2009 BMW 5-Series Wagon Interior
Reviewers appreciate the 5-Series Wagon's outstanding fit and finish, comfortable seats, and useful cargo hold. However, BMW's iDrive system is anything but convenient.
- "Build quality and materials inside the 5 Series are still outstanding, although competitors offer more stylish and less austere environments." -- Edmunds
- "For the money, there are other cars on the market offering similar levels of luxury and, in some cases more interior space, although without all the complicated high-tech wizardry." -- Kelley Blue Book
Auto writers find that the 5-Series wagon offers comfortable accommodations in both the front and rear of its cabin.
- "The 2008 BMW 5 Series' 10-way and available 20-way adjustable seats are some of the most comfortable and supportive in the class, excelling on twisty roads and long highways alike. ... Rear-seat room and trunk space are on par for the segment." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Supportive seating is provided in both the front and rear, and even adults won't mind sitting in the commodious backseat." -- Edmunds
- "The front seats are terrific - my test car included the 12-way sport seat with adjustable thigh support. The back seats aren't bad, either, with adequate shoulder and leg room for three adults. In contrast to the Mercedes E-Class wagon, a third row is not offered." -- New York Times
- "While not the roomiest car in its class, four adults of all sizes will fit comfortably; a fifth can squeeze in the back for shorter trips." -- Forbes
BMW equips the 535i xDrive Sports Wagon with loads of modern convenience features. But reviewers focus primarily on the 5-Series' iDrive system, which all find confusing and difficult to operate.
- "Inside, a system called iDrive corrals audio, climate, navigation and communication functions using a central LCD screen and console-mounted control dial. We've found iDrive cumbersome to use, although it is more sophisticated than the button-heavy layout in older 5 Series cars." -- Edmunds
- "Alas, like most BMW's, this one comes with iDrive, which controls the electronic toys with a mouselike disc. It's an uncharacteristically distracting system for a car that otherwise takes safety very seriously." -- New York Times
- "It uses a single large knob on the center console to control most in-vehicle functions. Although separate buttons for audio and ventilation systems have been added over the years, iDrive remains a chore to use and does the opposite of what BMW originally intended - simplify control operation." -- Forbes
The BMW 535i xDrive Sports Wagon provides 34 cubic-feet of cargo room.
- "Cargo space in the wagon is an expansive 33.6 cubic feet with five passengers aboard, and over 58 cubic feet with the back seats folded, more than many mid-sized SUVs. The flat load area is fully-carpeted, almost four feet wide, and includes handy enclosed bins, bag holder, cargo tie-downs and a cargo net, a power point, and a rolling luggage area cover." -- Left Lane News
- "A section of the cargo floor lifts to expose a divided area to keep packages in place, while the cargo wall has pull-down grocery bag hooks, power plug and compartment for first-aid kit. A pull-out shade hides cargo, and a pull-up net slips into roof holders to provide a haven for your pet." -- Chicago Tribune