2021 BMW M5

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2021 BMW M5 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: August 12, 2020
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BMW has always been one step ahead of its competition when it comes to performance. With the increasing popularity performance Sedans in the market, BMW brings forth an upgraded version of its BMW M5 for the 2021 model year. The M5 Competition Sedan has been given a makeover for its past five models and will get another one in 2021. The 2021 BMW M5 Sedan will be out to triumph the road with upgraded interiors, brilliant performance, and improved iDrive infotainment system. Expected to arrive with the same two trims: Base and Competition priced at $103,500 and $111,000 (est.), respectively. The 2021 BMW M5 Sedan will be facing stiff competition from the likes of Mercedes-AMG E63, Cadillac C T6-V and Porsche 911 Carrera S. Here’s our take on the 2021 BMW M5/ M5 Competition that is soon going to be on sale in the market.

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Pros

Super-car level performance

Surprisingly Luxurious interiors

Practical and functional

Cons

Suspension more on the stiffer side(even in comfort mode)

Very expensive options!

What's New?

12.3-inch touchscreen replaces last year's 10.25-inch display

Restyled front and rear bumpers, & updated headlights with taillights

New paint options


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2021 BMW M5 Detailed Review video
2021 BMW M5 Exterior video
2021 BMW M5 Interior video

Styles

2021 BMW M5 in Alpine White color 2021 BMW M5 in Almandine Brown Metallic color 2021 BMW M5 in Azurite Black Metallic color 2021 BMW M5 in Black Sapphire Metallic color
Alpine White

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

8.9

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 BMW M5 Base

Base

power
600 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
17 combined

$102,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $102,700 MSRP (15/17/21) 600 hp @ 5700 rpm, 4.4 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 BMW M5 Competition

Competition

power
617 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
17 combined

$110,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Competition 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $110,000 MSRP (15/17/21) 617 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4.4 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.9

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The BMW M5 is a well-known performance vehicle that has proved its mettle over and over again. There are very few sports cars that can match the sporty ride and handling of the M5 which defines the sports segment of today’s cars in many different ways. Today, the car faces stiff competition from the likes of segment stalwarts like the Mercedes-AMG E63 S, Cadillac CT6-V, and the Porsche 911 Carrera S. Here’s our take on the 2021 BMW M5 that’s soon going to be in a BMW dealership near you.

2021 BMW M5 Sedan Front View
2021 BMW M5 Sedan Rear View

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2021 BMW M5 Features

The 2021 BMW M5 offers two trim levels: Base M5 Sedan and M5 Competition Sedan. The base trim level is expected to start at an estimated price of $103,500, and the competition trim level’s price has not yet been declared, but as per its 2020 variant, it might cost you around $111,000. Both the trim levels have been powered with the same powerful 4.4L Twin-turbo V8 engine like its outgoing model.

Model

Base

Competition

MSRP

$102,700 

$111,000 (Est.) 

Key Features

Adaptive AWD

Adaptive M Sport exhaust

 

Proximity entry system

Stiffened Suspension setup

 

Active charcoal filtration

Black chrome exhaust tips and body accents

 

16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system

Optional Carbon Ceramic Brakes

 

Pre-Collision Warning System

Black Exhaust tip

 

Leather Upholstery 

Valvetronic Exhaust System

The Base trim, priced at MSRP $103,500 comes loaded with standard features such as an adaptive AWD, pre-collision warning system, 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and more. 

2021 BMW M5 Sedan Overview

The Competition trim, priced at MSRP $111,000 comes equipped with all the features of the base trim along with precise modifications to the suspension, black chrome exhaust tips and body accents, and a Valvetronic exhaust system. The 2021 BMW M5 also offers various additional performance packages such as Driving Assist Plus Package, Executive Package and Competition Package.

2021 BMW M5 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

The BMW M5 considerably is the most reliable sports sedan by the German manufacturer. Since its first generation launch in 1984, the M5 vehicle has grown better with time. However, it has never been known for an unusually reliable car; automotive analytics studies suggest that the M5 sedan is a pretty safe car. With its better warranty plan, enhanced safety features, and three years or 36,000 miles complimentary scheduled maintenance BMW M5 is a trustworthy investment.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

JD Power has not sent out its reports on the 2020 M5/M5 Competition Sedan. However, considering that the M5 is kind of a sportier version of the 5-series Sedan, we can extract our numbers from there. The BMW 5-series received a rating of 81/100, which is pretty amazing because JD Power’s 80-above ratings are counted amongst impressive scores. In terms of reliability and quality, the car scored 85/100. It has also received 82/100 in terms of driving experience, 78/100 in-dealership experience, and 71/100 in terms of resale value.

On average, the 2020 BMW M5 would cost you about $113,695. Buyers from Washington will be paying slightly less for the M5 while people from California will have to pay higher for the same. 

Washington

$110,305

Florida

$112,380

California

$116,720

New Jersey

$113,145

Arizona

$115,925

*2020 figures used for reference. 

Since the NHTSA hasn’t rated either the 2021 or 2020 model of the M5, we’ll retreat to the IIHS that has evaluated the 2019 version of the car as “good” in almost all parameters. As of yet, the 2020 BMW M5 has received only two recalls, of which one was for the transmission wiring harness that was prone to short circuit that caused the gearbox to move to neutral, and another was for a flawed rearview camera display. However, these recalls had an impact on only 2018 and 2019 M5 models. 

The BMW M5 is quite a sophisticated machine but it is also quite robust when it comes to daily use and long-term reliability. Hence, the M5 is a worry-free vehicle and offers a truly reliable experience. This is also due to the high quality of parts and materials the German-Automaker maintains. However, BMWE does not offer any complimentary scheduled maintenance service, the repairs are reported to be quite infrequent. Also, the repair costs remain at par with the segment. 

Category

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Insurance

$1,274

$1,319

$1,365

$1,413

$1,462

$6,833

Maintenance

$0

$0

$692

$4,149

$4,211

$9,052

Repairs

$0

$0

$0

$919

$1,411

$2,330

Taxes & Fees

$7,777

$70

$70

$70

$70

$8,057

Financing

$6,390

$5,139

$3,804

$2,380

$861

$18,574

Depreciation

$22,215

$12,969

$10,598

$11,878

$10,378

$68,038

Fuel

$2,796

$2,880

$2,966

$3,055

$3,147

$14,844

Real Cost of Ownership

$40,452

$22,377

$19,495

$23,864

$21,540

$125,815

In terms of the ownership costs, on an average, you will have to shell out nearly $125,815, which is no cheap amount. However, considering that the BMW M5 is a performance-focused machine the cost of repairs and maintenance is very much at par with the segment. Talking of the repair costs, on an average, you will have to spend just $2,330 in 5 years which is due to BMW’s excellent maintenance packages and warranty.

Warranty

The German manufacturer has satisfied its loyal buyers in this area as well. The BMW M5 offers both limited and powertrain warranty of 4 years or 50,000 miles. The M5 sedan also provides 3 years or 36,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance which indeed is the best against its competition. Four years or unlimited miles roadside assistance package is also included along with a 12 corrosion years or unlimited corrosion miles coverage pack. 

Criteria

Period

Limited warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-hour roadside assistance

4 years/ unlimited miles; whichever is earlier

The warranty offered by BMW for its M5 Sedan is considerably good and equal to its rivals. BMW has ensured that the faith in its brand has been duly restored by offering four years or 50,000 miles, whichever is earlier, of limited and powertrain warranty. When compared to the rivals, the 2020 Cadillac CT6 offers a better powertrain and roadside assistance warranty. 

Miles Per Dollar

For a performance-based car, the fuel economy of the BMW M5 is considerably less, concluding that you spend $6,500 more in fuel costs over 5 years compared to the average new vehicle. So it gets you around 6 miles per dollar..

2021 BMW M5 Buying Advice

If you have made your mind to buy a performance vehicle, then why not go for a better version of it. We’d recommend you to go for the M5 Competition Sedan with Executive package add-on. The Base M5 will cost you $103,500, and by adding just $7,500 (approximately), you will get a slightly more powerful engine with improved handling dynamics. And with the added Executive package you’d get front ventilated seats, front & rear heated seats, 4-zone automatic climate control, a surround-view w/3D view, parking assist plus and so much more.

Is buying a used car BMW M5 a good idea?

We wouldn’t recommend you to buy a used BMW M5 because it tends to lose its value fast. Before purchasing a used BMW M5, one must always keep in mind that these Sedans lose their depreciation very quickly. Plus, the older the car you get, the more the maintenance costs you have to incur. It requires time-to-time repair and maintenance. However, if you can afford repair expenses, then buying a used BMW M5 could be a good deal for you. Ensure to go for the 2019 model only if you go for a used BMW M5!

2021 BMW M5 Engine and Performance

BMW has lived up to its reputation with its performance-packed M5/M5 Competition Sedan. The 2021 BMW M5 Sedan comes equipped with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo engine with a power output of 600 hp at 6000 rpm and torque generation of 553 lb-ft at 1800 rpm with a rear-biased all-wheel-drivetrain mated with 8-speed automatic transmission. 

2021 BMW M5 Sedan Engine

The Competition Trim level is also equipped with the same powertrain, but it is tuned to generate slightly more power output of 617 hp than the base M5 trim level. There not much that can be bragged about the M5’s performance as it is widely known for offering excellent and sporty performance. The engine offers excellent tuning for taking on the track and can cruise at triple-digit speeds all day long. While the ample torque lower in the rev range ensure that you have a smooth ride in the city, the meat of the power band in the higher RPMs. Overall, the current engine comes with enough grunt to push you back into your seats and offers a proper sporty experience.

Models

2021 BMW M5 (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-AMG E63 S

2020 Cadillac CT6-V

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S

MSRP

$103,500

$107,350

$94,895

$113,200 

Engine

4.4L Twin-Turbocharged V8

4.0L Twin-Turbocharged V8

4.2L Twin-Turbocharged V8

3.0L Twin-Turbocharged Flat-6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic 

10-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power 

600hp @ 6000rpm

603hp @ 5750rpm

550hp @ 5000rpm

443hp @ 6500rpm

Torque 

553lb-ft @ 1800 rpm

627lb-ft @ 2500rpm

640lb-ft @ 3400rpm

390lb-ft @ 2300rpm

With a minimal gap, Mercedes-AMG E63 S wins in terms of engine and performance as it offers the most potent engine readings, but if we put BMW M5 Competition in the competition, then tables will turn. Cadillac CT-6V offers more power on the dollar spent making it a great value proposition. 

2021 BMW M5 Acceleration And Braking Performance

The current BMW M5 Sedan accelerates with a lightning speed intensity and reaches from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds only. BMW M5 competition with its 617hp power output does the same in just 3.1 seconds. The quarter-mile timings for Bimmer are 10.9 seconds, and it has a top speed of 163 mph. This is quite impressive considering that some cars that cost more than the M5 are not capable of pushing out such figures.

2021 BMW M5 Sedan Can Stop 60-0 MPH Just in 3.2 Sec.

The braking efficiency of the BMW M5 is excellent. Its brakes come equipped with slotted calipers all around with 15.6 inches at the front and 15 inches at the rear. The optional carbon-ceramic brakes enhance the braking performance further. The 2021 model will get the same engine and braking setup.

Models

2021 BMW M5 (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-AMG E63 S

2020 Cadillac CT6-V

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S

0-60 MPH 

3.2 seconds

3.3 seconds

3.8 seconds

3.7 seconds

Quarter Mile 

10.9 seconds

11.1 seconds

12.2 seconds

11 seconds

Top Speed 

163 mph

158 mph

155 mph

191 mph

60-0 MPH

NA

116 ft.

NA

94 ft.

Having the quickest initial pick-up amongst its rivals, the M5 leads the charts when it comes to outright acceleration. Though the same can not be said for its top speed and braking efficiency where it follows the lead of the Porsche 911. The Carrera S offers the highest top speed of 191 mph and also comes with the most effective braking efficiency against the competition.

2021 BMW M5 Fuel Economy

No fuel economy data has been calculated yet for the 2021 M5/M5 Competition Sedan. But we do know the 2020 model data and can speculate the numbers from there. The 2021 BMW M5 might offer an estimated EPA of 15mpg in the city, 21mpg on highway and 17mpg as combined. The BMW M5 provides a generous fuel tank capacity of 20.1 gallons and offers a decent range of 301/422/342 miles in city/highway/combined respectively.

Models

2021 BMW M5 (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-AMG E63 S

2020 Cadillac CT6-V

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S

MPG (City)

15 

15

14 

18

MPG (Highway)

21 

23 

25

24

MPG (Combined)

17

18 

18 

20

Fuel Capacity 

20.1 gallons

21.1 gallons

19.2 gallons

16.9 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

301/422/342 miles

316/485/380 miles

269/422/345 miles

304/406/338 miles

Even with decent figures of gas mileage, M5 stands second in fuel economy. The E63 S offers the best fuel economy amongst the rivals; it also provides the highest fuel tank capacity of 21.5 gallons.

2021 BMW M5 Interior

Ornamented with luxury, the 2021 BMW M5 boasts of classy interiors and impeccable design. Both M5 and M5 Competition Sedan feature Alcantara-stitched seats, an optimized steering column, ambient lighting and ventilated and comfortable leather adorned interiors. 

2021 BMW M5 Sedan Rear Seat

It all adds up to the luxurious aura inside the car and offers you a pleasurable driving experience. A clearly-noticeable change would be the big 12.3 inch screens that are now housed in the dashboard. Coming to the seats, it can comfortably seat 5 people. The front row is roomy while the rear row feels a bit cramped. You can also opt for piano black or wood trimming to enhance the look and feel of the dashboard.

Models

2021 BMW M5 (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-AMG E63 S

2020 Cadillac CT6-V

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.7/58.7/41.4

37.3/57.8/41.7

40.2/58.3/46.4

NA

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.5/55.9/36.5

38.0/57.1/36.2

38.0/56.2/40.4

NA

The BMW M5 offers good first-row space with the highest headroom and shoulder room, but the CT6-V offers the best legroom in the first row. The M5’s second row is also quite spacious except for its legroom.

Infotainment system

Amongst the multiple features we are perked up about for the 2021 model of BMW’s M5/M5 Competition Sedan, the infotainment system is at the top. Although the German manufacturer has incorporated the same infotainment front as its 2020 model, it gets bigger and better in the 2021 model. The infotainment has been resized to 12.3 inches with the all-new iDrive seven interfaces providing a bright and clean display. Besides, BMW has made its iDrive 7.0 infotainment interface a standard feature for the 2021 model. 

2021 BMW M5 Sedan Dashboard

Keeping pace with the conventions, the BMW has integrated the vehicle with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Cloud-based BMW navigation service, Google Assistant, voice and gesture control, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and WiFi hotspot.

2021 BMW M5 Exterior

The BMW M5/M5 Competition Sedan will be resurrected in 2021 with subtle but impeccable exteriors. The big kidney grilles of the M5 leads to an increase in the size of the front fascia. There’s a redesigned front bumper, and a sprinkle of chrome surrounding the grilles just adds up to its design. There’s no noticeable change on its side profile, which is highly appreciated because the gearheads loved it the way it was.

2021 BMW M5 Sedan Three Quarter View

It was quite amazingly proportioned and welcomed minimal loudness. The rear of the car is seasoned with muscular and beastly quad exhaust pipes that are catchy. Although the vehicle has a bulky body, you’d barely feel the weight, thanks to its chunky torque. Plus, you get new wheels and rear facia with LED taillamps and exhaust tips. 

Models

2021 BMW M5 (Expected)

2020 Mercedes-AMG E63 S

2020 Cadillac CT6-V

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Curb Weight 

4345 lbs

4497 lbs

4470 lbs

3382 lbs

Length 

196.4 inches

196.4 inches

205.6 inches

177.9 inches

Width 

74.9 inches

75.1 inches

74.0 inches

72.9 inches

Height 

58.0 inches

56.6 inches

58.0 inches

51.2 inches

Ground Clearance 

5.2 inches

5.0 inches

4.8 inches

4.0 inches

Wheelbase 

117.4 inches

115.7 inches

122.4 inches

96.5 inches

With a short wheelbase, Carrera S is the lightest and most agile of the bunch. Cadillac on the other hand is the longest and heaviest of the bunch. M5 sits somewhere in the middle with good exterior dimensions and styling. However, it is the Caddilac CT6-V that offers the best road presence as well as imposing looks.

2021 BMW M5 Safety

The NHTSA or IIHS haven’t tested the 2021 BMW M5 yet, but we do expect nothing less than a “good” rating from them. The Sedan offers various safety features and driver-assistance technology that rebuilds your faith in BMW all over again. Its safety features include automatic high-beams, blind-spot monitoring, standard forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, cruise control availability mated with stop-and-go tech, standard lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist.

2021 BMW M5 Competition

2021 BMW M5 Vs Mercedes-AMG E63 S

When compared to the Mercedes-AMG’s engine, the 2021 BMW M5 base trim offers a less-powered engine. However, BMW’s Competition Sedan offers better power compared to Mercedes. With regard to acceleration, top speed, and interior space, the BMW surpasses the Mercedes easily.

2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S

However, Mercedes offers a better fuel economy. When it comes to interiors, Mercedes takes a win here hands down. So when it comes to price, AMG E63 is almost 4000USD pricier than the M5 but it is definitely worth it.

2021 BMW M5 Vs 2020 Cadillac CT6-V

In terms of engine and performance, the M5 wins when it competes with the Cadillac CT6-V. It also bags the first position in terms of acceleration and top speed. However, when we check their fuel economy, Cadillac leaves BMW behind. Cadillac has large exterior dimensions but it doesn’t offer an intuitive infotainment system or better interiors as to the M5. Between the two, M5 makes for a great value proposition.

2020 Cadillac CT6-V

2021 BMW M5 Final Verdict

Revamped with a new look, the 2021 BMW M5 is expected to perform like a supercar offering a fantastic driving experience to its buyers. BMW has lived up to the revheads’ expectations with the 2021 model of the M5/M5 Competition Sedan. Apart from the looks, there are only subtle changes done to the 2020 M5. Overall, performance-wise and reliability-wise, the car is not at all a bad grab. In fact, it’s counted amongst the best of business Sedans in the segment. If you go for the 2021 M5, we’d suggest you go for the M5 Competition trim

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Edward M. McComas

2020 BMW M5

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

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

A piece of legacy

Pros - Drifts like cinch, picks up real fast, center console

Cons - WTF is with the rear spoiler, front splitter, slicker seats

Overall Review

8 /10 Overall Rating

No brainer the M5 deserves serious appreciations for the driving performance. Drifting is fun and easier however not comfortable on when sitting on those slicker seats. No comments on the best acceleration.

7/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
10/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

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Jimmy J. Puckett

2020 BMW M5

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

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Track focussed daily driver

Pros - Quarter mile dash, refined powerband, trackworthy yet a good daily driver

Cons - Not free from awkward bodyroll, exhaust note, hypersensitive lane warning system

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

As long as its a drag, the V8 churns out enough power to put the most track focussed super cars to shame. Want to know what's even better? It is the refined powerband fine tuned for the dragstrips where the power is attained at low rpms resulting in zipping launch after it burns a little rubber beneath. Red lines at impressive 6k but could have done a little better there. So, as soon as you hit a flat corner, bodyroll will throw you from one side to another even in sports modes, something I count as a let down from BMW. All this in mind and a few other things, I still have no grudges with the performance given the fact that it nails the daily driving as well without any problems and still manages to do a stunning job when flogging it on the freeways.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

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User Overall Rating

A piece of legacy

No brainer the M5 deserves serious appreciations for the driving performance. Drifting is fun and easier however not comfortable on when sitting on those slicker seats. No comments on the best acceleration.

by Edward M. McComas

10

User Overall Rating

Track focussed daily driver

As long as its a drag, the V8 churns out enough power to put the most track focussed super cars to shame. Want to know what's even better? It is the refined powerband fine tuned for the dragstrips where the power is attained at low rpms resulting in zipping launch after it burns a little rubber beneath. Red lines at impressive 6k but could have done a little better there. So, as soon as you hit a ...

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