2021 BMW M5

MSRP range: $103,500
MSRP$105,495
Edmunds suggests you pay$98,346

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2021 BMW M5 Review

  • Turbocharged V8's prodigious thrust
  • All-wheel drive provides excellent stability to balance out the power
  • Supremely supportive and commanding cockpit
  • Smooth yet crisp-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Daunting number of powertrain and suspension configurations
  • Cabin isn't quite as luxurious as those of some competitors
  • Refreshed front and rear styling
  • Larger 12.3-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Competition models get new shock absorbers and damping calibration
  • Part of the seventh 5 Series generation introduced for 2017

High performance doesn't necessarily mean high profile. Case in point: the 2021 BMW M5. From a distance the M5 can easily be mistaken for the standard 5 Series sedan. Much like one of those reluctant movie action heroes, it may be unassuming in appearance, but if that fuse gets lit, watch out! The M5 is a serious high-performance vehicle that delivers the kind of thrills expected of a much smaller exotic coupe, yet it can also be as docile as a luxury sedan.

For 2021, the M5 gets a styling update, a few infotainment enhancements and revised suspension tuning for the optional Competition package. These changes help keep it fully competitive with its main rivals: the Audi RS 7, the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S sedan and the Porsche Panamera Turbo. Which one is going to be the best pick for you? Check out the categories of our in-depth Expert Rating below to help you decide.

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The BMW M5 is one of the top high-performance sedans on sale. It takes everything we like about the standard 5 Series, such as powerful engines and balanced handling, and cranks them up several notches. The twin-turbocharged V8 engine packs a wallop with 600 horsepower. Big, sticky tires and all-wheel drive are also here to provide eye-popping levels of grip. This is a track star and a chauffeured luxury ride in one.
The M5 combines all-around athleticism with truly "wow!" bursts of performance. In Edmunds' testing, we recorded a 0-60 mph time of just 3.2 seconds. Stopping from 60 mph took just 99 feet. These are astounding numbers for a 4,300-pound luxury sedan that can just as easily be a comfortable luxury cruiser. Around turns, the M5 provides a seemingly endless amount of grip.

What's more, the big M5 does it all yet remains easy to control. The brakes are smooth and predictable, and the steering is accurate and responsive. The transmission provides smooth and quick shifts, making the mighty engine easy to tame.
The front seats are extremely comfortable thanks to the adjustable seatback bolsters. Our drivers weren't tired of them even after long drives. The seats are also aggressively shaped to hold you in place under cornering. The climate control system is effective and able to hold temperatures steady in the cabin provided you're not pushing the engine too hard.

On the road, it has a stiffer ride than a typical 5 Series. But it is not harsh, and Comfort mode delivers a compliant ride. Rolling the windows up keeps the cabin well insulated from outside noise, unless you prefer to roll them down to experience the sonorous V8.
Getting into the M5 is a breeze. The aggressive side seat bolsters up front aren't much of an impediment, nor is the sloping roofline for rear passengers. Once in, the driver's seat feels tight and snug. But the rest of the cabin is spacious. Most adults can easily find their ideal driving position, and rear passengers up to 6 feet tall will fit just fine.

One of the interior's strongest areas is visibility. The front roof pillars are thick but stay out of the way through left turns, and you have plenty of situational awareness around the car. A surround-view monitor helps in tight spots. The control layout is another positive. The buttons and knobs are clearly labeled and angled toward the driver.
The iDrive infotainment interface in the M5 doesn't take much effort to operate the many available features, and a trace pad and touchscreen allow for optimal control. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration is standard. The M5's voice recognition system works quite well for a factory system and understands a lot of natural speech.

The M5's driver safety aids are successful in adding a layer of safety without getting in the way. The adaptive cruise control transitions from braking to accelerating smoothly and maintains its set speed on steep grades. Lane keeping assist helps the car stay centered without forcing the wheel from your control.
There aren't changes between the M5 and its more common 5 Series sibling. The trunk is quite large and provides more space than an E-Class. The rear seats fold down in a 40/20/40-split configuration to help with long or bulky items. Up front, there is a wireless charging pad for keeping your phone secure. Good thing, too, because there's not much space for holding other small items in bins or pockets.

In the back row, car seat anchors are readily available for installing child seats. But because the front seats are very thick, it could be difficult to fit a rear-facing seat.
The EPA says you can expect 17 mpg combined (15 city/21 highway). That's typical for a high-performance sedan but still pretty low as cars go. We managed a pretty respectable 22.7 mpg on our 115-mile mixed-driving evaluation route.
The M5 provides typical airtight BMW build quality, and it lives up to the car's price tag. We had trouble finding fault with anything. The M5 is priced close to the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S. While the cost of entry for both is steep, they are worthy rivals.

BMW provides four-year/50,000-mile basic and powertrain warranties, which is typical for a luxury automaker. Free maintenance for three years/36,000 miles is a nice bonus.
The M5 is an exceptional entry in the super-sedan category. The power and performance are simply ridiculous, yet you feel perfectly confident and in control behind the wheel. You can even treat it as a docile, run-of-the-mill luxury car.

Yet this is a truly special vehicle. An unassuming exterior design features small accents that wink and nod at the athleticism that lies underneath. The M5 is a sport sedan for those in the know. And those in the know place it among the best of the best.

Which M5 does Edmunds recommend?

Since there's only one trim level for the BMW M5, you're left to decide which options to add. For the rare driver who seeks even more performance, the Competition package is a worthy addition. We'd also add the Driving Assistance Plus package for the adaptive cruise control and other features that reduce the demands on drivers.

BMW M5 models

The 2021 BMW M5 is available in a single trim level. Power comes from a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 engine (600 horsepower, 553 lb-ft of torque). An eight-speed automatic sends power to all four wheels.

M5
Comes well appointed with standard feature highlights that include:

  • 19-inch wheels with performance tires
  • Adaptive suspension dampers
  • Power trunklid
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front sport seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
  • Remote monitoring and control via a smartphone app
  • 12.3-inch touchscreen
  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Wireless charging pad

Every M5 also comes with these advanced safety features:

  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Blind-spot monitoring (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
  • Adaptive LED headlights (swivel as you turn the steering wheel for better illumination in curves)
  • Automatic high beams
  • Front and rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)

The optional Competition package increases power output to 617 hp and adds:

  • Special 20-inch wheels
  • Dark exterior accents
  • Lowered sport suspension
  • Sport exhaust system
  • Front sport seats
  • Premium leather upholstery
  • Unique M Sport seat belts

Other bundled option include:
Driving Assistance Plus package

  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
  • Lane keeping assist (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
  • Forward collision avoidance (helps mitigate an accident by proactively swerving, if appropriate, to avoid a front collision)
  • Front cross-traffic alert (warns of potential side collisions at intersections)
  • Emergency stop assistance (senses if the driver is incapacitated and pulls the car over to the right while slowing to a stop with the emergency flashers activated)

Executive package

  • Automated parking system (steers into a parking spot with little or no driver intervention)
  • Soft-close doors (catch as they're being closed and gently pull shut)
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Front-seat massage functions
  • Sunshades for rear passengers
  • Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the vehicle and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Dashcam-like drive recorder

M Driver's package

  • Increased top speed
  • One day of high-performance driving instruction

Stand-alone options include:

  • Carbon-ceramic brake rotors
  • Sunroof
  • Premium Bowers & Wilkins audio

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2021 BMW M5.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$103,500
MPG & Fuel
15 City / 21 Hwy / 17 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 20.1 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
V8 cylinder
Horsepower: 600 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 553 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 196.4 in. / Height: 57.8 in. / Width: 74.9 in.
Curb Weight: 4345 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 14.0 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite M5 safety features:

Evasion Aid
Helps mitigate an accident by proactively swerving, if appropriate, to avoid a front collision.
Traffic Jam Assistant
Keeps the car centered in the lane and following the car in front in stop-and-go traffic.
Active Protection System
Proactively tensions seat belts, closes windows and sunroof, and activates the brakes when it detects an imminent accident.

BMW M5 vs. the competition

2021 BMW M5

2021 BMW M5

2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

BMW M5 vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The M5 and Mercedes-AMG E 63 S are cut from the same cloth. Both produce 600-plus horsepower and have received a refresh for 2021. Deciding between the two will likely come down to personal preference, and there's no way to go wrong with either. What a wonderful dilemma to find yourself in.

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BMW M5 vs. Audi RS 7

The RS 7 has similar performance as the M5 and earns points for the added convenience of its versatile hatchback body style. Unfortunately, points are deducted for Audi's dual-screen infotainment system — it's more distracting to use while driving than the BMW's system. In less objective observations, the RS 7's engine doesn't sound as inspiring as the M5's burly V8 rumble.

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BMW M5 vs. Porsche Panamera

If your budget is considerably larger, the Porsche Panamera Turbo is a worthy alternative to the BMW M5. Just like the M5, it's easy to forget you're driving a larger sedan rather than a small sports car. But, even with a rear hatch instead of a trunk, the Panamera doesn't gain much in terms of convenience. Plus its infotainment system is difficult and distracting to use.

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FAQ

Is the BMW M5 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 M5 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.6 out of 10. You probably care about BMW M5 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the M5 gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the M5 has 14.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a BMW M5. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 BMW M5?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 BMW M5:

  • Refreshed front and rear styling
  • Larger 12.3-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Competition models get new shock absorbers and damping calibration
  • Part of the seventh 5 Series generation introduced for 2017
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Is the BMW M5 reliable?

To determine whether the BMW M5 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the M5. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the M5's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 BMW M5 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 BMW M5 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 M5 and gave it a 8.6 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 M5 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 BMW M5?

The least-expensive 2021 BMW M5 is the 2021 BMW M5 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $103,500.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $103,500
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What are the different models of BMW M5?

If you're interested in the BMW M5, the next question is, which M5 model is right for you? M5 variants include 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of M5 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 BMW M5

2021 BMW M5 Overview

The 2021 BMW M5 is offered in the following submodels: M5 Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A).

What do people think of the 2021 BMW M5?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 BMW M5 and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 M5.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 BMW M5 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 M5 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 BMW M5?

2021 BMW M5 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 BMW M5 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $105,495. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW M5 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $7,149 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,149 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $98,346.

The average savings for the 2021 BMW M5 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) is 6.8% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 BMW M5?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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