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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
the motorized equivalent of an exclusive condominium
adults won't mind sitting in the commodious backseat
a cargo area that can carry all the family's presents to Grandma's house”
The Auto Channel
Build quality and materials inside the 5 Series are still outstanding”
The 2009 BMW 5-Series offers superior comfort for its class, though its cabin can appear a bit plain.
The Washington Post describes the 2009 BMW 5-Series wagon as "plush, the motorized equivalent of an exclusive condominium...prestigious." According to Autoblog, this BMW 2009 offers "10-way power front seats [as] standard in all models" and "supportive seating is provided in both the front and rear," adding that "even adults won't mind sitting in the commodious backseat." The New York Times considers the 5-Series to have a "cold, synthetic-looking interior" and says it "badly needs a makeover." It’s still “handsome but not as elegantly turned out as that of the new E-class,” Automobile Magazine observes. Edmunds agrees, noting “competitors offer more stylish and less austere environments.”
Kelley Blue Book reports that the 2009 BMW 5-Series 10-way adjustable seats (20-way adjustment is an option) are "the most comfortable and supportive in the class," whether one is traveling on the open freeway or curving back roads. The front seats in the 2009 BMW 5-Series Sports Wagon are among the best in any luxury vehicle in this price range.
The Auto Channel attests that the 5-Series 2009 BMW wagon has "all the positives of the 5-Series sedans with the added advantage of a cargo area that can carry all the family's presents to Grandma's house for Christmas." Edmunds points out the 5-Series sedan “has 14 cubic feet of trunk capacity.”
There's little to complain about when it comes to the quality and finish 2009 BMW 5-Series' cabin. “Build quality and materials inside the 5 Series are still outstanding,” Edmunds says. Anachronistically, the 5-Series’ standard upholstery is vinyl, Automedia observes, probably a nod to its civil-service duties as a fleet machine in Germany.
Not everyone is happy about the layout of the 2009 BMW 5-Series interior, but it scores high for its almost absolute comfort and quiet.