The 2015 BMW X5 luxury SUV offers seating for five or seven passengers, a sport-tuned all-wheel-drive system, advanced interior safety, connectivity options and sporty driving dynamics. The X5 comes with the buyer's choice of three different engine options, each paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The BMW X5 serves as a high-performance choice for drivers wanting a true luxury SUV that offers strong power and sport-sedanesque driving dynamics. The entry-level 35i model, available in rear- or all-wheel-drive, features a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower. The turbocharged 445-horsepower gasoline V-8 and 255-horsepower inline six-cylinder diesel models feature standard all-wheel-drive and offer extra power and fuel efficiency, respectively.
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.