The 2018 BMW X5 M handles daily tasks with style, comfort and of course luxury. It’s also very fast and cuts a winding road like a knife. It hit 60 mph just 4 seconds, faster than the BMW M4 sport coupe. Whether you need an SUV with so much power is not important. It’s best to admire engines that can take you to the highway in peace or to jail with excessive speed.
But the 2018 BMW X5 M is not just about high performance SUV. Its vast cabin is rich in high quality materials and user-friendly technology, high ride provides excellent road visibility and cargo area, though not broadly, competes with other SUVs in its class. Let this alleviate feelings of reckless if you consider the X5 M as a family car.
Trim and Features
The 2018 BMW X5 M is a high-performance midsize luxury crossover with seating for five people. It’s offered in a single trim level.
Standard features include 21-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, high-performance tires, a rear air suspension, adaptive headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, roof rails, adaptive cruise control and keyless entry.
Inside, you’ll get a leather-wrapped dash, four-zone climate control, heated front seats, ambient cabin lighting, 40/20/40-split folding rear seatbacks, aluminum trim accents, Bluetooth phone and audio, a rearview camera, a navigation system with a 10.2-inch touchscreen display with a touchpad-equipped controller, HD and satellite radio, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and BMW umbrella of smartphone-integrated connected services called Connected Drive.
There are several optional packages for the 2018 BMW X5 M. The Executive package adds power-closing doors, adaptive LED headlights, rear side window shades, a heated steering wheel, a head-up information display, a Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless smartphone charging. A driver safety features also include in this package and add automatic high beams, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, a self-parking system and surround-view cameras.
Stand-alone options include a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, aluminum-look exterior trim, 20-inch wheels, night vision with pedestrian detection, Apple CarPlay compatibility and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens.
The 2018 BMW X6 M is powered by a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine that generates output 567 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic with launch control is the only transmission offered and mated to BMW all-wheel-drive system called xDrive.
In performance testing, the 2018 BMW X6 M accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds, which puts it between the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne Turbo S when it comes to acceleration. EPA estimated fuel economy at 16 mpg combined (14 city/19 highway).
If there is one word to describe the 2018 BMW X5 M passenger cabin it must be “fancy”. From the leather-trimmed dashboard to the simulated-suede headliner. It’s also pretty quiet, except the tire noise noise is pretty much on the rough pavement.
Up front, you will be spoiled by a supportive and comfortable sports seat that makes it easy to find the ideal driving power position, thanks to the 18-way adjustment and tilt and telescoping steering wheel. The back seat is not as spacious as you would expect given the impressive vehicle size, but two adults will sit comfortably there.
The M-spec gauge adds a further upscale touch. The infotainment system has a 10.2 inch touchscreen display with sharp graphics and fast response times. The iDrive interface is now better than ever, but it still requires you to turn the knob and click on the touchpad more than you might like to complete a simple task. The system also integrates with smartphone apps and includes a web browser that offers access to Yelp’s reviews and more.
Behind the second row, the 2018 BMW X5 M offers a decent amount of cargo space, 23 cubic feet. Folding the rear seat seatbacks will open 66 cubic feet of cargo space. The figures are equivalent to the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Range Rover Sport SVR but still behind that offered by the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE63.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 BMW X5 M is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide with the base price starts at $101,700. Key competitors include the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE63, Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover SVR.