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MSRP: $52,800 - $68,200
Invoice: $48,575 - $62,745
MPG: 18 City / 27 Hwy
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BMW X5 Interior

Reviewers write that the redesigned 2014 BMW X5 has a sophisticated interior design and top-quality materials, and they say that careful soundproofing in the cabin means there is little wind and road noise to contend with. Automotive journalists are impressed with the X5’s numerous high-tech features and spacious front seats.

  • "Inside, the 2014 X5 features all the technology you'd expect in a high-end model integrated into a stylish and driver-friendly cockpit." -- Autoblog
  • "As with most BMWs, the X5's interior layout is elegant, with solid construction and high-quality materials." -- Edmunds
  • "The materials and workmanship are top-notch and BMW's efforts at making the cabin quieter have certainly paid off. The premium sound system in our test vehicles didn't have to work very hard to be heard over the minimal road and wind noise." -- Motor Trend

Seating

The 2014 BMW X5 seats five, and an optional third row can expand that number to seven. Leatherette upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable heated front seats are standard, while leather upholstery, 20-way power-adjustable multi-contour front seats, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are optional.

Automotive journalists agree that the 2014 X5 has very comfortable front seats that are quite spacious. They say that the X5’s second-row seats are also comfortable, and some write that legroom is very good in the second row. Reviewers note that the optional third row only has enough space for children, though that’s a common complaint among three-row SUVs.

  • "Legroom is good in the first two rows, and the front seats are especially comfortable and spacious, even for adults with large frames." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The second-row seats are comfortable, but rear legroom is merely adequate. The optional third row is even more cramped and really only accommodates children." -- Edmunds
  • "An optional third row returns for what we'd best describe as ‘occasional use.’" -- Left Lane News

Interior Features

The 2014 BMW X5’s standard features include a panoramic moonroof, push-button start, front and rear parking sensors, a nine-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, HD Radio, navigation and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-inch display. Optional features include a Surround View parking camera system, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, a night vision system with pedestrian detection, a rear-seat entertainment system, a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system and soft-close automatic doors.

Reviewers agree that the X5’s updated iDrive infotainment system does a good job integrating the controls from the climate and audio systems. They write that the controller is fairly easy to use and has a beautiful display screen. However, some complain that rival infotainment systems require fewer steps to change settings. Some test drivers are also annoyed with the lane departure warning system, which they say warns the driver too frequently and does so long before the driver is actually in danger of crossing a lane marker.

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  • "The iDrive interface works well for controlling and adjusting all of the X5's systems, and this year's version includes a touchpad on the control knob for handwritten inputs. In our experience, though, iDrive typically take a few more clicks and twists of the control knob to get what you want; some rival systems are easier to use." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2014 X5's blend of entertainment and information is splendid, and splendidly displayed on an elegant 10.2-inch screen." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "All of these systems worked as advertised during our testing. However, the optional Lane Change Warning was particularly intrusive - the steering wheel would vibrate annoyingly when the vehicle even began approaching a lane marker, even if there was plenty of space in the lane." -- Autoblog

Cargo

The 2014 BMW X5 has a power liftgate and 22.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 66 cubic feet with the second row folded. Competitors like the Lexus RX 350 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class offer significantly more cargo space. Reviewers appreciate the X5’s unique two-section liftgate, which includes a lower tailgate section that folds out flat.

  • "One distinct attribute of the X5 continues to be its split two-section liftgate. The lower, smaller section pulls down flat, making it easy to sit on for tailgating." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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