2018 BMW X5 M SUV

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2018 MODEL

8.4

Overall Rating

2018 BMW X5 M SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

The BMW X5 is a mid-size luxury SUV, although BMW prefers to call it an SAV, a Sports Activity Vehicle. The distinction was created to highlight the on-road capabilities of the car, which are extremely satisfying. 2010 onwards BMW decided to build the performance version of the X5, called the X5 M.

The 2018 BMW X5 M has only one trim which is priced at $101,700. It comes equipped with a twin turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine which churns out 567 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque and is coupled with an 8-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox, which gives it great performance while also being easy to drive.

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Pros

Sedan like handling for an SUV

Justifies the M badge with its high performance engine

Suave looks and sturdy chassis

Cons

Stiff suspension setup

Larger carbon footprint

What's New?

Navigation system gets updated along with the infotainment system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$100700

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

160 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

268 cu. in.

horsepower

567 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

553 lb.-ft. @ 2200 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6 in. ventilated disc brakes/13.7 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

115.5 in.

length

192.7 in.

width

78.1 in.

height

67.6 in.

curb weight

5260 lbs.

ground clearance

8.1 in.

capacity

cargo volume

35.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

6000 lbs.

payload capacity

1170 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/16/19 mpg

highway range

425.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2018 BMW X5 M SUV in Alpine White color  2018 BMW X5 M SUV in Azurite Black Metallic color  2018 BMW X5 M SUV in Black Sapphire Metallic color  2018 BMW X5 M SUV in Carbon Black Metallic color  2018 BMW X5 M SUV in Donington Gray Metallic color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

8.1

Engine

9.4

Fuel Economy

6.7

Interior

7.9

Exterior

9.4

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 BMW X5 M SUV base

base

power
567 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
16 mpg

$101,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $101,700 MSRP (14 mpg/16 mpg/19 mpg) 567 hp @ 6000 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

8.4

Overall Rating


The BMW X5 M is surprisingly versatile for an SUV (or an SAV, suit yourself) and can easily bring the competition to its knees. It seems like BMW has brought back the passion that some of its other cars have been lacking recently.


8.1/10
Features

 

9.4/10
Engine

 

6.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.9/10
Interior

 

9.4/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2018 BMW X5 M SUV Features

8.1/10

The X5 M has only one single trim, which is priced at $100,700. It offers a 4.4 Liter V8 that churns out 567 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque and is coupled with an 8-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. The car features BMW’s xDrive technology, which can divide power between the front and rear axles. You also get the option to add Rear-seat entertainment system that offers two LCD display at the back seats.

Trim X5 M
MSRP $100,700
Key Features Adaptive suspension dampers
  Rear air suspension
  Panoramic sunroof
  Front and rear parking sensors
  Power liftgate
  Adaptive headlights
  Keyless entry
  Adaptive cruise control
  Heated front seats
  Four-zone climate control
  Ambient cabin lighting
  Rear-view camera
  Navigation system with a 10.2-inch touchscreen display with a touchpad-equipped controller
  16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
  BMW’s Connected Drive

There is optional tech available too, like rear seat entertainment system, Adaptive Full LED Lights, Automatic high beams, front ventilated seats, and heated rear seats.

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There isn't a choice of trim, but hey, no complaints! The X5M is a bonkers performance SUV, which could give a sports car half its size a run for its money.

2018 BMW X5 M SUV Engine

9.4/10

"The X5 M’s on-track performance puts it in a class nearly by itself, but a mystifying array of driver-adjustable powertrain and suspension settings can make it difficult to decide on a sweet spot for daily driving."  -Car and Driver

​​​​​​Engine and transmission

BMW X5 M comes with only one engine specification, the Twin Turbo 4.4 Liter which comes mated to an 8-speed M Sports Automatic Transmission with Drivelogic. X5 M’s engine generates a massive 567 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. The dual-clutch automatic gearbox allows easy gear shifts.

Models BMW X5 M Porsche Cayenne Turbo Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
MSRP $100,700 $118,100 $102,550 $113,600
Engine Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8 4.4 L/268 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8 4.8 L/293 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8 5.5 L/333 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-8 5.0 L/305
Transmission 8-speed M Sports Automatic Transmission with Drivelogic 8-speed Tiptronic S AMG Speedshift Plus 7g-Tronic 8-Speed Automatic
Horsepower 567hp @ 6,000 RPM 550hp @ 5,750 RPM 550hp @ 5,750 RPM 575hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 553 lb.-ft. @ 2,200 RPM 567 lb.-ft. @ 1,960 RPM 516 lb.-ft. @ 1,750 RPM 516 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 RPM

The competition is more expensive than the X5 M but lacks power. With the exception of Range Rover Sport, which has 575 horsepower under the hood, the competition offers less power than the X5. Porsche Cayenne Turbo is the most expensive car in this comparison which offers 550 horsepower and 567 lb.-ft of torque. Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 ties in power to the Porsche but loses out in torque, even though it has the biggest engine of the bunch.

Acceleration

The BMW X5 M stands true to its sports credentials, by offering near sports car performance. It takes 4 seconds to go from a standstill to 60 mph, while the quarter mile run takes a little over 12 seconds. The rapid acceleration is not very surprising since the X5 uses the same 4.4-liter V8 engine as the M5 super saloon.

Models BMW X5 M Porsche Cayenne Turbo Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
0-60 MPH 4.0 sec 3.9 sec 4.2 sec 4.3 sec
Quarter mile 12.4 sec 12.4 sec 12.5 sec 12.6 sec
Engine 4.4L 4.8L 5.5L 5.0L
Emissions (Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 11.0 10.4 11.8 11.0

The Porsche Cayenne is slightly faster than the BMW X5 to reach 60 mph, but due to its slightly lower peak power, it ties with the Beemer for the quarter mile run. The Porsche is also slightly eco-friendlier, releasing slightly lesser emissions into the atmosphere.

Ride and Handling

Sadly, it is also the heaviest car in its class, which costs slightly in the handling department. The suspension takes take of the roll while cornering, but you can still feel the weight of the car. The BMW is a very quick car and can corner as fast as any supercar in the market, although you’d have to wrestle with the steering a little to get it to point.

Braking

BMW X5 was a great handling SUV, and the X5 M is only better, offering bigger discs, more power, and better suspension and tires. The BMW has huge 15 inch plus discs on both the front and rear ends. It helps bring the car to a halt from 60 mph in just 104 feet, which is the best in class.

Model BMW X5 M Porsche Cayenne Turbo Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Brake Front (in.) 15.6 15.4 15.4 15.0
Brake Rear (in.) 15.2 14.1 13.6 14.4
Curb Weight (lbs.) 5260 4796 5203 5093
60-0 MPH (ft.) 104 106 114 120

The Cayenne is a typical Porsche, in that it is surprisingly agile for its size. It also is the lightest amongst the rivals, which is a contributing factor to its blazing acceleration. The Range Rover Sport and AMG GLE are not too far behind, although they don’t quite catch up to the X5 M.

2018 BMW X5 M SUV Fuel Economy

6.7/10

The BMW, due to its million monitoring systems and demanding all-wheel-drive system, is quite a thirsty car. It manages to run 14 miles in the city and 19 miles on the highway on a single gallon of fuel, which translates into a combined efficiency of 16 mpg, a great efficiency figure for a car as gigantic and powerful as the X5 M.

Model BMW X5 M Porsche Cayenne Turbo Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
MPG (city) 14 14 14 14
MPG (highway) 19 21 18 19
MPG (combined) 16 17 16 16

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo is lighter than the X5, and it shows in the fuel economy, helping it run an extra 2 miles on the highway on a single gallon of fuel. The city efficiency figures are the same for all cars in the class.

2018 BMW X5 M SUV Interior

7.9/10

"The X5 M’s interior has aged well, and despite providing slightly less space to spread out than some competitors, it’s comfortable and well appointed even without the few available upgrade packages."​ -Car And Driver

​​​​​​Seating and Comfort

The 2018 BMW X5 M offers its customers a choice of 12 shades for the interiors, which is a wonderful thing considering the car costs upwards of a hundred thousand dollars. The seats are plush and padded, holding the driver in place even under heavy cornering. The dashboard is driver-centric and the rear seats have plenty of space. The longer wheelbase allows the rear passenger to stretch their legs easily. The front seats come with memory settings allowing easy seat adjustments.

Model BMW X5 M Porsche Cayenne Turbo Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.8/60.5/40.4 39.6/58.9/40.6 38.9/58.5/40.3 39.5/60.7/42.2
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.8/58.3/36.6 39.0/57.0/36.0 38.5/58.4/38.4 39.1/59.5/37

The Rover Sport is the widest car in the competition allowing 3 passengers to sit with ease in the rear. However, the legroom that AMG GLE 63 provides is the best amongst the competitors.

Infotainment

The BMW X5 M comes loaded with a 6-inch iDrive infotainment system which comes with a 200 GB hard drive with a storage space of 20 GB for audio files. Sadly, Apple CarPlay is optional, and Android Auto isn’t available in any of the trims. Some of the standard features include:

  • Navigation
  • 3D Maps
  • AUX
  • Bluetooth
  • Voice Activation

Cargo volume

Even with the blazing performance, the X5 M is supposed to fulfill a few basic duties that every SUV should be able to manage. The first of those duties is to swallow enormous quantities of luggage in its trunk. The BMW holds up its own against the competition, providing a brilliant 35 cubic feet of storage when normal and 76 cubic feet of storage with the rear seats folded.

Model BMW X5 M Porsche Cayenne Turbo Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Cargo Volume with 2ndrow up (ft.3) 35.8 23.7 38.2 27.5
Cargo Volume with 2ndrow folded (ft.3) 76.7 60.2 80.3 62.2

The GLE 63 has the best cargo capacity available i.e. 38.2 feet with the 2nd row in use and 80.3 feet with 2nd row folded. With a maximum cargo space of just 60.2 feet, the Cayenne Turbo has the worst capacity available.

2018 BMW X5 M SUV Exterior

9.4/10

"The X5 M’s design isn’t nearly as special as its powertrain. Still, it’s stately and substantial, and the squarish design, enlarged air intakes, and squat stance announce the X5 M as something more than your average mid-size SUV.​" -Car And Driver

​​​​​​Dimensions and Weight

The 2018 BMW X5 M is a gigantic car, with an enormous length of more than 190 inches and over 5 thousand pounds of weight. It also has the largest wheelbase in its class, which helps it have loads of space on the inside. The car has a very towering stance due to its height, which is slightly upwards of 67 inches. Their ground clearance is also the best in class, although the X5 M does not appreciate being driven off-road.

Model BMW X5 M Porsche Cayenne Turbo Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Curb weight (lbs.) 5260 4796 5203 5093
Length(in) 192.7 194.0 191.0 192.2
Width(in) 78.1 78.1 76.2 78.1
Height(in) 67.6 65.9 69.4 71
Ground clearance (in) 8.1 7.4 7.1 7.9
Wheelbase (in) 115.5 114.0 114.8 115
Track width (in) F/R 65.6/65.6 66.5/65.8 66.4/67.1 66.6/66.6

The Range Rover is the closest to X5 in terms of dimensions, the wheelbase is also comparable and so is the ground clearance. Although the sport is marketed as a ‘Soft-roader’, it can still go off-road when the mood strikes you.

Towing Capacity

The second basic duty an SUV should be able to manage is towing capability. The BMW, although impressive in its own right, falls behind the competition on this one. The Official towing capacity of the X5 M is just a few pounds shy of 6 thousand pounds, which is quite a bit less than other SUVs in this class.

Model BMW X5 M Porsche Cayenne Turbo Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Maximum Towing Capacity 5,952 lbs. 7,716 lbs. 7,200 lbs. 6,613 lbs.

The Porsche, surprisingly, has the largest official towing capacity in this class, managing to tug at almost twice its own weight. The Mercedes and the Range Rover also offer an impressive towing capacity.

2018 BMW X5 M SUV Safety

The 2018 BMW X5 M comes with endless safety features like adaptive High-beams and Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning. However, adding active lane assist feature for safety could’ve been much better for the car.

Active Features

  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • 3-point safety belts and head restraints at all seating positions
  • Front safety belts with automatic pre-tensioners
  • Acoustic safety-belt warning
  • Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger-seat safety belts (for installation of child-restraint seat
  • Adaptive Brake lights
  • Programmable LED Daytime Running Lights

Passive Features

  • Front side-impact airbags
  • BMW Assist eCall™ includes Emergency Request (SOS button) and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification
  • Driver’s and passenger’s front airbags
  • Rollover sensor that triggers airbags and safety-belt pre-tensioners in the event of a rollover

IIHS and NHTSA do not rate the car separately from the X5.

2018 BMW X5 M SUV Competition

BMW X5 M Vs. Porsche Cayenne Turbo

The Porsche is a brilliant car for people looking to buy a performance SUV that can ferry the children on weekdays and tear up the racetrack on weekends. The Cayenne matches the X5 M and sometimes even surpasses it in a few categories. This Porsche is a worthy competitor to the BMW. If only the Porsche was either little less expensive or a little better looking than it currently does, it would have been a near-perfect package.

BMW X5 M Vs. Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63

Mercedes-Benz makes wonderful cars and AMG GLE 63 is no exception, with a powerful engine, luxurious interiors, and great road presence. The three-point star on the hood lets everyone know you like to drive in style, although due to the lack of performance, you’d be driving behind the BMW X5 M. Unless you have your heart set on the Merc, the BMW is the better option.

BMW X5 M Vs. Land Rover Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover Sport has the highest power output in this comparison, and that’s it. It loses out in performance, fuel efficiency, interior space, cargo space, towing capacity and last but not the least, price. The Rover Sport is quite expensive considering the performance it offers. However, improvements in acceleration, braking, and power delivery will make it a beast of an SUV.

2018 BMW X5 M SUV Final Verdict

The 2018 BMW X5 M is the best car in its class, as it scores either a win in the important categories or manages to offer a great showdown in the categories it loses. So, you’d either get the best or the best middle ground approach. The luxurious and premium interiors, the authoritarian exteriors, the wonderful performance and the sports car rivaling handling make it the best buy option.