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The 2015 BMW X5 Is More Practical Than You’d Think

BMW invokes the definition of first-class engineering, cutting-edge innovation, and unrivaled refinement – with a steep price tag to match. However, the 2015 BMW X5 offers used-car shoppers a practical way to enjoy the luxury of a BMW at an affordable price. 

The 2015 BMW X5 is outfitted with a bevy of luxurious standard features that elevate the driving experience to the next level. Plus, the 2015 X5 ranks among the best used three-row SUVs in fuel economy, and it does so without sacrificing BMW’s signature performance.

Few used SUVs offer this blend of luxury, power, and fuel economy. It’s no surprise that the 2015 BMW X5 is a becoming a sleeper hit among savvy shoppers.

A fuel-efficient powerhouse

A BMW X5 parked on the street for a photo
A BMW X5 on display | Franke Tsang/South China Morning Post via Getty Images

The 2015 BMW X5 is one midsize SUV that’ll get your heart racing with its powerful engine options and athletic handling. The entry-level sDrive35i has a 300-hp V6 that’s sure to satisfy the average driver. Plus, its EPA-estimated 22 MPG city/highway combined fuel economy rating has an annual fuel cost of only $1,950 per year, according to FuelEconomy.gov.

Meanwhile, power-craved drivers can opt for the 445-hp V8 found in the all-wheel-drive xDrive50i. As one would expect, that power comes at a cost, as the EPA-estimated fuel economy dips to 17 MPG city/highway combined. And while certainly not categorized as “affordable”, the 567-hp X5 M is one of the world’s fastest SUVs.

The 2015 BMW X5 offers more bang for your buck

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There’s always a great temptation to get into a brand-new model, but generally the best value is found in used cars. The 2015 BMW X5 is available under $25,000, according to Kelley Blue Book, with some base models going even going for a few thousand dollars less.

Most similarly priced new midsize SUVs lack the upscale features and premium craftsmanship found in a used 2015 BMW X5. Standard features include a panoramic moonroof, push-button start, synthetic leather upholstery, and heated seats.

The 2015 BMW X5’s standard configuration features two rows of seating, but a third-row bench is optional. U.S. News & World Report praised the two-row model’s front seats as “some of the best in the class”, however, it said the available third-row was “only suitable for children.”

One aspect that the 2015 X5 lacks is standard driver-assistance features. Shoppers must pay extra for a higher trim in order to get desired safety equipment such as a rearview camera, a head-up display, lane departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring.

2015 BMW X5 reliability and owner satisfaction

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JD Power ranks the BMW X5 in its Top 10 Consumer Rated SUVs for 2015. With a score of 80/100, it falls three points shy of that of the Lincoln MKX. BMW X5 owners cited transmission smoothness, gauge/instrument styling, and vehicle handling as particularly high points of satisfaction. However, the SUV’s A/C and heating unit and the comfort of the driver’s seat was criticized.

The luxury midsize SUV also earned a score of 81/100 for quality and reliability, indicating few problems, defects, and design flaws. Notably, the vehicle has had just four recalls since its release.

Is buying a used BMW worth the money?

Grading out as above average in most categories and featuring an affordable price tag for the luxury market, the 2015 BMW X5 ranks as a top choice for budget-conscious shoppers. Compared to a brand-new model, the 2015 X5 lacks many desired driver-assistance features – at least in the base model.

However, its plush interior, sophisticated amenities, and exceptional drivability blow the majority of its competition out of the water. This luxury SUV with an affordable price tag is certainly hard to pass up.