Like its standard-issue X5 cousins, the M edition boasts an impeccably crafted interior for five passengers, along with all-wheel drive and as much as 76.7 cubic feet of cargo space.
Beneath the surface, the X5 M embraces its own raucous path. A 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 delivers 567 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. A specially calibrated eight-speed automatic transmission works in concert with Launch Control. Paddle shifters are included.
With all that energy on top, an X5 M can accelerate from a standstill to 60 mph in 4 seconds flat—one of the swiftest crossovers you could own. Automatic stop/start technology can shut off the engine at stoplights.
Dynamic Damper Control includes a rear air suspension. Dynamic mode in the stability control system enhances the freely athletic nature of the X5 M. Staggered-width 21-inch wheels hold summer performance tires, and M-spec brakes are included. The X5 M exterior displays quad tailpipes and oversized front air intakes.
The extended leather-upholstered interior features 18-way front sport seats with driver and front-passenger memory, four-zone automatic climate control, an Alcantara imitation suede headliner, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, special instrumentation, navigation with voice controls and real-time traffic data, and xenon adaptive headlights.
Unlike most BMW models, the X5 M can be fitted with only two option packages.
- If you're ready for undiluted luxury, the $4,700 Executive package adds soft-closing automatic doors, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, rear sunshades, a head-up display, and adaptive LED headlights with automatic high-beam control.
- The only other option group, Driver Assistance Plus ($1,700), adds blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, city collision mitigation, speed-limit data, and surround-view cameras.
Individual X5 M options include 20-inch wheels, an automated parking system, a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system, Apple CarPlay compatibility, and a rear entertainment setup. Night Vision with pedestrian detection also is available.
With only two option groups available, and so much equipment standard, keeping the total cost down is easier than it would be with other BMW models. As expected, the X5 M doesn't ride as smoothly as a regular X5. If that’s a concern, you can opt for more passenger-friendly 20-inch wheels, resulting in just a slight loss in high-speed handling. Note that the optional Bang & Olufsen system cuts into cargo space, so it’s prudent to inspect the cargo area before deciding on that audio upgrade.
Get your price on a BMW X5 M »