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2015 BMW 550

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The top choice in BMW's midsize 5 Series, the 550 offers a plush motoring experience for five along with the quiet fury of a twin-turbo V8. The current 550 emphasizes smoothness and comfort over all-out performance, but can still be equipped to satisfy the more spirited drivers among us.

What's New For 2015

The 550 receives minor trim revisions only.

Choosing Your BMW 550

What truly separates the 550 from the rest of the 5 Series lies under its hood: a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that develops 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. The eight-speed automatic transmission is specially tuned for energetic operation. Selectable driving modes allow you to tweak the car's responses to your driving style. The 550 starts out as a rear-driver, and BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system is a popular option.

The standard interior gets 20-way multicontour front seats, generous wood trim, ambient lighting, four-zone climate control and keyless ignition. Technology is abundant and includes a navigation system, integrated smartphone apps, a rearview camera, parking sensors, a hands-free power trunk lid and an impressive 10.2-inch touchscreen display. The 10-speaker sound system features HD radio and Bluetooth phone and audio capability.

The 550 is available into two optional lines: Luxury and M Sport (last year's Modern line is no more). The Luxury carries 19-inch multi-spoke wheels, additional chrome accents outside and expanded interior trim choices. Opting for the M Sport gets you a sport-tuned suspension, an aerodynamic body kit, double-spoke 19-inch wheels and specific M Sport interior trim.

  • The Executive package cranks up the luxury quotient with automatic soft-close doors, a leather-covered dashboard with ceramic-trimmed controls and upgraded instrumentation, a head-up display and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system with satellite radio.
  • Advanced safety technology is available in the Driver Assistance Plus package, which bundles blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, side- and top-view cameras, a frontal collision mitigation system and (optional) adaptive cruise control.
  • There's also a Lighting package with full LED headlamps and automatic high beam control.
  • Finally, the Dynamic Handling package tightens up the 550's moves with a driver-adjustable adaptive suspension system and active stabilizer bars.

You can further equip your 550 with specialized options such an automated parallel parking system, four-wheel steering, infrared night vision, a premium Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system and a rear entertainment system with dual screens.

CarsDirect Tip

The Driver Assistance Plus package is the most useful addition to the 550 in everyday driving. We're also fans of the Dynamic Handling Package, which provides tauter handling without the aggressive styling touches of the full-blown M Sport, which seem overdone for an otherwise button-down luxury sedan.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
4.4L V-8 / 445 HP / 480 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
17 / 25 / 21 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
4.4L V-8 / 445 HP / 480 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
17 / 25 / 21 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
18.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
14.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
193.4 "
Exterior Width
73.2 "
Exterior Height
57.6 "
Front Headroom
40.5 "
Rear Headroom
38.3 "
Front Legroom
41.4 "
Rear Legroom
35.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.2 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,365 Lbs.
Wheel Base
117 "
Turning Radius
19.6 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Adaptive
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(10-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(10-way Power)
Front Armrests
(10-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru And Skibag
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
10 / 16 Bang & Olufsen / 16 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt Sport
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
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Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear / Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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