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2020 BMW X5 M SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: January 30, 2020
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The 2020 BMW X5 M and Competition Sports Activity Vehicle offer more power and performance, improved luxury and comfort while also featuring the latest in driver assistance, personal connectivity, and infotainment. Waiting for the launch in Spring, X5 M starts at an MSRP of $105,100.

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Pros

Super Powerfull V8

Powerfully Agile

Spacious all-around

Plush interiors

Cons

The Six-Figure price

What's New?

The 2020 BMW X5 M and X6 M along with their Competition counterparts are first of their kind.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
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 2020 BMW X5 M SUV Detailed Review video

Styles

 2020 BMW X5 M SUV in Alpine White color  2020 BMW X5 M SUV in Carbon Black Metallic color  2020 BMW X5 M SUV in Phytonic Blue Metallic color  2020 BMW X5 M SUV in Mineral White Metallic color  2020 BMW X5 M SUV in Tanzanite Blue Metallic color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

10

Engine And Performance

10

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

8.6

8.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 BMW X5 M SUV Base

Base

power
600 hp @ 5,700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
TBD

$105,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sports Activity Vehicle 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $105,100 MSRP TBD 600 hp @ 5,700 rpm, 4.4 L, V-8, premium unleaded
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 BMW X5 M SUV Competition

Competition

power
617 hp @ 6,000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
TBD

$114,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Competition Sports Activity Vehicle 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $114,100 MSRP TBD 617 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 4.4 L, V-8, premium unleaded
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.7

Overall Rating


Since the first M1 production in 1978, M badge significantly stands for a combination of motorsport functionality with everyday usability. The 2020 BMW X5 M and X5 M Competition are an expression of individuality, packed with exemplary performance, agility, and luxury. We are glad that it exists, but we doubt if the existence of such a performance SUV is needed or not. The formidable S63 engine shared with 8-series powers the big SUV.

Remember the first performance concept of X5 using the Maclaren engine. Truly, the vision has resulted in a 2020 X5 M priced at $105,100 (MSRP) and $114,100 for the Competition model. Beneath the skin-upgrades help, the X5 M handle the extra power. The Bavarian power-ardent has gone rogue and taken the race to be the best on the next level. The Mercedes GLS, Porsche Cayenne and Land Rover Range Rover have long been in the trail and know conditions much better.

2020 BMW X5 M SUV Front View
2020 BMW X5 M SUV Rear View

10/10
Features

 

10/10
Engine and Performance

 

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

10/10

BMW introduced the new, 3rd generation of M brand’s exclusive, track-capable X5 M Sports Activity Vehicle along with the Competition trim. The greater levels of performance are awaiting those willing to pay for the privilege. A long list of features makes their way for the six-figure price label.

The available packages with the all-new 2020 BMW X5 M and X5 M Competition includes Driving Assistance Professional Package – Extended Traffic Jam Assistant for limited access highways, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Active Lane, Keeping Assistant with Side Collision Avoidance, Steering & Traffic Jam Assistant, Automatic Lane Change, Evasion Assistant & Front Cross-Traffic Alert. Other than this is the Executive Package – Remote Engine Start, Soft-close automatic doors, Rear manual side-window shades, Heated and cooled cupholders, Front ventilated seats, Front and rear heated seats, Front massaging seats and Icon Adaptive LED headlights with Laserlight.

Trims

BMW X5 M

BMW X5 M Competition

MSRP (4.4L Twin-Turbocharged V8 AWD)

$105,100

$114,100

Key Features

Power tailgate

Front 21-inch and rear 22-inch M Star-spoke bi-color wheels.

 

Live Cockpit Professional with iDrive 7 and Apple CarPlay Compatibility

M Sport exhaust system

 

Panoramic sunroof

M seat belts

 

Anthracite Alcantara headliner

Extended Shadowline exterior trim

 

Ambient interior lighting

Full Merino Leather Interior

 

Trailer hitch pre-wiring

 

What do we recommend?

The BMW X5 M churns our 600 hp which is as delightful as terrifying. The plush interiors, futuristic driver-centric technology, and athletically sharp exteriors for $105,100 shall be the best value for money if you wish to buy a super SUV.

2020 BMW X5 M SUV Engine and Performance

10/10

Is it doomsday yet? 2020 marks the end of the decade on a very high note. With all the power and performance raining, BMW has launched the all-new X5 M and X6 M along with their Competition counterparts. Performance SUV’s are the new motorsport fever among petrol-heads. Popular high-revving S63 engine graces the new X5 M and X5 M Competition. After rigorous testing in places like Mirimas, Arjeplog, and Nurburgring, engineers at BMW fine-tuned the performance to peak at 600 hp in X5 M and X6 M, which goes higher to 617 hp for the Competition counterparts. The same traditional twin-turbo V-8 engine, also placed in M5 exhale the same fire which is 33 hp more and 1,090 rpm wider full torque range than the outgoing 2nd generation models.

2020 BMW X5 M SUV Has a 4.4L Twin-Turbocharged V8 Engine

The transmission duties are undertaken by the M Steptronic eight-speed automatic transmission controlling the 553 lb-ft of torque in both X5 M and X5 M Competition all-wheel-drive. Similar to M5 sedan, the Xdrive is a rear-biased system but routes power to all four-wheels as and when needed. Wondering, why the same engine in X5 M50i delivers less power than the M badged counterparts? The BMW S63 TwinPower turbocharged eight-cylinder engine features indirect, highly-efficient liquid-to-air inter-cooling, a cross-bank exhaust manifold to improve gas-flow out of the cylinders and into the turbochargers, direct injection operating at 5,076 psi and VALVETRONIC variable valve timing. The block is of a closed-deck design with sleeveless cylinder walls and a forged crankshaft.

Models

BMW X5 M

Porsche Cayenne Turbo AWD

Land Rover Range Rover Sport AWD

Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 AWD

MSRP

$105,100

$126,500

$114,500

$97,800

Engine

4.4L Twin-Turbocharged V8

4.0L V8

5.0L V8

4.0L V8

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

9-speed shiftable automatic

Power

600 @ 6,000 rpm

541 hp @ 5750 rpm

575 hp @ 6000 rpm

483 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

553 @ 1,800-5,860

568 ft-lbs. @ 1960 rpm

516 ft-lbs. @ 3500 rpm

516 ft-lbs. @ 2000 rpm

To augment the ferocious performance, X5 M offers enticing sound emanating from the quad exhaust with electronically controlled flaps. The roar further amplifies in the X5 M Competition model with the M Sports Exhaust system. However, with one click of the M Sound Control button in the center console, the exhaust note can be adjusted to the tune of your emotion.

Acceleration

Stomping the accelerator is when you realize the true potency of the mill under the hood. The tap will reveal that all the power allows the hefty SUV to charge to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds which further drops to 3.7 seconds in the M Competition model. Keep the throttle planted and X5 M will top out at 155 mph, opt of M Driver’s package to raise the bar to 177 mph.

2020 BMW X5 M SUV 0-60 MPH in just 3.8 sec

With all that bulk, X5 M and Competition are still light on the feet. Apart from the powertrain refinement, BMW honed the suspension and Chassis chassis to be rigid along with a stiffer engine mount to help improve engine response and the transfer of power through the transmission to all-wheels. Further, a structural rigidity binds the big SUV to be track-ready.

Models

BMW X5 M

Porsche Cayenne Turbo AWD

Land Rover Range Rover Sport AWD

Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 AWD

0-60 MPH

3.8

3.9

N/A

N/A

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Engine

4.4L Twin-Turbocharged V8

4.0L V8

5.0L V8

4.0L V8

Emission

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

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Unlike the M5 sedan, the X5 M instead of “Drift” mode offers a 4WD Sport which maintains the rear-bias, particularly to grant a rear-driving dynamic. The electronically controlled rear-differential also aids the cause. To up the ante, M shift paddles allow for quick manual shift supplemented with three selectable levels of programming controlling shift speed and sharpness.

Ride and handling

BMW has delivered best-of-both-worlds in the form of X5 M. The 2020 X5 M and Competition trims use the M xDrive system, engineered to handle a full transfer of 553 lb-ft of torque and to work with chassis for maximizing traction and handling capabilities in all weather conditions, be it tarmac or track.

2020 BMW X5 M SUV Front View

Justifying every bit of M badging, the several all-wheel-drive modes tailor the driving experience to your liking. The default 4WD setting offers excellent handling with maximum traction while the 4WD Sport setting brings an increased torque routing to the rear-wheels for a substantial increase in agility during spirited driving.

BMW claims agility to be the cornerstone of the new X5 M and X6 M. such a claim is backed by the engineering marvel which tunes suspension components, stiff engine, extra chassis bracing and increased front camber. Over varied road conditions, X5 M and Competition trim feature standard Adaptive M suspension with Active Roll Stabilization that delivers predictable and linear response for superior handling and comfort. Toggle the settings to COMFORT, SPORT AND SPORT PLUS to adjust the steering and springs for the best driving experience.

Braking performance

The X5 M like the new 8 series feature brake-by-wire, which allows the driver to adjust pedal feel via different drive modes. The M version of the integrated braking system allows for two pedal feel settings: Comfort and Sport.

2020 BMW X5 M SUV Front Brake is 15.5 in. 

In X5 M, the large disc brakes clamped by six-piston caliper in front and single caliper at rear, hide behind the 21-inch wheels wearing performance summer tires. With the competition package, the rear gets a 22-inch wheel.

Model

BMW X5 M

Porsche Cayenne Turbo AWD

Land Rover Range Rover Sport AWD

Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 AWD

Brake Front(in)

15.5

14.2

14.3

N/A

Brake Rear(in)

15

14.2

13.8

N/A

Curb weight(lbs.)

N/A

5056

5093

5699

70-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

159

N/A

N/A

Also, the M compound brakes feature drilled and vented discs for prolonged braking performance with quick heat dissipation and delay fading.

2020 BMW X5 M SUV Fuel Economy

6.0/10

You can have your cake and lose weight, how simple would be if this was to happen. The fire-breathing engine churning raw power even being efficient will take a toll on your pocket. Behind the iconic Kidney grille, the severely powerful engine trade-off with the fuel economy. In case you are the power-ardent, EPA ratings might not make the difference.

Model

BMW X5 M

Porsche Cayenne Turbo AWD

Land Rover Range Rover Sport AWD

Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 AWD

MPG (city)

N/A

15

15

16

MPG (highway)

N/A

19

20

21

MPG (combined)

N/A

17

16

18

Fuel Capacity (gal.)

21.9

23.7

27.6

23.8

Range (Cty/Hwy) (miles)

N/A

356/450

414/552

381/500

The 2020 BMW X5 M and Competition are still to have the EPA ratings but we may assure you that it won’t be surprisingly efficient. The low-powered Merc GLS is right now the most efficient in terms of fuel consumption.

2020 BMW X5 M SUV Interior

9.0/10

The X5 is one of the most popular and stylish SUV from the German automaker. The new M flavor brings all the interior appointments of the base car and adds some M specific touches for rejuvenated performance experience. The regular M badged and Competition versions can be differentiated by the unique interior cues. The difference is mostly centered around the use of materials and mostly the leather.

2020 BMW X5 M SUV Front Seats

M badges are known to feature a splash of red over the Merino leather upholstery. The Competition model gets a full Merino leather interior. The intelligent use of carbon- fiber breaks up leather in spots. The Steering wheel adorns the tri-color M stitching.

Model

BMW X5 M

Porsche Cayenne Turbo AWD

Land Rover Range Rover Sport AWD

Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 AWD

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

40.7/60.0/39.8

39.6/58.9/N/A

38.7/N/A

39.4/59.3/40.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.4/58.1/37.4

N/A

39.0/N/A

40.2/58.5/41.9

Infotainment

BMW M has directed all the efforts in making the driving experience as unique as possible by making X5 M a real-time performance assessor. The driver-centric focus delivers BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional with the support of the iDrive operating system standard on all models. A pair of 12.3” display, one in the center console for infotainment needs and another behind the steering wheel work as an information cluster. The tablet-like touchscreen display offers stunning visualizations and multiple controllers. A head-up display also provides widget spaces for metrics like tire temperature etc.

The competition model additionally features a “TRACK” setting which refined the information display and restricts the driver assistance system to kick -in. Other elements of the BMW Live Cockpit Professional are the navigation system, two USB-C ports, plus Bluetooth connectivity.

Key Infotainment Features

  • Head-Up display
  • Harman Kardon Surround sound audio
  • SiriusXM Satellite radio
  • Live Cockpit Professional with iDrive 7 and Apple CarPlay Compatibility

Cargo capacity

The cargo area goes un-affected by the M badging, with M badged X5 and the base model featuring a similar silhouette for the cargo. The cargo capacity of X5 M suffices the hauling needs over a weekend journey or a long family vacation. The X5 M cargo space can be enhanced to a maximum of 72.3 cu-ft, thanks to the 40:20:40 split rear seats.

2020 BMW X5 M SUV Has a Cargo Space is  33.9 cu ft.

Model

BMW X5 M

Porsche Cayenne Turbo AWD

Land Rover Range Rover Sport AWD

Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 AWD

Behind Rear Row (ft. Cube)

33.9

26.3

27.5

17.4

With Rear Seat folded (ft. Cube)

72.3

60.3

N/A

N/A

For effortless cargo access and loading/unloading of luggage, BMW offers Hands-free Comfort Access of the power tailgate. BMW has clearly found a horizon where the performance meets usability and practicality.

Key interior Features

  • Heated Front Seat Armrests and Steering wheel
  • Anthracite Alcantara headliner
  • Leather dashboard
  • Carbon fiber trim
  • Extended Merino Leather Interior
  • Ambient interior lighting
2020 BMW X5 M SUV Interior
2020 BMW X5 M SUV Interior
2020 BMW X5 M SUV Interior
2020 BMW X5 M SUV Interior
2020 BMW X5 M SUV Interior
2020 BMW X5 M SUV Interior
2020 BMW X5 M SUV Interior
2020 BMW X5 M SUV Interior
2020 BMW X5 M SUV Interior
2020 BMW X5 M SUV Interior

2020 BMW X5 M SUV Exterior

9.0/10

Peering through the hidden might under the hood, M division works its magic around the X5 to look as aggressive on the outside as on the inside. M part fitted on the SUV makes it look demonish and sharp and is mostly intended to optimize aerodynamics, air supply, and cooling.

2020 BMW X5 M SUV Three Quarter View

M specific BMW kidney grilles with black double-bars, M gills on the front fenders, aerodynamic side mirrors, flared wheel arches in body color and rear diffuser with integrated quad exhaust are some of the features unique to M models. The competition models can be differentiated by the use of Black finishing. Further, the BMW X5 M rides atop 21-inches wheels, while the X5 M Competition uses 21-inch wheels at front and 22-inch at the rear.

Model

BMW X5 M

Porsche Cayenne Turbo AWD

Land Rover Range Rover Sport AWD

Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 AWD

Curb Weight(lbs.)

5425

5056

5093

5699

Length(in)

195

194

192.2

205.2

Width(in)

87.3

78.1

N/A

79.9

Height(in)

68.9

65.9

71

71.8

Ground clearance(in)

8.3

7.4

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase(in)

117

114

115.1

123.4

Track width(in) F/R

66.9/66.5

66.2/65.9

N/A

N/A

Key Exterior Feature

  • Adaptive Full LED lights
  • Trailer hitch pre-wiring
  • Front 21-inch and rear 22-inch M Star-spoke bi-color wheels
  • M Sport exhaust system
2020 BMW X5 M SUV Exterior
2020 BMW X5 M SUV Exterior
2020 BMW X5 M SUV Exterior
2020 BMW X5 M SUV Exterior
2020 BMW X5 M SUV Exterior
2020 BMW X5 M SUV Exterior
2020 BMW X5 M SUV Exterior
2020 BMW X5 M SUV Exterior
2020 BMW X5 M SUV Exterior
2020 BMW X5 M SUV Exterior

2020 BMW X5 M SUV Safety

9.0/10

The M badge adorns visual as well as structural rigidity over the regular X5 models, making them much safer. The X5 M and Competition variant is not yet crash-tested by the federal safety rating agencies. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 X5 overall safety rating of four out of five stars. Earning full marks in side crash test and one less in the frontal crash and rollover evaluations.

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety rated the 2020 X5 with the “Good” for its crashworthiness, which is the best ranking. Also, 2019 BMW X5 has been the Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS.

BMW X5 M features a long list of standard as well as optional driver-assistance features. The standard Active Driver Assistant on the BMW X5 M includes Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Collision Warning, Frontal Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Collision Mitigation, Cross-Traffic Alert Rear, and Speed Limit Information while more advanced systems like adaptive cruise control are part of an optional package.

Key Safety Features

  • Active Blind Spot Detection
  • Active Protection
  • Active Driving Assistant
  • Parking Assistant Plus with Back-Up Assistant, Active Park Distance Control, Surround View Camera

2020 BMW X5 M SUV Competition

8.0/10

BMW X5 M Vs Porsche Cayenne Turbo

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S were the first cars to enter the super performance SUV world. On the spec sheet, the mighty impressive numbers say just half the story. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo is a formidable machine with precision handling at the core. It all sounds great until you see the price. A whopping $126,500 will buy you your Porsche SUV.

2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

BMW X5 M Vs Land Rover Range Rover Sport

What stands out for the Land Rover Range Rover is the ultimate driving dynamic backed by the mighty mill. Range Rover Sport is athletic with on-and-off-road capability, almost the best in class. However, Range Rover Sports showcase sub-par fuel economy and less space. In comparison to the BMW X5 M, the interior and technology at hand in Range Rover Sport might feel now-dated. For the price, BMW X5 M is the first and best fit.

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

BMW X5 M Vs Mercedes-Benz GLS 580

The two Germans when turn head-to-head results in a formidable machine to the delight of pertol-heads. However, Merc with its GLS 580 is priced lower than the BMW X5 M. the cheaper merc is underpowered which helps in improving the fuel economy. If you are in the market for a plush beast with a dual personality, BMW X5 M is the choice. If luxury on budget and a bit less power can do for you, Mercedes GLS is for you.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580

 

2020 BMW X5 M SUV Final Verdict

8.6/10

The new 2020 X5 M and X5 M Competition’s market launch is scheduled for April 2020, when the car will hit the road alongside the X6 M. The M enhancements change the character of the X5 from luxurious people hauler to a track-ready performance SUV. The best-of-both-world approach spices the things up maintaining the utilitarian aspect of the big SUV. However, the six-figure price tag for the performance-SUV will fetch limited attention. If you are a performance SUV fan who wants to enjoy its purported all-round excellence, $106,095 X5 M and $115,095 M Competition is the best solution.