in 2013 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $40,126 - $52,155
Original MSRP: $47,500 - $64,200
MPG: 16 City / 23 Hwy
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2013 BMW X5 Interior

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Reviewers say the 2013 BMW X5's interior is well-crafted and upscale. They also write that its front-row seats are comfortable, but test drivers note that passenger space in the second row is just adequate, and that the third row isn't fit for anyone except small children. Total cargo space is about average for the class. The X5 isn't very well-equipped when compared with many rivals, who offer more standard features than the BMW does. Testers also note that the X5's iDrive navigation controls are confusing and needlessly complicated.

  • "Despite improvements to the iDrive control system, the available navigation system remains confounding, and the optional 3rd-row seat is a token gesture." -- Consumer Guide
  • "However, the 2013 BMW X5 isn't the most spacious choice for family hauling purposes." -- Edmunds


The BMW X5 comes standard with seating for five, though an optional third row expands that number to seven. Leatherette upholstery is standard in the base trim, while leather is standard in all other trims. Front seats in the base xDrive35i are 10-way power adjustable, while higher trims can be equipped with 20-way power-adjustable multicontour front seats. Heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are also available, depending on the model.

In general, reviewers say the front seats are comfortable, though the second row's headroom might be limited for taller occupants due to the X5's sloping roofline. The third row of seats may add a few seatbelts, but reviewers are quick to note that even small children won't be comfortable there for long.

  • "The front seats are nicely shaped and adjust for a wide range of body types." -- Edmunds
  • "Second-row occupants have decent headroom, but legroom is unexceptional in 5-passenger versions. The 2nd-row seat reclines on all X5s but slides fore and aft only in 7-passenger models, which can increase 2nd-row legroom." -- Consumer Guide
  • "That third row is best reserved for children." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

The 2013 BMW X5's list of standard features includes push-button ignition, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a 10-speaker audio system with a USB jack. Available features include rear- and sideview cameras, a head-up display, a rear-seat entertainment system and soft-close automatic doors.

Many of the BMW X5's competitors offer more standard features and easier-to-use navigation controls, though complicated infotainment systems are becoming more common to the luxury crossover class, according to auto writers. Reviewers say that BMW's iDrive infotainment controls remain complicated and require a lot of time to learn and use, so you may have to look at the system and away from the road to change simple settings. Additionally, features like rear parking sensors, a power liftgate and a universal garage door opener cost extra on the BMW X5, while many other luxury crossovers include these as standard. Plus, buyers who want high-tech optional features like a head-up display and adaptive cruise control won't be able to add them to the base X5 xDrive35i. Instead, they'll have to first choose a more expensive trim like the xDrive35i Premium or the xDrive50i, and then check off the options boxes.

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  • "Frequently used audio and climate controls are thankfully separate from the iDrive system, but those adjustments governed by iDrive require a long look from the road. The optional navigation system demands frustrating interaction with complex controls and cryptic markings." -- Consumer Guide
  • "As with most BMWs, the X5's interior layout is elegantly austere, with solid construction and high-quality materials." -- Edmunds
  • "All X5 models enjoy a generous level of standard equipment." -- Kelley Blue Book


The BMW X5 can hold a maximum of 75.2 cubic feet of cargo, with 21.9 cubic feet of space behind the second row of seats. Some crossovers offer more total cargo space, but few offer more space with all three rows in use. Reviewers like the SUV's two-piece lift/tailgate, and they appreciate that the X5 has a flat load floor with all rows folded down. Small-items storage is about average.

  • "With the 3rd-row seat up, there's enough room for a row of grocery bags; with it folded, space is good. ... Interior storage is nothing special, and with the optional DVD system, a lowered screen prevents the ‘bomb bay’ console lid--which some testers found inconvenient--from being opened." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The handy 2-piece tailgate provides easy access to the rear compartment." -- Kelley Blue Book