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2024 BMW i5 M60 xDrive: What's It Like to Live With?

We'll be putting our Top Rated Electric Car through a 20,000-mile test

BMW i5 2024
Miles Driven:Average Electricity Consumption (kWh/100 miles):

Latest Highlights

  • The BMW i5 was the Edmunds Top Rated Electric Car for 2024
  • We're eager to see how our award winner holds up over a 20,000-mile test
  • We got the hotter i5 M60 variant, with 593 hp and 586 lb-ft of torque
  • Our tester isn't cheap, coming in at $95,745 including destination

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What We Got and Why?

by Steven Ewing, Director, Editorial Content

Our test vehicle: 2024 BMW i5 M60 xDrive
Base MSRP: $85,095
MSRP as tested: $95,745

The BMW i5 is a relative newcomer in the EV space. Yet it made such a great impression that it earned the Edmunds Top Rated Electric Car award in its first year on sale. It's an all-around excellent luxury EV; the decision to add one to our long-term test fleet was a no-brainer.

What Did We Get?

BMW currently offers the i5 in single-motor eDrive40 and dual-motor M60 guise, though a new xDrive40 variant will join the lineup in mid-2024. We like the base eDrive40 plenty — in fact, it exceeded its EPA-estimated driving range by 51 miles in our Edmunds EV Range Test. But for our long-termer, we opted to get the hotter i5 M60. Who knows, there might be a U-Drags race in the car's future.

The i5 M60 has a lithium-ion battery pack with 81.2 kWh of usable capacity, which powers a pair of electric motors — one at each axle. Output is quoted at a whopping 593 horsepower and 586 lb-ft of torque, making this sedan a serious powerhouse.

Why Did We Get It?

Because this specific i5 M60 came from BMW, we didn't get to spec it ourselves, but you know, we're really jazzed about the one we got. Cape York Green looks awesome on the new i5, especially with the two-tone 21-inch wheels. Our test vehicle also has the brown Veganza faux-leather upholstery. Would we have ordered the carbon-fiber trim? Probably not. Do we hate it? Nah, it's fine.

The i5 M60 already comes pretty loaded, but our test car has a few optional extras. The $2,000 Driving Assistance Pro package adds BMW's Highway Assistant that takes over steering, throttle and braking controls on premapped sections of highway, and the $3,350 Executive pack gives us niceties like a heated steering wheel, glass roof and the extremely cool glass controls.

To that, our car adds the $1,500 M Carbon Exterior kit, $1,050 M Sport Professional package, $1,800 21-inch bicolor wheels and the aforementioned $300 carbon-fiber trim. That brings our total as-tested price to $95,745, which includes a $995 destination charge. That's pretty much as expensive as a new i5 gets.

What's happened so far?

We put our long-term i5 M60 through our usual instrumented testing regimen, and the results are solid. We recorded a 0-to-60-mph time of 3.6 seconds, which bests BMW's estimate by one-tenth of a second. Our i5 ran the quarter mile in 11.5 seconds with a trap speed of 122.1 mph. And as for stopping distance, the M60's larger brakes definitely help matters; the i5 comes to a halt from 60 mph in just 104 feet.

On our skidpad, we recorded lateral g-forces of 0.95, which puts the i5 M60 in good company with other sporty midsize sedans, though it trails its key rival, the Mercedes-AMG EQE sedan, which ripped off a full 1.0 g. The AMG EQE is slightly quieter than the i5 M60 on the highway, too, with the Merc measuring an ambient decibel level of 62.4 at 70 mph, compared to the i5's 65.5 decibels at the same speed.

We've yet to run the i5 M60 on our official Edmunds EV Range Test, but according to the EPA, the 2024 i5 M60 has a driving range of anywhere between 240 and 256 miles, depending on wheel size. Our test car has the largest 21-inch wheel option, so we should expect 240 miles of range. But again, the i5 eDrive40 we tested previously far exceeded its EPA rating, so we're excited to see how our long-termer does on our formalized range test.

BMW loaned Edmunds this vehicle for the purpose of evaluation.

2024 BMW i5 M60 xDrive: Real-World Range

Average lifetime consumption (kWh/100 miles): 45.7
EPA rating (kWh/100 miles): 40 combined ( 40 City / 39 Highway )
Best consumption (kWh/100 miles): 40.1
Best range (miles): 139.8
Current odometer: 1,826