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2015 BMW X5
$11,104 — $41,472 USED
Sport Utility
5-7 Seats
17-27 MPG
Key specs of the base trim
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The Good

  • Diesel's estimated fuel economy
  • iDrive control system

The Bad

  • Leather upholstery not standard
  • Backup camera not standard
2015 BMW X5 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 BMW X5
  • Seats five or seven people
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Choice of three turbo engines, including a turbo-diesel inline-six
  • M Sport Package available

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2015 BMW X5 Review

from the expert editorial team

What Is the 2015 BMW X5?

The 2015 BMW X5 is a luxury SUV that seats five or seven and competes with the Audi Q7, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Land Rover LR4, Acura MDX and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. It's offered in four configurations. The BMW sDrive35i and xDrive35i are rear- or all-wheel-drive options, respectively, and both have a six-cylinder engine. The all-wheel-drive xDrive35d is powered by a six-cylinder diesel engine, while the all-wheel-drive xDrive50i has a gas-powered V-8. All models are turbocharged and include an eight-speed automatic transmission.

What's New on the 2015 BMW X5?

The eight-speed automatic transmission in the 2015 BMW X5 has been updated, and BMW reports faster zero-to-60-mph times by 0.1 to 0.2 second. Standard features now include a sport leather steering wheel and keyless entry has been added to the xDrive50i model.

How Does the 2015 BMW X5 Compare to Other Luxury Crossover SUVs?

The 2015 BMW X5 exhibits better handling than the Land Rover LR4, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Mercedes-Benz ML350, and it has stronger fuel economy than most competitors. However, in cargo room, the Land Rover LR4, Mercedes-Benz ML350 and Jeep Grand Cherokee all offer more space than the X5. The Land Rover LR4 surpasses all other stated competitors in off-road ability, and it has a lower price than the X5.

What Features in the 2015 BMW X5 Are Most Important?

The 2015 BMW X5 sDrive35i and xDrive35i come standard with a 300-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine and either rear- or all-wheel drive. Upgrading to the xDrive35d adds a 255-hp, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter six-cylinder and all-wheel drive. A 445-hp, turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 gas engine and all-wheel drive are included in the xDrive50i. All models include an eight-speed automatic transmission. When coasting or braking, a standard brake energy regeneration system stores kinetic energy as electricity in a larger-than-normal battery. An adaptive suspension, active roll stabilization and active steering systems are available.

Significant standard features include a power liftgate, panoramic moonroof, adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, LED fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, two rows of seating, a 40/20/40-split folding second-row seat, power-adjustable heated front seats, a navigation system, a CD player, Bluetooth streaming audio, iDrive interface with a 10.2-inch screen, wood trim, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated controls. Available features include aluminum running boards, M Sport Package exterior trim, 19- or 20-inch wheels, a four-zone automatic climate control system, a third row of seating, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a dual-screen rear entertainment system and premium stereo options from Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen.

As with all new cars, the X5 includes antilock brakes, an electronic stability system and front airbags. Standard safety features include front and rear parking sensors, active front head restraints, side curtain airbags, side-impact airbags for the front seats and a BMW Assist emergency communication system with a 10-year subscription. Available features include a backup camera, surround-view camera system, night vision with pedestrian detection, and lane departure and blind spot warning systems.

Should I Buy the 2015 BMW X5?

The X5 provides responsive handling with its iDrive control system, and drivers who value high fuel economy will enjoy the xDrive35d diesel engine. However, adding a backup camera and leather upholstery require an upgrade, as neither are included standard.'s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

Consumer Reviews

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Never loved a vehicle like this before!

by BMWfanatic from Janesville, Wisconsin on June 21, 2020

I have owned several different BMWs over the last 20 years but I have never been so excited! I love the performance, the way it handles and of course the way it looks! The infotainment system is so ... Read full review


Great Car! Best value for the money!

by sweetgem from McLean, VA on May 18, 2020

This is an amazing looking car and very reliable! Great value for the money. I purchased this car after it was leased and have owned it ever since. A definite steal for the cost! Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2015 BMW X5 currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings


New car and certified pre-owned programs by BMW

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


  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance


  • View All CPO Program Details

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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 X5 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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