2018 BMW X5 M SUV
- Outlandish acceleration and handling for an SUV
- Interior materials are impeccable
- Front seats are comfortable and supportive
- Gas pedal sometimes responds slowly in low-speed driving
- Sporty suspension may feel too firm for some drivers, passengers
- No option for a third-row seat
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Which X5 M does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
The 2018 BMW X5 M handles everyday SUV duty with comfort, style and refinement. It's also ridiculously fast and cuts winding roads like a knife. How fast? It dashes from zero to 60 mph in 4 seconds flat, a shade faster than BMW's iconic M4 sport coupe. Now wondering whether you need an SUV that makes more than 500 horsepower or reaches a top speed of 160 mph misses the point. It's best to just marvel at a machine that can take you for both a sedate run to Costco, or to county jail for excessive speed, with such ease.
But the X5 M isn't just about making an SUV out of a high-performance sport sedan. Its roomy cabin is richly appointed with quality leather and user-friendly technology; the tall ride height gives a commanding view of the road; and the cargo area, while not cavernous, ranks with those of other SUVs in its class. Let this assuage any feelings of frivolous indulgence if you're considering the X5 M as a family car.
That's not to say it's the best choice, however. Given its performance bias, the X5 M's suspension is tuned firm for superb handling. It's not rock hard, but some passengers will notice. The interior leaks more wind and road noise than SUVs at this price should. There's no third-row seat, and the X5 M costs significantly more than the top "regular" X5 model, the X5 xDrive50i. But if you like cars that breathe fire and come nearly loaded (this being a BMW, there are still plenty of costly options available), the X5 M is one of the best picks in its class.
2018 BMW X5 M configurations
The 2018 BMW X5 M is a high-performance midsize luxury SUV with seating for five. It's offered in a single trim level. As with any BMW, a bundle of options offer further personalization. Several are grouped into the useful Executive package, while most are stand-alone items.
The X5 M is powered by a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine (567 hp, 553 pound-feet of torque) paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Standard features include 21-inch wheels, high-performance tires, adaptive suspension dampers, a rear air suspension, a panoramic sunroof, roof rails, front and rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, adaptive headlights, keyless entry and adaptive cruise control.
Interior highlights include heated front seats, 40/20/40-split folding rear seatbacks, four-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped dash, ambient cabin lighting, aluminum trim accents and a rearview camera.
Finally, standard tech features include a navigation system with a 10.2-inch touchscreen display with a touchpad-equipped controller, Bluetooth phone and audio, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, satellite and HD radio, and BMW's umbrella of smartphone-integrated connected services called Connected Drive.
Considering all that standard equipment, the X5 M has a short options list. The Executive package includes adaptive LED headlights, power-closing doors, a heated steering wheel, rear side window shades, a head-up information display, wireless smartphone charging and a Wi-Fi hotspot. A suite of driver safety features also comes with the package and includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, surround-view cameras and a self-parking system.
Stand-alone options include 20-inch wheels, aluminum-look exterior trim, a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, Apple CarPlay compatibility, night vision with pedestrian detection, and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens.
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Our experts’ favorite X5 M safety features:
- Active Blind Spot Detection
- Alerts you to the presence of vehicles in your blind spots and can help steer to avoid a collision.
- City Collision Mitigation
- Automatically brakes the car at speeds under 38 mph when it detects an imminent collision and the driver has taken no action.
- Pedestrian Warning
- Recognizes pedestrians moving in front of the car, warns the driver of an impending collision, and primes the car's brakes.
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For those who think the X5's otherwise range-topping xDrive50i model and its 445-horsepower turbo V8 are not enough, the 2018 BMW X5 M trumps it with 567 hp and acceleration that challenges the BMW M4 sport coupe. That's astonishing and 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 when you ponder its $26,000 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 Executive package's collection of accident avoidance tech 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 take a peek at our inventory to see what's available at dealers near you.
2018 BMW X5 M SUV Overview
The 2018 BMW X5 M SUV is offered in the following styles: 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A).
What do people think of the 2018 BMW X5 M SUV?
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