2015 BMW 5-Series

Pros: Excellent ride and handling balance; impressive build quality and materials; available all-wheel drive; availability of  hybrid and diesel-powered models

Cons: Steep prices escalate even further as options are added; intrusive automatic start/stop system; rear-seat legroom is not particularly generous

CG Says: For 2015, BMW’s midsize car gets minor trim-package changes and adds LED fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and enhanced USB and Bluetooth smartphone integration as standard equipment. The 5-Series remains a fine choice for high-end shoppers who want to be fully immersed in the driving experience. That driving experience will cost you, as any version of this midsize sedan can get very pricey when equipped with even a partial load of its numerous technology and convenience features. Note that in addition to the engines listed below, the BMW 5-Series is also available as the 535d (with 255-horsepower turbo-diesel 3.0-liter 6-cylinder); the ActiveHybrid5 (with a turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine and electric motor that make 335 total horsepower); and the high-performance M5 (with a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 with 560- or 575 horsepower and performance hardware inside and out).

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer BMW
Nation of Manufacturer Germany
Base Prices 528i: $50,700
AWD 528i xDrive: $53,000
535i: $56,300
AWD 535i xDrive: $58,600
535d: $57,800
AWD 535d xDrive: $60,100
550i: $65,500
AWD 550i xDrive: $67,800
ActiveHybrid5: $62,600

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33-34

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower
300
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
6-speed manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-30

Optional Engine
twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8
Horsepower
445
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
6-speed manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
16-17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-25

ActiveHybrid5
2015 BMW ActiveHybrid5
M5Sport
2015 BMW 5-Series M Sport