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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
some engine noise and coarse-surface tire thrum
More seats, power and size than its forebear
Comfortable and spacious interior
Car and Driver
Comfort and utility certainly don’t take a backseat in the X5. With three rows of seating, the 2010 X5 has ample room for seven passengers and plenty of space for your gear and groceries. Front seat passengers get most of the amenities, though rear seat comfort is still very good. Interior fit and finish is characteristically BMW—close tolerances and quality materials abound.
Car and Driver calls the interior "comfortable and spacious" but warns that "third-row space is tight." Edmunds pulls no punches, noting the "optional folding third row is best suited for children and gymnastically inclined members of the Lollipop Guild." MyRide.com also likes the "front/second row comfort," but finds little to love about the "third row comfort" of the 2010 X5.
The X5 has plenty of places for stowing cargo, even fitting bins to the doors to help maximize available cabin space. Cars.com notes that "the cargo floor boasts nearly four extra inches of length compared to its predecessor." MyRide.com likes the storage bins in the front doors and the "clever clam shell glove box" that has room for more than just the owner’s manual. A deep center console and pockets on the back of each front seat help keep clutter in the cabin to a minimum.
The primary complaint lodged by TheCarConnection.com regarding the interior of the BMW X5 is the "flimsy plastic" panels covering the opening of the ski bag and the hinged tailgate. The plastic handle of the cargo area's locking bin is also considered flimsy by some. Edmunds likes the interior, calling it one of BMW’s "most elegant." MyRide.com notes that, in general, the BMW X5's "plastics...have nice grain surfaces or are finished to look like aluminum."
ConsumerGuide hears "some engine noise and coarse-surface tire thrum, but otherwise, the 2010 BMW X5 is pleasantly quiet." MyRide.com warns, "Large mirrors do come with a drawback: wind noise." They also find "some road noise," but they expect it, given the large, grippy tires.
A rich, elegantly styled interior offers lots of comfort—unless you’re in the third row.