Blistering acceleration from twin-turbo V8; incredibly capable handling for a crossover; sumptuous cabin with comprehensive tech features
Questionable value relative to regular X5
The 2015 X5 M is an all-new model. See the 2015 BMW X5 M models for sale near you
The one thing that gives us pause about the X5 M is the regular X5 xDrive50i, which has a similar twin-turbo V8 that's pretty thrilling in its own right. Is the M version worth another $20,000-$30,000? We suggest driving both back-to-back to see how you feel. Find a BMW X5 M for sale
The 2015 X5 M comes in a single trim level with almost all the fixings.
Standard features include 21-inch wheels, adaptive sport-tuned suspension dampers, a rear air suspension, quad tailpipes, an M body kit, adaptive xenon headlights, LED fog lights and taillights, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate with hands-free operation (via a foot sensor in the bumper), front and rear parking sensors, a performance-themed instrument cluster with a high-resolution color driver information center, a power-adjustable steering wheel with paddle shifters, driver memory settings, adjustable drive settings (Driving Dynamics Control), 18-way heated front sport seats, leather upholstery, 4-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio, a USB port, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and BMW's iDrive infotainment system with a widescreen 10.2-in display, navigation and hard-drive MP3 storage.
The optional Executive package adds LED headlights, soft-closing doors, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and rear-window sunshades. Additional options include smaller 20-in wheels, an automated parking system, a rear-seat entertainment system and a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.
Rear-seat comfort in the X5 M is satisfactory, though we still wish that BMW would position the X5's rear bench a bit higher for Land Rover-grade outward visibility. The regular X5's optional third-row seat is unavailable in the M, and that's a pity, because three seating rows would make this BMW a truly singular beast.
The current X5 is a bit of a letdown in terms of cargo capacity, providing 23 cu ft. behind the rear seatbacks and 66 cu ft. with those seatbacks flipped forward. That's good for a compact crossover, but the X5 is a midsizer, so we expect a bit more. Still, considering the massive performance on tap, that's a lot of versatility.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2015 BMW X6 M -- It might seem odd to recommend basically the same vehicle with less cargo space, but the X6 M offers a sleek fastback roofline that'll turn more heads.
2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo -- While the X5 M can keep up with the Cayenne Turbo in a straight line, our money's on the Porsche once the going gets curvy.
2015 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG -- The AMG-tuned ML is a bit unwieldy during twists, but it's a freight train when going straight.
Used Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG -- A new G63 costs about twice as much as the X5 M, but if you poke around, you can find a nice low-mileage truck with some serious depreciation.