2021 BMW X5 M Review: Expected Prices, Release Date, MPG, And Performance

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John Bedrow 

Automotive Journalist

July 24, 2020  at 8:39 AM

This is a golden age of high-performance cars. From small hot hatchbacks to mega vehicles able to destroy 300 miles per hour, there has never been a fitter time for enthusiasts, and the SUV class is no stranger. The X5 M represents the high-performance SUV with its bold styling and everyday practicality.

With a little bit of sacrifice in the third row, this car is more about the convenience and flexibility of an SUV but the performance and cornering ability of sports sedan. Over the years, there have been many competitors who have tried to accomplish the best in a similar role. 

While there are many SUVs which do the job of being sporty and fast quite well, they all have some serious drawbacks too, but there are quite less in the X5 M. BMW has tested deep waters in this mid-size performance luxury segment, so they now have plenty of years of experience with the M SUVs. The saying goes by “Pure driving pleasure,” which is coupled with everyday usability and versatility, has been the secret to its success.

What’s New with the 2021 BMW X5 M?

  • New paint shades for the exteriors and interiors
  • Even fewer tweaks to the exterior features
  • Better mpg figures

Expected Price and Release Date of the 2021 BMW X5 M

The 2021 BMW X5 M is offered in two trims; M and M Competition. The only difference between the two trims is that the latter has more power and a few more interior and exterior differences. The expected prices of the trims are as below

  • X5 M: $106,095
  • X5 M Competition: $115,095

There are no finalized dates for the launch of the 2021 BMW X5 M due to the ongoing pandemic issue but one can expect it to be launched in the last quarter of 2020.

What’s under the hood of the 2021 BMW X5 M?

The relatively brutal powertrain offered in the 2021 BMW X5 M  is nothing short of what you would see in supercars of today, a monstrous V8 pumping out 600 hp and mind-boggling 553 lb-ft to all the four wheels of the car. Beating passengers on the face with raw speed the M5 Competition trim gets you 17 more horses out of a similar engine. 

2021 BMW X5 M V8 Powertrain

Both Bimmers employ an eight-speed automatic transmission that comes with three different shift modes, plus manual-shift paddles mounted to the steering wheel. Also standard, the xDrive all-wheel-drive system ensures that there is maximum traction, helping with its rear-wheel bias torque split. The 2021 BMW X5 M will sport the same engine as its outgoing model, and so no performance bump is expected.

Models

2021 BMW X5 M (Expected)

2020 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Base MSRP

$115,095

$80,600

$126,500

$114,500

Engine

4.4L V8

5.0L V8

3.0L V6

5.0L V8

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

4WD

Transmission

8-Speed automatic

8-Speed automatic

8-Speed automatic

8-Speed automatic

Horsepower

523hp @ 5500rpm

550hp @ 6500rpm

541hp @ 5750rpm

575hp @ 6000rpm

Torque

553lb-ft @ 1800rpm

502lb-ft @ 2500rpm

567lb-ft @ 1960rpm

516lb-ft @ 3500rpm

*2020 figures used for reference.

All the cars have quite similar power and torque figures, the Range Rover leads with the power while the Cayenne has the most torque. Jaguar F- Pace remains very identical to the X5 M in terms of performance and a viable option.

The 2021  X5 propels ahead, and the things disappear quickly as you keep the foot crushed on the pedal. The 8-speed automatic is not only smooth, but it also keeps the engine on boil whenever you need it. The standard X5 takes 3.8 seconds to reach 60 mph and the Competition variant drops that time to 3.7 seconds. However, Porsche Cayenne Turbo is the quickest on the 0-60MPH run. BMW X5 M runs marginally closer to the Jaguar F-Pace SVR.

What's remarkable here is that there are two braking modes available with this SUV, Comfort, and Sport. The Comfort mode is for stop-start situations in the traffic and therefore the operation is smooth and the response is less jerky. Whereas, in the Sport mode, the brakes are on full precision mode, but overall there is no difference in the stopping distance.

How will the 2021 BMW X5 M handle?

Automotive firms don't have any explanations left for creating heavy and clumsy performance SUVs anymore. Luckily, BMW understands how to make big and bulky cars drive like their sedans, well almost. The 2021 BMW X5 M will use several superior-tech systems such as variable AWD with sporty RWD bias settings, as well as a sport-tuned differential and adaptive suspension to deliver extraordinary handling features.

 

Once adapted to managing the X5 M, you find that it's able to catapult you down the street like the SpaceX rocket. Those trying the maximum performance, the X5 M never feels as communicative and agile as a sports car. The X5 standard is quick enough for daily chores and even the occasional fun on freeways.

What are the expected MPG figures for the 2021 BMW X5 M?

Like many cars nowadays, the new X5 M utilizes a start/stop mode that seals down the engine when moving to a full stop to save fuel. The conventional X5M and Competition give a predicted 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway, and 15 mpg combined.

It needs loads of fuel to make the sort of horsepower generated by the X5 M, and it exhibits in the fuel economy ratings. Since the 2021 BMW X5 M remains largely unchanged under the hood and fuel economy remains the same.

Model

2021 BMW X5 M (Expected)

2020 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

MPG (city)

13

16

19

15

MPG (highway)

18

21

23

20

MPG (combined)

15

18

20

16

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

22.4

21.7

23.7

27.6

Range (city/highway/combined) (miles)

291.2/403.2/336

347.2/455.7/390.6

450.3/545.1/474

414/552/441.6

*2020 Model used for reference

The Cayenne Turbo has the most range as it is the most frugal out of the four but the Range Rover has the largest tank. The BMW X5 M fares pretty bad in terms of fuel economy when contrasted with the rivals and stands at the last spot.

How will the 2021 BMW X5 M look on the inside?

The interiors of the 2021 BMW X5 M are prioritized towards the driver, much like its outgoing model, neat and fluid design, and quality materials command the cabin.  Speaking of the controls, there are a lot of them strewn around the cabin in strategic places.

The number of buttons might be overwhelming, but functions quite straightforward. The car's driving position is excellent and commanding, but massive pillars and somewhat ill-placed mirrors take away much of the pleasure. 

The ingress and egress to the car's cabin are convenient, the ride height is low, and the doors open wide. There is no shortage of interior space, be it the front or the rear. Two adults will fit pleasantly over the rear seat, but three will not. The front bucket seats offer the ideal balance between sporty assistance and long-distance support. The seats in the rear are also semi-bolstered.

Model

2021 BMW X5 M (Expected)

2020 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Head/Shoulder/

Leg) (in.)

40.8/60.0/39.8

37.8/57.7/40.3

39.6/58.9/N/A

39.5/60.7/42.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.7/58.1/37.4

37.5/55.8/37.2

N/A

39.1/59.5/37

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

33.9

33.5

27.1

27.5

*2020 Model used for reference

BMW X5 M is the most spacious of them all but the Range Rover is pretty close too in terms of interior and cabin space. The cargo space is really big in the X5 M since there is no third row to fill that space up. 

You can fit as much as 11 carry-on suitcases in the back. The doors have deep pockets that are suitable to store water bottles but elsewhere on the cabin and the center console, you would have wished for more storage space.

What about the infotainment system of the 2021 BMW X5 M?

BMW's iDrive system is not only the best infotainment around but it is also customizable to a large extent. Do keep in mind that the learning curve is a bit steep but there is not a lot to learn and you will get used to it in no time. Ass told before, the majority of the controls are in the form of hard physical buttons and there are a lot of them here. voice controls are also available for things like navigation or making a call.

The X5 M features standard wireless Apple CarPlay and the Bluetooth connectivity is quick too. Wireless CarPlay means you don’t have to use your cord to mirror your smartphone to the car but Android users would not like that there is no Android Auto. A 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster houses the iDrive system and hand gestures and voice commands can be used to access the screen apart from physical controls. Some features are listed below:

  • 12.3-inch Infotainment Screen
  • Apple CarPlay integration
  • Harman/Kardon audio system
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio Compatible
  • HD Radio with “multicast” FM Station Reception
  • Am/FM Stereo with Radio Data System (RDS)

Will there be any changes to the exterior of the 2021 BMW X5 M?

The car is styled like a rhinoceros, and it is huge from every proportion no matter how you look at it. The kidney grille is enormous, which sits atop some massive air vents starting from the front end. This is for the M trim as the M Competition has these front end features finished in gloss-black. It’s also yet one of the most open-feeling SUVs in the division, thanks to large, tall glass around the whole outline of the vehicle.

Towards the rear, you get an aerodynamic diffuser, a roof spoiler, which is M-exclusive and quad exhaust pipes. The 21-inch wheels complete the massive appearance, which is wrapped in performance run-flat tires. Other small but not insignificant features include high-gloss Shadowline roof rails, power-folding side mirrors, and LED lighting front to back.

Model

2021 BMW X5 M (Expected)

2020 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5,093

4,395

5,056

3,600

Length (in.)

194.4

186.5

193.7

176.2

Width (in.)

79.3

77.1

78.1

73.0

Height (in.)

68.8

65.7

66.8

55.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.4

8.4

6.7

4.6

Wheelbase (in.)

117.0

113.1

114.0

106.0

Track Width (in.) F/R

66.9/66.5

64.6/65.1

66.2/65.9

62.2/63

*2020 Model used for reference

The X5 M has huge proportions which explain the heavy nature of the SUV. It is the biggest car in the competition. Surprisingly, the Range Rover is way lighter than the competition because of its composite chassis and also the smallest of the lot.

Safety

The X5 M is equipped with a lot of driver-assist features inside the car. BMW has put in many features so that all that horsepower does not turn the car into a death machine that can quickly be considering the performance. The vehicle was not crash-tested yet in 2021, but the 2020 crash-test results for both NHTSA and IIHS were pretty impressive. Not only is there a lot of features, but the X5 M also has plenty and plenty of airbags in strategic places inside the cabin in strategic areas.

The standard safety features are listed below.

  • Active Blind-Spot Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Airbag supplemental restraint system
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Automatic high-beam LED headlights
  • Surround-view camera system

Final Verdict

The 2021 BMW X5 M is a prime example of how masses of horsepower and stable handling can make an SUV defy physics laws and perform like a supercar. The car is not for the daily driver, it appeals to a quite narrow portion of the enthusiastic public, but those who will buy it will have loads of fun. As there are very few muscle SUVs around which drive like a supercar, 2021 BMW X5 M is worth waiting.

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