BMW X5 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW X5: Enlarging the cargo area

Principle

The cargo area can be enlarged by folding down the rear seat backrests.

General information

The rear seat backrest of the second seat row is divided at a ratio of 40-20-40. The side rear seat backrests and the center section can be folded down separately.

The rear seat backrests can be folded down from the rear or from the cargo area.

Depending on the equipment version, the rear seat backrests can be folded down either manually or electrically.

Safety information

Warning

Danger of jamming with folding down the backrests.

There is a risk of injury or risk of damage to property. Make sure that the area of movement of the rear backrest and the of the head restraint is clear prior to folding down.

Warning

If a rear seat backrest is not locked, unsecured cargo can be thrown about the car's interior; for instance, in the event of an accident, braking or an evasive maneuver. There is a risk of injury.

Make sure that the rear seat backrest is locked after folding it back.

Warning

The stability of the child restraint system is limited or compromised with incorrect seat setting or improper installation of the child seat. There is a risk of injury or danger to life. Make sure that the child restraint system fits securely against the backrest. If possible, adjust the backrest tilt for all affected backrests and correctly adjust the seats. Make sure that seats and backrests are securely engaged or locked.

If possible, adjust the height of the head restraints or remove them.

Warning

Once the rear seat backrest has been folded down, the locking bracket protrudes into the car's interior. There is a risk of damage to property, among other potential damage. When the rear seat backrest is folded down, pay attention to the protruding locking bracket and keep this area unobstructed.

NOTICE

Vehicle parts can be damaged when folding down the rear backrest. There is a risk of damage to property, among other potential damage.

Make sure that the area of movement of the rear backrest including head restraint is clear when folding down.

Manual reclining of the backrest

From the rear

Cargo area

Pull the lever and fold the rear seat backrest forward.

Folding back the backrest

Return the rear seat backrest to the seat position and engage it. The red marking behind the lever disappears completely.

Electric reclining of the backrest

From the rear

Cargo area

Pull the switch and fold the rear seat backrest forward.

From the cargo area

Cargo area

Press the switch in the cargo area.

Folding back the backrest

From the rear

Press the corresponding switch. The rear seat backrest sets itself upright.

From the cargo area

Pull the corresponding switch. The rear seat backrest sets itself upright.

Folding down the center section

Cargo area

Fold down the center armrest and pull on the loop.

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