For 2015 the 5 Series gains more standard features, including a sport leather steering wheel, LED fog lights, and enhanced Bluetooth and USB/smartphone connectivity. Higher-trim 550i models now include Comfort Access, which enables keyless entry and starting, plus a hands-free trunk-opening system. The Modern Line has been dropped.
A diesel sedan is added, while new standard features include xenon adaptive headlights, navigation and BMW Apps. New options include adaptive LED headlights, a rear-seat entertainment system and two new packages: Luxury and Modern. The 550i gains 45 horsepower, but loses its manual transmission.
For 2013, the new 560-horsepower M5 joins the 5 Series lineup along with a number of minor performance and cosmetic enhancements. Leading the list of changes is a next-generation navigation system with weather forecasts and crowd-sourced traffic information, newly available bespoke features from BMW Individual and a 45-horsepower bump for Gran Turismo variants sporting the twin turbo V8.
BMW created an all-new 5 Series for the 2011 model year, but the hits just keep on coming. For 2012, BMW dumps the 3.0-liter six in the base 528i and substitutes a 2.0-liter turbocharged four. With a bump in horsepower, torque and efficiency, this would seem to be a win/win/win for the consumer. However, Americans have been historically reluctant to spend big bucks on small powerplants. Hopefully, the dynamic has changed with escalating gasoline prices and growing awareness of global warming. The larger Gran Turismo uses 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder engines.
The BMW 5 Series has long been the benchmark for midsize luxury sports sedans. It maintains the performance cred earned over the decades, yet now offers so much more. The 2015 BMW 5 Series is available in a dizzying variety of versions, from a $50,000 base model with a 4-cylinder engine to the fire-breathing M5 costing nearly twice that much. In between are diesel and hybrid variants, and even the Gran Turismo 5-door hatchback, whose SUV-like practicality somewhat alleviates its awkward looks. As the 5 Series lineup has expanded, so has a list of rivals that includes the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and Lexus GS. Amid the stiff competition, the 5 Series remains a standout with its blend of performance, technology and brand cachet.View BMW 5 Series vehicles for sale near you.