Interior

Drawing cues from the 7 Series, the 5 Series' climate-control readouts use BMW's Black Panel technology to appear out of dark panels without the brightened look of traditional electroluminescent displays. Traditional console-mounted cupholders replace the ones that flipped out of the dashboard. Get the optional navigation system, and the dash gets a massive 10.2-inch center display with PC-like 1280-by-480 pixel resolution. Without navigation, the display still sorts through various audio and setup menus, but it shrinks to a 7-inch display and 800-by-480 pixel resolution. Both setups incorporate BMW's iDrive system.

Standard features include 10-way power front seats and a power tilt/telescoping steering column. A 60/40-split folding rear seat is optional.

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    Charging the battery
    In the vehicle, only charge the battery via the terminals in the engine compartment, with the engine switched off. ...

    Selecting a category
    1. "Radio" 2. "Satellite radio" 3. "Category" 4. Select the desired category. ...

    Active seat
    Active adjustment of the seat cushion's contours reduces muscular tension and fatigue to help prevent lower back pain. Press the button. The LED lights up. ...