For those who think the X5's otherwise range-topping xDrive50i model and its 445-horsepower turbo V8 are not enough, the 2017 BMW X5 M trumps it with 567 hp and acceleration that challenges the BMW M4 sport coupe. That's astonishing, but also gloriously over the top.
Then there's the matter of its handling prowess, which is so shockingly good that you'll need to take it to a nearby racetrack to fully understand just how hard the sticky performance tires, adaptive suspension and rear-biased all-wheel-drive system allow you to push what is still a big, heavy vehicle at very high speeds. It really is an SUV like no other.
The trouble is, the xDrive50i and X5 M don't actually feel that different during everyday driving. They'll both feel extremely fast and handle well, but the X5 M's firmer sport-tuned suspension results in a less comfortable ride. Keep this in mind, therefore, when you ponder its $16,000 price premium. To be fair, you do get more than just extra power. There's distinctive bodywork, 21-inch wheels and an adaptive suspension with active body control, plus interior flourishes and 18-way sport seats. We're just not sure those will be appreciated enough on a daily basis.
At least you won't suffer too badly on the fuel economy front. The X5 M returns an EPA-estimated 16 mpg combined (14 city/19 highway), which is only 1 mpg combined off the xDrive50i. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard.
So, too, are most of the X5 M's available features — this is effectively the top-of-the-line X5 after all. All the expected luxury embellishments are standard, plus some that are often optional, including adaptive cruise control, navigation, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system and extended leather trim throughout the cabin. The options list is short, but getting both the Driver Assistance Plus packages' collection of accident avoidance tech and the Executive package's appealing array of pampering add-ons seems like a "why not?" decision given the X5 M's already high price.
And really, if price isn't a concern, we suppose the X5 M's negligible real-world advantages over the other V8-powered X5 mean very little. It's still the fanciest one you can buy and it still performs to a degree that will shock and awe your passengers.
Keep researching how you might want to equip an X5 M here on Edmunds and make sure to take a peek at our inventory to see what's available at dealers near you.
2017 BMW X5 M Overview
The 2017 BMW X5 M is offered in the following submodels: SUV. Available styles include 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A). X5 M models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 X5 M comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2017 X5 M comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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Vehicle 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
Review I just came out of an M5. This X5M is better. It handles shockingly well despite being an SUV. It telegraphs its limits better than the M5. The interior is superb. The iDrive and Bang and Olufsen stereo are wonderful. BMW has done a great job in moving the iDrive platform forward. The level of voice control over various functions has improved considerably over my '14 M5. Fit and finish have been excellent and no complaints. When you combine the performance and technology of this vehicle with the quotidian practicality of how much it can haul you will really want to consider it if in the market for a 5-series/E-class/S6-7 Audi.
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2017 bmw x5-m 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required) 16 combined MPG 14 city MPG/19 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2017 BMW X5 M?
Available BMW X5 M 2017 Submodel Types: SUV
Available BMW X5 M 2017 Trims: Base
Exterior Colors: Carbon Black Metallic, Black Sapphire Metallic, Donington Grey Metallic, Monte Carlo Blue Metallic, Silverstone Metallic
Interior Colors: Bamboo Beige premium leather, Black Full Merino premium leather, Black Perforated Full Merino premium leather, Mugello Red Full Merino premium leather, Silverstone Full Merino premium leather, Silverstone premium leather
Popular Features: AWD/4WD, Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Aux Audio Inputs, Bluetooth, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Heated seats, Leather Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Navigation, Parking sensors, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Power Liftgate/Trunk, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, Upgraded Headlights, USB Inputs, 6000lb Towing Capacity, Back-up camera, Keyless Entry/Start, 360-degree camera, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Blind Spot Monitoring, Cooled Seats, Heads up display, Lane Departure Warning, Mobile Internet, Pre-collision safety system, Upgraded Stereo
Engine/Mechanics: 8 cylinders
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (required)
Drivetrains: all wheel drive
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