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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
large information screen
The iDrive system still annoys many drivers with its complexity
Can get quite expensive with options
Car and Driver
Many of these packages included less-than critical items
A long list of standard and optional features makes the X5 a luxurious ride that can be pushed over the top to fully loaded. The only real complaints with the X5 can be traced back to the curiously complex iDrive controller responsible for audio, navigation, and climate control.
All 2010 BMW X5s get standard "remote operating one-touch power windows, dual-zone automatic climate control and AM/FM/CD/MP3 12-speaker audio with auxiliary input." The 4.8i model "features numerous additional items, including leather and a choice of wood trims." Kelley Blue Book points out that the X5's "generous allotment of standard features” includes BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system, 18-inch alloy wheels, all-season run-flat tires, a panoramic sunroof, and xenon adaptive auto-leveling headlamps with automatic control.
Cars.com likes the "large information screen” that “sits front and center," although they dislike the "confounding iDrive" system. They note that the complicated iDrive can be circumvented using "six programmable buttons on the center stack."
An optional six-CD changer is available, but its “outdated” design puts it “in the glove box.” A rear-seat entertainment center with an eight-inch screen is also available in the 2010 BMW X5, and Edmunds reports the 2010 X5’s Premium Package adds "leather upholstery (3.0si), power lumbar support and an auto-dimming rearview mirror" to the standard equipment. Delay warnings and directions via FM broadcast from Clear Channel Communications make the navigation package more useful than some, says Cars.com. They note that heated seats front and rear, parking sensors, keyless entry and ignition, a panoramic moonroof with power sunshade, and a head-up display are available as well.
The 2010 BMW X5 has lots of standard features, including the frustrating iDrive, but also offers many upgrades.