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Key Specs

of the 2015 BMW X5. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Diesel's estimated fuel economy
  • iDrive control system

The Bad

  • Leather upholstery not standard
  • Backup camera not standard

Notable Features of 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

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.

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What Drivers Are Saying


The engine is really powerful for me

by Goat-sheep-lamb from Ithaca, NY on September 18, 2018

4.4 liter twin turbo, 530hp, this car can meet all your need in power. Though it will be a little bit not economical when you go to the gas station.. Read full review


Sweet Ride

by DannyBear from Hortonville Wi on August 19, 2018

Styling and overall performance sold us on this vehicle. Wife is primary driver and she?s happy. A happy wife is a happy life. Very nice car Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2015 BMW X5 currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 BMW X5 sDrive35i

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by BMW

Program Benefits

Comprehensive inspection by BMW technician, 24/7 Roadside Assistance, BMW Assist. Exceptional vehicles with exceptional coverage

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Miles for 1-Year

    BMW Certified Pre-Owned: Covers you for unlimited miles for 1-year, after the expiration o f the 4-year / 50,000 mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty for a total of 5 years with unlimited miles. This includes up to 5 years and unlimited miles of BMW Roadside Assistance and BMW Assist (TM) on many late model BMW vehicles. Additional plans are available to extend your vehicle's coverage for up to a total of 6 years with unlimited miles. See your BMW Center for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Comprehensive inspection.

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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 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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker