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Overall

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Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.4
Safety: 9.1
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2015 BMW 5-Series Review

The 2015 BMW 5 Series aims to provide more comfort than previous generations, but it doesn't completely abandon the company's long-standing commitment to performance. It's a fast, sporty car with several powerful engine choices. 

Pros & Cons

  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Powerful engines
  • Comfortable ride

  • Relatively small trunk
  • Infotainment system takes time to learn

2015 BMW 5-Series Overview

Is the 2015 BMW 5 Series a Good Used Car?

The BMW 5 Series is a very good luxury midsize car that attempts to appease buyers looking for both an upscale cruiser and an exciting ride. With its high-quality interior materials and muscular acceleration, it largely succeeds in this goal. However, the 5 Series also has a high predicted cost of ownership and a small cargo space.

Used 2015 BMW 5 Series Performance and Interior

The base 2015 BMW 5 Series comes with a 240-horsepower four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Other engines include a 300-horsepower six-cylinder; a 255-horsepower turbodiesel six-cylinder; two twin-turbocharged V8s that make 445 horsepower and 560 horsepower, respectively; and a hybrid model that produces a combined 335 horsepower from its six-cylinder engine and electric motor. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and a six-speed manual transmission are also available.

All models have sufficient power – even the base engine – but you can expect very fast acceleration from the V8s in the 550i and M5 trims. The 5 Series gets 15 to 26 mpg in the city and 19 to 38 mpg on the highway.

Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive (xDrive) is available. The 5 Series has a comfortable ride. It lacks the sharp, responsive steering of other BMWs, but it is still fairly agile.

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The 2015 5 Series comes in two body styles: sedan and Gran Turismo hatchback. Both seat five and come standard with leatherette upholstery, a moonroof, and 10-way power-adjustable front seats. Available features include leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, and 20-way power-adjustable front seats. Driver and passenger alike will find the front seats comfortable and spacious. The rear seats are also spacious in both body styles, but the Gran Turismo offers a truly impressive amount of legroom. For securing child safety seats, there are two lower anchors and one upper tether anchor on the rear outboard seats. The center seat features an upper tether.

Standard features include keyless entry, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker sound system, and BMW's iDrive infotainment system, which includes navigation and a 10.2-inch display. Available features include premium audio systems from Harman Kardon and Bang & Olufsen, as well as a rear-seat entertainment system.

The iDrive system – fitted with a rotary control knob – has crisp graphics and is mostly easy to use. However, it takes longer to get used to this system than those of rivals.

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Used 2015 BMW 5 Series Prices

The average price of a 2015 5 Series starts at about $30,700 for a base model. Prices vary based on the car's mileage and condition, and they may shift with demand.

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We Did the Research for You: 55 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve compiled information from 55 BMW 5 Series reviews alongside data like fuel economy estimates and reliability ratings to provide you with everything you need to decide if the 5 Series is the right used car for you.

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 How Reliable Is the 2015 BMW 5 Series?

The 2015 5 Series has an average predicted reliability score of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the 5 Series?

The 2015 5 Series earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest score of Good in four out of five crashworthiness categories. However, in the fifth – the small overlap front test – it earned the second lowest score of Marginal. It earned five out of five stars in overall safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

Standard safety features include adaptive headlights. Available features include night vision with pedestrian detection, a rearview camera, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, and parallel park assist.

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Should I Consider Another Used 5 Series?

The 2015 5 Series is part of the car's sixth generation, which launched for the 2011 model year and includes the 2016 model. It received a refresh for the 2014 model year that included additional horsepower for the 550i trim, additional features packages, standard navigation, and an iDrive controller that supports handwriting recognition. The 2015 model year didn’t see any major changes (aside from the addition of a standard sport steering wheel), so buying a 2014 model instead will get you a largely similar vehicle for less money.

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Which Used BMW 5 Series Is Right for Me?

The 2015 5 Series comes in two body styles: sedan and Gran Turismo hatchback. There are six trim levels: 528i, 535i, 535d, 550i, ActiveHybrid 5, and M5. For the best value, go with the BMW 5 Series 535i. It's available in both body styles, offers xDrive, and comes with the more powerful six-cylinder engine. Standard features include a moonroof, navigation, Bluetooth, leather seats, and BMW's iDrive infotainment system.

For more peace of mind, you may want to buy a certified pre-owned 5 Series. The BMW CPO program has three levels based on the vehicle’s age and the number of miles on the odometer: Certified Pre-Owned Elite, Certified Pre-Owned, and Pre-Owned. Each level receives the balance of the original new-car warranty. Certified Pre-Owned Elite vehicles get an additional one-year/25,000-mile warranty, while Certified Pre-Owned models receive an additional two-year/50,000-mile warranty. Pre-Owned BMWs receive no additional coverage. Each BMW undergoes an inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the BMW warranty page carefully.

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2015 BMW 5 Series and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW 5 Series or 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers six engines, which make 195 to 577 horsepower and have strong acceleration. The E-Class has a smooth ride, but it isn't as agile as the 5 Series. The E-Class is available as a sedan, convertible, coupe, and wagon, with seating for up to seven. Its interior is full of luxurious materials and it has a spacious trunk. It also has a perfect five out of five predicted reliability rating, which gives it a slight edge over the 5 Series.

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW 5 Series or 2015 Audi A6?

The Audi A6 and 5 Series are similar – both have smooth handling and a lineup of strong engines. One area in which these cars differ is the interior; here, the Audi comes out ahead. It has a very well-appointed cabin and loads of technology, including an available Wi-Fi hot spot. The A6 also has slightly better safety ratings. Choosing between these two really comes down to whether you want the performance edge of the BMW or the technology and safety of the Audi.

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW 5 Series or 2015 BMW 3 Series?

The BMW 3 Series is a luxury small car that comes in sedan, wagon, and hatchback body styles. There are six engines to choose from, ranging from 180 to 425 horsepower. The 3 Series has lively acceleration and agile handling. It is a smaller car, but its stylish interior still offers ample space for tall passengers. Both cars have similar standard and available features, but the 3 Series has a lower predicted cost of ownership. Overall, the cars are similar, but you can likely save money by going with a 3 Series.

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