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BMW X5 Review

The 2015 BMW X5 ranks 1 out of 18 Luxury Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the BMW X5, as well as reliability and safety data.

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The BMW X5 is among the most well-rounded SUVs in the class, critics say, because of its powerful engines, outstanding fuel economy and poised handling.

A turbocharged six-cylinder engine powers the 2015 BMW X5. The optional engines are a turbocharged V8 and turbodiesel six-cylinder. Reviewers report all three engines deliver abundant power and easy acceleration, and they say you will be happy with any of them. Still, they find the diesel-powered X5 is particularly impressive with the power and fuel economy it delivers. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and a few reviewers report that it always chooses the best gear and produces silky shifts. With 19/27 mpg city/highway, base X5 earns good fuel economy estimates for the class. Meanwhile, the turbodiesel X5 gets 24/31 mpg, which is exceptional for the class. The 2015 X5 has athletic handling for the class and rounds corners with confidence, according to most test drivers. They also appreciate its strong brakes and cushioned ride over rough roads.

High-end cabin materials and handsome styling surround 2015 BMW X5 passengers in luxury, test drivers say. They compliment the X5's front seats for outstanding comfort, observing that people of nearly any size can sit comfortably. Reviewers find the second-row seats provide ample room for adults. The 2015 X5 comes with a panoramic moonroof, push-button start, front and rear parking sensors, satellite radio, Bluetooth, navigation and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-inch display. Available features include a surround view camera system, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, active park assist, a night vision system with pedestrian detection and a rear-seat entertainment system. Test drivers report that the X5’s infotainment system is easy to operate, and that redundant buttons make it easy to adjust some settings without using the iDrive controller.

  • "Thanks to its well-rounded nature, the 2015 BMW X5 is a top choice for a luxury crossover SUV, especially if performance is a priority." -- Edmunds
  • "Any model is quite pricey, but if you crave an SUV with an emphasis on ‘Sport’, this BMW might be the one for you." -- Consumer Guide
  • “Its pricing isn't for the faint of heart, but a trio of strong, refined engines, high levels of passenger comfort and a dizzying array of safety and convenience technologies make a strong case for shoppers to consider opening up their checkbooks." -- Left Lane News
  • "The big question remaining is this: Is it worth it? Price aside, it's still the leader of its class and it's never been better. Is that enough for you?" -- Autoblog (2014)

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Other SUVs to Consider

Reviewers say that the Porsche Cayenne's engaging handling and powerful engine choices make it one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs in the class. Test drivers like the Cayenne’s interior, which features excellent build quality and opulent materials.

The Acura MDX seats seven, and reviewers agree that there’s plenty of room in the first two rows. They also like its upscale cabin. Additionally, the MDX has a lot more cargo space and a significantly lower base price than the X5.  

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Details: 2015 BMW X5

The 2015 BMW X5 seats five, or seven with an optional third row. Four trims are available, ranging from the rear-wheel drive X5 sDrive35i with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine to the X5 xDrive50i with a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 and all-wheel drive. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. The BMW X5 was fully redesigned for the 2014 model year and sees only minor updates for 2015. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and review from the 2014 to 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 4/10/15

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