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2019 BMW X5 Interior Review

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Interior: 7.8

The fully redesigned 2019 BMW X5 features an incredibly well-built cabin that's quiet at any speed. It would rank among the nicest interiors in the class if not for its bland styling. The seats are comfortable and spacious (save for the optional third row), and there's plenty of tech features. Cargo space is pretty good for the class.

  • The interior is a big improvement if you have any negative perceptions of BMW interiors. While it is still, yes, depressingly gray-toned everywhere … the actual packaging is simpler and straightforward, and the technology is pretty good too." -- Jalopnik
  • "The fully loaded six-cylinder X5 we drove, at a steep as-tested price of more than $80,000, boasted one of the nicest BMW interiors in recent memory. While the upright seating position of all previous X5s is still in effect, the dashboard is a refreshing break from tradition. Knurled knobs, modernized climate-control buttons, and shiny bits of trim bring more flair than we're used to finding in BMW's dour, businesslike cabins. Optional finishes, such as a leather-wrapped dash, glass controls, and no-cost open-pore wood, class things up to a level that nearly matches the Volvo XC90's cabin, the segment's current posh interior of note." -- Car and Driver
  • "The interior of the new X5 is a perfect exemplar of BMW's design know-how. We loved the look and feel of the perforated leather seats. The combination of wood and leather on the dash and door panels is a pleasant one, without feely gaudy or gauche." -- Autoblog

Seating

The base X5 seats five and comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats. Vernasca leather upholstery, multicontour front seats, ventilated front seats, massaging front seats, heated and cooled cup holders, heated rear seats, heated armrests, and a heated steering wheel are available. BMW also offers a third row of seats that ups seating capacity to seven. The X5 comes with two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors.

Drivers enjoy great forward visibility, and the X5's front seats provide plenty of space. They also remain supportive on long drives. The second-row seats have more legroom than in previous X5 models, and they're roomy enough for adults. The optional third row is really only suitable for children.

  • "Even after hours in the front seats, we weren't wiggling in our seats and removing items from our pockets to stay comfortable. It was quiet, too. It took some genuine heavy-footing in order to hear the inline-6 working underhood." -- Autoblog
  • The X5's third row is optional, and while its second row remains quite accommodating, the sixth and seventh seats look to be, as they were before, for kids only." -- Car and Driver
  • "The front seats are comfortable but somewhat wide, and forward visibility is very good." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Standard features in the X5 include a panoramic moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and the iDrive infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touch screen, a touchpad controller, a 10-speaker hi-fi audio system, HD Radio, navigation, Bluetooth, three USB ports, and Apple CarPlay. Available features include quad-zone automatic climate control, wireless device charging, and an upgraded infotainment system with a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Standard driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Some of these features are part of BMW's Active Driving Assistant. Available active safety features include BMW's Active Protection System, a head-up display, night vision, Evasion Assistant, a surround-view camera, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

The redesigned X5 gets the latest and greatest version of BMW's iDrive infotainment system. Not only can you tell a difference between this system and previous editions, but the updates are welcome additions. It's responsive and easy to master, and all the controls are well-organized. Additionally, you have plenty of ways to adjust your settings: via the touchpad controller, physical buttons, the touch screen, and even gesture control, which allows you to do things like adjust the volume by twirling your finger in a circular motion.

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  • "It should come as no surprise that the 2019 BMW X5 packs its fair share of tech. Most impressive is BMW's latest iDrive entertainment system that's more customizable and faster than before. The rotary controller now has haptic feedback, and the center screen can also be controlled by touch or by hand gestures. In our brief time behind the wheel, we found the gestures reliable in controlling things such as audio volume and screen selections." -- Edmunds
  • "The X5's instrument cluster is fully digital, and it and the 12.3-inch central display boast new software with crisp, clear graphics and easy-to-understand menu structures accessed via the familiar iDrive controller." -- Car and Driver
  • "BMW has made [iDrive] improvements over the years, but we're happy to report that this new system finally feels like it really got it right. The large central display can display a lot of information, and is configurable to … put the info you want at the forefront. We found it far easier to find our way through the system, whether we were using the touchscreen or the iDrive control wheel by the gear lever – gesture control still felt awkward, though. We'll be pleased to see this system replace the current-generation of iDrive in other BMWs." -- Autoblog

Cargo

With its rear seats up, the X5 provides 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold the rear seats down, and that number expands to 72.3 cubic feet. Those aren't class-leading totals, but they are above average.

A power liftgate comes standard. A hands-free power liftgate is available. The tailgate is split in half – the top section raises up like most liftgates, while the bottom section lowers like a pickup truck tailgate – making for a convenient way to load and organize cargo.

  • "The split tailgate, which now opens and closes completely under electric power, seems a little gimmicky, too, until you actually go to use it. The lower section opens level with the load floor, making it easy to shove stuff in there, and can easily support the weight of a grown man." -- Autoblog
  • "Out back, the rear hatch is split horizontally to include a tailgate. There's a hands-free option that enables the split tailgate to open when you swipe your foot below the rear bumper. Cargo volume … is more than a Porsche Cayenne or an Audi Q7 offers." -- Edmunds
  • "For loading cargo, you can open the top, bottom, or both parts of the split tailgate by pushing a button. A super-slick option coming in January is a power cargo cover that rolls back and disappears in the floor between the second and third rows. The cargo area has anti-slip rails and a deep storage bin in the back for the third-row seat, which will be available in December." -- Motor Trend
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