Just one configuration of the 2022 BMW X5 M is offered now, with the Competition model now an available package that can be added to the regular vehicle. Standard power output from the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 is 600 hp while the Comp pack boosts that to 617. Torque in either flavor is 553 lb-ft and is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Numerous standard features are included with the X5 M, including heated front seats, front armrests, and steering wheel, Icon adaptive LED headlights with Laserlight, LED taillights, Merino leather upholstery with carbon fiber trim, and a panoramic moonroof. You also get a Harman Kardon 16-speaker sound system, a head-up display, a digital driver info display measuring 12.3-inches, and a touchscreen infotainment display supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay of the same size.
Although it is hardly affordable transportation for the masses, the price of the BMW X5 M has increased by only $800 over the 2021 model. It starts at $105,900 before a $995 destination fee. Since the X5 M Competition is no longer a standalone model, there is no MSRP for the complete package, so to speak, but you can add the Comp bits for $9,300, which is a $300 higher price increase that the Comp asked for last year. Naturally, there are a few other options and packages you can spec, and a fully loaded model will set you back around $130,000.
The most important package for the gearhead is the Competition package, at $9,300. This bumps power from 600 to 617 hp, but other changes are included too. You also get numerous Extended Shadowline gloss black exterior accents in place of the standard chrome finishings, along with 21/22-inch staggered wheels, full Merino leather upholstery, an M Sport exhaust system, and M seatbelts with tri-color pinstripes. For even more performance, you can unlock the X5 M's full potential with the $2,500 M Driver's package that raises the speed limiter to 177 mph and buys you a driving class. If that doesn't take your fancy, the $2,600 Executive package adds heated rear seats, ventilated and massaging front seats, remote start, automatic soft-close doors, heated and cooled cupholders, and rear window shades. Also available is a Driving Assistance Professional Package with camera/radar driving-assistance that adds steering assist, evasion assist, and more, as well as extended traffic-jam assist on some highways, for $1,700.
There's no such thing as too much, according to BMW, so if excess is underrated, we'll get the X5 M with the Comp and M Driver's packages, thus making it seriously difficult for rivals to keep up. We'd also be tempted by the Executive package as it would make the SUV even more comfortable and safe, but with such a long list of standard features, we also wouldn't discriminate against an option-free variant. Depending on whether you'll use the capabilities of the X5 M to their full potential or not will help you decide if any packages are really necessary, but the base model is perfectly brilliant on its own.