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BMW 5 Series review - Interior & comfort

“BMW has struck the perfect balance on the 5 Series’ interior, with great quality levels and intuitive tech”

Carbuyer Rating

4.3 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

4.5 out of 5

One of the BMW 5 Series’ highlights is its interior. The main thing that strikes you is how well-built and beautifully finished it feels. The seats feel very supportive and comfortable, and while the dash is more minimalist than before, it contributes to a calming atmosphere and doesn’t feel quite as plain as the interior of a Tesla Model S.

Key features

M Sport

  • LED headlights and tail-lights
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated sports seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Automatic air conditioning with dual-zone climate control
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Reversing camera
  • Rear parking sensors

 

M Sport Pro

(M Sport plus…)

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Black exterior trim and sportier styling

Is the BMW 5 Series’ infotainment and sat-nav system easy to use?

BMW is on a roll with its infotainment systems and the same is true of the latest 5 Series. The large screens sit on a large seamless panel stretching from in front of the driver and across the dashboard. These are crisp and vibrant, and while the infotainment screen is touch-sensitive and feels slick to use in this way, BMW has also kept the intuitive, physical iDrive controls and voice assistant, should you prefer.

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There’s a new Quick Select menu function, allowing the driver to configure shortcuts that help avoid navigating through distracting submenus. There’s an optional BMW Live Cockpit Professional feature which consists of a hi-tech heads-up display that projects key information onto the windscreen to help with navigation. All of these features contribute to making the brand’s latest infotainment system one of the fastest and easiest-to-use systems on the market.

Is the BMW 5 Series well equipped?

The BMW 5 Series is an expensive car, and in the UK the base-spec the most pedestrian-looking trim is skipped, instead kicking off with the sportily-styled M Sport. This gets lots of tech you’d expect of a car in this price range, while M Sport Pro ups the ante with even sportier styling with black exterior trim and larger, more aggressive wheels.

What options should you choose on the BMW 5 Series?

Adding options to a BMW 5 Series can quickly add up, and simply specifying a metallic colour other than the base Alpine White will cost you between £900 and a whopping £3,300 at the time of writing. Happily, there’s a choice of varied faux leather interiors that are free of charge, but go for real leather and it will cost you over £2,000. 

If you want an electric bootlid, four-zone climate control a heated steering wheel or ventilated front seats as well as other niceties you can specify the £5,000 Comfort Plus Pack, while the £2,000 Technology Pack adds a useful heads-up display and an interior camera for taking selfies and remotely checking on the car via an App, though this is rather gimmicky.

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Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    520i MHT SE 4dr Step Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £41,455

Most Economical

  • Name
    530e M Sport 4dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
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  • Price
    £58,550

Fastest

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  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £73,905

Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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