X5 M
James Flammang
Contributing Editor - September 12, 2016

Expert Rating

4.3 (Excellent)
14 City / 19 Highway

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Only emphatically passionate BMW “sports activity vehicle” drivers are likely to pay nearly $100,000 for the most torrid X5 of them all. A luxury crossover SUV ready to exhibit the essence of a thundering thoroughbred, the X5 M gets the full BMW performance treatment—from a twin-turbocharged V8 to staggered-width wheels and Launch Control. Each X5 M delivers genuine racetrack thrills, coupled with the space and flexibility that’s expected in a midsize crossover—a feat that only a few premium automakers manage to achieve.

What's New for 2017

Navigation has been updated to iDrive 5.0 for the 2017 model year, with touchscreen functionality for the display. Wireless charging and a wi-fi hotspot now are included in the Executive Package. Options now include extended Merino leather, including a leather dashboard.

Choosing Your BMW X5 M

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.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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