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2016 BMW X5 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 BMW X5 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.1

The 2016 BMW X5 features luxurious materials in its cabin, according to reviewers, like wood and leather, and has an impressive build quality. Critics think the third row is only big enough for children, while the first two rows offer plenty of support and comfort for passengers. Most test drivers say the iDrive infotainment system is easy to use, and its screen has crisp graphics.

  • "As with most BMWs, the X5's interior layout is elegant, with solid construction and high-quality materials." -- Edmunds
  • "In our interior evaluation of the 2015 X5, we noted tight seams on the dashboard and consistently high materials quality from one side to the other." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "Inside, the X5 boasts an appealing, modern cabin design constructed from high-quality wood, metal and leather." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "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)

Seating

The 2016 X5 has seats for up to five people, while up to seven can fit with the optional third row. Leatherette upholstery and 14-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 optional. Test drivers report the standard front seats offer good comfort and support, while the optional multi-contour seats are among the most comfortable seats on the market. The first and second rows have ample legroom, according to critics, and they like the optional reclining second row. Reviewers agree the optional third row is very cramped, with only enough room for children.

  • "The standard front seats are ideally shaped and adjust for a wide range of body types, while the available multicontour seats are some of the most comfortable and adjustable seats found in any car." -- Edmunds
  • We also like the optional adjustable second-row seats, though sadly, they can't be combined with the third-row seat. As for that third row, it's nice that BMW continues to offer it, but most adults will likely find it cramped and uncomfortable. The X5 is more of a 5+2, if you will, than an honest 7-passenger crossover." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • When it comes time for people hauling, the X5 is up to the task with two rows of comfy, accomodating seats. … 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 (2015)

Interior Features

The 2016 X5 comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker audio system, HD Radio, push-button start, a panoramic moonroof, front and rear parking sensors and BMW's iDrive infotainment system with Bluetooth, navigation, a touchpad controller and a 10.2-inch display. Optional features include quad-zone automatic climate control, a 360-degree camera system, a Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system, a night-vision camera with pedestrian detection, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, head-up display, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic braking, blind spot monitoring and parallel park assist.

The iDrive system is simple to use, according to critics, and its large display screen has crisp graphics that make it easy to see the various settings and controls. However, a few reviewers think the system buries features deeper in menus than competitors' systems do. Some test drivers appreciate that there are physical buttons for some controls.

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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 with some rival systems that are easier to use." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2015 BMW X5's user-friendly infotainment system is displayed on a predominant 10.2-inch screen. This setup not only makes it easy to see and operate the various icons, it provides a crystal clear picture from the available rear camera." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "… [iDrive] 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 (2015)

Cargo

With 23 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and 66 cubic feet with them folded, the 2016 BMW X5 has less cargo space than most luxury midsize SUVs. A power liftgate that splits in the middle (with a lower section that drops down like a pickup truck tailgate) is standard, and reviewers think it's a unique feature that makes it easy to load the cargo area.

  • 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 is its split two-section liftgate. The lower, smaller section pulls down flat, making it easy to sit on for tailgating." -- Edmunds
  • "… it is not as spacious inside or as cargo-versatile as many premium midsize-SUV competitors." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "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 (2015)

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