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2018 BMW M5 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

There is an all-new generation of the revered M5 - and its all-wheel drive. The 2018 BMW M5 was presented on 21 August 2017 at the Gamescom to promote the video game seed for Speed Paybacks, and will be available to the masses from this spring.

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Pros

Powerful engine

Wonderful handling

Old M5\\u2019s revised suspension and steering calibration

Cons

Not enough luxury since cabin is too noisy

Have to remember different modes to make the most out of it

What's New?

Powerful 4.4L TwinPower Turbo V8

All-wheel drive

Brake energy recuperation


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$102600

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

163 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

268 cu. in.

horsepower

600 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

553 lb.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

117.4 in.

length

195.5 in.

width

74.9 in.

height

58 in.

curb weight

4387 lbs.

ground clearance

5.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

18.7 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/25/21 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr./ Unlimited mi.



Styles

 2018 BMW M5 in Alpine White color  2018 BMW M5 in Azurite Black Metallic color  2018 BMW M5 in Black Sapphire Metallic color  2018 BMW M5 in Bluestone Metallic color  2018 BMW M5 in Champagne Quartz Metallic color  2018 BMW M5 in Donington Gray Metallic color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

8.6

Exterior

8.0

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 BMW M5 base

base

power
600 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
N/A

$102,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $102,600 MSRP TBD 600 hp @ 5700 rpm4.4gaspremium unleaded (required)
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive N/A

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 21, 2018

8.3

Overall Rating


Starting from the price of $102,600, M5 has both the power and the capability to take on twisty backroads, racetracks and highways with equal efficiency. Its power comes from a 4.4lt TwinPower turbo V8 engine which throws about 553lb-ft of torque with a power of 600hp and have an automated 8-speed transmission.

It is the first time that BMW has made an all-wheel-drive car for it\u2019s sedan version. The newer version has a high-tech drivetrain that can disconnect the front wheels for a pure rear-drive personality. All in all, the new M5 is lighter than before and enhanced its performance and handling.


8.0/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.6/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2018 BMW M5 Features

8.0/10

Trims

BMW M5 Sedan

MSRP

$102,600

Features

Regenerative Braking

 

Lightweight carbon fibre-reinforce-plastic (CFRP) roof 

   Automatic high beams 
   Power-folding, heated side mirrors
   Dynamic Cruise Control 
   M-specific Head-up Display 
   Advanced Real Time Traffic Information
   Rain-sensing windshield wipers with adjustable speed
   BMW Extended Ambient Lighting

The BMW M% comes in only one trim having features including regenerative braking, automatic high beams and dynamic cruise control. It has a powerful engine and an enhanced handling to make it more powerful and luxurious than its counterparts in the sport sedan category.

We recommend:

Well there is only one trim to recommend from so not much to go on in choice if you are looking for a sports sedan in BMW but it is the first of its kind in the BMW M5 with an all-drive-wheel with 8-speed automatic transmission.

2018 BMW M5 Engine

8.0/10

Engine and Transmission

The 2018 BMW M5 uses a 4.4lt TwinPower turbo V8 engine that generates a 600hp of power and 533 lb-ft of torque. It is joined with an 8-speed automatic transmission which helps in its enhanced handling.

Models

BMW M5

Audi RS7

Cadillac CTS-V

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

MSRP

$102,600

$113,900

$87,490

$10,4400

Engine

4.4L TwinPower Turbo V8

Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8 4.0 L/244

6.2L (376 ci) supercharged V8 DI

4.0L V8 Biturbo

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

Power

600 hp

560hp @ 5700

640 hp

603 hp

Torque

553 lb-ft

516 lb.-ft. @ 1750

630 lb-ft

627 lb-ft

Its competitors the Audi RS7, Cadillac CTS-V and the Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S are all approximately on the same cost bracket with Cadillac CTS-V a little less. But the power and handling of the new M5 has made it a top priority model and take it a notch up from its rivals.

Acceleration:

In all types if acceleration, you can rest assuredly that the 2018 BMW M5 is the best among its counterparts. The 8-speed automatic transmission shifts quickly which gives it an edge to its rivals and helps us get the speed of 60mpl in an astonishing 3.2 seconds and a 100mph in crossing a quarter mile.

Models

BMW M5

Audi RS7

Cadillac CTS-V

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

0-60 MPH

3.2 sec

3.9 sec

3.7 sec

3.3 sec

Quarter mile

10.9 sec

11.3 sec

11.9 sec

12.1 sec

Engine

4.4L

4.0L

6.2L

4.0L

Emission

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

10.4

10.4

10.4

8.4

The M5 is at the top with 3.2 seconds followed closely by Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S with 3.3 seconds. Also, it has the fastest quarter mile than the others and the engine capacity is 4.4 litres, second only to the Cadillac CTS-V. The emission of CO2 is at 10.4 clashing with Audi RS7 and Cadillac CTS-V but the winner in the segment is Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S.

Handling and Steering:

The BMW\u2019s are known for its sporty and fun drive and the 2018 BMW M5 does not disappoint. It goes smoothly across the corners and edges and has a good steering feedback. In the all-wheel drive mode, it pounces into the slow turns and slithers into fast. In the two-wheel drive mode, it gets a little aggressive. On the whole it is a vehicle made to be teased at the turns and edges but due to its all-wheel mode or the astonishing torque, the M5 feels a little heavier that it is.

Braking:

Braking is one of the key aspect of the car and is closely related to safety in power packed cars and especially sport sedan cars such as M5. The brake pedal provides a smooth feel which is easy to manage and it gives one of the best results in its segment.

Model

BMW M5

Audi RS7

Cadillac CTS-V

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

Brake Front(in)

15.6

15.4

15.3

15.4

Brake Rear(in)

15.0

14

14.3

14.2

Curb Weight(lbs)

4370

4497

4141

4515

60-0 MPH (ft.)

97.0

101

99.0

102

In the braking test, the M5 produces the best result in all its competitors with stopping at 97.0 ft in getting from 60-09mph. It is followed by Cadillac CTS-V and then Audi RS7. The Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S comes last in the braking test.

2018 BMW M5 Fuel Economy

7.7/10

The 2018 BMW M5 gives 15/21 on city/highway. Since the BMW fashions it as a sport sedan, it is a below average economy in its class but it compensated it in its power and handling.

Model

BMW M5

Audi RS7

Cadillac CTS-V

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

MPG (City)

15

14

14

19

MPG (Highway)

21

24

21

25

MPG (Combined)

17

19

17

21

The 2018 BMW M5 comes with Cadillac CTS-V at the bottom of the barrel with the combined economy of 17, while the Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S comes at the top with the combined economy of 21. The Audi RS7 trails in between with an acceptable figure of 19.

2018 BMW M5 Interior

8.6/10

Seating and Comfort:

The 2018 BMW M5 is a four-door sport sedan with the capacity of 5 persons with remote keyless entry integrated with the key transmitter. It has cruise control with dual zone front automatic air conditioning. It has a day-night auto-dimming rear view mirror with fade to off interior lightning.

Model

BMW M5

Audi RS7

Cadillac CTS-V

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

Passenger capacity

5

4

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.8/58.7/41.4

36.9/57.2/41.3

40.4/56.9/45.7

37.9/57.8/41.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.5/55.9/36.5

36.6/55.9/37

37.5/54.8/35.4

38.2/56.9/35.8

It has a sport heated leather steering wheel with auto tilt-away and proximity key for doors and push button start. It also has a garage door transmitter and leatherette door trim insert.

Interior Features:

Some of its interior features are:

  • Enhanced USB and Bluetooth
  • Tracker system
  • Power door locks with 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 immobiliser
  • 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 most intuitive in the market and continues to get better each year. Its ease is further amplified by the integrated touchpad on the main control dial. The menu is straightforward and quick to respond.

The standard infotainment system consists of:

  • BMW's iDrive infotainment system
  • 6.5-inch screen
  • USB port
  • Bluetooth
  • HD Radio
  • Seven speakers

The optional upgrades include:

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

Cargo:

The 2018 BMW M5 has a cargo area concealed storage which includes spare tire mobility kit. It also has its own lights to view in the dark.

Model

BMW M5

Audi RS7

Cadillac CTS-V

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

Volume (ft cube)

18.7

24.5

13.7

13.1

In the cargo capacity, the M5 comes second only to the Audi RS7 and beat the Cadillac CTS-V and Mercedes-Benz hands down with 18.7 ft cube.

2018 BMW M5 Exterior

8.0/10

Dimensions and weight:

The 2018 BMW M5 has regained its design which is dedicated to power by getting its weight as its lowest in its segment. 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. It has the trunk value of 19 cu ft.

Model

BMW M5

Audi RS7

Cadillac CTS-V

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

Curb weight(lbs)

4370

4497

4141

4515

Length(in)

195.5

197.3

197.6

196.4

Width(in)

74.9

75.2

72.2

75.1

Height(in)

58.0

55.9

57.2

56.6

Ground clearance(in)

5.5

4.3

5.0

5.0

Wheelbase(in)

117.4

114.8

114.6

115.7

Track width(in) F/R

64.0/62.8

64.3/64

62.1/61.2

64.9/62.8

The BMW M5 has the lowest weight amongst its counterparts which adds to its power. It has the shortest length in its segment but its has ample space inside for the occupants. It has the highest ground clearance of 5.5 in.

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
  • Tires: 275/40R19 Fr & 285/40R19 Rr Mixed Perf
  • Body coloured front and rear bumpers
  • Black grille with chrome surround
  • LED brake lights
  • Fully automatic projector beam LED
  • Clearcoat paint
  • Fixed rear window with defroster
  • Power open and close trunk rear cargo access
  • Galvanised steel / aluminium / composite panels

2018 BMW M5 Safety

The IIHS and the NHTSA has not reviewed the crash car test of 2018 BMW M5.

  • Adaptive Brakelights
  • 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
  • Acoustic safety-belt warning
  • Front safety belts with automatic pretensioners
  • LATCH attachments for child-restraint safety installation
  • Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger-seat safety belts (for installation of child-restraint seats)
  • Impact sensor that activates Battery Safety Terminal disconnect of alternator, fuel pump and starter from battery; automatically unlocks doors, and turns on hazard and interior lights
  • Central locking system on driver and front passenger doors
  • Active Driving Assistant\xa0includes Lane Departure Warning,\xa0Pedestrian Protection, Active Blind Spot Detection and Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • BMW Assist eCall\u2122 includes Emergency Request (SOS button) and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification
  • BMW Remote Services includes Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Remote Door Unlock and BMW Connected App
  • BMW's Active Protection System detects imminent accidents, then prepares by automatically pretensioning safety belts, closing windows and moonroof (if so equipped), and activating post-crash braking; includes Fatigue and Focus Alert feature

2018 BMW M5 Competition

Audi RS7:

The 2018 BMW M5 has a better power engine as well as enhanced handling with the all-wheel-drive. Also, M5 has better passenger seat capacity than Audi RS7 as well as better performance and braking system. The only place the Audi RS7 beats M5 is at the fuel economy but M5 compensates it in other areas.

Cadillac CTS-V:

The Cadillac CTS-V is very heavy than the M5 and also inferior in the power performance. Maximum fields are totally owned by M5 as it gives a powerful engine as well as a nimbler handling.

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S:

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S gives a very good competition to the BMW M5 but it comes short on some accounts such as the intuitive iDrive technology and the all-wheel-drive handling with 8-speed automatic transmission.

2018 BMW M5 Final Verdict

All in All, BMW M5 is a total package if you are a lover of a powerful as well as easy handling cars. Also, it is better than its counterparts in almost every part you can name it and has wonderful features such as Apple CarPlay and supports the driver with iDrive technology with navigation, GPS and tracker system. It is a power packed car which gives the driver a satisfaction only a fast and powerful car can give. On the whole, this is a car worth its price in its segments and beat its counterparts hands down in performance, speed, handling as well as the interior and exterior features.