2021 BMW X5 M

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2021 BMW X5 M Review: The M Doesn't Stand For 'Mom'

The 2021 BMW X5 M is one of the German automaker's most-loved models and is now in its third generation. This mid-size luxury crossover SUV is not only practical and refined, but in M-guise, it's also damn fast. This brawny SUV is powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 gas engine generating 617 horsepower when fitted with the Competition package. This is no ordinary SUV: this thing is a supercar on stilts and offers mind-blowing acceleration and straight-line speed. It's even good in the corners and is supple when it needs to be. Practicality is still excellent, and there's lots of standard tech on offer, but all of these niceties come at a price: and the asking price of the 2021 BMW X5 M SUV is $105,100. Competitors such as the Jeep Trackhawk offer superior power figures for much less, but is the X5 M a good enough allrounder to win us over?

Read in this review:

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2021 BMW X5 M Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 X5 M?

For this year, the Competition model of the X5 M is now no longer a standalone trim but comes as a package that you can spec on the regular "base" vehicle. Satin aluminum exterior trim and roof rails have also been removed from the options list, along with the rear-seat entertainment system and the night vision camera. On the plus side, SiriusXM with 360L and a year's full access subscription has been added. The really important news, though, is this: Android Auto is finally included.

Pros and Cons

  • Brutally fast
  • Lots of cargo space
  • Refined ride quality
  • Lots of standard features
  • Quality materials
  • It's expensive
  • Steering isn't communicative
  • Terrible fuel economy

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2021 BMW X5 M Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Base
4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$105,100
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2021 X5 M Exterior

2021 BMW X5 M Front Angle View Uwe Fischer
2021 BMW X5 M Rear Angle View Uwe Fischer
2021 BMW X5 M Front Angle View 1 Uwe Fischer
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Dimensions

  • Length 194.4 in
  • Wheelbase 117.0 in
  • Height 68.8 in
  • Max Width 79.3 in
  • Front Width 66.9 in
  • Rear Width 66.5 in
  • Curb Weight 5,425.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Dravit Grey Metallic, Priority 1. +$1,950
  • Tanzanite Blue II Metallic, Priority 1. +$1,950
  • Ametrin Metallic, Priority 1. +$1,950
  • Alpine White
  • Carbon Black Metallic
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Marina Bay Blue Metallic
  • Donington Grey Metallic
  • Manhattan Green Metallic
  • Toronto Red Metallic

2021 X5 M Performance

2021 BMW X5 M Front View Driving Uwe Fischer
2021 BMW X5 M Rear View Driving Uwe Fischer
2021 BMW X5 M Wheel Uwe Fischer

Engine and Transmission

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

2021 X5 M Interior

2021 BMW X5 M Steering Wheel Design BMW
2021 BMW X5 M Gauge Cluster Uwe Fischer
2021 BMW X5 M Gear Shifter Uwe Fischer
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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

2021 X5 M Trunk and Cargo Space

2021 BMW X5 M Driver Seat Uwe Fischer
2021 BMW X5 M Rear Passenger Seats Uwe Fischer
2021 BMW X5 M Trunk Space with Seat Folded Uwe Fischer

2021 X5 M Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • 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

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 BMW X5 M a good SUV?

Just as the world gets accustomed to European luxury SUVs, we enter a brand new era of super SUVs that defy what we previously thought possible. The 2021 BMW X5 M and SUVs such as the Jeep Trackhawk and Lamborghini Urus are all part of the new horsepower wars, and the X5 M delivers a standout performance. Adding an M to the ass-end of the X5 badge has transformed this car from a family-friendly 5-door SUV to a family-friendly SUV that will rip your head off. Yes, it is brutally quick and can handle itself in the corners, but it's still practical, highly advanced in terms of technology, and more refined than ever. There is no official safety rating from any institutes in the USA, but the SUV carries the kind of reliability we expect from the brand. In review, the 2021 BMW X5 M is an expensive car, but a class-leading one, so long as you can look past its price and poor fuel consumption.

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