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2015 BMW 5-Series Review

The 2015 BMW 5 Series ranks in the middle of the luxury midsize car class. The 5 Series has powerful engine performance, refined handling, top-notch materials, and many advanced tech features. Its ownership costs are higher than average, though.

Pros & Cons

  • Pleasant ride and handling
  • Muscular engine performance
  • Good fuel economy in lower trims
  • Elegant, high-quality cabin
  • Higher ownership costs




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
Safety: 8.9
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2015 BMW 5-Series Overview

Is the 2015 BMW 5 Series a Good Used Car?

The 2015 BMW 5 Series is a good option if you’re in the market for a used luxury midsize car. The 5 Series delivers a smooth ride and comfy interior with and easy-to-use tech features. It rates well for reliability and crash safety too. It’s also quite fun to drive, which can’t be said of every model in this segment.

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We’ve analyzed 59 BMW 5 Series reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our team has decades of experience in the auto industry. Though we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To maintain objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies.

How Much Is the 2015 BMW 5 Series?

Based on listings for the 2015 BMW 5 Series on our site, the average price is $28,100. Prices range from $21,400 to $37,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 BMW 5 Series Cost to Own?

The 5 Series’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $33,000, or about $6,600 per year. That’s higher than average for a luxury midsize car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New 5 Series?

The 2019 BMW 5 Series starts at $53,400, but it can top $110,000 in its highest trim levels. This newer seventh-generation 5 Series is lighter and even more athletic than its predecessor. It has sleeker exterior styling and a higher-quality interior. It also offers popular features like Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa, and a more-advanced infotainment system that recognizes hand gestures. These updates all make the new 5 Series a better luxury car, but it comes with a steep price. If you want to save money, we suspect you’ll still be quite happy with a used 2015 BMW 5 Series.

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You won’t find any new midsize or compact luxury cars that cost less than a used 2015 BMW 5 Series, but there are a few good options in this price range. The 2019 Kia Stinger starts at $32,990. This sleek hatchback offers a posh interior, agile handling, and a ton of standard features. If you’ve got your heart set on a BMW, the 2019 2 Series coupe ($35,300 and up) is just about the least expensive model. It may not be spacious, but the 2 Series still rewards drivers with a luxe interior, thrilling driving dynamics, and a wealth of advanced tech features.

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Which Model Year of the 5 Series Is Best?

BMW launched the sixth generation of the 5 Series for the 2011 model year. The car saw a few updates over its first three years of this generation, including the addition of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine for 2012, followed by an all-new M5 model for 2013. However, the biggest changes arrived for 2014. BMW updated the 5 Series’ styling and cabin materials. A new and easier-to-use infotainment system debuted, and a fuel-efficient turbodiesel model became available.

These refinements make models from 2014 to 2016 good choices. The 5 Series was fully redesigned once again for 2017.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 BMW 5 Series?

The 2015 BMW 5 Series has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 BMW 5 Series Recalls

As of this writing, there are two recalls for the 2015 5 Series. BMW is recalling models due to potential faults with the side marker lights. The 535d diesel models are also being recalled due to issues with the exhaust gas recirculation system. Make sure these recalls are addressed by a BMW dealer before buying a used 5 Series.

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Which Used BMW 5 Series Model Is Right for Me?

The 5 Series sedan is available in six trim levels: 528i, 535i, 535d, ActiveHybrid 5, 550i, and M5. The 5 Series GT hatchback is offered in the 535i and 550i trims. Each trim corresponds with a certain engine – see the performance section below – so you’ll want to make that your first consideration when buying.

Your second consideration should be features. The standard iDrive infotainment system comes with a 10.2-inch screen, a navigation system, a satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Dual-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, a moonroof, and alloy wheels are also standard. Options tend to vary from model to model, so you may need to search carefully for a used 5 Series with the features you want.

Available items include a suite of active safety features, massaging and climate-controlled front seats, heated rear seats, a rear-seat entertainment system, a power tailgate, rear sunshades, and an adaptive suspension.

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What Does BMW's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

The BMW Certified CPO program is available on vehicles with between 300 and 60,000 miles on the odometer. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty has expired. This warranty can be renewed for a fee, but there is a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW must pass a road test and a 196-point inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available. Restrictions apply on transferring CPO coverage to subsequent owners. Read the BMW warranty page carefully.

BMW has one of the less-attractive CPO programs among luxury car manufacturers, according to our research. You’ll get better warranties from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the 5 Series?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 BMW 5 Series the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the small overlap front test, as well as the top score of Good in all other tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave this model an overall rating of five out of five stars. It also earned five stars in the side crash and rollover tests, as well as four stars in the frontal crash test.

The 5 Series comes standard with adaptive pivoting headlights. It’s available with a wide variety of advanced safety features. These include parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, parallel park assist, a rearview camera, 360-degree parking cameras, a night vision camera system, forward collision warning with brake assist, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning.

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2015 BMW 5 Series Versus the Competition

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

It’s hard to go wrong with either the 5 Series or the 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. These luxury midsize cars deliver smooth rides and composed handling. Both offer a wide array of engines, ranging from super efficient to super fast. Both also earn praise for their top-notch cabin materials. Ultimately, the 5 Series is a better pick for most shoppers. It has a better reliability rating and lower projected ownership costs. Its infotainment system is also more user-friendly.

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

The 2015 Audi A6 is another good option. It’s a bit sportier to drive than the 5 Series, and it has one of the nicest interiors in this segment. Both cars also supply more than enough engine power for the daily grind. However, we suspect the 5 Series is the better pick for most buyers though. It’s more comfortable to drive on rough roads, and it rates higher for reliability.

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2015 5 Series Performance

How Does the 2015 BMW 5 Series Drive?

The BMW 5 Series has six turbocharged engine options: a four-cylinder with 240 horsepower (528i), a six-cylinder with 300 horsepower (535i), a diesel with 255 horsepower (535d), a six-cylinder hybrid with 335 horsepower (ActiveHybrid 5), and a V8 with 445 or 560 horsepower (550i and M5, respectively). An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive (xDrive) is available. The one exception is the M5; it’s only available with rear-wheel drive but has either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Most drivers will be perfectly happy with the standard 528i. Its turbo-four engine is zippier than its horsepower rating would suggest. It scoots the BMW up to speed briskly and yields confident passing power, thanks in part to the refined eight-speed automatic transmission. The six- and eight-cylinder models accelerate with even more command, and they feel smoother under full throttle.

The 5 Series continues to please when it comes to road manners. It glides comfortably over broken pavement, while still inspiring confidence around turns. The steering is responsive, body lean is minimal, and the brakes slow the car assertively. An adaptive suspension is available as well, sharpening the BMW's handling even more.

Does the 2015 BMW 5 Series Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 5 Series returns high fuel economy in its lower trim levels, but poor gas mileage in its top performance trims. The 528i gets up to 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, and the 535d yields a great 26/38 mpg city/highway. The 535i returns a respectable 20/30 mpg, but the ActiveHybrid 5 gets 23/30 mpg, which is low for a hybrid. The twin-turbo 550i and M5 manage a meager 17/25 and 15/22 mpg, respectively.

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2015 5 Series Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 5 Series Seat?

The 5 Series is available as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback (Gran Turismo). Both body styles seat five occupants. The front seats are well-cushioned and provide great support, especially the optional multi-contour seats that have a wide range of adjustments. The rear seats are accommodating as well, and they offer sufficient head- and legroom for adults to sit comfortably. Leatherette upholstery is standard; leather seats with heated, ventilated, and massaging functions are available.

The 5 Series’ interior isn’t the flashiest in this segment, but that’s not exactly a bad thing. The dashboard design is simple and elegant. The cabin materials all have a quality look and feel as well.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 BMW 5 Series?

The 5 Series has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the highest rating of Good for ease of use.

2015 BMW 5 Series Features

All 5 Series models come standard with the iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-inch screen, a navigation system, a satellite radio, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Available features include a rear-seat entertainment system with iPad-like tablets, Harman Kardon and Bang & Olufsen stereo systems, and a head-up display that projects driving info onto the windshield.

If you’re new to the iDrive system, it may take a little time to learn the controls. Overall, though, the system is pretty seamless. It’s easy to use on the go, and it responds quickly to inputs. The system is controlled using a dial and buttons on the center console, and there's a standard touchpad that detects handwriting.

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2015 BMW 5 Series Dimensions

BMW 5 Series Cargo Space

The 5 Series sedan has 18.4 cubic feet of trunk space. The 5 Series Gran Turismo hatchback has 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats upright and a vast 60 cubic feet of space with these seats folded. Both models have above-average cargo space for the luxury midsize car class.

2015 5 Series Length and Weight

The 5 Series sedan is 16 feet, 1 inch long. Depending on the configuration, the sedan weighs between 3,814 and 4,431 pounds. The 5 Series Gran Turismo is about three inches longer, and it weighs between 4,540 and 4,970 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 BMW 5 Series Built?

BMW built the 2015 5 Series in Germany.


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