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The next generation 5 Series, chassis code G30, arrives at dealers in February 2017. Looking like a scaled down 7 Series and riding on the CLAR platform, the new 5 Series will have a focus on lightweight and sporty performance. Engines options will come from BMW's new B family for the 530 and 540 and a turbocharged V8 for the M550i. Read more about the 2017 5 Series

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Old 02-01-2017, 07:43 PM
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Luxury Seating Package worth it?

is the Luxury seating package worth adding?

is $1,600 plus $500 for heated seats but includes Multicontour seats that I am including -$750= adds $1,350 to the MSRP

on a lease is less than $15/month including tax

has anyone tried this option? I have ventilated seats on my 640 and my wifes mercedes has ventilated seats with massage, but the G30 massage function is supposed to be a lot better.
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Old 02-02-2017, 06:20 AM
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MC seats are worth it. Ventilation imo isn't that great.
What's another $15 on top of a $700 payment anyways lol.
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is the Luxury seating package worth adding?

is $1,600 plus $500 for heated seats but includes Multicontour seats that I am including -$750= adds $1,350 to the MSRP

on a lease is less than $15/month including tax

has anyone tried this option? I have ventilated seats on my 640 and my wifes mercedes has ventilated seats with massage, but the G30 massage function is supposed to be a lot better.
I have had the ventilated seats on several cars including my '14 535iX and I very much enjoy them. It is a minor but nice feature on long trips on which I also use the massage feature. Necessary? No, but nice as are many other features that many of us like but don't need. The first thing I look at when testing a car is the driver's seat. If it doesn't pass muster, on to something else.

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The seats and the steering wheel are where you have direct physical contact with the car. Those are good places to spend money.

That massage thing is just plain creepy. I'm just sayin'
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Old 02-02-2017, 07:02 AM
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I drove both versions of the multicontour seats. IMO The ventilation and massage functions are not worth the $850 premium over the $750 multicontour seats.
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Old 02-02-2017, 07:10 AM
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I have that group of options on my F10. Multi-contour seats are worthwhile. The other two features are not worth the price.
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Old 02-02-2017, 11:17 AM
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I have that group of options on my F10. Multi-contour seats are worthwhile. The other two features are not worth the price.
Well said and get a good steering wheel, spend money on that as well.
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Old 02-02-2017, 03:27 PM
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I don't even know what the Luxury seating package is but yes it's worth it. Always.
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but for some reason I tried to build a 540 with night blue leather and it removed the luxury seating package?!
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but for some reason I tried to build a 540 with night blue leather and it removed the luxury seating package?!
Yeah, me too. You have to get Nappa leather to get the multi-contour seats. Nappa limits you to black, mocha, or ivory (white).

I suspect once production ramps up, they'll over more colors and maybe Marino leather with even more colors.
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Old 02-06-2017, 09:28 AM
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so is the non multi contour seat a decent seat? I always get the upgraded seats when I get the M sport package that usually gets you the upgraded seat.
In looking at the builder online before you choose the multi contour seat package the seat looks decent with good side bolsters.

Has anyone sat in the new multi contour seats vs. the non multi contour seats?
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Old 02-06-2017, 10:13 AM
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Multi contour is an absolute must. I also like the ventilated seats. They don't cool (it's just a fan) but if you live in a hot climate you'll appreciate them. The massage function is close to useless on the other hand.
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so is the non multi contour seat a decent seat? I always get the upgraded seats when I get the M sport package that usually gets you the upgraded seat.
In looking at the builder online before you choose the multi contour seat package the seat looks decent with good side bolsters.

Has anyone sat in the new multi contour seats vs. the non multi contour seats?
Good question. It seems like the standard seats are a definite upgrade over the standad seats in previous models where it was a gotta have option. But G30 photos, I have seen, show substantial improvement in side bolstering and thigh support on standard seat. Curious about what the extra cost gets you. After all, it is cheaper than the F10 option This makes me think there has to be a difference from what we got previously.
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The big deal with the multi-contour seats (on the F10, anyway) is that there's a hinge point about halfway (or maybe 2/3rds or 5/8ths) up the back of the seat that is adjustable. With this plus the four-way lumbar adjustment (in, out, up, and down) you can mold the seat back to fit your back. I blew a few discs years ago, so for me money spent on a better seat is money well spent. I can spend twelve hours in my car and still feel good. Four hours in my Cobalt and I'm ****ed up for days.

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456 is a must. I would pass on the ventilation. I have yet to try the massage seats, so could not say.
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Nope. Mainly because I found massaging seats really awkward. It really felt like a servo driven metal rod being pushed into my back and butt. Not my idea of relaxation! The other way I can describe is when you sit on a broken seat and there is that piece of metal in the seat that pokes you? kinda of like that, however, this is the first time I tried any massaging seat at all.

On the plus side the new seats are much softer, so if you just get MC seats, then you'd really be happy. Also, noticed that side bolsters tighten up when you put the car in sport mode and loosen/open when you put the car in comfort. Hopefully, this can be disabled in iDrive.
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Nope. Mainly because I found massaging seats really awkward. It really felt like a servo driven metal rod being pushed into my back and butt. Not my idea of relaxation! The other way I can describe is when you sit on a broken seat and there is that piece of metal in the seat that pokes you? kinda of like that, however, this is the first time I tried any massaging seat at all.

On the plus side the new seats are much softer, so if you just get MC seats, then you'd really be happy. Also, noticed that side bolsters tighten up when you put the car in sport mode and loosen/open when you put the car in comfort. Hopefully, this can be disabled in iDrive.
That's bad news in my book. Those scary hard German seats don't seem comfortable until you spend twelve hours in them. Then, you realize why the Germans made their seat so hard.
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I sat in a 540i M Sport with Sport seats and they were great! Nothing like the standard seats in the F10, E70, or F15. The seats were well bolstered and it looked like it had thigh support as well although I didn't try and extend it. The Monroney sticker had a mention of lumbar support deletion with a deducted cost which gave me the impression that it was available although I don't see the option to remove lumbar in the G30 Pricing guide other than the included standard 488 lumbar support. The seats felt very much like my E39 sport seats which were wonderful. By contrast I absolutly hated the flat base seats in the F10. Now the caveat on the G30 sport seats - if you're a bigger person I would try them before opting for them. Some people might find them snug or firm. Also, if you routinely drive 3+ hours continuously then you may want to consider the multi contour seats.

I'm going with Multi-Contour seats on my G30 but I wouldn't compare the Sport seats in the G30 to the F10's base seats. I really liked them and they're worth considering.
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I sat in a 540i M Sport with Sport seats and they were great! Nothing like the standard seats in the F10, E70, or F15. The seats were well bolstered and it looked like it had thigh support as well although I didn't try and extend it. The Monroney sticker had a mention of lumbar support deletion with a deducted cost which gave me the impression that it was available although I don't see the option to remove lumbar in the G30 Pricing guide other than the included standard 488 lumbar support. The seats felt very much like my E39 sport seats which were wonderful. By contrast I absolutly hated the flat base seats in the F10. Now the caveat on the G30 sport seats - if you're a bigger person I would try them before opting for them. Some people might find them snug or firm. Also, if you routinely drive 3+ hours continuously then you may want to consider the multi contour seats.

I'm going with Multi-Contour seats on my G30 but I wouldn't compare the Sport seats in the G30 to the F10's base seats. I really liked them and they're worth considering.
so you're saying there is a separate Sport seat different from the Standard seat which is different from the multi countour seat? I'm confused. I assume the M sport gets a sport seat which is an upgrade from the standard seat without gettting the Multi contour seat.
I agree with you about the E39 sport seats. I had that car and they were fantastic. almost as good as my Volvo V70R seat from 1998 or S60R from 2006
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Multi contour is an absolute must. I also like the ventilated seats. They don't cool (it's just a fan) but if you live in a hot climate you'll appreciate them. The massage function is close to useless on the other hand.
The ventilated seats DO cool. The factory default is for tepid cooling, but that can be improved dramatically by coding. And while the massage function on the F10 is worse than useless, rumor has it the one on the G30 is wonderful. It would be great if someone could confirm that.

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so you're saying there is a separate Sport seat different from the Standard seat which is different from the multi countour seat? I'm confused. I assume the M sport gets a sport seat which is an upgrade from the standard seat without gettting the Multi contour seat.
I agree with you about the E39 sport seats. I had that car and they were fantastic. almost as good as my Volvo V70R seat from 1998 or S60R from 2006
For a long time, BMW offered regular seats, sport seats in certain models, and Multi Contour seats (which used to be called Comfort Seats). I am pretty sure my E60 550 had just the Sport Seats, and I couldn't fathom paying more for the (then-) Comfort Seats. If BMW is again offering Sport Seats as a mid-point between Base and Multi Contour, that would be a very nice option to have.
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so you're saying there is a separate Sport seat different from the Standard seat which is different from the multi countour seat? I'm confused. I assume the M sport gets a sport seat which is an upgrade from the standard seat without gettting the Multi contour seat.
I agree with you about the E39 sport seats. I had that car and they were fantastic. almost as good as my Volvo V70R seat from 1998 or S60R from 2006
I'm saying the G30 sport seats are very nice compared to the base seats in the F10. I didn't sit in the base seats of the G30 and for all I know is that there is no such thing as "base" seats in the G30. If they do exist and they're anything like the base seats found in the F10 I would avoid them at all cost.

In the 5 series over several generations I've see the base seat, sport seat, multi-contour seat (FKA comfort seat). The bolstered sport seats were nice as are the multi-contour seats.
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I would skip some electronics and get the best seats if it was a budget issue.
The comforts really are best in class. Cooling and/or massage I do not like very much so not for me.
All the small subtle position changes the multi contours make possible are really worth the bucks, for sure on longer trips.

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Multi-contour seats are an essential for me. It is well worth the expense.

I do not see the benefit of ventilated seats. I've tried them in the hot weather but they don't seem to make any difference.

The massage is just weird. I never use it.

This time around I'm foregoing luxury seating package and just going for the multi-contours.
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My first F10 just had the MC seats.

My second F10 had the luxury seating. I live in FL, so the ventilated (not really cooled) seats help. They're not great, but they do help when your shirt is sticking to your back because it's 100 degrees and you're in a suit... I'm not sure if coding did anything (I didn't notice a substantial change).

The massage in the F10 is not really a massage, but rather designed to move your ass on the seat, reducing fatigue to your spine. Essentially it keeps you moving around and changing the pressure points on your butt. Makes you be able to get out of the car for driving for 4 hrs and not be completely locked up. It helps.

Is it worth the $15-20 per month premium? Yes. On my first one I tried to convince myself that I didn't need the lux seating, and ended up kicking myself for not getting it. Got it on my second and I never regretted it.




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