2020 BMW M5

Rating7.5

Ranked #12 in Midsize Sedan

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Starting MSRP 

$110,000

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Key Spec of 2020 BMW M5
fuel economy

15/17/21

fuel type

Premium unleaded (required)

horsepower

617 hp @ 6000 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

2020 BMW M5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: April 22, 2022

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Starting at a price of $102,700, the 2020 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 an 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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ProsConsWhat's New

Powerful turbocharged V8 powertrain

Interior less luxurious than rivals

Apple CarPlay now available as standard

Smooth 8-speed automatic transmission

High price

M5 Competition trim gets power and ride handling boost

Stable all-wheel-drive configuration

Darker color tones aren't appealing

User-friendly and commanding cockpit

Below average fuel economy

Good amount of standard safety equipment

Over All Rating

7.5

Out of 10

Pricing and Features6.00
Pricing and Feature7.00
Features8.00
Engine and Performance7.20
Fuel Economy5.00
Interior8.70
Exterior6.00
Safety8.00
Competition9.00
Notable Rankings

#12 in Midsize Sedan

#13 in Sedan

#13 in Compact Sedan


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Trims

Competition$110,000 onwards

  • 20-inch machined w/painted accents forged aluminum Wheels


Colors and Styles

2020 BMW M5 in Alpine White color
Alpine White

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2020 BMW M5 is offered in two trims, the Standard at $102,700 and the M5 competition at $110,000. The latter is not only more powerful but also more equipped in terms of features. They see a common powertrain of 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 engines capable of generating 600 HP and 553 lb-ft of torque. This particular Beemer is known for its ability to go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds flat.

2020 BMW M5

The 2020 model year sees the inclusion of Apple CarPlay as standard across all trims, moreover, the M5 competition gets better power and ride handling. These aspects help BMW have an edge over its competition such as the 2020 Cadillac CTS-V and the 2020 Mercedes E63 S.

2020 BMW M5 Sedan front angle view
2020 BMW M5 Sedan rear angle view

Features
8.0/10

"Brutally quick and fast, playful all-wheel-drive system, eminently luxurious inside." - Car and Driver

The 2020 BMW M5 is offered in two trims, Standard and Competition, both the variants get a 4.4L turbocharged V8 engine. The standard trim comes priced at $102,700 and the Competition trim is priced at $110,000. The Competition trim is not only more sporty but also more equipped in terms of features on the inside. A comprehensive list of the same is given below.

Trims

2020 BMW M5 Standard

2020 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 recommend you to go in for the standard trim rather than choosing the Competition trim. The 2020 M5 Standard trim offers enough luxury already, spending an additional 8 grand wouldn't be worth it, we believe. Anyhow, both the trims on offer have the same 4.4-liter powerhead.

Engine and Performance
7.2/10

“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 of the 2020 BMW M5

The 2020 BMW M5 gets a 600 HP generating engine, this V8 can also turn out 553 lb-ft of torque and comes equipped with 8-speed automatic transmission. With an extremely powerful engine under its hood, it delivers phenomenal acceleration and drives the experience. In fact, this particular Beemer is known for its thrill and performance. Even the transmission is extremely smooth and it goes into top-speeds without any hassle.

2019 BMW M5 Sedan engine bay

In comparison, the 2020 Cadillac CTS-V generates the most power, measuring 640 HP from a 6.2L V8 supercharged engine. It also delivers 630 lb-ft of torque and is priced only at $87,990.

Models

2020 BMW M5

2020 Cadillac CTS-V

2020 Mercedes E63 S

MSRP

$104,695

$87,990

$117,000

Engine

4.4LV8 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

6.2L V8 Supercharged Gas

4.0L V8 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

Transmission

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

9 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

600 hp@ 5700 RPM

640 hp@ 6400 RPM

603 hp@ 6500 RPM

Torque

553 ft-lbs@ 1800 RPM

630 ft-lbs@ 3600 RPM

627 ft-lbs@ 5750 RPM

On the other hand, we have the 2020 Mercedes E63 S that comes in at a price of $117,000. It has the smallest engine in the class, measuring only 4.0L, it is a V8 Trim-turbo that puts out 603 HP and 627 lb-ft of torque. Powerful enough to just scrape through against its potent rival the 2020 BMW M5.

Acceleration of the 2020 BMW M5

Equipped with a thrilling twin-turbo V8 engine and a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission the 2020 BMW M5 takes you from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. It also measures the fastest amongst the competition for the same. It also comes with the ability to run the quarter-mile in just 10.9 seconds yet again proving to be the fastest in class.

Models

2020 BMW M5

2020 Cadillac CTS-V

2020 Mercedes E63 S

0-60 MPH

3.2 sec

3.7 sec

3.4 sec

Quarter mile

10.9 sec

11.9 sec

N/A sec

Engine

4.4LV8 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

6.2L V8 Supercharged Gas

4.0L V8 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

Emission

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

N/A

11.0

8.4

The closest in competition is the 2020 Mercedes E63 S, which goes from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds. It is surprising how the 2020 Cadillac CTS-V is the most power-packed engine doesn't seem to outperform the two competitors here. It only ranks in the third position and clocks the 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds while taking 11.9 seconds to go the quarter-mile. Even the Mercedes performance is questionable as it too has an engine that generates more power than the BMW M5 and it takes longer to go from 0-60 mph.

Handling and Steering of the 2020 BMW M5

The 2020 M5 from BMW handles perfectly, unlike any other M series from the brand. It gets a responsive steering and enthralling acceleration, it also offers safe and regenerative braking. The vehicle is enjoyable in its own manner when equipped with the AWD or the FWD. With the latter, the ride becomes aggressive, showing torque to take over horsepower. On the other hand, the AWD, delivers on track, allowing faster acceleration and corners.

Braking of the 2020 BMW M5

Equipped with the largest rotors in class, the 2020 BMW M5 gets a set of 15.6-inch rotors for the front wheels and a set of 15-inch rotors for the rear wheels. These rotors help the vehicle come to a standstill from a 60 mph speed in just 97 feet. Do keep in mind that the BMW weighs a whopping 4370 lbs.

Models

2020 BMW M5

2020 Cadillac CTS-V

2020 Mercedes E63 S

Brake Front (in.)

15.6

14.4

15.4

Brake Rear (in.)

15

15.3

14.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4370

4141

4515

60-0 MPH (ft.)

97

106

N/A

When compared, we find that the Beemer puts up the best brake performance in competition, leaving behind even the famed Mercedes E63 S. The 2020 Cadillac CTS comes equipped with slightly smaller rotors, measuring 14.4 inches for the front and 15.3 inches for the rear and this helps it come to a standstill in 106 feet, from a speed of 60mph. 

Fuel Economy
5.0/10

"The EPA estimates that the regular M5 and its Competition variant will earn 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway." - Car and Driver

The 2020 BMW M5 even though equipped with a 4.4L V8 engine, manages to return a decent fuel economy. However, it clearly isn't the best in the segment for the same. It returns 15 miles to a gallon for city drives, 21 miles to a gallon for Highway cruises, and a combined reading of 19 miles per gallon. This gives it a combined range of 381 miles and a highway range of 422 miles.

Models

2020 BMW M5

2020 Cadillac CTS-V

2020 Mercedes E63 S

MPG (city)

15

14

15

MPG (highway)

21

21

23

MPG (combined)

19

16

18

Range (city/highway/combined)

302/422/381 miles

266/399/NA miles

N/A miles

Tank Capacity (gal)

20.1

19.0

21.1

Here we have the 2020 Mercedes E63 S with a better fuel economy to offer, firstly it comes with a larger tank measuring 21.1 gallons. The BMW M5 loses out by 1 gallon here. The Merc further offers a highway mpg of 23 and this gives it the best range for the same. On the other hand, the most powerful engine in the class, that of the 2020 Cadillac CTS-V, gets a compromised fuel efficiency. It further even gets the smallest fuel tank capacity in competition, measuring 19 gallons only.

Interior
8.7/10

“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 of the 2020 BMW M5

The 2020 BMW M5 offers an interior that can accommodate 5 individuals comfortably. There is no need to mention the comfort and luxury that a BMW otherwise offers, even this one gets all that you could ask for, from heated seats to climate control. It also gets the best in class infotainment offering, it features Apple CarPlay, a 5-inch screen, and a 7-speakers sound set up.

​​​​2020 BMW M5 basic Sedan cockpit area

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. In terms of dimension, the BMW offers a spacious room for its passengers not only in the front row but also in the second row of seats.

Models

2020 BMW M5

2020 Cadillac CTS-V

2020 Mercedes E63 S

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

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

40.7/58.7/41.4

40.4/56.9/45.7

41.3/57.8/41.6

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.5/55.9/36.5

37.5/54.8/35.4

38.2/57.0/36.1

When compared with the competition the 2020 BMW M5 has the most spacious front row, especially in terms of shoulder room where it offers 58.7 inches, it also offers a spacious rear room, in fact, the best in class. The next best offering in terms of space is provided by the Mercedes E63 S. In terms of dimension it is almost identical to the Beemer, with a few inches up and down. The 2020 Cadillac CTS-V offers a comparatively smaller interior cabin, especially in its second row. The Cadillac has the best legroom to offer in the front row measuring 45.7 inches.

Infotainment of the 2020 BMW M5

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 an 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

Cargo of the 2020 BMW M5

 Attracting by providing a fine passenger room isn't all that is expected. The audience always looks out for a decent cargo space too. The 2020 BMW M5 offers 18.7 cubic feet as its cargo room. For a sporty Sedan such as itself, this number seems to be a decent offering.

Models

2020 BMW M5

2020 Cadillac CTS-V

2020 Mercedes E63 S

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

18.7

13.7

19.0

In comparison with its competition, the Mercedes E63 S has a slightly larger cargo room, measuring 19 cubic feet. The 2020 Cadillac once again ranks last as it offers only 13.7 cubic feet as its cargo room. The Cadillac is bound to lose attention from potential customers as it lacks deeply in terms of passenger and cargo room on offer.

Exterior
6.0/10

“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 of the 2020 BMW M5

I don't really need to say this but the 2020 BMW M5 is absolutely stunning. With a sporty and elegant exterior body design there are several more changes to this model year's exteriors. Firstly, the M5 is wider and taller than the standard 5 series sedan. The M5 gets a carbon fiber reinforced plastic roof, this adds strength and cuts weight, both in favor of what a buyer would be looking for.

​​​​2020 BMW M5 basic Sedan 

The looks are further enhanced by sleek headlamps and a larger grille. Finally, the exteriors are made to stand out by its 19-inch wheels. The best driver experience belongs to the BMW and the reason behind it is now clearly visible, its wheelbase that measures 117.4 inches and a ground clearance of 4.6 inches. Laying low and long helps a lot in delivering a fine drive experience and reducing downforce.

Models

2020 BMW M5

2020 Cadillac CTS-V

2020 Mercedes E63 S

Curb weight (lbs.)

4370

4141

4515

Length(in)

195.5

197.6

196.5

Width(in)

74.9

72.2

81.3

Height(in)

57.8

57.2

57.4

Ground clearance (in)

4.6

N/A

5

Wheelbase (in)

117.4

114.6

115.7

Track width (in) F/R

64/62.8

62.1/61.2

64.9/62.8

In comparison with the existing competition, we find that the 2020 Mercedes E63 S is the heaviest vehicle measuring 4515 pounds, it is also the widest at 81.3 inches and gets the best in class ground clearance measuring 5 inches. The 2020 Cadillac CTS weighs the least at 4141 pounds. It measures the longest at 197.6 inches and yet gets the shortest wheelbase of 114.6 inches, surprising but true.

Exterior Features of the 2020 BMW M5

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-colored 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
Safety
8.0/10

" The sports sedan does offer a wide variety of standard and optional driver-assistance technology." - Car and Driver

The safety rating of the 2020 BMW M5

With regard to its safety offering, the 2020 BMW M5 has a host of safety features to offer backed by a fine reputation of keeping its occupants safe. It is also noticed that high-performance vehicles get an equally high safety offering, the reason behind which is obvious, with greater performance comes greater risk and thus there is greater safety offered. Unfortunately, the 2020 BMW M5 has not been tested by private or federal authorities such as the NHTSA or the IIHS. And hence we do not exactly know where this vehicle delivers fabulous safety and where it does not.

The Safety featuresof the 2020 BMW M5

  • 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
Competition
9.0/10

2020 BMW M5 VS 2020 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 an 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.

2020 Cadillac CTS-V

2020 BMW M5 VS 2020 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, an 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.

2020 Mercedes Benz E-Class

 

Final Verdict

The 2020 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 a 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.

2020 BMW M5

 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$110000

body style

4dr Sedan

engine type
displacement

268 cu in

horse power

617 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

553 lb.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic

dimensions
length

62.8 in

wheelbase

117.4 in

width

74.9 in

curb weight

4370 lbs

Height

57.8 in

capacity
passenger volume

98.8 cu ft

cargo volume

18.7 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

15/17/21 mpg

highway range

422.1 mi

warranty
basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


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Ian Phillips

2020 BMW M5

4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 18, 2022

buy with care.

Pros - Elegant design, mind blowing performance,.

Cons - Expensive, issues with wheel alignment.

Wheel Alignment problem. It's an elegant sedan with Luxurious interior and mind-blowing Performance but with its hefty price tag, it's best not to spend money on this car. Well that isn't a good enough reason not to buy it but in the 2 years I've owned this car, I've faced 2 recalls and both of them were for its wheel alignment. For such an expensive sedan, that stuff is completely unacceptable. ...

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8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
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Virginia

2020 BMW M5

Competition 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: December 24, 2021

sedan with stunning performance

Pros - Brutally quick and fast, playful all wheel drive system, stunning looks and very luxurious inside.

Cons - Drive-mode settings buried in menus and very pricey.

stylish and comfortable luxury sedan I've had this automobile for approximately six months now. It's a great automobile for cruising around town and provides an ample amount of luxury. The latter adds features like heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats with massaging functions, soft-close doors, four-zone automatic climate control, self-parking assist, and more. It appears quite sim...

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8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
9/10
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Natalia Berry

2021 BMW M5

4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 19, 2022

It's all about performance.

Pros - Performance, Looks, Driving modes.

Cons - Not a thing.

State of the art German engineering. The BMW M5 is absolutely spot on when it comes to performance and driving pleasure. I thought that the power of my previous gen M5 was more than enough but my new M5 proved it wrong. The more the power, the more you get addicted. I have taken it for some track events and enjoyed driving it to bits. The driving modes, on the other hand, really change the drivin...

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Interior
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Safety
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Reliability
9/10
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9/10
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