When it’s time to find the right luxury crossover, you’ll want to do considerable research to make the choice that you’re happy with. While performance and style are important factors to consider, you’ll also want to know what the inside is like.

Luckily, the team at BMW of Annapolis created this BMW X5 interior review. We want to help drivers like yourself in Annapolis, Highland Beach, and Hillsmere Shores, MD, get a strong sense of what this vehicle offers with its cabin.

Keep reading about the 2020 BMW X5 cabin to discover the offered space, comforts, and features!

X5 Passenger & Cargo Space

2020 BMW X5 Interior

The 2020 BMW X5 offers a spacious cabin that’s fit to carry five passengers comfortably. However, you can add the available third row, bumping the seating capacity up to seven. If you have a larger family or are the designated carpool driver, having the extra seating space is a great option.

In the standard 5-seat model, even your taller passengers will have plenty of room to stretch out. This is evident through the following interior dimensions:


Front Row

Second Row


40.7 inches

40.7 inches


39.8 inches

37.4 inches

Shoulder room

60 inches

58.1 inches

Not only is there plenty of room for people, but for their belongings, too. Behind the back row, you get 33.9 cubic feet of cargo room. To maximize the space, simply fold that back row down flat to get 72.3 cubic feet. Plus, you have 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, so you can easily fit more people and items as needed.

The tailgate itself is split in half, with the top part raising up like a normal liftgate and the bottom lowering like a pickup truck. This tailgate makes it easy to loan and organize cargo. However, an even more convenient feature is the available hands-free liftgate.

If your hands are full, swipe your foot under the rear bumper. The liftgate will then open in seconds for quick and easy loading.

Cabin Comfort & Convenience

As for the driver, it’s easy to get comfortable with the standard 16-way power-adjustable seat that includes 4-way adjustable lumbar support. However, for even more comfort, there’s the available 20-way power Multi-contour front seat. This enhanced seat gives you additional shoulder and thigh support—keeping you nice and relaxed during longer commutes.

The seats themselves are outfitted with SensaTec, which is a comfortable and eco-friendly synthetic leather that complements the high-gloss wood trim panels inside the vehicle. Plus, you can upgrade to Vernasca Leather upholstery for an even more refined look and feel.

The X5 also includes an Advanced Vehicle & Key Memory System. This feature helps keep your preferences set with the audio levels, climate control, lighting, and even mirror and seating positions.

Speaking of climate, a 4-zone automatic climate control system is available. If you want to warm up, while your co-pilot prefers to keep cool, it’s easy to do so with this feature.

Furthermore, heated seats come standard, while ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available. You can even get heated and cooled cupholders to keep your various beverages at their optimal temperature!

BMW X5 Interior Technology

BMW X5 Technology Features

The BMW X5 interior comes with a variety of sophisticated features in the cabin to help make your drives more convenient and fun.

The vehicle comes standard with an iDrive 7.0 infotainment system. All your media options are shown clearly on a 12.3-inch touchscreen. Plus, the fully customizable layout lets you put your most used functions front and center.

You also get a 12.3-inch display screen behind the steering wheel, which uses the BMW Navigation System to provide all the information you need in the digital instrument cluster. You can even utilize the available Head-Up Display to get turn-by-turn directions right in your line of sight.

The navigation system comes with 3D maps and voice command, so you can speak your destination and it’ll pull up directions in seconds. Plus, with Advanced Real Time Traffic Information, you get can from Point A to Point B efficiently.

Audio Entertainment

As for the entertainment, the vehicle comes outfitted with a Hi-Fi 10-speaker sound system that delivers crisp and clear audio. You can also get the optional Harman Kardon® 16-speaker Surround Sound Audio System for clearer reception.

In addition, a 1-year trial subscription to Apple CarPlay™ comes standard. This allows you to access your favorite mobile apps without needing to touch the phone while driving. Upgrade to a higher trim level and get a 1-year All Access trial to SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. This feature gives you over 150 music, comedy, news, and sports stations to listen to for all-day entertainment.

BMW X5 Interior Safety

Advanced Safety Options

Inside the BMW X5, you’ll find lots of driver-assisting technologies to help keep you safe. With standard Active Driving Assistant, you get the following features:

  • Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation
  • Daytime Pedestrian Protection
  • Lane Departure Warning

You’ll also get Active Blind Spot Detection and rear Cross Traffic Alert. Whenever a vehicle approaches a blind spot to the side or behind you, you’ll be alerted right away.

In the event of an accident, you can rest assured that the vehicle will help keep you and your loved ones safe since it comes standard with an advanced airbag system. This comprehensive system includes a front and rear Head Protection System (HPS) with side-impact airbags for extra protection.

Learn More About the BMW X5 Interior

We hope this BMW X5 interior review provided you with all the details you needed to learn about the vehicle. However, you’ll want to see the cabin in person to really know if it’s a right fit for you.

To do so, simply schedule a test drive at BMW of Annapolis. We’re happy to help drivers in Annapolis, Highland Beach, and Hillsmere Shores, Maryland, make the right decision when choosing their next luxury car. Visit us to test drive the 2020 BMW X5 today!

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