2020 BMW X5 M SUV

MSRP $105,100

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2020 BMW X5 M SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 12, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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After a year since the fourth-generation X5 hit the market, BMW has finally taken the wraps off the high-performance M models for the 2020 model year in both the X5 and X6 guise, with the latter sporting a coupe body style. The X5 continues to be a best seller for the company after being on sale for more than 2 decades, and the new M model will certainly bring in a lot of enthusiasts looking for performance and comfort in a single package.

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Pros

Athletic and responsive handling

Powerful V-8 engine

Comfortable and well-built cabin

Loaded with tech

Cons

Sports suspension results in a firmer ride

Not with the premium over the M50i

Six-figure price tag

Design is starting to show its age

What's New?

BMW X5 M is all-new for 2020 with a lot more performance and enhanced features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$105100

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

268 cu.in.

horsepower

600 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

553 lb.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

15.6/15 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

117 in.

length

194.4 in.

width

79.3 in.

height

68.8 in.

curb weight

5093 lbs.

ground clearance

8.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

66 cu ft.

towing capacity

1653 lbs.

payload capacity

1080 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

12.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/15/18 mpg

highway range

403.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$105,100 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 BMW X5 M SUV in Carbon Black Metallic color
Carbon Black Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

8.6

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.3

Overall Rating


As if on cue, the market is seeing an influx of high-performance SUVs, including the new Audi RS Q8 and upcoming Mercedes-AMG GLE models. However, competitors like the Porsche Cayenne and Land Rover Range Rover Sport still remain compelling options in this segment. Continue with the article to know how this performance variant of the X5 will perform in front of the rivals in the segment.


6.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

8.6/10
Final Verdict


2020 BMW X5 M SUV Features

The 2020 BMW X5 M is available in two trim levels, starting with the base M model which gets features like adaptive sport suspension, a panoramic sunroof, quad-zone climate control, head-up display, heated front seats, wireless chay, surround-view camera system, a power liftgate, and more. Upgrading to the M Competition model bumps the power to 617 hp and also adds larger brakes, sports exhaust, and unique trim enhancements inside and out. Both trims also get a plethora of driver assistance features including forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and more.

Trim

X5 M

X5 M Competition

MSRP (AWD)

$105,100

$114,100

Key Features

Adaptive sport suspension

In addition to or replaces X5 M trim features with:

 

Power liftgate

Upgraded brakes

 

Panoramic sunroof

Sports exhaust system

 

Head-up display

Staggered 21 and 22-inch alloy wheels

 

Quad-zone automatic climate control

Interior and exterior trim enhancements

 

Apple CarPlay integration

Upgraded engine with 617 hp

 

Surround-view camera system

 

BMW also offers two optional packages that offer even more luxury. The Driving Assistance Professional Package ($1,700) includes active driving assistant pro and extended traffic jam assists for limited access highways. The Executive Package ($3,600) includes remote engine start, heated and cooled cupholders, front ventilated and massaging seats, soft-close automatic doors, rear side window sunshades, front and rear heated seats, and adaptive LED headlights w/Laserlight.

Which trim should you buy?

Since you're already shelling out 6 figures for an M model, upgrading to the Competition package is recommended for features like a sports exhaust system, improved performance, larger rear wheels with potent rubber, and a dedicated track mode. You also get an improved interior with better leather upholstery, including extra padding on the dashboard and center console. For more luxury, the Executive Package will add massaging seats, soft-close doors, upgraded headlights, and more.

2020 BMW X5 M SUV Engine and Performance

Powering the M models is the same 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 engine that does its duty on the XDrive50i and M50i models, albeit in a higher state of tune with upgraded components. With the base M model, the engine produces 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, while the competition model bumps it up to 617 hp. The engine has also been revised for more low-end performance with a wider torque band that suits a high-performance SUV. To handle the extra performance, the engine is paired with an upgraded M Steptronic 8-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels.

The xDrive all-wheel-drive system is also updated for extra performance and can route all of its power to the rear wheels. BMW also includes an active sport differential as standard on both models. As expected, performance is brisk, and the 2020 BMW X5 M shoots to 60 MPH in under 3.5 seconds and crosses the quarter-mile in under 12 seconds. While the Competition model does not offer a lot more performance, it does include a dedicated track mode and a sports exhaust system that lets the V8 engine roar in all its glory.

Models

2020 BMW X5 M Competition

2020 Audi RS Q8

2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

MSRP

$114,100

$113,000

$126,500

$114,500

Engine

4.4-liter Twin-Turbocharged V-8

4.0-liter Twin-Turbocharged V-8

4.0-liter Twin-Turbocharged V-8

5.0-liter Supercharger V-8

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

4WD

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

Power (hp @ RPM)

617 @ 6,000

591 @ 6,000

541 @ 5,750

575 @ 6,000

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

553 @ 1,800

590 @ 2,200

567 @ 1,960

516 @ 3,500

0-60 MPH (seconds)

3.3

3.6

3.9

4.3

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

11.6

11.7

11.8

13

Top-Speed (MPH)

180

155

183

176

Although all four SUVs sport massive V8 engines under the hood, there are some notable differences. For instance, the Range Rover Sport uses supercharging and a standard four-wheel-drive system compared to all-wheel-drive found in the rest. However, with over 600 hp on tap, the BMW X5 M is the fastest of the group, followed by the Audi RS Q8 and Porsche Cayenne Turbo. When comparing the price tag, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo is the most expensive option here.

How well does the 2020 BMW X5 M handle?

To keep the X5 M pointing straight when you put the power down, BMW has resorted to using a lot of technological gubbins like an advanced adaptive suspension system, M XDrive system that is capable of sending all the power to the rear wheels, an active sport differential, and more. The end result is a performance SUV that doesn’t shy away from corners. Turn in hard, and the X5 M holds its line exceptionally well with plenty of feedback through the steering.

BMW also offers different all-wheel-drive modes that change the system's behavior. Slotting the system into the Sport mode will improve handling by managing the power between all four wheels. Other notable additions include a standard adaptive suspension system that uses electronic dampers and active roll stabilization to keep body roll in check when cornering at higher speeds.

Braking Performance

To keep the X5 M under control, BMW has provided massive rotors at both ends, measuring 15.6 inches at the front and 15.2 inches at the rear, resulting in an impressive braking distance of just 109 feet from 60 MPH. BMW has also included the adjustable braking feel system first introduced on the M8 to modulate pedal feedback depending on different drive modes. 

Models

2020 BMW X5 M Competition

2020 Audi RS Q8

2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

15.6

16.5

16.3

15

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

15.2

14.6

14.4

14.4

Curb Weight (lbs)

5093

5490

5056

5093

60-0 MPH (feet)

102

106

106

113

Like its performance, the BMW X5 M also takes the lead in terms of braking. Both the Audi RS Q8 and Porsche Cayenne share the second spot, while the Range Rover Sport SVR falls behind. Despite being the heaviest vehicle in the competition with a curb weight of 5,490 lbs, Audi offers one of the smallest rear brake rotors in the competition and takes 106 feet to reach a halt from 60 mph.

2020 BMW X5 M SUV Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The BMW X5 M was never meant to win any efficiency tests, but the V8 engine is surprisingly efficient when driven normally, returning 13 MPG in the city and 18 MPG on the highway. While this is nowhere near class-leading, it is still impressive for a performance SUV with more than 600 hp on tap. Like most modern BMWs, you also get an idle start/stop system to improve efficiency. The SUV comes with a fuel tank of 22.4 gallons, resulting in a combined range of 336 miles.

Models

2020 BMW X5 M Competition

2020 Audi RS Q8

2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

MPG (City)

13

13

15

15

MPG (Highway)

18

19

19

20

MPG (Combined)

15

15

17

16

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

22.4

22.5

23.7

27.6

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

291/403/336

292/427/337

355/450/403

414/552/442

Being the most powerful option here, it’s no surprise that the BMW X5 M also guzzles the most fuel, and returns similar figures to the Audi RS Q8. Both Porsche and Range Rover Sport stay pretty close to each other with very similar fuel efficiency, however, the SUV from Land Rover takes an upper hand over all the rivals in the segment by offering class-leading range, all thanks to its big fuel tank of 27.6 gallons.

2020 BMW X5 M SUV Interior

9.0/10

To set it apart from the standard models, BMW has provided almost all the available features in the M models, including the new iDrive 7 system that uses dual 12.3-inch displays. The M models also get a head-up display and unique modes for the instrument cluster for track use. The dashboard layout is straightforward with a neatly integrated central display and climate controls below it. The M models also get some unique interior trims, the most notable of which are the red paddle shifters and the red M drive-mode buttons. Being the range-topping models, almost all the available features like quad-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, and more are included as standard.

The front seats get extra bolstering and padding to keep you in place and can be optioned with massaging and ventilation functions. Being a large SUV, the rear seats are also usable for adults with plenty of legroom and headroom on offer despite the panoramic sunroof. Opting for the Competition model also adds a leather-covered dashboard with extra padding to avoid brushing the hard dashboard during some fast track days. Since the dimensions are identical to the standard model, the 2020 BMW X5 M is also very practical with 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which can be expanded to 72.3 cubic feet by folding the rear seats down.

Models

2020 BMW X5 M Competition

2020 Audi RS Q8

2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

N/A

37.1/59.5/41.6

N/A

39.5/60.7/42.2

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

N/A

38.1/58.5/40.2

N/A

39.1/59.5/37

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

33.9

30.5

26.3

27.5

While it is focused on being a performance SUV, the BMW X5 has always excelled in terms of interior space and quality, and it is the same for the M model. However, the Audi RS Q8 and Range Rover Sport SVR are more practical options, and even the Porsche Cayenne Turbo offers slightly more passenger space than the X5. That being said, the X5 offers class-leading cargo capacity. Some notable interior features include:

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 14-way power-adjustable front seats with heating
  • Quad-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated armrest and steering wheel
  • Power liftgate
  • Premium leather upholstery with M badges
  • Leather-wrapped dashboard

What’s there to keep you entertained?

Along with the dual 12.3-inch displays, BMW has also included their latest iDrive 7 interface with both models. It includes all the modern features like Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, satellite and HD radio, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, and a premium 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system to blast your tunes. Unfortunately, Android users will be disappointed with no Android Auto functionality. BMW has also included their gesture control system for easier access, and the whole interface is simple and easy to use on the move with a central rotary dial. Customers can also opt for a rear-seat entertainment system and an upgraded Bowers & Wilkins stereo system. Some notable infotainment features include:

  • A 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay smartphone integration
  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Satellite and HD radio
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity

2020 BMW X5 M SUV Exterior

9.0/10

Unfortunately, for all its performance and updates, the fourth generation model looks similar to the outgoing X5 other than some subtle design cues. But, the M models add a bit of aggression with revised front and rear fascias, staggered wheel setup with 21-inches at the front and 22-inches at the rear, and black treatment on the front grille and roof rails. The M variants also sit lower and wider than the standard model to accommodate the massive wheels. Features like a panoramic sunroof, power liftgate, and adaptive LED headlights are included as standard right from the base model, while the M Competition also gets a sports exhaust system with dual outlets.

Models

2020 BMW X5 M Competition

2020 Audi RS Q8

2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Curb Weight (lbs)

5093

5490

5056

5093

Length (inches)

194.4

197.3

194

192.2

Width (inches)

79.3

78.7

78.1

78.1

Height (inches)

68.8

66.7

65.9

71

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.4

N/A

N/A

8.4

Wheelbase (inches)

117

117.9

114

115.1

In terms of looks and dimensions, both the BMW X5 M and Audi RS Q8 are almost identical to the standard models and also get the longest wheelbase. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo takes the second spot and still manages to look intimidating in the Turbo trim. Surprisingly, it’s the Range Rover Sport that looks the most compact out of all four options. Some notable exterior features include:

  • 21/22-inch staggered alloy wheels
  • Automatic projector LED headlights
  • Restyled front and rear bumpers
  • Lip spoiler
  • Black roof rails
  • Black front grille

2020 BMW X5 M SUV Safety

9.0/10

The BMW X5 has always been one of the safest luxury SUVs on the market, and the fourth-generation model builds on it with the latest CLAR platform that underpins almost all modern BMWs for improved rigidity and safety. Since the X5 M is exclusive and only sold in limited numbers, it hasn't gone through any safety tests yet. However, the standard X5 received a four out of five rating in the NHTSA tests and a "Good" rating in most of the IIHS tests, securing the "Top Safety Pick+" award.

To keep its occupants safe, the X5 M gets plenty of active safety features as standard, including forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, and more. Opting for the Driving Assistance Professional package also adds adaptive cruise control, enhanced lane keep assist, and more. Some notable standard safety features include:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Surround-view camera system
  • Automated parking

2020 BMW X5 M SUV Competition

8.0/10

2020 BMW X5 M vs Audi RS Q8

Focusing on performance and handling above all else, both the Audi RS Q8 and BMW X5 M are the best options on the market. However, the smaller footprint of the X5 does limit its practicality, especially in terms of passenger space. The same also applies to the cargo capacity, with the Audi RS Q8 easily beating the X5 M in terms of practicality thanks to a well-packaged cabin. Performance-wise, there is little to differentiate between the two, and both SUVs will plaster a smile on your face through a set of twisties. Overall, the Audi feels like a more complete package, thanks to the practicality and comfort on offer compared to the BMW X5 M, making it the better choice among the two.

2020 BMW X5 M vs Porsche Cayenne Turbo

The Porsche Cayenne has always been the defacto choice when it comes to performance SUVs and was among the first options in the market. It continues to offer the Porsche magic with sporty and practical interiors complemented well by the excellent handling characteristics. The Cayenne is also surprisingly practical for a performance SUV, offering similar passenger and cargo space to the BMW X5 M. Overall, if you’re looking purely from a performance standpoint, the BMW X5 M is a better choice. But, if you want something special and are willing to pay extra for it, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo is a no-brainer.

2020 BMW X5 M vs Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

With a supercharged V8 under the hood, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR is no slouch. But, it still cannot keep up with the BMW X5 M both in terms of outright performance and handling. But, the Range Rover Sport does offer class-leading off-road capabilities with a capable four-wheel-drive system and clever mechanicals. Overall, the BMW X5 M feels like a more complete package, offering better interiors, more features, and more practicality. But, if you plan on going off the beaten path often, the Range Rover Sport is the only choice.

2020 BMW X5 M SUV Final Verdict

8.6/10

Overall, the latest BMW X5 M models have finally become a force to be reckoned with among performance SUVs. If we gloss over the 6-figure price, the X5 M is the best option if you're looking for an SUV made solely for driving pleasure. The upgrades have also made it the most powerful option in its class, even beating the Porsche Cayenne Turbo in terms of outright performance. Subtle additions like a dedicated track mode for the Competition model are welcome for a performance SUV and show how serious BMW is about the X5 M's performance. If you have a hundred grand burning a hole in your pocket and are on the lookout for a high-performance SUV that can also haul the family around in comfort, the 2020 BMW X5 M is one of the best options out there.

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