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Key Specs

of the 2015 BMW M5. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    16 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    560-hp, 4.4-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    7-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Adjustability of engine, suspension and steering modes
  • M styling cues
  • Premium cabin materials

The Bad

  • Sloppy manual transmission
  • Replication of engine noise through stereo
  • Cozy backseat
  • Two-ton-plus curb weight

Notable Features of the 2015 BMW M5

  • High-performance variant of the 5 Series
  • Twin-turbo V-8 engine standard
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission or six-speed manual
  • Competition Package available
  • Carbon-ceramic brakes available

2015 BMW M5 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The five-seat M5 is BMW's high-performance variant of the 5 Series sedan. It's powered by a twin-turbo V-8 engine that makes a whopping 560 horsepower and 500 pounds-feet of torque in its regular form. An optional Competition Package adds 15 hp. Offered with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, the M5 will sprint to 60 mph in the low-four-second range, according to BMW. Competitors include the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and Audi RS 7.

New for 2015

A one-year satellite radio subscription and keyless entry are now standard.

The below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.


Exterior Highlights

  • Aggressive styling cues differentiate the M5 from the regular 5 Series
  • 19-inch wheels; 20-inch wheels available
  • Adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps; full-LED headlamps available
  • Rear spoiler
  • Quad exhaust tips
  • M blue-painted brake calipers; carbon-ceramic brake system available 
  • Power tilt/sliding moonroof 
  • Available soft-close doors

Interior Highlights

  • M multicontour seats trimmed in Merino leather
  • Aluminum trim
  • 10.2-inch screen for iDrive and navigation system 
  • Heated front seats; available ventilated seats
  • Available heated rear seats and steering wheel
  • Available Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
  • Available dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system

Under the Hood

  • 560-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 with 500 pounds-feet of torque
  • Available Comp...
Vehicle Overview

The five-seat M5 is BMW's high-performance variant of the 5 Series sedan. It's powered by a twin-turbo V-8 engine that makes a whopping 560 horsepower and 500 pounds-feet of torque in its regular form. An optional Competition Package adds 15 hp. Offered with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, the M5 will sprint to 60 mph in the low-four-second range, according to BMW. Competitors include the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and Audi RS 7.

New for 2015

A one-year satellite radio subscription and keyless entry are now standard.

The below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.


Exterior Highlights

  • Aggressive styling cues differentiate the M5 from the regular 5 Series
  • 19-inch wheels; 20-inch wheels available
  • Adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps; full-LED headlamps available
  • Rear spoiler
  • Quad exhaust tips
  • M blue-painted brake calipers; carbon-ceramic brake system available 
  • Power tilt/sliding moonroof 
  • Available soft-close doors

Interior Highlights

  • M multicontour seats trimmed in Merino leather
  • Aluminum trim
  • 10.2-inch screen for iDrive and navigation system 
  • Heated front seats; available ventilated seats
  • Available heated rear seats and steering wheel
  • Available Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
  • Available dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system

Under the Hood

  • 560-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 with 500 pounds-feet of torque
  • Available Competition Package increases engine output to 575 hp
  • Six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Active M rear differential
  • Adjustable dampers with three modes
  • Adjustable steering effort 
  • Launch control on models with the dual-clutch transmission
  • Fuel-saving stop-start technology and regenerative braking

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Front and rear parking sensors 
  • Backup camera
  • Available night vision with pedestrian detection
  • Available Driver Assistance Plus Package features lane departure warning, blind spot warning and additional cameras for enhanced visibility

 


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(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great Performance!

by Chris from Chicago, IL on September 22, 2018

This is full-size car that is also sporty. It a dream car. It has everything that a sport card and still fit in 5 people! Read full review

(5.0)

Love this car

by PierceTheDriver from Stateline Nevada on February 21, 2018

the m5 is awesome, i love mine. Speed, Looks, Sound, Stereo everything you could want in an ultimate driving machine. things a little pricey though Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 BMW M5 currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 BMW M5 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty

  • Powertrain warranty

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The M5 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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