the Lexus RX 350 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class have much more cargo room. Reviewers appreciate the X5’s unique two-section liftgate, which includes a lower tailgate section that folds out flat.

  • "With both rows folded, cargo space measures 66 cubic feet, which is about average for the segment and barely better than BMW's smaller X3. One distinct attribute of the X5 continues to be its split two-section liftgate. The lower, smaller section pulls down flat, making it easy to sit on for tailgating." -- Edmunds
  • "As with its predecessors, the latest X5 features a Land Rover-inspired two-section tailgate. The lower portion can be folded down horizontally to form a single level with the load surface - good for loading cargo or tailgating - while the upper section is power operated." -- Left Lane News
  • "… it is not as spacious inside or as cargo-versatile as many premium midsize-SUV competitors." -- Consumer Guide

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