(F10) BMW 5 Series review - (2010-2016) - Interior and tech

BMW’s 5 Series: so good, it’s all the car you’d ever need

Evo rating
from £31,115
  • Great engines, superb chassis, lovely interior
  • Bland exterior styling, very common now

Interior and Tech

A spacious car, the Five is essentially a shrunken 7 Series, although its rear-drive transmission tunnel does make the centre rear chair a less comfortable place to be. Nevertheless, four adults should fit in comfort in any 5 Series, while the GT is best specified with the two individual, adjustable seats in the back, rather than the ‘4+1’ arrangement otherwise offered. The quality, fit and aesthetics of all Fives’ interiors are first rate, while iDrive is the best infotainment control there is in the automotive world – at any price point. 

The boot space on all models is acceptable but not class-leading. The saloon offers 520 litres (except for the hybrid, at 375 litres), while the Touring’s cargo area is 560 litres seats up and 1670 with them folded; think of it as more of a lifestyle estate. The GT offers 500 litres. 

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All Fives enjoy 'EfficientDynamics' fuel-saving technology, a wealth of standard-fit and optional electronic driver aids and the sort of high-tech cost options that wouldn’t disgrace a Bentley. One slight complaint often mentioned for the cabin is offset pedals, particularly in the manual, although we’ve never had a problem with the Five’s driving position.


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