Confusingly, although SE models get electric driver’s seat backrest and height adjustment, fore and aft adjustment is manual. With this trim level, electric adjustment of the base is standard in only the V8 petrol.
M Sport models get full electric control of the driver’s seat, and adds a sportier seat style, but electric lumbar support is an option across the entire X5 range. Optional comfort seats bring an even greater range of electric adjustment than the standard seats. The comfort seats do provide more support, but even the X5’s standard seats give hold you in place well.
Whereas pedals on manual BMWs often don’t line up nicely, the X5 is automatic-only, so there’s no danger of having to sit in an awkward position for hours on end. The X5’s dash controls are all within easy reaching distance of the driver, too.