Reviewing the Performance-Oriented 2016 BMW X5 M

Let’s get straightaway to the point here. This one needs no introduction. It’s mighty, brute, and a complete performance-oriented crossover that will rip apart competition. It is priced nicely and can defy laws of physics when it comes to acceleration and handling. With amazing braking, ample space, and immaculately-appointed interiors, it very well deserves to be your next crossover. Here’s more about the 2016 BMW X5 M.



The 2016 BMW X5 M comes into category of full-size performance crossovers and SUVs, and believe us, it is one. It is amply spacious and performs to the pinnacle. Powered with a 4.4-liter 8-cylinder engine, it churns out 567 bhp. All-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic are standard. It has amazing brakes and handles road cavities confidently. Also, it always gives you a feeling of pleasure, be it on driver’s seat or passengers’. Let’s check out some of the internal and external features of the bold and beautiful 2016 BMW X5 M.

Interior, Exterior, Features


With a minimum ground clearance of 8.1 inches, wheelbase of 115.5 inches, it stands nearly 70 inches tall. It has a length of 192.1 inches and width of 75 inches. It weighs over 5,200 lbs. The X5 M can perform on any terrain – be it slush-loaded, pothole-filled, or racing track. It is a winner.

Some of the noticeable external features include compact spare tire mounted inside under cargo, express open/close sliding and tilting glass 1st & 2nd row sunroof with power sunshade, power heated auto-dimming side mirrors with power folding, fixed rear window with fixed interval wiper, heated wiper park and defroster, speed-sensitive rain-detecting variable intermittent wipers with heated jets, lip spoiler, fully automatic projector beam high intensity low/high beam daytime running auto-leveling directionally adaptive headlamps with washer and delay-off, front fog lamps, cornering lights, approach lights, and LED brakelights.

As mentioned above, the interiors are well-appointed and give you a feeling of pleasure. Some of the noticeable internal features include front bucket seats, heated front seats, 40-20-40 folding split-bench rear seat, power tilt/telescoping steering column, BMW Online Full Service Internet Access, multi-function seats with lumbar support, steering wheel with auto tilt-away, proximity key for doors and push button start, remote keyless entry with integrated key transmitter, illuminated entry, illuminated ignition switch and panic button, garage door transmitter, cruise control, dual-zone front & rear automatic air conditioning with steering wheel controls, separate controls for rear HVAC including underseat ducts, residual heat recirculation and console ducts, illuminated locking glove box, day-night auto-dimming rearview mirror, front and rear map lights, and fade-to-off interior lighting.

In addition to the above, you also get cargo area concealed storage, roll-up cargo cover, cargo space lights, navigation system, memory settings for driver & passenger seats, door mirrors and steering wheel, and FOB controls for trunk, windows and sunroof.

Furthermore, it also features a tracker system, smart device integration, perimeter alarm, engine immobilizer, and four 12V DC power outlets.

Entertainment and Infotainment

Obviously, the 2016 BMW X5 gets gauges for speedometer, odometer, engine coolant temperature, tachometer, trip odometer, trip computer, systems monitor, and outside temperature.

For entertainment, you get an AM/FM stereo and a radio with clock, steering wheel controls and voice activation, satellite radio with 1-year subscription, Harman/Kardon surround sound system, enhanced USB & Bluetooth, audio theft deterrent, digital signal processor, window grid diversity antenna, and one LCD monitor for real-time traffic display.

Engine and Performance

The 2016 BMW X5 M carries a 4.4-liter 8-cylinder engine under its hood, producing power of 567 bhp at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 553 lb-ft at 2,200 rpm. The 8-speed automatic transmission comes with a manual shifting mode. All-wheel drive stays standard.

As said before, the X5 M is quick when it comes to acceleration. It can reach from 0 mph to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and from 0 mph to 100 mph in 9.1 seconds. It can also achieve a governor-limited top speed of 160 mph.

Fuel Economy

The X5 M gets a bigger tank than usual, with an approximate fuel capacity of 22.4 gallons. It has a highway cruising range of 425 miles and city cruising range of just over 300 miles. The estimated fuel economy on highway is 19 mpg and within city is 14 mpg, taking the combined fuel economy to 16 mpg.

Safety Features

The 2016 BMW X5 M gets all the standard BMW safety features. Some noticeable ones include regenerative 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-wheel ABS, front & rear vented discs, brake assist, hill descent control, hill hold control, electric parking brake, power heated auto-dimming side mirrors with power folding, fully automatic projector beam high intensity low/high beam daytime running auto-leveling directionally adaptive headlamps with washer and delay-off, front fog lamps, Dsc-X Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Roll Stability Control (RSC), ABS and Driveline Traction Control, side impact beams, dual-stage driver & passenger seat-mounted side airbags, BMW Assist eCall Emergency S.O.S., front and rear parking sensors, tire-specific low tire pressure warning, dual stage driver & passenger front airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, and a back-up camera.

Driver Assistance Plus and Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection come in as optional safety features.

Price and Availability

The 2016 BMW X5 M comes in only one style and trim, with a base price of $99,795.

To book a test drive or buy the X5 M, please call your nearest BMW Dealership for availability of the vehicle.

Final Verdict

The 2016 BMW X5 M is the crossover you could be waiting for. It is the most affordable in the segment of full-size crossovers and SUVs. It has immaculate braking, beyond-physics handling, amazing appearance, and everything else you can ask from a crossover. The X5 M is highly recommended.

The 2016 BMW X5 M is a great choice; however, if you wish to check out some other vehicles within the same segment, you can consider Mercedes-Benz AMG GL63 and Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged. Both these options are quite expensive when compared to the X5 M, though.

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