2015 BMW 5 Series Review, Feature and Images – Like a versatile actor, the BMW 5 Series is capable of playing many roles. It’s a comfortable commuter, a roomy family car, and a capable sports sedan. It offers dynamic performance and handling, and can carry four passengers easily without feeling too cavernous. The 2015 BMW 5 Series has a smooth ride, potent engines and a comfortable cabin, though its unrefined engine stop-start system and small trunk lessen its appeal, according to test drivers.
The base 2015 BMW 528i comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and reviewers agree that it provides ample power. They note that the 535i, which has a turbocharged six-cylinder engine, and the fuel-efficient 535d, which comes with a turbodiesel six-cylinder, are also powerful. The top-of-the-line 550i and the sport-oriented M5 are equipped with different versions of BMW’s twin-turbocharged V8, and critics say they are outrageously potent. An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard in the 5-Series, and all-wheel drive is optional. The base 528i gets an EPA-estimated 23/34 mpg city/highway, which is very high for the class, while the 535d gets 26/38, which is outstanding for the class. The 5 Series is also available in a hybrid trim, the ActiveHybrid 5. It gets 23/30, which is low for a hybrid upscale car. Some test drivers think the 5 Series is among the most agile cars in the class, but others wish it felt more nimble around corners and write that its steering isn’t very accurate. Test drivers agree that the 5 Series has a very comfortable ride.
Test drivers say the 2015 BMW 5 Series has an attractive, tastefully designed cabin with premium materials, superbly comfortable front seats and spacious rear seats. However, they note that the 5-Series’ trunk is small compared with those in other upscale midsize cars. Standard features in the 5 Series include navigation, smartphone app integration, a USB port, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker audio system, a moonroof and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. Available features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a power trunk lid, a rearview camera, side- and top-view parking cameras, front and rear parking sensors, parallel park assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, a head-up display, night vision with pedestrian detection, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system. Some auto writers think BMW’s iDrive infotainment system is easy to use, but others write that it’s more complicated than the infotainment systems in rival cars.
Safety equipment that comes standard on all 2015 5 Series includes front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints, stability control, traction control, antilock disc brakes, and the BMW Assist emergency telematics system with a 10-year subscription, which includes automatic crash notification. Optional safety features include the Driver Assistance Plus package, which adds an upgraded camera that shows a full picture of vehicle surroundings, blind-spot warning, a lane-departure warning and forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection. The optional night-vision system can display possible hazards in the road the driver might not see otherwise.
Standard features in the base 2015 BMW 528i include a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio, a 10-speaker audio system, push-button start, key fobs with programmable seat and mirror settings, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlights and windshield wipers, navigation, smartphone app integration and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, which includes a dashboard-mounted display screen, a central control knob and a built-in touchpad that allows you to input numbers and letters by writing with your fingertip. Available features include a rearview camera, side- and top-view parking cameras, front and rear parking sensors, parallel park assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, a head-up display, night vision with pedestrian detection, a proximity key, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system.
Some reviewers write that the iDrive system is easy to use and has crisp graphics, but others note that it takes time to learn how to use the system, and that changing infotainment settings is less complicated in competing vehicles.