There are slightly more spacious seven-seaters with slightly bigger boots, but truth-be-told the BMW X5 will provide all the space a family is likely to need and more
A couple of lanky adults sat in the front of a BMW X5 will have all the space they could need. There’s a huge amount of head room and leg room, while electric front seats come as standard on all X5s.
The driver’s seat goes a long way down for a sportier position or nice and high if you need help peering over the steering wheel, while the steering wheel itself adjusts over a wide range too. However, it’s surprising to see that lumbar adjustment requires adding an option, which seem stingy at this price.
Access to the back seats is very good: the X5’s high roofline means you don’t have to duck in and its wheel arch doesn’t get in the way. It’s a nice height from the ground so no stepping up or down, and as such, getting a baby seat in is simple. The Isofix points are also easy to find when your child is kicking off.
Once you’re sat in the rear seats there’s a massive amount of room. Knee room, head room, foot room are all superb, even for tall adults and even with another tall adult sat in front. In fact, three adults across the back won’t complain too much, either. The middle seat is quite wide, isn’t too pronounced and the space in the middle floor is relatively flat. You can’t recline the outer seat backs, but they’re already reclined a bit so it’s no biggie and the rear seats are extremely comfortable.
The X5’s rear windows are also nice and deep for good visibility, and on the backs of the front seats its possible to add USB sockets, as well as slots for a variety of attachments
Such as tablet holders or coat hangers.
There’s also the option to add seven seats, which is fairly pricey, but also adds electrically sliding and reclining middle seats in order to provide access to the rearmost set. It’s a tight squeeze in there, though, so they’re best reserved for kids, or adults on very short journeys.
You won’t be short of places to put your odds and sods inside the BMW X5. The front door bins will take a big bottle of water, there’s storage space in a cubby to right of the steering wheel and the armrest cubby is generous with good USB ports and slot so cable doesn’t get snagged.
The front cupholders will take a large cup of coffee no problem, and they’re heated and cooled (as an option) for the first time on an X5, so you can bring along your Cappuccino and frappuccino at the same time. Only the glovebox is a little disappointing in size.
In the back you get cupholders in the central armrest which are a good size and are revealed by pressing a button. Behind them is a large flat cubby but your smartphone or small tablet.
The rear door bins are as generous as the front set and the seat pockets are so sturdy the feel like they’d hold a slab of granite.
I do love a split tailgate. They look great and are genuinely practical, plus you can lower the X5’s suspension to help you sling heavy stuff inside. Or, tie up the laces on your brogues
Like its interior space, the BMW X5’s boot is very generous. OK, so an Audi Q7’s boot is about 15% bigger with the rear seats in place, but in reality, a family will have all the room they need. You’ll have no problem getting three large suitcases inside, a pushchair or a couple of sets of golf clubs.
Every X5 comes with an electric split tailgate which opens in two sections. That’s great if the boot is full and you need to grab something out, and also great for sitting on at posh country horse events. You can also lower the X5’s air suspension to help make it easy to sit down or lift heavy objects inside.
Inside the boot is large and square in shape and the tonneau cover is easy to reach and nice and light, clicking out using a button and clicking back in extremely easily. There’s a nice amount of storage beneath the boot floor, too, and lots of nice features including hooks to hang bags off, solid tie down tethers at the back and a 12v socket.
The rear seat fold in a useful 40:20:40 split using buttons located just inside the boot on either side. Once down they lie almost flat, too, which together with the lack of boot lip means sliding long items such as bike inside and to the front seatbacks is easy work.