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2015 BMW 550i xDrive

Original MSRP Range
$67,200
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
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2015 BMW 550i xDrive

What We Like

World-class engines; cosseting ride; rich interior; full range of technology offerings

What We Don't

Small back seat; handling could be sharper; ActiveHybrid 5 model's fuel economy disappoints

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.1/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.3/ 5

Overview

Which 550i xDrive is the Best?

We'd go whole-hog and get the 550i. We know the other powertrains sound plenty capable, but that twin-turbo V8 is something else with the way it picks you up and hurls you down the road. Find a BMW 5 Series for sale

 

How Much Does a 2015 BMW 550i xDrive Cost?

The 2015 BMW 5 Series sedan is offered in five trim levels: 4-cylinder 528i, 6-cylinder 535i, turbodiesel 535d, V8-powered 550i and ActiveHybrid 5. The high-performance M5 is reviewed separately.

The 528i ($50,900) comes standard with the turbocharged inline-4 engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlamps, LED running lights/fog lights/taillights, a sunroof, an electronic limited-slip differential, leatherette upholstery, 10-way power front seats with lumbar support and driver memory, a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, iPod/USB and Bluetooth connectivity, a 10-speaker audio system and the iDrive infotainment system with hard-drive-based navigation, digital music storage and a 10.2-in central display screen.

The 535i ($56,550) adds a turbocharged inline-6, 18-in wheels and leather upholstery.

The 535d ($58,050) boasts a turbodiesel inline-6 but is otherwise comparable to the 535i.

The ActiveHybrid 5 ($62,850) is essentially a 535i with an electric propulsion system added to the turbo inline-6, though it also comes standard with quad-zone climate control with individual temperature settings.

The 550i ($65,850) tacks on a twin-turbo V8, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a hands-free power trunk lid with a foot sensor, keyless entry and start, 20-way Multi-Contour power front seats and memory settings for both the driver and front passenger.

All-wheel drive is a $2,300 option on all except the ActiveHybrid 5, which includes rear drive only.

Most of the higher trims' standard features are available as options on lower trims. There are also numerous packages and individual options, including various performance enhancements, a dual-screen rear entertainment system and a 16-speaker, 600-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system.

The trunk officially measures 14 cu ft., which is a low number for a midsize sedan, but in our experience it's a usefully deep cargo bay. The ActiveHybrid 5 drops to 10 cubes, however.

550i xDrive Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
5 Series 4dr Sdn 550i xDrive AWD$67,200 / $62,3258 Cylinder Turbo44516 / 258-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Safety

Is the 2015 BMW 550i xDrive a Safe Car?

The 2015 BMW 5 Series comes with 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and six airbags (front, front-side and full-length side-curtain). The available BMW Assist Safety Plan adds four years' worth of emergency roadside services. The Driver Assistance Plus package brings a slew of high-tech safety features, including a surround-view camera system, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and a collision-detection system with auto-stop capability.

In government crash tests, the current 5 Series received a perfect five stars overall, including four stars for frontal impacts and five stars for side impacts. The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 5 Series its top Good rating in all tested categories.

Frontal Crash Rating
Overall Rating
Rollover Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Crash Rating
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance4 Years/50,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
  • HID Headlights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Cold Weather Pkg
  • Driver Assistance Plus
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Blind-Spot Alert
  • Dynamic Handling Pkg
  • Executive Pkg
  • Individual Comp
  • M Sport Line
  • Luxury Line

Competition

2015 BMW 550i xDrive vs the competition

2015 Audi A6 -- We're referring specifically to the supercharged 3.0T and turbodiesel TDI models, as either can give the 5 Series a run for its money. There's also the S6 sedan with its twin-turbocharged V8, a direct 550i competitor.

2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class -- The E350 sedan has a strong, naturally aspirated V6 that some may prefer to BMW's turbocharged options, while the E400 sports a twin-turbocharged V6 aimed at the 535i.

2015 Lexus GS -- The current GS reminds us a lot of the previous 5 Series. Its standard V6 is a beauty, and there's an available Hybrid model that takes on the ActiveHybrid 5.

Used BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe -- Although the Gran Coupe is considerably pricier when new, you can find certified pre-owned examples at BMW dealerships for 5 Series money. The back seat is smaller, but the styling is a home run.

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