2018 BMW M5

2018 BMW M5
2018 BMW M5


  • Sharper handling from revised suspension
  • Boffo V8's prodigious thrust
  • All-wheel drive increases performance capability
  • Premium cabin packed with features


  • Stiff on bumpy roads, even in Comfort mode
  • Daunting number of powertrain and suspension settings
BMW M5 years

Which M5 does Edmunds recommend?

There's only one version of the M5, so getting one largely comes down to picking the colors you want. Two packages are available: the Driving Assistance Plus and the Executive. Both are worth getting if you want to burnish your M5's luxury pedigree. Apple CarPlay is oddly optional, but it's an obvious need if you own an iPhone. The carbon-ceramic brakes aren't needed unless you're planning on doing high-performance track events with your M5.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

With its combination of four doors, a powerful engine and capability to take on twisty back roads, racetracks and highways with equal aplomb, BMW's M5 has been a mainstay for sport sedan buyers since 1986. But some would say BMW hasn't been keeping up with the times. Recent M5 generations lacked the athleticism of the earlier cars, and the competition keeps getting better. For this redesigned model, though, BMW is aiming to put the 2018 M5 back on top as the definitive sport sedan.

For power, the M5 relies on a retuned version of the previous car's turbocharged V8. It now pumps out 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. More notably, that power is put through a standard eight-speed automatic transmission (replacing last year's dual-clutch automatic and optional manual transmission) and an adjustable all-wheel-drive system. While BMW has used all-wheel drive for its X5 M and X6 M SUVs, this is the first time it makes an appearance on an M division sedan.

It's the 2018 M5's handling that you'll be most interested in, though. The previous M5 lacked the hard edge that made M cars unique, but this one has it. BMW says the new M5 is lighter than before and more engaging to drive. This is still a big sedan, but the revised suspension and steering calibration have brought back some of that old-school M5 mojo.

Of course, the M5 is the same well-appointed luxury sedan as the regular 5 Series. But whether there's enough luxury might be a question. Although its power and handling are prodigious, you have to know how to manipulate the dizzying number of adjustable modes for the transmission, throttle, suspension, steering, and drivetrain settings to make the most out of the car. And even with the suspension in Comfort mode, some may find the ride too harsh and the cabin too noisy.

Nevertheless, ardent sport sedan aficionados will gladly make that compromise. The 2018 BMW M5 is a dynamic return to form.

Notably, we picked the 2018 BMW M5 as one of Edmunds' Best Sport Sedans for this year.

2018 BMW M5 configurations

The 2018 BMW M5 is a four-door, five-seat sedan. It comes in only one primary configuration, and is equipped with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends the power to all four wheels.

Standard feature highlights include 19-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, adaptive LED headlights, a power trunklid, 20-way power front seats, a head-up display, heated steering wheel and front seats, ambient interior lighting, and a 10.2-inch touchscreen-based navigation system. For the audio system, the M5 comes with a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system. Standard safety features include front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, blind-spot detection and front collision mitigation.

There are two option packages. The Driving Assistance Plus package enhances the onboard safety package by adding active lane keeping assist, front and rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. The Executive package adds a smorgasbord of luxury features such as four-zone climate control, power rear sunshade with manual side window shades, ventilated and massaging front seats and heated rear seats, wireless phone charging, an onboard LTE data modem, soft-close doors, automatic parking, and a surround-view camera system.

Finally, numerous stand-alone options that span performance, luxury and safety features are available. These include larger 20-inch wheels, carbon-ceramic brakes, night vision, Apple CarPlay connectivity, a rear-seat entertainment system, a sunroof, and a 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system.

Trim tested

Edmunds attended a First Drive event and sampled the car, but our time with it was limited, as was the scope of interaction. So the following is only our first take on what's significant and what you can expect. The ratings in this review are based on our First Drive of the 2018 BMW M5 (turbo 4.4L V8 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).


Even with the new all-wheel-drive system, the M5 still handles like a rear-wheel-drive car. Power is bountiful and catapults the car from zero to 60 mph in a claimed, and believable, 3.2 seconds. But if you don't set the modes just right, shifts can be slower than expected.


The 20-way power seats are exemplary, as is the intuitive and easy-to-use climate control system. Interior noise from the tires and wind is noticeable. The ride may be choppy for some, even in its Comfort setting.


The primary controls are intuitive, and the driving position is very adjustable. Controls for transmission, engine, steering and suspension are complex, but configurations can be saved. The two steering-wheel-mounted M buttons that recall frequently used settings are easily accessible.


The M5's everyday usability is enhanced with a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat. And while the door pockets and center console bin are only average size, they are ergonomically located and easy to reach.


The M5's iDrive system is complex and menu-driven, but using the controller is instinctive and responsive. The climate control and radio systems have enough hard keys, so you'll only need to dip into the menus on occasions. Apple CarPlay should just be standard.

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Features & Specs

N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
600 hp @ 5700 rpm
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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 when in stop-and-go traffic.
Active Protection System
Proactively tensions safety belts, closes windows and sunroof, and activates the brakes when an imminent accident is detected.

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More about the 2018 BMW M5

The BMW nameplate is practically synonymous with luxury sport sedans. And the all-new 2018 BMW M5 carries on the Bavarian automaker's long-standing tradition of providing shoppers with a luxury sport sedan intended to strike a balance between comfort and performance. The styling of the midsize 5 Series hasn't been radically changed. It remains a sleekly designed and elegant yet muscular sedan that can seat five with a trunk large enough to hold a fair amount of luggage.

For 2018, the M5 features revised fascias, a specific suspension calibration and powertrain. Advanced adjustable chassis systems include Variable Damper Control, M Dynamic Mode, adjustable steering weighting, adjustable shift speed from its eight-speed transmission, adjustable throttle sensitivity, and selectable sport exhaust.

But the newsworthy feature for the new M5 is its selectable M xDrive all-wheel-drive system. In normal operation, the M5 is a rear-biased all-wheel-drive sedan. Different modes allow the driver to reduce the amount of power sent to the front wheels or even switch to full rear-wheel drive (though the latter also fully defeats stability and traction control). This allows the M5 to be a luxurious drift machine, thanks in part to its revised twin-turbo V8 that produces 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. Other changes include technology updates, such as a new iDrive user interface, available gesture control and a head-up display.

Handling has always been a BMW strong suit, and the updated M5 is no exception. The new model rides on a revamped suspension, double wishbone in front and five-link in the rear, with electronically controlled anti-roll bars. And buyers looking for even more stopping power can opt for the carbon-ceramic brake package.

The well-designed, upscale interior of the new M5 has been moderately revised. There's still plenty of space for front-seat occupants. Heated 20-way power sport bucket seats are standard, with seat ventilation with massage available as options. A plethora of the latest advanced technology, safety and convenience features are either standard or available.

Still, the M5 comes extremely well equipped with enough comfort and tech equipment to satisfy many buyers, including dual-zone climate control, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and dynamic cruise control.

With all of these updates, it's remarkable that BMW was able to make an M5 accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, with a top speed of 189 mph, yet still transport four full-size adults in comfort to the next state over. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the 2018 BMW M5 that best meets your needs.

2018 BMW M5 Overview

The 2018 BMW M5 is offered in the following submodels: M5 Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A).

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Our Review Process

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