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2018 BMW X5 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 BMW X5 was new.


Interior: 8.2

No one will complain over riding inside a 2018 BMW X5. Its cabin feels premium and solidly constructed. It offers some of the comfiest front seats around and features an adult-friendly second row. The exception is the optional third-row seat, which is quite cramped. The sophisticated infotainment system is easy to learn and use.

  • "Panels are well fit with consistent gaps, and no squeaks or rattles were to be found. The interior oozes quality. This is a well-made crossover." -- Edmunds
  • "Tight seams on the dashboard and consistently high-quality materials are typical of the X5's premium credentials. The wood trim on the … dash curves gracefully toward the passenger-side A-pillar, while the 10.2-in iDrive display lives in an iPad-like housing that protrudes above the center stack." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "Inside, the X5 boasts an appealing, modern cabin design constructed from high-quality wood, metal and leather." -- Left Lane News (2016)


In its standard configuration, the X5 is a 2-row SUV with seating for five people. A third-row seat expanding total capacity to seven is available in select models. Other standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated and 14-way power-adjustable front seats, and 40/20/40-split-folding second-row seats. Nappa leather seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, 18-way power-adjustable or 20-way power-adjustable multi-contour front seats, a heated steering wheel, and rear side window sunshades are available.

For child safety seats, there are three tether anchors in the second row, all of which are easy to spot and require little effort to use. The two sets of lower anchors – located on the second-row outboard seats – are more challenging. The hardware is mounted deep in the seat cushions, calling for extra elbow grease to clip in a car seat.

The X5 receives heaps of praise for its front seats. With as many as 20 adjustments, even the pickiest of people can set their seats so they’re just right. Legroom in the second row is plentiful, but the optional third-row seat is cramped.

  • "Superb comfort and support from the seats, which are well-suited to long-distance driving." -- Edmunds
  • "The standard front seats are supportive and great. However, we're strong advocates of the available multicontour seats. With seemingly infinite adjustments, plus an uncanny combination of firmness and compliance, these 20-way chairs are among the best in any vehicle. We also like the optional adjustable second-row seats, though, sadly, they can't be ordered with the third-row seat. As for the third row, it's nice that BMW continues to offer it, but most adults will find it cramped and uncomfortable. The X5 is more of a 5+2 crossover than a genuine 7-seater." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "The 2017 X5 can theoretically seat seven, thanks to an available 2-passenger third row. However, it's so tiny that you'd best leave it folded most of the time for better cargo space. However, the first and second rows are plenty roomy and comfortable, with plenty of space even for adults with large frames." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Interior Features

The X5 infotainment system is comprised of a 10.2-inch touch-screen display, a touchpad controller, a nine-speaker sound system, navigation, a USB port, Bluetooth, and HD Radio. Other standard features include dual-zone climate control, a panoramic moonroof, push-button start, a rearview camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and front and rear parking sensors.

Among the extensive list of interior upgrades is wireless charging for enabled smartphones, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, two high-end surround-sound systems with 16 speakers (one by Bang & Olufsen, one by Harman Kardon), a rear-seat entertainment system with two 9.2-inch screens, four-zone climate control, cabin preconditioning for remote heating and cooling, a proximity key, a head-up display, active blind spot monitoring, speed limit information, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, a surround-view camera, night vision with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, frontal collision warning, city collision mitigation (which includes automatic braking), pedestrian detection, active park assist, and adaptive headlights.

BMW's iDrive interface and the accompanying 10.2-inch display are sophisticated, sleek, and easy to use. Selections can be made using either the touch screen or a knob controller, and for added convenience, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay is available.

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  • "This X5 benefits from years of constant refinement of BMW's iDrive system. … The audio and navigation systems both work quite well." -- Edmunds
  • "We already liked the BMW X5's big 10.2-inch infotainment screen and intuitive scroll-and-click user interface. Now it's even better with a new touch screen, letting you either tap the screen or use the dial when it makes the most sense. Plus the high-resolution screen is super-sharp." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "The iDrive system also has BMW's rotary controller with touch-pad and touchscreen functionality, for a genuinely user-friendly interface." -- Autotrader (2017)


Most X5 models have a 35.8-cubic-foot cargo hold behind the second-row seats. These seats come standard with a 40/20/40 split, and folding them down opens up a 76.7-cubic-foot space. Those dimensions are slightly above average for a midsize SUV. The hybrid powertrain in the X5 xDrive40e iPerformance cuts into storage somewhat, reducing cargo capacities to 34.2 cubic feet behind the seats and 72.5 cubic feet overall. The rear hatch features an upper power liftgate and a lower tailgate.

  • "The X5's cargo area isn't cavernous, given the exterior dimensions, but it's appropriate for the segment." -- Edmunds
  • "On the practical side, there are roof rails for additional cargo space, and the 2-section tailgate allows you to lift the top half while leaving the bottom closed; the bottom half also doubles as a seat for tailgating." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "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 (2016)

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