The 2015 BMW 5 Series Sedan is a midsize luxury available in 4 main trim levels that correspond to engine choice: 535i, 528i, 535d and 550i. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with “xDrive” all-wheel drive optional in all areas. The 2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 M5 performance models are reviewed separately.
The 2015 BMW 5 Series base begins with the four-cylinder engine, 17-inch wheels, adjustable unit settings, adaptive xenon headlights with LED accent lights, LED fog lights, adaptive brake lights, the automatic wipers, heated mirrors, the sunroof, cruise control and the auto-dimming mirrors. Inside there is automatic climate control dual zone, dark wood trim, ambient lighting, the power front seats 10 positions, driver memory functions, split folding rear seats, leather upholstery synthetic high quality vinyl and power tilt and telescoping leather wrapped steering wheel. Technology features include the BMW Assist emergency communications, the iDrive electronics interface, the navigation system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and the sound system with 10 speakers with CD player, HD radio, an auxiliary audio input and a USB port.
The 2015 BMW 5 Series adds a six-cylinder engine, eighteen-inch wheels and leather upholstery but is equal equipment. The 2015 BMW 5 Series is equipped exactly as the 535i, only with a six-cylinder diesel engine. Improvements 550i with a V8 engine, a trunk to cover hands-free, keyless entry and ignition, a sporty version of the automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted blades, front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera and electric-contour front seats 20-way.
2015 BMW 5 Series Engines aside, standard features on the higher settings can be added to minor adjustments as options. Onsite Premium (528i, 535i and 535d) Package includes the hands-free tailgate, keyless entry and ignition, satellite radio and (for the 528i) leather. The 550i offers the Executive Package, which adds soft close doors, internal controls cut ceramic metal, leather dashboard, a head-up display, a display on the instrument panel and 16 improved speaker audio system Harman Kardon with satellite radio. Most Executive package contents may be added as minor adjustments to individual options.
There are two major lines of equipment available on 2015 BMW 5 Series models: Luxury and M Sport. The luxury line includes 18-inch (528i) or 19-inch wheels, leather upholstery improved anthracite wood trim. The sporty M includes staggered width 18 inches (528i) or 19-inch wheels, “shadow line” dark exterior trim, an aerodynamic kit, aluminum interior trim, a dark roof M and wheel direction. Individual Composition package provides some of the same cosmetic enhancements such as M Sport package, adding different wheels and a headlining faux suede.
Available in all fields, cold weather package offers retractable headlight washers, heated front and the rear seats and a heated steering wheel, while the complete package LED lighting features adaptive headlights with automatic light control road. The Driver Assistance package Plus prepares you with a system of blind spot warning, a warning system of exit lane, side and top view cameras parking and collision mitigation system. The dynamic, available on all models except the 528i package includes adaptive suspension dampers and active anti-roll bars.
2015 BMW 5 Series stand-alone options include adaptive cruise control, an active steering system, a screen infrared night vision with pedestrian detection, an automated parallel parking system, four-zone automatic climate control, a system of bang & Olufsen audio a power rear sunshade and an entertainment system for rear seat with two adjustable tilt screen of 9.2 inches on the backs of the front seats.
2015 BMW 5 Series Interior
The series cab 5 is attractive and decorated with consistently high quality materials, but not flashy. Elegant Moderation is the name of the game here, and it’s a game that the BMW has played to perfection for decades. Instrument panel is a clear connection to the past of the company with its classic single analog gauges. Another highlight is the heritage that slant towards the driver of a sport, more discreet intimate center console of the dashboard.
The central nervous system every 2015 BMW 5 Series is the iDrive interface, which consists of a high-resolution screen of 10.2 inches in the center of the dashboard and control dial on the center console. Current version includes the touch-pad on the top of the controller accepts input of “handwritten” fingers. It is fairly easy to use, but some rival systems seem to require fewer keystrokes or money of their drivers to get what you want.
The 2015 BMW 5 Series front seats are comfortable base in its own right, but the 20-contour seats available routes could only be the best in the business, providing an incredible range of settings and sublime support for all driving scenarios. Passenger side rear satisfactory find space in all directions, even if they are 6 footers, and the rear seats themselves are carefully contoured and padded. Trunk space is relatively limited, however, measuring 14 cubic feet.
2015 BMW 5 Series Engine
The 2015 BMW 5 Series is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-liter that produces 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and a function of stop-start the engine off when the car is stopped in order to save fuel. In tests of performance, 528i went from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, a sample average for a midsize luxury sedan model base. EPA fuel economy ratings are 27 mpg combined (23 city / 34 highway) with rear wheel drive and 26 mpg combined (22/33) with xDrive AWD system.
The 2015 BMW 5 Series is about a turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder in line rated 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque motor. RWD models come with eight-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual, while the xDrive models are just automatic. In stop-start is standard. In tests of performance, rear-drive 535i with automatic went from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, another competitive outcome. Fuel economy for RWD models is 24 combined mpg (20 city / 31 highway) with automatic and 23 mpg combined (20/30) with the manual, while the AWD model also achieves 23 combined mpg (20/29).
The 2015 BMW 5 Series (535d) has a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel inline 6-cylinder that produces 255 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Stop and start eight-speed automatic and automatic are standard. In tests of performance, 535d RWD went from zero to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. Fuel economy is EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined outstanding (26/38) with rear wheel drive and 30 mpg combined (26/37) with xDrive. Finally, the 2015 BMW 5 Series has a 4.4-liter V8 twin-turbo that cranks out 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. A sports version of the automatic transmission is standard eight-speed (which is optional on other models), as is automatic stop-start. EPA ratings are 20 mpg combined (17/25) with rear wheel drive and 19 mpg combined (16/25) with xDrive.
2015 BMW 5 Series safety
Standard safety equipment for the 2015 BMW 5 Series includes stability and traction control, anti-lock disc brakes, side airbags in the front seats, side curtain airbags and active front headrests. The brake system also periodically clean the brake discs dry in wet conditions and automatically snugs the brake pads to the rotors in preparation when suddenly lifts off the accelerator. Moreover, standard adaptive brake lights warn traffic behind you to get brighter when more braking force is applied. Also standard is the emergency communications system BMW Assist, which includes Automatic Crash Notification, an SOS button, the remote door unlock and stolen vehicle recovery.
Parking sensors and rearview camera are standard on the 550i and optional on other models through driver assistance package. A system of side and top view of the parking chamber luxury is available through Driver Assistance package Plus, which also provides an early warning system of blind spot warning system rail output and a collision mitigation system with automatic braking. Finally, optional night vision system can identify potential hazards that are beyond the reach of normal headlights.
In braking tests, various models of the 2015 BMW 5 Series optional run-flat tires summer came to a stop from 60 mph in distances ranging from 110-114 feet. These are very good numbers, but they are fairly typical sports sedans wearing summer tires. Most 5 Series models are equipped with run-flat all-season tires and have a little longer stopping distances as a result.
In government crash tests, the 2015 BMW 5 Series scored a five out of five stars, with a rating of four stars for frontal impacts and a rating of five stars for side impacts. The Independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Series 5 the highest rating in moderate overlap, side impact tests and roof strength frontal-offset, while retaining the design seat/head 2015 BMW 5 Series is best rated for whiplash protection in rear impacts.