World-class engines; cosseting ride; rich interior; full range of technology offerings
Small back seat; handling could be sharper; ActiveHybrid 5 model's fuel economy disappoints
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
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.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Hybrid/Electric Components||8 Years/80,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
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 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.