For 2015, the high-performance X5 M rejoins the BMW lineup. Other than some minor equipment changes and a 1-mpg increase in the xDrive50i’s city fuel-economy rating, there are no major changes to BMW’s 2015 X5 SUV.
Changes to the 2013 BMW X5 consist mainly of a reshuffled optional-equipment list. The M Performance Package is now available on the xDrive35i Sport Activity and xDrive50i with M Sport Package. The Premium Sound Package is reduced to $950, while the Active Ventilated Seat Package is renamed the Luxury Seating Package.
As in the beginning, BMW chooses to market its X5 for 2015 a “sports-activity vehicle” or SAV for short. We’ll just stick with
SUV, as the X5 isn’t really any more capable than a comparably equipped
Porsche Cayenne or
Mercedes-Benz M-Class. However, when it comes to the “sport” part of the equation, the X5 quickly moves to the head of the class. Fresh from a complete overhaul last year, the 2015 BWM X5 SUV delivers an excellent combination of room, performance and economy. And, although it can’t tackle rugged off-road terrain like a
Land Rover Range Rover Sport or even the
Jeep Grand Cherokee, the X5 leaves no doubt which luxury SUV is the master of the paved road.