Although SUVs have their own strengths, high-performance and sharp handling are generally nonexistent among them. One exception to that rule is the 2018 BMW X5 M, an SUV that brings “sport” back in the sport-utility.
Of course, there is no getting around the inherent absurdity of an SUV that can run from zero to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, but you can not ignore the 2018 BMW X5 M combination of practicality and performance. With seating for five people, generous cargo space and upscale interior, the X5 M retains most of the capabilities that make buyers consider buying a luxury SUVs. Imagine its twin-turbocharged V8 and electronically controlled adaptive sport suspension, and you have an SUV that leaves everything else in the dust.
The 2018 BMW X5 M is a high-performance midsize luxury crossover with seating for five. It’s offered in a single well-equipped trim level.
The 2018 BMW X5 M is powered by a tuned turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine that generates 567 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. Power sent to all four wheel via BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system. As with the standard X5, this high-performance variant uses an 8-speed automatic transmission that also has gotten the M treatment. Also standard is an engine start/stop system that shut down the engine at idle in order to save fuel.
In track testing, the 2018 BMW X5 M went from zero to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, a tenth of a second quicker than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Top speed of 160 mph. EPA estimated fuel economy at 16 mpg combined (14 city/19 highway).
The 2018 BMW X5 M has an (MSRP) Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price of $102,695. Filled with every option, the BMW X5 can reach nearly $120,000.