2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV

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2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: May 16, 2020
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The Ultimate Driving SUV from BMW has gotten sharper and brawner for 2020. BMW always excels at creating cars that ooze with driving pleasure. But they have outdone themselves with this one! The 2020 iteration has not undergone many changes as the major overhaul happened last year. 

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Pros

Very Strong Performer

Tempting harmony of luxury, power, and comfort.

Cabin is extremely comfortable

Cargo space is praise-worthy

Easy-peasy Infotainment controls

Cons

No Android Auto

Third row is for name’s sake

Not-so-huge on interior storage

Thick door sills are a hindrance for entry and exit

What's New?

Bumped up V8 in the new mental M50i


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$76150

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

268 cu.in.

horsepower

456 hp @ 5250 rpm

torque

479 lbs.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

117.1 in.

length

194.3 in.

width

78.9 in.

height

68.7 in.

curb weight

5170 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

cargo volume

72.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

7200 lbs.

payload capacity

871 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/18/22 mpg

ev range

350.4 mi.

highway range

481.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited


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2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV in Alpine White color 2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV in Aurora Black color 2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV in Phytonic Blue Metallic color 2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV in Mineral White Metallic color 2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV in Black Sapphire Metallic color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV M50i

M50i

power
523 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
22 combined

$82,150


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $82,150 MSRP (20/22/26) 523 hp @ 5500 rpm, 4.4 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

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A new trim has been added to the stable which adds more oomph. Both are powered by a turbocharged V8 engine, producing 456 horses and 479 twisties and the power bumps up considerably for the M50i. The humble one comes in at $76,150 and the mental M50i at $ 82,150. 

The new bimmer comes loaded with a lot of mechanical upgrades that focus on making the SUV sound more meaner, handle sharper and brake much harder. This monstrosity takes on the likes of Porsche Cayenne, Maserati Levante and the humongous Lexus LX 570. This is going to be an interesting battle as you have a few surprises in store.

2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV Front View
2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV Features

8.0/10

BMW offers the X5 in two very powerful variants. The already thrilling xDrive50i is present at one end of the spectrum. And on the other end, BMW has introduced a new mental M50i that pumps out an extra 67 horses and 74-pound feet of torque from the same 4.4L turbocharged V8 pot. The 2020 BMW M50i truly defies the laws of physics.

The xDrive50i gets all of the gizmos but the M50i takes the spotlight with a host of performance upgrades which includes a sweet-sounding exhaust along with suspension and larger shoes.

Trims

xDrive50i

M50i

MSRP (AWD)

$76,150

$82,150

Key Features

Auto Start-Stop

All the features in xDrive50i and:

 

Active Kidney Grille

M Sport Exhaust System

 

xDrive Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive

M Sport Differential

 

19-inch alloy wheels

20-inch alloy wheels

 

Automatic 4-Zone Climate Control

Adaptive M Suspension

 

Wireless Charging

Aerodynamic Kit

 

Adaptive LED headlamps

M Sport Brakes

 

Automatic locking retractors on all seats

 
 

Active Driving Assistant

 

Two add-on packages are also available which boasts an array of creature comfort features along with a few driver assistance features.

Package Name

Premium

Executive

MSRP

$1,250

$4,550

Features

Head-up Display

Heated and Cooled Cup Holders

 

Gesture Control

Parking Assistant Plus

 

Remote Engine Start

Rear Manual Side Window Shades

   

Panoramic Sky Lounge LED Roof

   

Soft Close Automatic doors

   

Icon Adaptive LED Headlights with Laserlight 

   

Active Parking Distance Control

   

Surround-view with 3D View

   

Driver Recorder

Which 2020 BMW X5 50i trim should you go for?

We recommend you to go for the more bonkers BMW X5 M50i which with the added power also includes an electronic limited-slip rear differential, an M Sport Exhaust, bigger and grippier brakes and tunable suspension with adaptive dampers. The extra premium is a small price to pay to experience the bimmer in its full glory.

The add-on packages are an added luxury. An extra $4,550 will add a few added comfort features along with a few driver assistance features.

2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV Engine and Performance

7.0/10

BMW offers two very potent trims powered by a 4.4L turbocharged V8 which produces enough power and torque to make the behemoth of a car lose its traction when blasting off the line! The xDrive50i pumps out 456 horsepowers and 479-pound feet of torque and the M50i bumps it up to 523 horsepowers and 553-pound feet of torque.

The fire breathing 4.4L Turbo V8 of the M50i in all its glory

The power is transferred to all four wheels via BMW’s intelligent xDrive system which helps you experience all of the power unconditionally. Torque comes in as low as 1500 rpm which helps you pull the SUV out of any given situation without flexing. The sweet symphony from the M Sport exhaust system is convincing to the extent that you would forget that you are in an SUV. The various driving modes change the character of the car as per your will. It includes ECO, PRO, COMFORT and SPORT modes with a total of four modes.

Models

BMW X5 xDrive50i

Maserati Levante

Lexus LX 570 Two-Row

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

MSRP

$76,150

$77,500

$86,380

$75,300

Engine

4.4L Turbo V8

3.0L Turbo V6

5.7L Premium V8

3.0L Turbo V6

Drivetrain AWD AWD 4WD AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

456hp@5,250rpm 345hp@5750rpm 383hp@5,600rpm 335hp@5,300rpm

Torque

479lb-ft@1,500rpm 369lb-ft@1,750rpm 403lb-ft@3,600rpm 332lb-ft@1,340rpm

The added M Sport differential in the M50i makes sure that there is minimal loss of power when transferred to wheels. The competition-bows it's head in front of the mighty bimmer as the most powerful Lexus LX 570 tops out at just 383 horses and 403 pound-feet of torque. Maserati Levante and Porsche Cayenne Coupe are way below it, that there is no reason for comparison.

How quick does the X5 pull?

This mammoth of a car pulls hard. You would never expect to be thrown back into the seat when accelerating, but the xDrive50i and M50i equally surprises you with. The defying acceleration makes the bimmer pounces to 60 MPH in an impressive 5.2 seconds.

The mammoth X5 M50i does 0-60 in a staggering 4.1 seconds!

BMW can clock such impressive times for the xDrive50i due to the added brawn from the powerful V8 engine which was absent in the xDrive40i. The added power gives the X5, much-needed boost. The mental M50i does the 0-60 run in staggering 4,1 seconds! Now that’s a quick SUV.

Models

BMW X5 xDrive50i

Maserati Levante

Lexus LX 570 Two-Row

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

0-60 MPH

5.2 sec

5.8 sec

7.3 sec

5.7 sec(est.)

Quarter Mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Top Speed 177 MPH 181 MPH N/A 152 MPH

Engine

4.4L Turbo V8

3.0L Turbo V6

5.7L Premium V8

3.0L Turbo V6

Maserati Levante comes pretty close to the X5 with an impressive 5.8 seconds but its 3.0L V6 doesn’t have the juice to bust the bimmer. Porsche Cayenne slots in between the two with 5.7 seconds due to an impressive power to weight ratio.

How well does the 2020 X5 handle?

Don't let the sheer size fool you into thinking that the X5 is sluggish. It will happily prove you wrong in the first corner. The ride is much more refined than its predecessor and the steering feels much more lively now, which gives it a steady handler. The various driving modes help give the SUV multiple personalities, each of which is fine-tuned for different terrains. These include ECO, PRO, Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus. The last one is kinda scary!

2020 BMW M50i taking on curves like a pro

X5 takes corners while being extremely planted, providing the driver with minimal body roll and maximum confidence. The adaptive dampers do an impressive job of making the X5 M50i feel less of an SUV and more of a sporty sedan. The M Sport adaptive dampers completely changes the attitude of the car.

How strong does the brakes bite?

BMW has worked on to give you some extra bite by tweaking on the brake pads. It now dissipates heat more efficiently, which gives a stronger bite. Despite the bulk, X5 has very less nose dive and at times you won’t even notice it. The 2020 M50i gets bigger brakes

Bigger bitier slotted brakes on the 2020 X5 M50i

The added benefits of emergency braking helps make the most of the brakes on the bimmer. 2020 X5 also gets BMW’s integrated brake-by-wire system which is a crucial part of self-driving systems which would pave the way for future motoring.

Model

BMW X5 xDrive50i

Maserati Levante

Lexus LX 570 Two-Row

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Brake Rotors Front

N/A

13.6"

N/A

13.8"

Brake Rotors Rear

N/A

13.0"

N/A

13.0"

Curb Weight

5260 lbs

4650 lbs

5800 lbs

4663 lbs

60-0 MPH

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Not much of the data is available at the moment, but as the brakes are bigger than the X5 xDrive40i which are rated at 15-inch at front and 14.8-inch at the rear, we are sure that the 2020 xDrive50i is the class leader in sheer dimensions. Maserati Levante and Porsche Cayenne have similarly sized brake rotors.

2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV Fuel Economy

4.0/10

The efficient 8-Speed Automatic transmission plays a very important role in providing the impressive numbers which X5 provides. The precise gear timing and quick upshifts help it lower fuel consumption.

BMW manages to chuck out an impressive combined 18 miles to the gallon which is above average in the performance SUV class. This is because if the use of lighter components and less friction in the engine.

Model

BMW X5 M50i

Maserati Levante

Lexus LX 570 Two-Row

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

MPG (City)

16

15

12

19

MPG (Highway)

22

21

16

23

MPG (Combined)

18

17

14

20

Fuel Capacity

21.9 gallons

21.1 gallons

24.6 gallons

23.7 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

350/482/394 miles

317/443/358 miles

295/394/344 miles

450/545/474 miles

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

9.3

8.6

11.8

8.4

Lexus due to its sheer weight loses on efficiency and gives the lowest figures of the lot. Maserati despite having the smaller V6, slips behind the bimmer. But Porsche, on the other hand, fares a bit better with the same engine structure. So, it all boils down to efficient engineering.

2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV Interior

2020 X5 M50i is filled with luxury, comfort and top-notch quality materials. Cabin space is lavish for adults with the first and second rows making you feel contented with comfort. But the third optional row is at best for children. It is smart of BMW to make it optional, otherwise, it would have been a waste of space.

The materials used in X5 are as usual if the highest caliber. No complaints at all. The driver gets a power-adjustable seat with lumbar and bolster adjustments as well. The memory feature will help you keep the perfect sitting position at the click of a button. A double-pane moonroof makes stargazing mesmerizing. Customizable ambient lighting can change your mood.

The X5's seating is luxurious for a Sporty SUV

The X5 also has a list of optional luxury features which makes it feel like a high-end luxury SUV. But these options also demand a much higher premium. If that is not a concern for you then you can enjoy features like massaging seats, remote start, soft close doors, and a heated steering wheel.

Model

BMW X5 xDrive50i

Maserati Levante

Lexus LX 570 Two-Row

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Seating Capacity

5 5 5 4

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

40.7/60.0/39.4

N/A

38.3/61.0/42.9

N/A

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

38.7/58.1/37.4

N/A

38.9/59.1/34.4

N/A

What are the infotainment perks?

BMW’s iDrive system is one of the most intuitive and easy to use among any automakers. The interface is as simple as it gets and you will get used to all of its features in no time. Unlike Mercedes-Benz, it doesn’t frustrate you with clustered UI or a singular input point.

Gesture controls can be used to control the system but are less intuitive than the good old touch. A rotary knob can also be used to control the infotainment system. 

Unfortunately, BMW has still not added Android Auto Capability. Apple CarPlay is available but requires an annual fee. Harsh sunlight will not hamper the view as well.

Infotainment Features

  • 12.3-inch Infotainment Screen
  • HiFi Sound System with 10 Speakers and 205-watt digital Amplifier
  • HD Radio with “multicast” FM Station Reception
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio Compatible
  • Am/FM Stereo with Radio Data System (RDS)
  • Apple CarPlay Compatible
  • Enhanced Smartphone Connectivity

How much cargo can the 2020 X5 take?

The X5 offers generous cargo space. There are additional hooks and storage space for small items that can fly about in the huge space. Even with the optional third seat, X5 returned a decent 11 cubic feet. 

Praise-worthy cargo space in the 2020 BMW X5 M50i

The 40-20-40 second split row can fold down flat to provide of a whopping 1870 liters of cargo space. Well, we couldn’t decide on what to do with this much space! 

Models

BMW X5 xDrive50i

Maserati Levante

Lexus LX 570 Two-Row

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Cargo Capacity

33.9 cu.ft.

20.5 cu.ft.

32.1 cu.ft.

22.0 cu.ft.

Lexus with its sheer size still felt short of interior cargo volume as it is 1.8 cubic feet less than the bimmer. Porsche and Maserati echo their size with the least cargo volume of the lot.

Interior Features

  • Advanced Vehicle and Key Memory 
  • Engine Start/Stop Button
  • 16-Way power front sport seats
  • 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Aluminium Tetragon Trim
  • 3-Stage Heated Front Seats
2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV Dashboard
2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV Front seats
2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV Interior
2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV Gear Shifter
2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV Rear Seats

2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV Exterior

7.0/10

BMW has carved the X5 to be muscular and flaunt those lines in a manner befitting the character of the SUV. The iconic kidney grille which is now unified gives it a fresh look but instantly reminds of the Bavarian marque. 

The edgy exterior hues adds to the X5 M50i's character

2020 X5 xDrive50i with its chiseled lines and curved shoulder will surely attract attention on the road. The19-inch alloys perfectly complement the dimensions. BMW also gives you the option to upgrade to 22-inches as well. The short overhangs help in making the car look compact and also in maneuverability. The X5 M50i comes standard with 20-inch alloy wheels. The m50i also adds an aerodynamic kit along with Shadowline exterior trim which adds black components to give the exterior a distinctive look.

Model

BMW X5 xDrive50i

Maserati Levante

Lexus LX 570 Two-Row

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Curb Weight

5260 lbs

4650 lbs

5800 lbs

4663 lbs

Length

194.3"

197.0"

200.0"

194.2"

Width

78.9"

78.0"

78.0"

78.1"

Height

68.7"

66.7"

75.2"

66.0"

Ground Clearance

8.3"

8.0"

8.9"

8.2"

Wheelbase

117.1"

118.3"

112.2"

114.0"

The front and rear bumpers house aerodynamic design elements along with the impressive aero curtain in the kidney grille. This helps reduce the drag coefficient drastically and make the 2020 X5 an aerodynamic machine. Hidden flaps behind the kidney grille open up when the gush of air increases. This also helps keep the engine cool during long runs.

Lexus is the elephant in the room with gigantic propositions, Porsche Cayenne coupe is the smallest but the lightest SUV is the Maserati Levante with its smaller engine. 

Exterior Features

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Run Flat tires
  • Power Folding Heated side Mirrors
  • Roof Rails
  • Roof Spoiler
  • Aerodynamic Kit
  • Aero blades 
2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV 3rd quarter view
2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV 3rd Quarter view
2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV 3rd quarter rear View
2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV Rear View
2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV Side view
2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV Rear View

2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV Safety

7.0/10

Safety has never taken a back seat in the X5. BMW has bundled in all of the life-saving gizmos and much more. Automated emergency braking comes in as standard as well. Many impressive features like semi-autonomous driving mode comes as options. 

The various features bundled into the SUV is listed below. 

Safety Features

  • Driver and Passenger Front Airbags with dual-stage deployment
  • Front and Rear Head Protection System(HPS) with side-impact airbags
  • Automatic Locking Retractors(ALR) on all passenger-seat safety belts
  • Rear-view Camera
  • Adaptive LED Headlights and Brakelights
  • Active Driving Assistant
  • BMW Assist eCall
  • Front and Rear Parking Distance Control
  • Front Safety Belts with automatic Pre-tensioners

2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV Competition

BMW X5 vs Maserati Levante

The Italian Marque has delivered us with a rather beautiful looking SUV. It has a potent 3.0L V6 engine which is quite powerful and the suspension setup enhances comfort. The interior is extremely customizable as well. But the size takes away a lot of interior space. The bimmer delivers all of this with a much more roomier cabin and a much more powerful V8. All of this for a price less than the Maserati Levante, we would never resist the 2020 BMW X5.

2020 Maserati Levante

BMW X5 vs Lexus LX 570

The LX 570 is a humongous car which makes the X5 look small. It has a very striking design and is powered by a monstrous 5.7L V8. It has a very well stacked cabin high on features. But the Lexus fails miserably in driving dynamics and performance. The inefficient engine is very thirsty as well. The bimmer, on the other hand, has a smaller but much more powerful engine, is fun and involving to drive and costs a whopping $10,230 less. We would unsee the Lexus just by the price difference, let alone the superior features.

2020 Lexus LX 570

BMW X5 vs Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayenne is the only car of the lot, which is cheaper than the bimmer. It has exceptional levels of handling and the build quality is top-notch. But the marginal advantage in price does not justify the not so marginal power difference of 121 horses and 147-pound feet of torque. It has a very cramped interior as well. The X5 outshines in all the aspects and delivers a bang for buck SUV which we cannot resist. 

2020 Porsche Cayenne

 

2020 BMW X5 M50i SUV Final Verdict

2020 BMW X5 is a wholesome car with a precise amount of performance, driving dynamics, and comfort. It manages to offer an experience which the competition struggles at coping with. It obliterates the competition just with performance figures and it doesn’t compromise on handling while doing so. The X5 has bowled us over and we just can’t get over this wonderful machine.