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Old 12-02-2010, 04:35 PM
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Questions on interior colors and seats

I'm thinking very seriously of coming over from the dark side ('09 Cayenne Turbo S) to an X5M. I have some older M cars that I really enjoy, my wife has a new X5 diesel and the new Cayenne is not for me for many reasons.
I'm also considering a 750i XDrive, but, today anyways, I'm leaning to the X5M.

I have some questions on interiors. Is anyone familiair with the silverstone interior? How does it look? Is it a real light grey? Some light greys are rich and some are boring. How would you describe this one?

What about the Bamboo Beige? Can anyone compare it to the Oyster interior in the 750's, I'm familiar with that color and would describe it s taupe.

Seems like carbon leather is the most prevalent trim choice. Any experiences with piano black or the red brown grained wood?

If I am looking at the "build your own" feature on the bmwusa.com website correctly, the perforated seats only come in silverstone, bamboo or black. And, the multi-contour seats only come in a package with seat ventilation.
I am very tall and need the multi-contour seats, so if I am correct my interior color choices are limited.

Also, does anyone know if the top of the multi-contoured seats articulate front to back like the luxury seats in the 7 series do? At my height, that extra adjustment is very helpful.

Sorry about all the questions; thanks for your help.
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:53 PM
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I have the Bamboo in my vehicle and love it. It is a nice mix between brown and beige. I also have the ventilated comfort seats, and cannot recommend them highly enough.

I really like the look of the carbon leather trim with the Bamboo Beige. Looks sporty, yet sophisticated. I have the redwood trim, and kind of wished I had gone with the carbon leather for a more sporty look. However, the redwood is beautiful and adds a definite classy look.

I love them new Cayenne Turbo, however, I hate that the options are all a la carte, and quickly add to almost 130k equally equipped to my 102k X5M. However, I will say the new Cayenne interior is well made.

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I have the Bamboo in my vehicle and love it. It is a nice mix between brown and beige. I also have the ventilated comfort seats, and cannot recommend them highly enough.

I really like the look of the carbon leather trim with the Bamboo Beige. Looks sporty, yet sophisticated. I have the redwood trim, and kind of wished I had gone with the carbon leather for a more sporty look. However, the redwood is beautiful and adds a definite classy look.

I love the new Cayenne Turbo, however, I hate that the options are all a la carte, and quickly add to almost 130k equally equipped to my 102k X5M. However, I will say the new Cayenne interior is well made.

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Thanks for your response. very helpful. I do not like the back end of the new Cayenne at all. The turbo drives really well. I had one for a few hours yesterday. But, I'm quite tall and the driver's room is tighter than mine and the very high counsel makes it seem even smaller to me at my size.

There couldn't be more contrast, by the way, between the BMW iDrive philosophy and the "many buttons" philosophy of Porsche.

I also couldn't agree with you more about the ala carte options. I am going to take a very large bath on resale on my Turbo S and don't really want to do it again in a couple years when I am antsy for something different.
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:11 PM
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Thats the great thing about BMW. Their lease programs (which I would only do on an M unless I planned on keeping it a LONG time) are very attractive. You can get a loaded X5M on a 24 month lease (about as long as I keep my vehicles) for the same price as a moderately equipped Cayenne S on a 3 year lease.

Not to mention maintenance included...

Just my $.02.

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Jason,
Do you have any pictures of your interior?
Also, are the ventilated comfort seats you mention what BMW calls the multi-countoured seats? Do the tops of the seats (not the headrests) articulate front to back?
Thanks
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:45 PM
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Yep. They are the same. Absolutely love them. Went from the multi-contour seats in my 2007 530i to standard sport seats in my 2008 M5. Then came back in 2010 to my X5M. I didn't realize what I was missing.

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^^^Beautiful interior.
I highly recommend comfort seats as well. I don't have them and regret it. Problem is they come with ventilated seats so you have to get that too. Full leather is nice which is part of the package. Bamboo is nice depending on exterior color you get. Carbon fiber trim is not great but better than the rest of the offerings. I considered piano black but it shows hand marks pretty badly. I test drove a GTS before getting this, loved the engine sound. But for the money this is the baddest truck out there.
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i had both seats, the comfort seats are the only way to go.
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