2015 BMW X5

Pros: Good selection of potent powertrains, including a diesel engine; nimble handling for the class; long list of state-of-the-art available features

Cons: Steep base prices get even steeper as options are added; not as cargo-versatile as many class competitors; mediocre fuel economy in V8 model

CG Says: After its redesign for 2014, the BMW X5 regains its high-performance M model for 2015. The X5 M gets a special adaptive sport suspension, beefy 21 inch wheels, unique trim features inside and out, and a 567-hp version of the XDrive50i’s turbocharged 4.4-liter V8. Also for 2015, The 8-speed transmission has been revised for better fuel economy and slightly better acceleration, according to BMW, and there has been a minor shuffling of standard features and optional equipment. The X5 delivers BMW’s characteristic polish and performance with SUV utility, though it is not as spacious inside or as cargo-versatile as many premium midsize-SUV competitors. Still, the X5’s acceleration, sporty handling, and availability of a frugal diesel engine are highlights. The revived X5 M boasts truly amazing high-performance capabilities for its amazingly high sticker price. Any model is quite pricey, but if you crave an SUV with an emphasis on “Sport”, this BMW might be the one for you.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer BMW
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices sDrive35i: $53,750
AWD xDrive35i: $56,050
AWD xDrive35d: $57,550
AWD xDrive50i: $69,150
AWD X5 M: $98,700

Base Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower
300
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18-19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27

Optional Engine
turbo-diesel 3.0-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower
255
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.4-liter V8
Horsepower
445 (567 in X5 M)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
14
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
19-22

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