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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    Rear seat heating
    Switching on Press the button once for each temperature level. The maximum temperature is reached when three LEDs are lit. Switching off Press the button longer. The LEDs go out. Temper ...

    Safety
    Standard safety features include antilock brakes, side curtain airbags, active head restraints for the front seats and an electronic stability system. For a full list of safety features, visit th ...

    Environmental conditions
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