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?

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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 and Prices

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

X5 M Exterior

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

X5 M Performance

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Engine and Transmission

The 2021 BMW X5 is powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter 8-cylinder engine that produces 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. With the optional Competition package fitted, this is raised to 617 hp. Combined with an all-wheel-drive system and an excellent ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, all that power means that the X5 M SUV will destroy most sports cars off the line. BMW claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 177 mph when optioned with the Comp package. Despite being a powerful SUV, the X5 M does not have an official towing capacity rating.

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

X5 M Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    22.4 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 13/18 mpg
* 2021 BMW X5 M Base AWD

X5 M Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

X5 M Trunk and Cargo Space

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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

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.

🚗What 2021 BMW X5 M Model Should I Buy?

We'd start by getting one in Marina Bay Blue Metallic. We'd also go for the $9,300 Competition package, which adds features such as M Shadowline lights, an M Sport exhaust system, and M seat belts (and don't forget those additional 17 ponies). We'd also pack in the $1,700 Driving Professional Assistance Package, which adds an active driver assistant system and extended traffic jam assistance. The $2,500 M Driver's Package is also a must and includes a unique one-day high-performance driving class at a BMW Performance Center and a raised top speed. The total cost of such a 2021 X5 M? $118,600.

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