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2015 BMW X5 Preview

Pros: The granddaddy of SUVs at BMW, the X5 continues its reign in the lineup with a masculine new look and lots of options. 

Cons: BMW created competition within its own lineup, and with performance-driven options that offer up ample amounts of space in the X6, X4 and X3, the X5 seems like less of an obvious choice. 

2015 BMW X5 Price and Fuel Economy: Three separate X5s grace the BMW showroom, each with a different engine and specs. Pricing and fuel economy is as follows: 

  • 2015 BMW X5 xDrive35i $65,500 – 11.1L/100km 
  • 2015 BMW X5 xDrive50i $77,700 – 13.8L/100km 
  • 2015 BMW X5 xDrive35d $67,000 – 8.7L/100km 

Powertrain: The real brute of the BMW X5 family is the xDrive50i that sports a V8-powered TwinPower Turbo mill that produces 445 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. The xDrive35i is equally impressive with its TwinPower Turbo straight 6-cylinder engine that pushes out 300 horsepower and an equal number of torques. 

Then, there’s the diesel mill. The xDrive35d sports a straight 6-cylinder turbo diesel engine that produces 255 horsepower and a fabulous 413 lb-ft of torque. 

All 2015 BMW X5s sport 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmissions and feature BMW’s all-wheel drive xDrive drivetrain. 

Changes and Improvements: Since its redesign and launch of its third generation in 2014, the BMW X5 has seen no major changes or upgrades. 

Cargo Capacity: There’s room for five in the X5 (no third row), but there’s also 651 litres of cargo space in the trunk (1,868 litres with the second row folded). 

Safety: The 2015 BMW X5 is equipped with all manner of standard safety equipment and airbags, as well as around-car camera systems, BMW Night Vision, Head-Up Display, active cruise control, and high-beam assist. 

Comparing the 2015 BMW X5: Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Acura MDX, Infiniti QX70, Volkswagen Touareg.