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2015 BMW X5 Review

The 2015 BMW X5 features superb agility and robust engine power. The cabin is spacious, and it’s constructed with high-end materials. However, the X5’s below-average reliability rating keeps this SUV mired in the middle of our highly competitive luxury midsize SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent handling
  • Potent array of engines
  • Well-appointed cabin
  • Feature-rich infotainment system
  • Competitors have higher reliability ratings




Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
Safety: 9.7
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2015 BMW X5 Overview

Is the 2015 BMW X5 a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 BMW X5 is one of the most enjoyable vehicles to drive in the luxury midsize SUV class. It boasts athletic handling and three available engines with plenty of power. The X5’s modern interior features a large touch-screen infotainment system that takes little time to get accustomed to. This two-row SUV’s front seats are some of the best in the class, and the second row has plenty of space for adults. A third row is available, but its only suitable for children.

Still, the X5 isn’t perfect. Its reliability rating is low for the class, and many of its rivals have more cargo space.

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Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 23 BMW X5 reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 BMW X5?

There are nearly 1,270 listings for the 2015 BMW X5 on our site, with an average list price of $36,300. Prices range from $28,800 to $46,000, depending on the vehicle’s trim, mileage, location, condition, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 BMW X5 Cost to Own?

The 2015 BMW X5’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs come to nearly $33,810, which is about average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New BMW X5?

With a base price of $60,700, the completely redesigned 2019 BMW X5 offers a number of benefits over used models. Compared to the 2015, the 2019 X5 adds a stronger base engine, an updated interior, a host of driver assistance features, and more standard features, including a larger touch screen and Apple CarPlay. Still, you’ll spend considerably less for the 2015 X5 and still get a very good vehicle.

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There are no new luxury midsize SUVs that are comparably priced to a used 2015 X5.

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Which Model Year of the BMW X5 Is Best?

BMW redesigned the X5 for the 2014 model year, and there were no major changes for 2015. Since 2015, there have been few updates. The xDrive40e plug-in hybrid debuted for the 2016 model year. A Wi-Fi hot spot and wireless charging became available for 2017, and a rearview camera became standard for 2018. Unless you want these updates in your X5, the 2014 model is your best option.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 BMW X5?

The 2015 X5 earns a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. That rating is subpar for the class but about average for the industry.

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2015 BMW X5 Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 BMW X5 has four reported recalls. These address issues such as coolant leaking, an incorrectly welded air bag inflator, an improperly inflated air bag head protection system, and a failing left rear-seat frame steel plate. Make sure these issues are resolved before purchasing a 2015 X5.

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Which Used BMW X5 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 X5 comes in five trims: sDrive35i, xDrive35i, xDrive35d, xDrive50i, and the high-performance X5M. Choosing between these models mostly comes down to your powertrain and drivetrain preferences. The base real-wheel-drive sDrive35i has a 300-horsepower six-cylinder engine that delivers plenty of oomph. Upper trim levels come with all-wheel drive and stronger engines.

Most shoppers should go with the xDrive50i, which has a 445-horsepower V8 engine as well as a rearview camera. The performance-oriented X5 M comes with a twin-turbocharged V8 engine that makes 567 horsepower.

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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 X5?

The 2015 X5’s safety scores are about average for the class. This BMW received an overall rating of five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Administration, with five stars in the side and frontal crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. The X5 also earned the highest score of Good in two crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

There are no standard driver assistance features in the 2015 X5. Available safety tech includes a rearview camera, a 360-degree parking camera, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, active park assist, and a night vision system with pedestrian detection.  

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2015 BMW X5 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW X5 or 2015 BMW X3?

The 2015 BMW X3 is the X5’s smaller sibling. As a luxury compact SUV, the X3 a good option if you like the X5’s handling and power, but don’t need all of its passenger and cargo space. The X3 provides great agility, potent engines, and an upscale interior for a lower average cost than the X5. Additionally, the X3 has a higher reliability rating than the X5.

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW X5 or 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class?

When comparing base trims, the BMW X5 is a better choice than the 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class. The base M-Class is a luxury midsize SUV that is built for cruising. It offers nothing remarkable, but it doesn’t have any major issues either. The base X5 delivers a livelier driving experience than the base M-Class. However, the high-performance Mercedes-AMG model provides thrilling acceleration with an engine that produces 518 horsepower. That’s more than what any X5 model can make.

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2015 BMW X5 Performance

How Does the 2015 BMW X5 Drive?

The base 2015 BMW X5 sDrive35i is powered by a 300-horsepower twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The X5 is also available with a 255-horsepower twin-turbocharged six-cylinder and a 445-horsepower twin-turbo V8 engine. All models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all but the base model feature all-wheel drive.

There’s considerable power under the hood of the X5, no matter which engine you choose. Every power plant delivers quick acceleration off the line and plenty of power for passing cars on the highway. This BMW has sporty handling, and it remains firmly planted around tight corners.

Does the 2015 BMW X5 Get Good Gas Mileage?

According to the EPA, the base model returns 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which are just above average for the class. The diesel-powered xDrive35d model achieves better fuel economy estimates of 24/31 mpg city/highway.

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2015 BMW X5 Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 BMW X5 Seat?

The 2015 BMW X5 has standard seating for five in two rows. Some models come with a third row. Synthetic leather upholstery and heated, 10-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Available seating upgrades include genuine leather upholstery, 20-way power-adjustable multi-contour front seats, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.

The front seats are exceptionally comfortable, and the second row has ample leg- and headroom for adults. The available third row is best left for children.  

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 BMW X5?

There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the outboard rear seats and an upper tether anchor on the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system its second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use.

2015 BMW X5 Features

The 2015 X5 comes with an abundance of standard features, including push-button start, a panoramic moonroof, and the intuitive iDrive infotainment system with navigation, satellite radio, and a 10.2-inch display. Available features include a rear-seat entertainment system and a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system.

The infotainment system has intuitive menus and simple controls.

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2015 BMW X5 Dimensions

BMW X5 Cargo Space

The 2015 X5 has a maximum cargo capacity of 66 cubic feet, which is small for the luxury midsize SUV class.

2015 X5 Length and Weight

The 2015 BMW X5 measures just over 16 feet long. The base X5’s curb weight ranges from 4,680 to 5,150 pounds. 

Where Was the 2015 BMW X5 Built?

BMW assembled the 2015 X5 in South Carolina.

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