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2021 BMW M5 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: November 3, 2020

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BMW has always been one step ahead of its competition when it comes to performance. With the increasing popularity of 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.

2021 BMW M5 review
2021 BMW M5 - now more mean and devious.

The 2021 BMW M5 Sedan will be out to triumph the road with meaner looks, upgraded interiors, brilliant performance, and an improved iDrive infotainment system. The 2021 BMW M5 will arrive in the same 2 configurations: Base and Competition priced at $103,500 and $111,100 MSRP respectively. For the record, the prices of the 2021 BMW M5 have seen a slight bump as compared to the prices of the 2020 BMW M5. The 2021 BMW M5 was released in August 2020 and is currently available for orders. 

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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


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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

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Ratings

Features

8.1

Engine And Performance

7.5

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.5

Exterior

6.5

Safety

8.0

Competition

9.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 BMW M5 Base

Base

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

$103,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $103,500 MSRP (15/17/21) 600 hp @ 6000 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

$111,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Competition 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $111,100 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

7.8

Overall Rating


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 BMW M5 which defines the sports segment of today’s cars in many different ways. Now, with the advent of the model year 2021, the new BMW M5 will offer redesigned light clusters on the front and rear end.

The 2021 BMW M5 gets a redesigned front and rear fascia and a new infotainment display.

On the inside, the 2021 M5 will get a 12.3-inch infotainment display as compared to the last year's 10.25-inch display. Moreover, the 2021 BMW M5 will also offer a handful of novel color options. 

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

8.1/10
Features

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

6.5/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2021 BMW M5 Features

8.1/10

The 2021 BMW M5 offers two trim levels: Base M5 Sedan and M5 Competition Sedan. The base trim level of the 2021 BMW M5 starts at a price of $103,500, and the competition trim costs you around $111,000.

The prices for the 2021 BMW M5 start at $103,500.

Both the trim levels have been powered with the same powerful 4.4L Twin-turbo V8 engine as its outgoing model. However, the Competition trim has been tuned to deliver 17 extra horsepower as compared to the Base trim. 

Model

Base

Competition

MSRP

$103,500 

$111,100

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. 

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 nameplate 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 of 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 2020 BMW 5-series received a JD Power score 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.

The M5 is one of the most reliable sport sedans in the market currently.

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 current-gen M5 has received only two recalls, of which one was for the transmission wiring harness that was prone to a 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, BMW 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 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 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 the value of these sedans depreciates 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

7.5/10

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. 

The 2021 BMW M5 gets a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 engine.

What's handling all this massive grunt is an 8-speed automatic transmission that's mated to a rear-biased all-wheel-drivetrain. The AWD drivetrain of the 2021 BMW M5 can route up to 100 percent of the power to the rear wheels only, in order to cater to the pure rear-wheel drive persona of the enthusiasts. 

The Competition Trim of the 2021 BMW M5 is also equipped with the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo powertrain, but it is tuned to generate slightly more power output of 617 hp than the base M5 trim level. There is not much that can be bragged about the M5’s performance as it is widely known for offering excellent and sporty performance.

The 2021 BMW M5 offers excellent tuning for taking on the track and can cruise at triple-digit speeds all day long.

The engine offers excellent tuning for taking on the track and can cruise at triple-digit speeds all day long. While there is ample torque available lower in the rev range ensuring that you have a smooth ride in the city, the meat of the power band lies in the higher RPMs.

Overall, the current engine comes with enough grunt to pin you back into your seats as soon as you stab the throttle and offers a proper sporty experience that can entice the purest of the purists within you. 

Models

2021 BMW M5

2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S

2020 Cadillac CT6-V

2021 Porsche 911 Carrera S

MSRP

$103,500

$107,350

$94,895

$105,100

Engine

4.4L Twin-Turbocharged V8

4.0L Bi-Turbo V8

4.2L Twin-Turbocharged V8

3.0L twin-turbo flat-six

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

9-speed shiftable automatic

10-Speed Automatic

8-speed automated manual

Power 

600 hp @ 5700 rpm

603 hp @ 5,750-6,500 rpm

550 hp @ 5000 rpm

443 hp @ 6,500 rpm

Torque 

553 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm

627 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm

640 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm

390 lb-ft @ 2,300 rpm

Comparing the 2021 BMW M5 with its rivals, with a minimal gap, Mercedes-AMG E63 S wins in terms of engine and performance as it offers the most potent engine readings. However, if we take the BMW M5 Competition into consideration, tables will turn in no time.

The Cadillac CT-6 V offers more power on the dollar spent making it a great value proposition. While the 2021 Porsche 911 Carrera S ranks last in terms of brute power figures. 

2021 BMW M5 Acceleration And Braking Performance

The 2021 BMW M5 Sedan accelerates with a lightning speed intensity and reaches from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds only. Bring in the 2021 BMW M5 Competition into the equation with its 617hp power output and the 0-60 acceleration time drops down to just 3.1 seconds.

The 2021 BMW M5 can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 3.2 seconds.

Keep that gas pedal pinned down and the 2021 BMW M5 Sedan will clock the quarter of a mile lap in less than 11 seconds, at a smashing speed of 129 mph. This Bimmer can indeed drive you crazy, isn't it?

Furthermore, the 2021 BMW M5 Sedan posts a top speed figure of 163 mph, which of course is governor-limited and electronically capped. It is often said that if the digital shackles are removed, the 2021 BMW M5 Sedan can even go up to 190 MPH.

The 2021 BMW M5 gets 15.6-inch M-spec front brake rotor.

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.

Models

2021 BMW M5 

2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S

2020 Cadillac CT6-V

2021 Porsche 911 Carrera S

0-60 MPH 

3.2 seconds

3.3 seconds

3.8 seconds

3.5 seconds

Quarter Mile 

10.9 seconds

11.1 seconds

12.2 seconds

11.3 seconds 

Top Speed 

163 mph

158 mph

155 mph

191 mph

60-0 MPH

N/A

N/A

NA

98 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 figures where it follows the lead of the 2021 Porsche 911 Carrera S.

The Carrera S offers the highest top speed of 191 mph and also comes with the most effective braking efficiency against the competition. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S, with a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 3.3 seconds also plays a sweet bidder in this comparison.

2021 BMW M5 Ride and Handling

We all are well-familiar with the fact that BMW's approach towards sportiness is just as authentic as the Pollos Tenders from Los Pollos Hermanos (any breaking bad fans here?). The M5 has always been one of the apex predators for the Bavarians that have earned this German auto-marque several laurels from the enthusiasts. 

The 2021 BMW M5 posts a top speed of 163 MPH.

The 2021 BMW M5 Sedan is no different as it romances with the enthusiast personality of yours. The M5's grunt is indeed earth-shattering, pair it with the rear-biased AWD drivetrain and spot-on steering feedback and what you get is a sedan that can wreak havoc on the track days. Moreover, the BMW M5 is a cornering Picasso with the M differential working its magic in the corners and offering exceptional levels of grip.

The 2021 BMW M5 can handle corners with the utmost ease. 

Now you know that the 2021 M5 actually "Stings like a Bimmer". However, this doesn't imply that it's scared of fulfilling its plush sedan obligation. Turn on the Comfort driving mode, and the 2021 BMW M5 can cruise at triple-digit speeds all day. And the most rewarding thing about the 2021 BMW M5 is that raspy exhaust note that gives you an adrenaline rush every time you hear it.  


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2021 BMW M5 Fuel Economy

5.0/10

No fuel economy data has been calculated yet for the 2021 M5/M5 Competition Sedan. But we do know the 2020 model data and since there are no powertrain changes taking place, we can speculate the fuel economy numbers of the 2021 BMW M5 from there.

The 2021 BMW M5 will offer an estimated EPA of 15mpg in the city, 21mpg on the 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

2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S

2020 Cadillac CT6-V

2021 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

317/485/379 miles

269/422/345 miles

304/406/338 miles

Even with decent figures of gas mileage, M5 stands second in fuel economy. The 2021 Porsche 911 Carrera S offers the best fuel economy amongst the rival.

However, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S offers the best range figures in the class, owing to the highest fuel tank capacity of 21.5 gallons.

2021 BMW M5 Interior

8.5/10

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

The 2021 BMW M5 features Alcantara-stitched seats

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 central infotainment screen that sits atop the dash.

Models

2021 BMW M5

2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S

2020 Cadillac CT6-V

2021 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

N/A

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

38.5/55.9/36.5

38.0/57.1/36.2

38.0/56.2/40.4

N/A

Speaking of the space factor, the 2021 BMW M5 claims a passenger capacity of 5 people, however, we won't really suggest you try and prove this claim true when you are planning extended traveling hours.

The front seats of the 2021 M5 are extremely supportive and well-bolstered and optimized for performance-style driving.

The front row of the 2021 BMW M5 is roomy and is optimized for performance-style driving. The rear seats are shockingly comfortable taking into account its purpose, and both are covered in leather. You can also opt for piano black or wood trimming to enhance the look and feel of the dashboard.

The rear seats of the 2021 BMW M5 are not very great on the legroom.

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.

How's the 2021 BMW M5's 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 focal infotainment display of the 2021 BMW M5 has been upsized to 12.3 inches from last year's 10.25-inch display. With the all-new iDrive7 interface, this 12.3-inch infotainment panel of the 2021 BMW M5 makes up for a bright and clean display. 

The 2021 BMW M5 gets a new 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display.

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

Apart from these highlights, some of the other most prominent infotainment features of the 2021 BMW M5 Sedan are:

  • Speed sensitive volume
  • Primary monitor touchscreen
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • 16 Harman/Kardon speakers
  • 600W amplifier
  • Audio theft deterrent
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot with complimentary 3-month or 3GB trial
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Window grid antenna
  • Digital signal processor
  • Voice-activated radio

What about the Cargo Capacity of the 2021 BMW M5?

The segment that the BMW M5 and all its rivals cater to is not the one where the target audience is really concerned with the number of bags that can be stowed in the trunk. However, let's not forget that the BMW M5, is a sedan at the end of the day, and it needs to fulfill its family vehicle duties as well from time to time. 

However, the Bavarians have taken care of it as the 2021 BMW M5 offers a cargo capacity of 14 cubic feet, which is indeed impressive from the segment standards. This much space is good for fitting in 2 large suitcases, 2 small suitcases, and a set of golf clubs.

Models

2021 BMW M5

2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S

2020 Cadillac CT6-V

2021 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet) 14 13.1 15.8 9.3

Speaking of the rivals, there is only one contender here that can stow more luggage than the BMW M5, and that is the Cadillac CT6-V, which offers a massive 15.8 cubic feet of trunk space. The BMW and the Merc slot in the middle, while the Porsche 911 Carrera S is left for the last with just 9.3 cubic feet of space on offer. 


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2021 BMW M5 basic Sedan shift knob
2021 BMW M5 basic Sedan dashoard
2021 BMW M5 basic Sedan cockpit area
2021 BMW M5 basic Sedan floormate
2021 BMW M5 basic Sedan front seats
2021 BMW M5 basic Sedan rear seats

2021 BMW M5 Exterior

6.5/10

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.

The 2021 BMW M5 gets a redesigned front with big kidney grilles and a new headlamp cluster.

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.

The side profile of the 2021 M5 has not been fiddled with.

The 2021 BMW M5 is quite amazingly proportioned and welcomes minimal loudness. The rear of the car is seasoned with muscular and beastly quad exhaust pipes that are catchy.

The rear fascia of the 2021 M5 is characterized by quad exhaust pipes.

Although the M5 Sedan 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

2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S

2020 Cadillac CT6-V

2021 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Curb Weight 

4345 lbs

4497 lbs

4470 lbs

3354 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

51.1 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, the 2021 Porsche 911 Carrera S is the lightest and most agile of the bunch. Cadillac on the other hand is the longest and heaviest spirited-driver of this league.

The 2021 BMW M5's dimensions lend it a seat somewhere in the middle with good exterior dimensions and styling. Though looks are a subjective matter, yet according to us, it is the Caddilac CT6-V that offers the best road presence as well as imposing looks.

2021 BMW M5 basic Sedan three quarter view
2021 BMW M5 basic Sedan front view
2021 BMW M5 basic Sedan three quarter view
2021 BMW M5 basic Sedan front view
2021 BMW M5 basic Sedan grille
2021 BMW M5 basic Sedan headlamp
2021 BMW M5 basic Sedan three quarter view

2021 BMW M5 Safety

8.0/10

The NHTSA or IIHS haven’t yet crash-tested the 2021 BMW M5, 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.

BMW’s Active Protection System detects imminent accidents and prepares by automatically pre-tensioning safety belts, closing windows and moonroof, and activating post-crash braking including fatigue and focus alert feature.

The 2021 BMW M5 comes with a host of active-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.

Apart from these highlights, some of the most eminent safety features aboard the 2021 BMW M5 Sedan are:

  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Fixed front head restraints
  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Four-wheel ABS brakes
  • 6 airbags
  • Occupant sensing airbags
  • Traction control
  • 4 ABS channels
  • Power door locks
  • Daytime running lights
  • ABS
  • Rear child safety locks
  • Panic alarm
  • ABS and driveline traction control
  • Immobilizer
  • Tracker system

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How reliable is the 2021 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe?

How safe is the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S?


 

2021 BMW M5 Competition

9.0/10

2021 BMW M5 Vs 2021 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-AMG E 63 S 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, the Cadillac CT6-V offers a better road-presence with its large exterior dimensions.

2020 Cadillac CT6-V

But we know for sure that it's the last thing on a person's mind who is in the market for a performance sedan. The hoonigan scores here and between these two, the M5 make for a great value proposition.

2021 BMW M5 Vs 2021 Porsche 911 Carrera S 

The 2021 Porsche 911 Carrera S comes at almost the same price as the 2021 BMW M5. However, at almost the same price tag the BMW M5 offers a bigger engine, generating more power. Though the greater power figures of the M5 are also responsible for driving around greater heft. 

2021 Porsche 911 Carrera S

So don't let the comparatively meeker power figures of the 2021 911 Carrera S deceive you, as this Porsche is still the fastest sprinter here, all credits to its smaller dimensions and agile body. Though the smaller dimensions also make the Porsche lag behind the Bimmer in terms of interior space. 

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.

The 2021 BMW M5 has intensified its case with all the updates.

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.

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2021 BMW M5 FAQs:

What is the average annual maintenance cost of a BMW M5?

The annual maintenance cost of a BMW M5, on average costs around $863, depending on your service provider.

How much does an oil change for a BMW M5 cost?

The average cost for an oil change of the BMW M5 costs around $232-$250. That is excluding the labor cost which can cost you from $49-$61, depending on your service provider. 

What does M mean in BMW M5?

The M in the BMW M5 represents "Motorsport". Motorsport or M as the enthusiasts like to call it is BMW's performance-division.

Does BMW M5 have a manual gearbox?

No, BMW M5 is only available with an 8-Speed M-Steptronic transmission that sends power through a rear-biased AWD system to all 4 wheels.

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2021 BMW M5 Overall Reviews


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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
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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
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Used BMW M5 for Sale

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2020 BMW M5 4 Great Deals Out of 60 $90,998 60 Listings
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Top User Reviews

8

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 ...

by Jimmy J. Puckett

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