The 2015 BMW X5 features three engine options, including a diesel, and standard on all models an eight-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive train, 18-inch wheels and rear ventilation. Optional features on the X5 include concierge service, hands-free calling and roadside assistance.
The SUV's sound system has 205 watts and nine speakers, including two sub-woofers. It has auxiliary audio input and a USB connection. The vehicle has interior air filtration, a sun sensor, and dual-zone climate controls for driver and passenger. It has a leather steering wheel, turn signals in the mirrors, and memorized settings for audio, climate and the driver and passenger seats.
The instrumentation includes a clock, trip computer, tachometer and external temperature display. It has audio and cruise control on the steering wheel, which tilts and is telescopic. There are front and rear cup-holders and door pockets and storage on the back of the front seat. The X5 includes front and rear parking sensors, electric power steering, and a universal remote transmitter for garage doors and security systems.
The X5's most basic engine, a turbocharged V-6, generates 300 horsepower. The twin-turbo V-8 option engine produces 445 horsepower and 480 foot-pounds of torque for people who need towing power. The six-cylinder diesel engine puts out 255 horsepower and 413 foot-pounds of torque.
The 2015 X5 35i and 35d models get standard sport seats with leatherette upholstery and leather as an option, the latter coming standard on the 50i. Also on the option sheet are upgraded multicontour front seats and a third-row seat, although Edmunds cautions in its review that this seating area is best left for young children.
As for connectivity and entertainment options, the X5 offers a standard ConnectedDrive infotainment system with Bluetooth and optional navigation running on an interface using BMW's iDrive 4.2 joystick-like controller. A nine-speaker audio system comes standard, while 16-speaker premium surround sound systems from Harman Kardon and Bang & Olufsen are available at the higher trim levels.
For safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the X5 with its top score of Good for its side-impact and moderate overlap front collision protection, while giving the SUV a grade of Superior for its optional collision mitigation system. Optional advanced safety features include a rearview camera, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring and a 360-degree top-down camera system.