2017 BMW X5 M SUV

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2017 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 shockingly great. 2010 onwards BMW decided to build the performance version of theX5, called the X5 M.2018 BMW X5 M, priced at $101,700, is being offered with a twin turbo 4.4 liter V-8 that also does duty in the BMW M5 performance sedan. It makes 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.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.

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Spacious and opulent cabin

Sports-car-rivaling performance


Stiff ride

Overload of electronics

What's New?

New automatic transmission

A rear-view camera is now standard


vehicle bio

base price



4dr SUV

passenger capacity


top speed

155 mph



engine type




550 hp @ 5750 rpm


553 lb.-ft. @ 2200 rpm


7-speed automatic


suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6 in. /15.4 in.



114.8 in.


191 in.


75.8 in.


69.4 in.

curb weight

5203 lbs.

ground clearance

7.2 in.


cargo volume

35.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

7200 lbs.

payload capacity

1170 lbs.


zero to 60 mph

4.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.3 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

166 ft.

fuel economy


28/15/17 mpg

ev range

313.6 mi.

highway range

314.5 mi.


basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

4 years/50000 miles

roadside assistance

4 yr./ unlimited

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Alpine White

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Trims and Configurations


 2017 BMW X5 M SUV base


567 hp @ 6000 rpm
Premium unleaded (required)
16 combined


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $100,700 MSRP (14/16/19) 567 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4.4 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

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Expert Review

CARHP Editorial September 26, 2018


Overall Rating

If ever you have driven the BMW X5 SUV, there is absolutely no car which will come near to this one when you look back. The loud, noisy engine seems so good and never mind the high pricing, this car is an absolute beast to drive and is set to compete in a segment where there aren't many competing with it expect for a few well known regulars like the Mercedes Benz 4 Matic GLE 63, the Land Rover supercharged and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. At a price of $100,700, this BMW is definitely the cheapest option in this price range, where the Porsche is the most expensive. However, even at this price, this BMW does much better in many regards than its much more expensive rivals. Powered with a M series 4.4 Liter V-8 Twin power Turbo engine, it generates about 567 hp at 6000 rpm and 553 lb-ft at 2200rpm, figures which are easily the best, even though the engine in this BMW isn't the biggest.





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2017 BMW X5 M SUV Features


The 2017 BMW X5 M SUV is available in just a single trim, although this trim does come with a Panoramic Sunroof and 18 way adjustable seat as standard. The V-8 engine too, does bring out the best in this car in terms of mechanical capabilities.

Trim X5 M
MSRP $100,700
Key Features Tracker System
  Navigation System
  Smart Device Integration
  Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
  Front And Rear Map Lights
  Interior Trim -inc: Piano Black/Aluminum Instrument Panel Insert, Aluminum Door Panel Insert, Chrome/Metal-Look Interior Accents and Leather Upholstered Dashboard
  Dual Zone Front And Rear Automatic Air Conditioning w/Steering Wheel Controls
  Radio w/Clock, Steering Wheel Controls and Voice Activation
  SiriusXM Satellite Radio w/1 Year All Access
  Harman/ kardon Surround Sound System
  Enhanced USB & Bluetooth
  Real-Time Traffic Display
  Audio Theft Deterrent
  Fully Automatic Projector Beam High Intensity Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Directionally Adaptive Headlamps w/Washer and Delay-Off

This car is a unique mix of sleek exterior designing and snazzy Interiors. It has a great infotainment system, coupled with Harman sound system as well.

2017 BMW X5 M SUV Engine


"Though this much power so readily available can be fun at first, many will find it grows tiresome over the long term."-Edmunds

Engine & Transmission

The 2017 BMW X5 M SUV is powered by a 4.4 liter V-8 Twin Power Turbo Engine which produces 567 hp at 6000 rpm and 553 lb-ft at 2200 rpm, which provides the all-wheel drive with the 8-speed Automatic transmission as standard.

The twin turbo engine has been specially designed to improve the fuel efficiency, and one must say that it does the needful pretty well.

Models BMW X5 M Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 4MATIC Land rover range rover Supercharged SVR Porsche Cayenne turbo
MSRP $100,700 $101,690 $111,350 $116,500
Engine M TwinPower Turbo V8 32V 4.4L 5.5L Direct Injection Bi-Turbo V8 5.0L V8 Supercharged 4.8L V8
Transmission 8-speed automatic 7-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Horsepower 567 hp @ 6000 rpm 550 hp @ 5750 rpm 550 hp @ 6000 rpm 520 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 553 lb-ft @ 2200 rpm 516 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm 502 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm 553 lb-ft @ 2250 rpm

The BMW X has the smallest engine capacity amongst its peers. At 4.4 liters, it is way behind the rest. What's astonishing is the fact that even with such a small engine, it is able to produce similar torque than the rest, when compared to that of the much bigger 5.5-liter engine of the Mercedes Benz.


The X5, despite its smaller engine, plays the perfect catch-up to its competitors, reaching the speed of 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and covering a quarter mile in 12.4 seconds.

Models BMW X5 M Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 4MATIC Land rover range rover Supercharged SVR Porsche Cayenne turbo
0-60 MPH 4.0 sec 4.2 sec 4.0 sec 4.2 sec
Quarter mile 12.4 sec 12.5 sec 12.5 sec 12.2 sec
Engine 4.4L 5.5L 5.0L 4.8L


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

11.0 11.8 11.0 10.4

The Land Rover and the BMW are pretty much even stevens in this regard with almost equal figures of acceleration. The Mercedes Benz and the Porsche aren't too far off either as well, with both clocking a similar 4.2 seconds to cover 60 mph.

Handling and Steering

If there is one parameter where the BMW scores over its rivals, it is the drive quality, and the X5 M SUV didn't disappoint. The suspension is insane and so is the ride quality which makes you so comfortable in the back of the car which cannot be felt in the other rivals.

As it is an all-wheel drive, the BMW is agile along the corners and responds well with the all season tires.


The 2017 BMW X5 M SUV has the brakes which match its acceleration. It does well with the Antilock brake system, and also has brake assist. It does get real-time traffic control update as well, which is pretty good for the city drive

Model BMW X5 M Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 4MATIC Land rover range rover Supercharged SVR Porsche Cayenne Turbo
Brake Front (in.) 15.6 15.4 15.0 15.4
Brake Rear (in.) 15.2 13.6 14.4 14.1
Curb Weight (lbs.) 5260 5203 5148 4817
60-0 MPH (ft.) 104 114 N/A N/A

The brake sizes are also great, with the X5 taking about 104 feet to stop from a speed of 60 mph, easily the best amongst those known. The only other car in this parameter whose figures are known is the Mercedes Benz at 114 feet.


Towing Capacity

Although the towing capacity of the BMW X5 is not yet known, it is expected to be somewhat similar to the others in this regard. Here, the Porsche and the Landrover are the best with similar 7716 lbs of towing capacity, while the Mercedes Benz is there at second with 7200 lbs.

Model BMW X5 M Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 4MATIC Land rover range rover Supercharged SVR Porsche Cayenne Turbo
Towing Capacity (lbs.) N/A 7200 7716 7716

2017 BMW X5 M SUV Fuel Economy


The twin turbo engine does what was expected from it. With a city mpg of 14 mpg and that of 29 on the highway, this BMW is definitely, way better than the previous version in this regard, although not the best still.

Model BMW X5 M Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 4MATIC Land rover range rover Supercharged SVR Porsche Cayenne turbo
MPG (city) 14 13 14 14
MPG (highway) 19 17 19 21
MPG (combined) 16 15 16 17

The Porsche Cayenne, which has always seemed fuel thirsty, is the best in this regard, though not by much at 17 mpg combined. The Land Rover and the BMW are in second 16 mpg, while the Mercedes is just a mpg apart at 15.

2017 BMW X5 M SUV Interior


If there was one word that could sum up the passenger cabin of the 2017 BMW X5M it would have to be "posh." -Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The 2017 BMW M4 is a two row SUV which accommodates 5 people. It provides heated and cooled seating as well. The passenger rear seats are also electrically powered. The driver's seat is a bit hard but that shouldn't be much of an issue. The dimensions have been tweaked a little to provide more cabin space and this one does pretty well in this regard too.

Model BMW X5 M Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 4MATIC Land rover range rover Supercharged SVR Porsche Cayenne turbo
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 40.5/61.5/40.4 40.4/58.5/40.3 39.5/60.7/42.2 39.6/58.9/-


(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.8/60.0/36.6 38.5/58.4/38.4 39.1/59.5/37.0 N/A

The seats are electronically powered providing ample support to the driver. They are made of premium synthetic leather upholstery. Add to that leather wrapped steering wheel that can be adjusted to the preference and provides all wheel steering drive.

Interior Features

The interior features include:

  • 14 -way power driver seat
  • 14 -way power passenger seat
  • Bucket front seats
  • Driver seat thigh extension
  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • Leather
  • Multi-level heating driver seat
  • Multi-level heating passenger seat
  • Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support
  • Passenger seat with power adjustable lumbar support
  • Folding center armrest
  • Rear ventilation ducts
  • Split-folding rear seatback
  • 4 one-touch power windows
  • Hands-free entry
  • Heated mirrors
  • Reverse tilt passenger only provides curb view when the vehicleis  in reverse
  • Clock
  • Compass
  • External temperature display
  • Tachometer
  • Trip computer
  • Cruise control
  • Electric power steering
  • Front and rear cupholders
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Front seatback storage
  • Keyless ignition
  • Rear view camera
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Universal remote transmitter (for garage door, security system, etc.)
  • Transmission, cruise and audio controls on steering wheel
  • Concierge Service*
  • Destination Download*
  • Destination guidance (also Turn-by-Turn Navigation)*
  • Hands-Free Calling*
  • Mobile Internet (Browser)*
  • Roadside Assistance*
  • Sun sensor
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
  • Extended cabin heating/cooling
  • Interior air filtration
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Turn signal in mirrors
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirror
  • Four zone climate control


The BMW X5 series infotainment system is easy to use, once you clear the first curve. It provides great interface, coupled with excellent sound, and also includes:

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • HD Radio
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio
  • Premium Sound System (Optional)
  • Hard Disk Drive
  • WiFi Hotspot
  • Smart Device Integration

The 2017 BMW X5 M SUV has a spacious trunk. There is no load lip to lift up the baggages. The storage spaces are excellent with a 12V socket as well. The rear seats are foldable leading to extra room.

Model BMW X5 M Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 4MATIC Land rover range rover Supercharged SVR Porsche Cayenne turbo
Cargo Volume rear seat up (ft.3) 35.8 38.2 27.7 23.6
Cargo Volume rear seat folded (ft.3) 76.7 80.3 62.2 60.2

The Mercedes Benz does have the best trunk in this comparison at 38.2 ft, while the BMW is a close second. The Porsche and the Land Rover are way too off the radar under this parameter with almost a 10 feet difference.

2017 BMW X5 M SUV Exterior


"From a distance the 2017 X5 looks a lot like its smaller brother, the X3. This is a good thing, because it means that BMW's stylists have cleverly hidden the majority of the BMW's bulk."-kbb.com

Dimension and Weight

The BMW always looks sleek and stylish, and this one is the same as well. It looks beautiful from the inside as well as from the outside. The sharp BMW nose with a luxurious rear remain intact and so does the trademark BMW vertical grille. The dimensions have been tweaked a little for a better cabin space and at 8.1 inches of ground clearance, this X5 truly shows its off road capabilities as well.

Model BMW X5 M Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 4MATIC Land rover range rover Supercharged SVR Porsche Cayenne turbo
Curb weight (lbs.) 5260 5203 5148 4817
Length(in) 192.1 191.0 191.8 191.1
Width(in) 75.0 75.8 78.1 78.7
Height(in) 69.1 69.4 70.1 67.0
Ground clearance (in) 8.1 7.1 7.9 10.8
Wheelbase (in) 115.5 114.8 115.1 114.0
Track width (in) F/R 65.6/65.6 66.4/67.1 66.5/66.3 64.7/65.2

The lightest Porsche has the best ground clearance in this regard with a massive 10.8 inches, while the BMW and the Land Rover tussle for the second spot with similar figures. The Mercedes Benz, though, despite being one of the heaviest, does pretty worse in the ground clearance department.

Exterior Features

Some of the exterior features include:

  • Extended sunroof
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • One-touch power sunroof
  • Power glass (tilt only) rear sunroof
  • Power glass sunroof
  • Privacy glass
  • Rear defogger
  • Remote sunroof operation
  • Roof rack
  • Variable intermittent rain sensing wipers
  • Rear spoiler
  • Alloy wheels
  • Inside mounted spare tire

2017 BMW X5 M SUV Safety

The IIHS and the NHTSA have not yet rated the BMW X5 M SUV

The various safety features in the BMW X5 M SUV are:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • BMW Assist
  • eCall Emergency Sos
  • ABS And Driveline raction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor  

2017 BMW X5 M SUV Competition

Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 63 4 Matic vs BMW X5 M

The Mercedes Benz does have a bigger engine but the BMW manages to catch hold of them in the power generation.\xa0 Under various parameters too, these two heavyweights fight it out pretty closely too.

However, with a better ride quality and a much better ground clearance, this BMW X5 is definitely the winner amongst the two.

Land Rover Supercharged vs BMW X5 M

The BMW has far more advantages than the Land Rover. Although the Cadillac does have a bigger engine, the power generation is almost the same. All the other specifications do go in the favor of the BMW. They do go pretty close in all other regards too.

However, a much more comfortable and cheaper BMW is the way to go in this head to head as well.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo vs BMW X5 M

The Porsche has a much bigger engine than the BMW, but again, the BMW does generate equal torque and power. The fuel economy and space inside is quite similar too, and the fact that the Porsche is more of a sports car leads to it having a much better ground clearance as well.

However, the BMW is much cheaper than the Cayenne, and the comfort on offer is unmatchable too, leading to it, winning this comparison too.

2017 BMW X5 M SUV Final Verdict

The BMW X5 SUV may not have a big engine, but its power outputs make up for it. It might not have the best ground clearance, but the comfort on offer makes up for it as well. Such is the aura of this car, which covers up its inadequacies quite brilliantly and showcases its plus points with disdain.

All in all, this BMW has got everything, right from the sleek styling and comfy interiors to a peppy and responsive engine. Add to that the price at which it comes, which is too less for so many features. So the BMW X5 M SUV is a must buy if you look at this category.