BMW M5 review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Interior

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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

In traditional M5 fashion, there are very few changes between this high-ticket super-saloon and a standard 5 Series, but the same is true for the Audi RS6. Sure, you get heavily bolstered, supportive sports seats, seatbelts in M Division colours and a bright red starter button as standard, and yes, there are a multitude of leather and interior trim finishes; but essentially the M5 remains a superbly comfortable, luxurious saloon car at heart.

Thanks to a wide range of steering wheel and seat adjustments, you'll find the perfect driving position readily available, whatever your shape. Visibility is pretty good all around but, to help you out, there are front and rear sensors, a 3D camera and even a parking assistant system that will guide your M5 into a parking space autonomously. 

The M5 also comes with BMW’s range-topping Professional Multimedia system, which packs a whopping 12.3in widescreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, sat-nav, various online services, and DAB radio. It’s one of the best systems going, with easy-to-follow menus and responsive software – more so than the Mercedes-AMG E63’s occasionally dim-witted system. 

The M5’s screen is touch-sensitive, so you can control it by pressing icons on it, in much the same way you would an iPad. However, between the front seats, there’s also a rotary dial that's surrounded by shortcut buttons. If you're driving, using this is much easier (and safer) to use than the touchscreen, because you just twist the dial to scroll through the on-screen menus and press it down to make selections. With touchscreen-only systems – such as you get in the Porsche Panamera and RS6 – you have to look away from the road to find and hit the icons. 

A wi-fi hotspot and a concierge service is standard, and helps with tasks such as finding parking places and service areas, while on the options list you’ll find a range of increasingly powerful sound systems (the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System will be appreciated by music fans) and a digital TV. There’s even a gesture control feature, which lets you operate certain functions using mid-air hand signals; it's more of a gimmick than a useful gadget, though.

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