Space & practicality

BMW X5 review

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10 Aug 2015 22:00 | Last updated: 27 Sep 2018 15:59

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Space & practicality

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BMW X5 4x4 front space

Up front, the X5 feels airy, with lots of room in and around each seat and plenty of storage space. There’s a huge cubby between the seats and another further forward that has room for your smartphone and two holders for bottles, cans or cups – and you can even opt to have these heated and cooled, at extra cost.

The glovebox is a decent size, and although the door pockets are a little on the slim side, they can takes a small drink bottle.

BMW X5 4x4 rear space

There are rivals out there that offer more even more leg room for rear seat passengers, but realistically the amount of space on offer in the back of the X5 is more than adequate for two tall adults to sit comfortably for long periods of time. Three might find it a bit of a squeeze, although the centre passenger will at least have somewhere to put their legs, because there’s barely any hump in the middle of the floor.

Unlike the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7, you don’t get seven seats as standard, meaning the X5 is a five-seater unless you pay extra to to add the third row. Even if you do, those extra seats aren’t as spacious as they are in most rivals. They’re probably best reserved for teenagers; adults will find that while there’s a reasonable amount of head room, leg room is in very short supply.

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BMW X5 4x4 seating flexibility

Electric adjustment means both front seats get a wide range of movement, although while the driver’s seat gets a memory function, you don’t get this on the passenger side.

In the rear, as with most rivals, you get seatbacks that split into three pieces and fold, meaning one or even two people can sit in the back while you’re still carrying a long load. However, the rear seats don’t slide back and forth as standard; you can only get this extra versatility if you pay extra for the third row of seats, and even then it’ll cost you more on top.

BMW X5 4x4 boot space

You could hardly call the boot of the BMW X5 small, but by the standards of the class it’s rather disappointing. Despite having two extra seats as standard, the Audi Q7 offers much more room with those seats folded down, as does the Volvo XC90. The five-seat Mercedes-Benz GLE and Porsche Cayenne have much larger boots, too. In fact, the X5’s boot’s only a little larger than that of the smaller BMW X3.

On the plus side, the X5’s split tailgate is useful for loading larger items, because you can rest them on the lower half – which folds down – and then slide them into the boot. You can also specify that both halves of the bootlid are powered. And when you do want to fold the rear seats down, you end up with a usefully flat extended load area.

 

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xLine
This is the cheapest X5 version, but it’s still pretty lavish, with leather seats, air suspension, ambient lighting, LED headlights and an infotainment system bristling with extra features all comi...View trim
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Adds some important bits of hardware for a sportier drive and even larger wheels, but because the X5 is no sports car to start with, it’s hard to recommend paying the extra for this top-of-the-rang...View trim
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