2021 BMW M5 Sedan

2021 BMW M5 Sedan Review: Big Boy Toy

The 2021 BMW M5 has to be one of the most famous executive sports cars globally and enjoys a massive following in the US. This 4-door Ferrari hunter boasts a twin-turbo 4.4-liter 8-cylinder engine churning out 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, or 617 hp with the Competition package. Power is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. We've always loved the M5, and the 2021 model is as good as ever. Conservative exterior styling changes have made the 2021 M5 creep closer to sleeper territory, but it is still brutally fast and highly capable. It doesn't hurt that it costs less than luxury midsize competitors such as the Audi RS7 and Mercedes-AMG E63. A new 12.3-inch infotainment screen with Android Auto and refreshed exterior aesthetics keep it current with the moving times.

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2021 BMW M5 Changes: 🚙What's the difference vs. 2020 BMW M5?

The 2021 BMW M5 midsize sports sedan enjoys a refresh for the new year. The exterior of this performance vehicle gets a more prominent grille, updated headlights, and taillights, and restyled front and rear bumpers. Besides some exterior paint color options, BMW also offers a high gloss black or red brake caliper option. Inside, the 2021 M5 features a new 12.3-inch touchscreen with navigation and Android Auto integration. Going fast in the M5 has also been made easier thanks to revised M Mode settings accessible via a single button. The Competition package now includes a new track drive mode, revised shock absorbers, a retuned suspension, and an entire Merino leather interior.

Pros and Cons

  • Insane acceleration
  • Tail-happy AWD system
  • Updated infotainment display
  • Fresh new styling
  • It has turned into a bit of a sleeper
  • Less aggressive than the AMG E63 S
  • You'll still end up in prison driving one of these

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2021 BMW M5 Sedan Trims and Prices

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
Competition Sedan
4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive

2021 M5 Exterior

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  • Length 196.4 in
  • Wheelbase 117.4 in
  • Height 58.0 in
  • Max Width 74.9 in
  • Front Width 64.0 in
  • Rear Width 62.8 in
  • Curb Weight 4,345.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Almandin Brown II Metallic, Priority 1.
  • Champagne Quartz II Metallic, Priority 1.
  • Tanzanite Blue II Metallic, Priority 1
  • Individual Aventurin Red Metallic, Priority 1
  • Azurite Black II Metallic, Priority 1.
  • Rhodonite Silver Metallic, Priority 1.
  • Alvite Grey Metallic, Priority 1
  • Frozen Bluestone Metallic, Priority 1
  • Bluestone Metallic
  • Alpine White
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Singapore Gray Metallic
  • Snapper Rocks Blue Metallic
  • Donington Gray Metallic
  • Bluestone Metallic
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M5 Sedan Performance

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Engine and Transmission

This sixth-generation car is powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 gas engine that produces a notable 600 hp (617 hp in the M5 Competition) and 553 lb-ft of power on premium fuel. All that force is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission and BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The M5 can completely deactivate the front wheels, turning it into a true RWD car at the press of a button. The regular model can sprint to 60 mph in only 3.2 seconds, dripping down to 3.1 seconds for the Competition. The top speed is limited to 155 mph but can be increased to 190 mph when fitted with the optional M Drivers Package. The M5 is not designed or rated for towing capacity.

  • Engine
    4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

M5 Sedan Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    20.1 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 15/21 mpg
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2021 M5 Sedan Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.4 in
  • Front Head Room 40.7 in
  • Rear Leg Room 36.5 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.5 in

M5 Sedan Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    14 ft³

M5 Sedan Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 BMW M5 sedan a good car?

When it comes to performance sedans, few cars hold as much universal respect as the BMW M5. This supercar hunter has evolved into one of the fastest cars BMW has ever produced, all while maintaining a level of comfort, reliability, and luxury well above that of most hardcore performance machines. The 2021 model is more capable than ever thanks to a new track drive mode and revised shock absorbers, and it's easier to drive fast, too, due to simplified M Mode settings. Despite some exterior styling tweaks, we feel that the M5 fails to make as big an impression as rivals such as the Mercedes-AMG E63 S, but its interior is still top-notch and offers lots of space and comfort. The M5 sedan may have now entered sleeper territory, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Considering the low price of the 2021 BMW M5 sedan, it has never looked more appealing. You'll have to trust the manufacturer about its safety rating, though, since there is no review of the 2021 BMW M5 from the NHTSA or IIHS.

🚗What BMW M5 Sedan Model Should I Buy?

The vanilla BMW M5 is already an insane machine and costs a pretty penny, but if you're seriously looking at one of these cars, then it means you've got some cash to spare. We'd recommend going straight for the hardcore Competition version. This $7,600 option adds darkened exterior trim, a louder M exhaust, and a retuned suspension setup to make the M5 more capable around the corners. The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine also gets a kick up the pants and now produces a wild 617 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque.

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