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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
Comfortable and spacious interior
Car and Driver
More seats, power and size than its forebear
BMW's optional sport seats are among the best in the business
In terms of value and utility, however, many competitors are better
BMW is known for comfort and quality, and the 2008 BMW X5 is no exception.
The 2008 BMW X5 comes with the standard two rows of seats providing plenty of storage capacity in the rear. However, Edmunds states that the "optional folding third row is best suited for children and gymnastically inclined members of the Lollipop Guild." Car and Driver calls the interior "comfortable and spacious" but notes "third-row space is tight." MyRide.com concurs, stating they like the "front/second row comfort," but aren't really feeling the "third row comfort" that the BMW X5 has to offer.
MyRide.com is more complimentary when comes to in-cabin storage, noting the storage bins in both front doors and a "clever clam shell glove box" that allows an individual to place more than just the owner's manual inside. The center console is deep with pockets on the back of each front seat to store maps and other items the rear passengers may need. Each rear door also has a storage bin, giving this 2008 BMW plenty of places for stowing, as to not impede on the cabin space in use. Cars.com adds "the cargo floor boasts nearly four extra inches of length compared to its predecessor."
Next comes the quality of the materials. Edmunds believes the interior is one of the "most elegant" built by BMW. MyRide.com notes that the BMW X5's "plastics...have nice grain surfaces or are finished to look like aluminum." The only complaint they seem to have is that "flimsy plastic" is used in the panels covering the opening of the ski bag and the tailgate's hinged panel. The plastic handle of the cargo area's locking bin is also considered flimsy.
As far as road noise in the 2008 BMW, MyRide.com says, "Large mirrors do come with a drawback: wind noise." They say "there's some road noise," but it is no more than what they would expect from tires that can work well no matter the season. ConsumerGuide reports "some engine noise and coarse-surface tire thrum, but otherwise, the 2008 BMW X5 is pleasantly quiet."
The quality of the materials and roomy seating of the 2008 BMW X5 make for a richly appointed, spacious SUV.