2019 BMW M5

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2019 BMW M5 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Rahul Hans Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 19, 2019


Since its inception in 1988, the BMW M5 has fascinated auto enthusiasts in the U.S. with its amazing ride quality, power, and practicality. The latest generation was introduced last year and the current 2019 BMW M5 is believed to be of the powerful Sedans so far.

Starting at a price of $102,700, the 2019 M5 Sedan packs a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that delivers 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. This year's competition version propels out extra 17 hp and offers wider torque. The transmission duties are carried out by an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The acceleration is quick, thanks to the all-wheel-drive system.

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Pros

Powerful turbocharged V8 powertrain

Smooth 8-speed automatic transmission

Stable all-wheel-drive configuration

User-friendly and commanding cockpit

Good amount of standard safety equipment

Cons

Interior less luxurious than rivals

High price

Darker color tones aren’t appealing

Below average fuel economy

What's New?

Apple CarPlay now available as standard

M5 Competition trim gets power and ride handling boost


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$102700

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

268 cu.in.

horsepower

600 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

553 lbs.-ft @ 1800 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

64/62.8

dimensions

wheelbase

117.4 in.

length

195.5 in.

width

74.9 in.

height

58 in.

curb weight

4370 lbs.

ground clearance

5.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.8 cu ft.

payload capacity

925 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/17/21 mpg

highway range

422.1 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 BMW M5 in Alpine White color  2019 BMW M5 in Azurite Black Metallic color  2019 BMW M5 in Black Sapphire Metallic color  2019 BMW M5 in Bluestone Metallic color  2019 BMW M5 in Champagne Quartz Metallic color  2019 BMW M5 in Donington Gray Metallic color  2019 BMW M5 in Yas Marina Blue Metallic color  2019 BMW M5 in Rhodium Silver Metallic color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

8.2

Engine And Performance

9.9

Fuel Economy

3.0

Interior

8.5

Exterior

7.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 BMW M5 Base

Base

power
600 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
17 combined

$102,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $102,700 MSRP (15/17/21) 600 hp @ 5700 rpm, 4.4 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5   Marina Bay Blue Metallic
  Bluestone Metallic
  Donington Grey Metallic
  Rhodonite Silver Metallic
  Almandine Brown Metallic
  Black Sapphire Metallic

 2019 BMW M5 Competition

Competition

power
617 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
17 combined

$110,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Competition 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $110,000 MSRP (15/17/21) 617 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4.4 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5   Marina Bay Blue Metallic
  Bluestone Metallic
  Donington Grey Metallic
  Rhodonite Silver Metallic
  Almandine Brown Metallic
  Black Sapphire Metallic

Expert Review

7.8

Overall Rating


The interior is smartly designed and comfy throughout the cabin. The seats offer a good amount of support and adjustment. You get an array of switches which can be used to configure the system settings as per convenience. This year, plenty of features have been made standard and there are a couple of value-added options packages. All in all, the new BMW M5 is lighter than before and offers enhanced performance and drive quality.

2019 BMW M5 front view
2019 BMW M5 rear view

8.2/10
Features

 

9.9/10
Engine and Performance

 

3.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.5/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2019 BMW M5 Features

8.2/10

The M5 Sedan is available in two trim levels: Standard and Competition. Both the variants are equipped with a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 engine. The engine propels 600 hp while the Competition is tuned to return 617 hp and 553 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes mated with 8-speed automatic transmission.

There are two option packages named Driving Assistance Plus and Executive package. The Driving Assist Plus package adds active lane keeping assist, front and rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.

The Executive package adds luxury features such as four-zone climate control, a power rear sunshade with manual side window shades, front seats with massage and ventilation, heated rear seats, wireless phone charging, Wi-Fi hotspot, automatic soft-close doors, front and rear parking sensors, automatic parking and a surround-view camera system.

Trims

2019 BMW M5 Standard

2019 BMW M5 Competition

MSRP

$102,700

$110,000

Key Features

Regenerative Braking

Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror

 

Apple CarPlay

Extended cabin heating/cooling

 

Lightweight carbon fiber-reinforce-plastic (CFRP) roof

Heated steering wheel

 

Automatic high beams

Interior air filtration

 

Power-folding, heated side mirrors

Leather steering wheel

 

Dynamic Cruise Control

Turn signal in mirrors

 

M-specific Head-up Display

Climate control

 

Advanced Real Time Traffic Information

Dual illuminating vanity mirrors

 

Rain-sensing windshield wipers with adjustable speed

Height adjustable passenger seat

 

BMW Extended Ambient Lighting

Multi-level heating driver/passenger seat

   

Premium leather

   

Sport front seats

   

Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar

We recommend

We would choose the M5 standard trim instead of the Competition trim. The performance delivered by the M5 Sedan is already more than enough to get through challenging roads. The kind of ride comfort and handling is similar to the Competition trim. However, we’d like to spend some extra bucks on the optional packages that come in handy with the available trim levels.

2019 BMW M5 Engine and Performance

9.9/10
“Performance is the name of the game with the M5 and, hoo boy, does it deliver. It accelerates, brakes and handles with as much exhilaration as it does with ease. You can count on one hand how many cars perform on this level without sacrificing refinement — and still have fingers left.” - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Powering the 2019 BMW M5 Sedan is a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine that effectively generates 600hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission that allows smooth and hassle-free shifts. 

Comparatively, the M5 engine beats most of its rivals in terms of power delivery. Only the Cadillac CTS-V loaded with a 6.2-liter V8 engine delivers 640 hp and 630 lb-ft. Even the Mercedes E63 S sedan delivers 603 hp, leaving the BMW M5 behind.

Models

BMW M5 sedan

Cadillac CTS-V sedan

Acura NSX Coupe

Lexus GS F sedan

Mercedes E63 S sedan

MSRP

$104,695

$87,990

$159,300

$85,375

$117,000

Engine

4.4LV8 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

6.2L V8 Supercharged Gas

3.5L V6

5.0L V8 dual continuously (VVT-i)

4.0L V8 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

Transmission

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

9 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

9 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

600 hp@ 5700rpm

640 hp@ 6400rpm

573 hp@ 6500rpm

467 hp@ 7100rpm

603 hp@ 2500rpm

Torque

553 ft-lbs@ 1800rpm

630 ft-lbs@ 3600rpm

476 ft-lbs@ 2000rpm

389 ft-lbs@ 4800rpm

627 ft-lbs@ 5750 rpm

 

2019 BMW M5 Engine

Acceleration

With the thrilling twin-turbo V8 and a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission, the 2019 BMW M5 is capable of sprinting 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 10.9 seconds.

Models

BMW M5 sedan

Cadillac CTS-V sedan

Acura NSX coupe

Lexus GS F sedan

Mercedes E63 S sedan

0-60 MPH

3.2 sec

3.7 sec

3 sec

4.5 sec

3.4 sec

Quarter mile

10.9

N/A

11.2 sec

N/A

N/A

Engine

4.4LV8 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

6.2L V8 Supercharged Gas

3.5L V6

5.0L V8 dual continuously (VVT-i)

4.0L V8 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

11.0

8.4

9.3

8.4

Handling and Steering

The 2019 M5 is loyal to its brand name and goes smoothly through the corners and challenging pavements with great steering feedback. The all-wheel-drive mode allows it to go fast along the corners and maintain the balance.

In the two-wheel-drive mode, the sedan becomes a bit aggressive. The peak torque allows the vehicle to take over the road and make the ride more enjoyable.

 

2019 BMW M5 Handling

 

Braking

The new BMW M5 gets 15.6-inch brake rotors up front and 15.0-inch brake rotors in the rear wheels. With the help of those huge brakes, the braking distance is 97 feet which is good among the rivals.

Model

BMW M5 sedan

Cadillac CTS-V sedan

Acura NSX coupe

Lexus GS F sedan

Mercedes E63 S sedan

Brake Front (in.)

15.6

14.4

14.5

15

15.4

Brake Rear (in.)

15

15.3

14.2

13.6

14.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4370

4141

3878

4034

4515

60-0 MPH (ft.)

97

N/A

95

N/A

N/A

2019 BMW M5 Fuel Economy

3.0/10

BMW with its 4.4-liter V8 engine returns 15 MPG in city and 21 MPG on the highway which is not too bad for a Sedan of this segment. Rivals in the segment also offer a similar figure fuel economy with Acura NSX coupe topping the charts. 

Model

BMW M5 sedan

Cadillac CTS-V sedan

Acura NSX coupe

Lexus GS F sedan

Mercedes E63 S sedan

MPG (city)

15

14

21

16

15

MPG (highway)

21

21

22

24

23

MPG (combined)

17

16

21

19

18

Range (city/highway)

302 / 422

266 / 399

328 / 343

278 / 418

N/A

Tank Capacity (gal)

20.1

19.0

15.6

17.4

21.1

2019 BMW M5 Interior

8.5/10
“The metamorphosis from the standard 5 Series to the M5 results in a suitable amount of interior sportiness that doesn't come off as gimmicky. The materials quality is impeccable and meets expectations for a $100,000-plus luxury sedan.”- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The 2019 BMW M5 is capable of letting five people sit comfortably. It comes with remote keyless entry integrated with the key transmitter. The 4-door Sedan offers complete luxury with the help of cruise control with dual-zone front automatic air conditioning. It also comes with a day-night auto-dimming rearview mirror with a fade to off interior lighting. Seats are flushed with soft cushioning wrapped in leather which is stitched in contrast threading. Electronic adjustments are easy and make the seating adequate for all types of people. The front viewing angle is good for long journeys as well as city driving with a wide front glass.

The dashboard of the new BMW M5 carries the seamless design language with a floating type infotainment display. Ambient lighting also adds to the charming aura of the interior which truly shows its colors at night. 

Model

BMW M5 sedan

Cadillac CTS-V sedan

Acura NSX coupe

Lexus GS F sedan

Mercedes E63 S sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

2

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.7/58.7/41.4

40.4/56.9/45.7

38.3/57.7/42.9

38.0/57.2/40.6

41.3/57.8/41.6

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.5/55.9/36.5

37.5/54.8/35.4

-

37.8/55.7/32.8

38.2/57.0/36.1

 

2019 BMW M5 interior

 

Interior Features

Some of its interior features are:

  • Enhanced USB and Bluetooth
  • Tracker system
  • Power door locks with an auto-lock system
  • Instrument panel covered bin
  • Systems monitor
  • Heads-up display
  • Cargo space lights
  • Trunk/hatch auto-latch
  • Other features include:
  • Navigation system
  • Advanced real-time traffic information
  • Smart device integration
  • Redundant digital speedometer
  • Outside temperature gauze
  • Air filtration
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Front and rear map lights
  • Forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, collision mitigation braking, and lane departure warning
  • Apple CarPlay

Infotainment

BMW’s iDrive technology is one of the best examples of an engineering marvel. The tech gets enhanced year after year. The infotainment comes with the integrated touchpad on the main control dial. The menu is quick to respond to and user-friendly.

The standard infotainment system consists of:

  • BMW’s iDrive infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay (Subscription based)
  • 5-inch screen
  • USB port
  • Bluetooth
  • HD Radio
  • Seven speakers

 

2019 BMW M5 infotainment display

 

The optional upgrades include:

  • Navigation
  • Wireless charging for enabled smartphones
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Apple CarPlay
  • 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
  • Satellite radio
  • 8-inch infotainment display

Cargo

The M5 offers the best in class cargo volume. Comparatively, the Sedan offers 19 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seats. All the rivals lack behind in terms of cargo volume, with only Mercedes touching the mark set by BMW.

Model

BMW M5 sedan

Cadillac CTS-V sedan

Acura NSX coupe

Lexus GS F sedan

Mercedes E63 S sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

19

13.7

4.4

14.0

19.0

2019 BMW M5 Steering
2019 BMW M5 Steering
2019 BMW M5 cockpit area
2019 BMW M5 cockpit area
2019 BMW M5 front seat
2019 BMW M5 front seat
2019 BMW M5 center console
2019 BMW M5 center console
2019 BMW M5
2019 BMW M5
2019 BMW M5 touchscreen
2019 BMW M5 touchscreen
2019 BMW M5 infotainment display
2019 BMW M5 infotainment display

2019 BMW M5 Exterior

7.0/10
“As it does with its interior, the M5 retains the basic shape of its lesser 5 Series siblings, but with specific M touches for better performance.” – KelleyBlue Book

Dimensions and weight

The 2019 BMW M5 weighs 4370 pounds, making it one of the lightest Sedan among its German rivals. The CTS V is still lighter at 4141 pounds. It has a wheelbase of 117.4 in with the length, width and height as 195.5 in, 74.9 in and 58.0 in respectively.

The M5’s track and total width are wider than the standard 5 Series sedan, while overall height is a touch higher. The roof is made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, obviously a strategy to cut weight, and it also possesses a unique front apron with bigger air intakes. The overall exterior stance glorifies with the big 19-inch wheels.

 

2019 BMW M5 Exterior

 

Model

BMW M5 sedan

Cadillac CTS-V sedan

Acura NSX coupe

Lexus GS F sedan

Mercedes E63 S sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

4370

4141

3878

4034

4515

Length(in)

195.5

197.6

176.1

193.5

196.5

Width(in)

74.9

72.2

76.3

72.6

81.3

Height(in)

58.0

57.2

47.8

56.7

57.4

Ground clearance (in)

5.2

N/A

3.8

5.1

5

Wheelbase (in)

117.4

114.6

103.5

112.2

115.7

Track width (in) F/R

64/62.8

62.1/61.2

65.2/63.7

61.2/61.4

64.9/62.8

Exterior Features

Some of the exterior features include:

  • Wheels: 19" x 9.5" Fr& 19" x 10.5" Rr -in: Style 705M, Bi-colour M double-spoke
  • Body coloured front and rear bumpers
  • Black grille with chrome surround
  • LED brake lights
  • Fully automatic projector beam LED
  • Fixed rear window with defroster
  • Power open and close trunk rear cargo access
2019 BMW M5 top front view
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2019 BMW M5 rear three quarter
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2019 BMW M5 front view
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2019 BMW M5 side angle
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2019 BMW M5 side angle
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2019 BMW M5 top view
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2019 BMW M5 Safety

  • Programmable LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Front and rear Head Protection System (HPS)
  • Driver's and passenger's front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with advanced technology: dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment; and front-passenger-seat sensors designed to prevent unnecessary airbag deployment
  • 3-point safety belts with force limiters and head restraints at all seating positions
  • Seat-mounted front side-impact airbags
  • Front safety belts with automatic pretensions
  • LATCH attachments for child-restraint safety installation

2019 BMW M5 Competition

BMW M5 VS Cadillac CTS-V

The BMW M5 looks familiar inside-out. It only features minor changes. The 8-speed automatic transmission took over the six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch in the predecessor model. The all-wheel-drive configuration promises a smooth shifting as well. On the other hand, the Cadillac CTS-V offers amazing Supercharged V8 engine. It is a value for money car because as far as the pricing is concerned, the cost is apt due to the missing ceramic brakes.

2019 Cadillac CTS-V
2019 Cadillac CTS-V

BMW M5 VS Lexus GS F

The Lexus GS F turns out to be more handy and efficient as it weighs 350 pounds less than the BMW M5. The GS F offers a standard remote vehicle starting system, allowing to start the car from driver’s home. The M5 lacks a remote starting system. For better safety, the Lexus GS F offers front and rear seat shoulder belts that are height-adjustable whereas the M5 lacks height adjustable seat belts.

As far as the warranty is concerned, the Lexus GS F offers 2 years and 20,000 miles longer warranty coverage than the M5. The GS F is fully covered for 6 years while the M5 coverage ends at 4 years or 50,000 miles.

2019 Lexus GS-F
2019 Lexus GS-F

BMW M5 VS Mercedes-Benz E-class

The Mercedes-Benz AMG E 63 S is said to be one of the closest rivals of the BME M5. Both come assembled with turbocharged V8, all-wheel-drive system. Benz's interior looks classier than the M5. It is quite difficult to pick one among the two as they stand equally toward their promise. So, it depends on your budget and luxury demand.

2019 Mercedes Benz E-Class
2019 Mercedes Benz E-Class

 

2019 BMW M5 Final Verdict

The 2019 BMW M5 is still fun to drive with its ultimate dynamics and road ethics. With the introduction of all-wheel drive, the M5 brings you more comfort to hands. The M5 never gets out of class. Since its inception, the carmaker has tried to make it more user-friendly and luxury vehicle. There might be a lot of close rivals in the segment but the BMW M5 has its own magical charm.

How much does it cost to own a BMW M5?

For an average, it costs around $42,000 to own a BMW M5 which includes the premium costs, fuel cost, and other necessary taxes. So, if you are thinking to get yourself a BMW M5 for your next birthday then keep these expenses in mind and then go ahead with your purchase.

How reliable is the BMW M5?

BMW M5 is the top of the range performance model of the 5-series sedan. Build quality of M5 is top-notch keeping safety and performance in mind. The 600 hp engine is very robust and the gearbox is capable of handling more power and torque with ease. 

How is the after-sales service of BMW?

BMW is a well known and established brand in the country with around a thousand dealers across the country. Every service center is well equipped with all the necessary equipment to tackle any of the problems arising out in any condition. In recent years BMW has evolved around their build quality which makes it one of the best sellers in the segment.