It's hard to believe we live in an era where a 5 Series has a base price of well over $100,000 in the US, but this bitter pill goes down a lot easier once you hop inside. As mentioned earlier, the current M5 is now the size of an old 7 Series, which means it has loads of space. The quality also justifies the high asking price, not to mention the long list of standard features.
The interior is basic 5 Series, but with the obligatory go-faster bits included. This includes a set of beautiful, power-adjustable front bucket seats with just the right amount of side bolstering and cushioning. BMW interiors also have a habit of feeling familiar. Everything is exactly where it should be, and you can easily adjust the temperature on the four-zone climate control without taking your eyes off the road. The Competition takes the M theme a step further with seatbelts featuring the M colors.
Space and light are two of the most essential elements of luxury, and the BMW M5 offers both in spades. The windows and doors are large, making visibility, ingress, and egress easy. As alluded to earlier, the 5 Series has grown over the years and is now the perfect size. Front passengers get 41.4 inches of legroom and 40.7 inches of headroom. The rear legroom is ample at 36.5 inches, and the headroom is more than enough at 38.5 inches.
The center rear seat is wide enough to accommodate Slenderman, but the transmission tunnel means there's virtually nowhere for him to put his legs. You could put someone there for a short trip, but the M5 works much better as a four-seater.
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BMW is very good at making subtle changes to its M models. Apart from the model-specific shifter and M buttons, you get the famous M colors stitched into the steering wheel and subtle M badges in the front seatbacks. The seats are clad in Merino leather as standard. The good news is there's no reason to go above the no-cost selection, as the three available color combinations already cater to a broad audience. You can go full Black or choose Aragon Brown as the dominant seat color with black inserts. If you don't have small kids, the Silverstone and Black combination looks sensational.
To unlock the upgraded full Merino leather interior, you have to add the $3,350 Executive Package, which adds front and rear heated seats, front-seat ventilation, and a massage function for the occupants up front, in addition to other extras like soft-close doors. Other than the cost of the Executive Package, the full Merino leather cabin requires another $3,500 for the fancier Silverstone, Aragon Brown, Black/Midrand Beige (M5 Competition only), and full Black interiors.
For the price of the Executive Package plus another $5,000, you can upgrade to BMW Individual upholstery, available in Smoke White/Black and Tartufo. The latter options can add as much as ten weeks to the waiting period, however.
Complementing the plush leather upholstery is a variety of trim inlay choices. Those that don't cost extra are Fineline Ridge wood, Aluminum Dark Carbon Structure, and Aluminum Carbon Structure. An Individual Piano Black finish for the BMW M5 will cost $1,080. For the same price, the most divisive option is Plum Brown wood. A SensaTec-covered dashboard is standard and, overall, this is an exceptionally high-quality interior.
The unofficial job description of all BMW M5 generations has essentially been "practical supercar slayer" and this hasn't changed. That's why it has a practical 14 cubic feet of cargo capacity. That's enough space to take an entire family of four on an extended week-long sideways vacation. The rear seats fold down in a 40/20/40 split, increasing the cargo capacity on those odd occasions you need to carry something big.
Interior storage space consists of dual cupholders in the front and rear and large door pockets. In the front, it has a neat storage space underneath the center console, conveniently housing the wireless charging mat. The storage space underneath the center armrest is also ample for loose items like wallets and keys.
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The new BMW M5 is packed with features, including a few the Germans typically leave on the options menu. You get remote start, keyless entry with push-button start, ambient lighting, 14-way power-adjustable heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, four-zone climate control, auto-dimming rearview and driver's side mirror, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and an M-specific head-up display. The Connected Package Pro is standard on M5 models. It includes Active Protection and Active Driving Assistant. Combined, these two features consist of automatic front seatbelt tensioners, auto-closing moonroof and windows, fatigue alert, post-crash braking, lane-departure warning, front-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, auto high beams, active blind-spot monitoring, and speed-limit information in the head-up display.
The larger 12.3-inch touchscreen display comes standard with BMW's Live Cockpit Professional, which includes another 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. This includes connected navigation and iDrive 7.0. BMW iDrive is one of the better infotainment systems out there, allowing you to navigate smoothly via a series of logical main menus and sub-menus. You can also navigate it via the touchscreen or buttons on the steering wheel. BMW's gesture control is a bit of a gimmick, but we do get a kick out of avoiding a phone call via an overly dramatic and aggressive hand swipe. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as are Bluetooth connectivity, and SiriusXM. A 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system is included as standard, but you can upgrade to a 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround-sound system for an additional $3,400. Be aware that ticking this box will also require you to part with $3,450 for the Executive Package.