2010 BMW X5 M Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 BMW X5 M - Road Test Specs

2010 BMW X5 M SUV

(4.4L V8 Twin-turbo AWD 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2010
ModelX5 M
Style4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 6A)
Base MSRP$86,225
Options on test vehicleCold Weather Package ($600 -- includes heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, ski bag); Comfort Access Keyless Entry ($1,000), Driver Assistance Package ($1,800 -- includes rearview camera with top-down parking assist cameras, head-up display, auto high-beams ); High-Gloss Roof Rails ($100), Space-Saver Spare ($150)
As-tested MSRP$89,875


Drive typeLongitudinally mounted front-engine all-wheel drive
Engine typeTwin-scroll turbocharged direct-injected 90-degree V8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4,395cc (268 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)9.3
Redline (rpm)7,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)555 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)501 @ 1,500
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with Sport and Manual modes with steering wheel-mounted paddles and console-mounted shifter
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)1st = 4.171, 2nd = 2.340, 3rd = 1.520, 4th = 1.143, 5th = 0.867, 6th = 0.691, FD = 3.909, R = 3.403


Suspension, frontIndependent, double wishbone, coil spring, driver-adjustable variable dampers, self-adjusting active antiroll bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, self-leveling air springs, driver-adjustable variable dampers, self-adjusting active antiroll bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional, driver-selectable hydraulic-assist rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)19.5:1
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelDueler H/P Sport
Tire typeHigh-performance asymmetrical, summer run-flat
Tire size, front275/40R20 106W (38 psi)
Tire size, rear315/35R20 110W (38 psi)
Wheel size20-by-10 inches front — 20-by-11 inches rear
Wheel materialAluminum
Brakes, front15.6-inch ventilated cast-iron disc with two-piece rotors and four-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, rear15.2-inch ventilated cast-iron disc with two-piece rotors and two-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.1
0-60 mph (sec.)4.5
0-75 mph (sec.)6.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)12.8 @ 108.5
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)116
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)63.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.91
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.2
@ Full throttle (dB)77.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)61.5

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsEven in default Drive (no M options selected), this lump is a rocket. The engine itself lacks any sort of audible personality, but it provides thrust like some sort of turbine propulsion unit. After selecting M-mode and utilizing the launch control, it knocked more than a half-second off the 0-60 time and the upshifts were noticeably quicker and belched louder as well. And this locomotive runs a 12-second quarter-mile? I'm utterly amazed with how fast this thing is.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsWhile the distances aren't particularly short in a vacuum, they are remarkable for a 5,300-pound SUV. The fade resistance, too, is beyond impressive, with the shortest stop arriving on the sixth run. A little more forward pitch than I had expected with all the real-time suspension hardware/software, but I'll cut it some slack, I guess.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsSkid pad: M-dynamic Mode (MDM) produced only a slightly better result (0.91g vs. 0.90 g); however, it was far more controlled, requiring far less steering and throttle manipulation to maintain a smooth and fast arc. Steering weight is a little excessive here, but otherwise perfectly tuned for feel and assist levels. Grip is astonishing. Slalom: Two things limited the X5 M's slalom results: the stability control is not fully defeatable and the tremendous wind blast the vehicle creates topples otherwise untouched cones with regularity. The problems started when I purposely drove wide of the cones (to avoid blowing them down), effectively squaring off the turn which then awakens the DSC. Still, the connection between driver's palms and the tires' contact patches, the prodigious grip levels, and the obviously clever active AWD make the X5 M uncomonly (and incongruously) nimble and capable.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)73.2
Wind (mph, direction)3.9 mph headwind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)12 city/18 highway/14 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)12.6 worst/17.5 best/14.5 average
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)22.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)5,368
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)5,332
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)51/49
Length (in.)191.0
Width (in.)78.5
Height (in.)69.4
Wheelbase (in.)115.5
Track, front (in.)65.4
Track, rear (in.)65.8
Turning circle (ft.)42.0
Legroom, front (in.)40.0
Legroom, rear (in.)36.6
Headroom, front (in.)39.3
Headroom, rear (in.)39.0
Shoulder room, front (in.)60.0
Shoulder room, rear (in.)58.0
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)35.8
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)75.2


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance4 years/50,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, hill-descent control, brake-fade compensation, automatic brake drying, hill-hold, auto-hold (at full stop), auto-brake application to maintain set speed with cruise control activated
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard, includes multilevel intervention and trailer stability programs
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard, real-time monitoring (no tire-specific display)
Emergency assistance systemStandard
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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