There was nothing wrong with the interior of the BMW X5, but the entire upper half of the dashboard is redesigned this year to accommodate the new Curved Display that comprises a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 14.9-inch touchscreen under one long, curved glass panel. The X5 now looks very modern inside, and the new look is clean and uncluttered. Slimmer air vents are used, and the horizontal theme is carried over to the full-width satin-aluminum trim strips above and below the air vents. There are far fewer buttons because the HVAC controls have been relocated to the infotainment screen, which won't be universally praised, so we suggest learning a few voice commands. The quality of the materials is high, but the atmosphere can be a bit somber in the darker color options. The view out is reasonable, but you have to crane your neck a bit to peer around the multitude of pillars and the surround-view camera is a recommended option.
Thanks to 16-way electrically adjustable front seats, anybody will find a comfortable seating position and there is plenty of interior space up front, with 39.8 inches of legroom and 40.8 inches of headroom. The second row also offers enough space for adults, and its corresponding figures are 37.4 and 38.7 inches, respectively. This row is comfortable enough, even if it cannot slide or recline, although some rivals offer more stretch-out room. There used to be an optional third row but it was cramped and only good for kids or the smallest adults over short distances. Without making an official announcement, BMW removed this option at the time of this writing, and it seems as if the X5 will henceforth be a five-seater only.
|BMW X5 Trims||sDrive40i||xDrive40i||xDrive50e||M60i|
|Headroom Front Seat||40.8 in.||40.8 in.||40.7 in.||40.7 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||38.7 in.||38.7 in.||38.7 in.||38.7 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||39.8 in.||39.8 in.||39.8 in.||39.8 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||37.4 in.||37.4 in.||37.4 in.||37.4 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||60 in.||60 in.||60 in.||60 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||58.1 in.||58.1 in.||58.1 in.||58.1 in.|
There are six available interior colors for the seats of the BMW X5 six-cylinder models and the first four no-cost color themes use BMW's Sensafin leatherette upholstery. They are black, Coffee, Cognac, and Silverstone and the items rendered in these theme colors are the seats, the center console, and the center door panels, with the rest of the interior being black. Merino leather upholstery is available at $1,950, but requires the addition of a slew of other packages, too, taking the overall outlay to between $5,000 and $5,250. With the Merino leather, only the black/black and Coffee/black color schemes carry over from the standard choices, with two new ones - black/Ivory White and black/Tartufo - also available. The leather upgrade also dresses the seatbelts and lower dashboard in the theme color. The M60i gets all the same choices as the six-cylinder cars with a few exceptions - the Multi-contour seats are already standard on this trim, the Merino leather option costs the standard $1,950 with no extras required to get it, and this trim exclusively gets access to a dashboard trimmed in genuine leather for $1,250.
In terms of the finish of the interior trim pieces, all the six-cylinder cars get Fineline Stripe Brown High Gloss Wood as standard, with a choice of no-cost alternatives comprising Fineline Open Pore Wood, Fineline Black Wood, or Anthracite-Brown Poplar Matte Finish Wood. The M60i has access to the same four choices, but its default finish is Fineline Black Wood, and it is also eligible for two extra-cost trim options: Carbon Fiber for $300 and Individual Piano Black Finish for $680. In all trims, the cloth headliner can be exchanged for an Alcantara item for $650.
The BMW X5's cargo space of 33.9 cubic feet behind the second row is good, if not quite as much as a GV80 or Q7 offers, and the trunk volume can be further expanded to 72.3 cu-ft with the second row folded. This can be easily done from either the rear or the side. The PHEV xDrive50e offers only marginally less at 33.1/71.2 cu-ft. If you don't opt for the optional space-saver spare wheel, there is a little under-floor storage space in the cargo area.
Interior storage options are lacking a bit, and the only space for larger items is the lidded center-console storage bins, which can accommodate a few water bottles. The other spaces are significantly smaller, but you do get a glove compartment, door pockets, cupholders front and rear, and a wireless charging pad ahead of the center console.
Some of the X5's many standard features include a power panoramic tilting/sliding moonroof, a power tailgate, keyless go, adjustable multi-color ambient interior lighting, an electrically adjustable tilting/telescoping and leather-trimmed steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, heated and 16-way power front seats, leatherette upholstery, and a wireless charging pad. Standard driver assists are limited to forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, active blind-spot monitoring, speed-limit information, adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, and parking sensors front and rear, with additonal ones costing extra. Other options include a heated steering wheel and rear seats, soft-closing automatic doors, air suspension, and four-zone climate control.
The infotainment system is completely overhauled and is now a cloud-connected iDrive 8-powered system that's capable of over-the-air updates. There is still a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, but it is now integrated into a continuous curved class panel alongside the new 14.9-inch touchscreen. It comes with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM, a 5G eSIM, cloud navigation, and a ten-speaker audio system.
Optional on the six-cylinder cars and standard on the M60i is a $875 464W Harman Kardon audio system with 16 speakers, and optional on the M60i only is a $3,400 Bowers & Wilkins audio system with ten channels and 20 speakers.
The X5's trunk has a volume of 33.9 cu-ft behind the second row and 72.3 cu-ft behind the first row. The PHEV eDrive50's figures are 33.1 and 71.2 cu-ft, respectively.
The X5 is a five-seater and the previously optional third row is no longer available.
The X5 has two cupholders in front and two in the rear.