With all the latest BMW engine technology firmly under its bonnet, this luxury wagon combines mind-blowing performance with everyday family SUV convenience. It’s big and robust, but it’s also fast and agile.
If you didn’t notice the M badge, visual clues would soon tell you this is a beast of a vehicle. 21” alloy wheels, elevated seats, huge air inlets, an all-round crease line and imposing side skirts. And then there are the chrome-plated double tailpipe finishers, which are straight from the world of motorsport.
As one reviewer puts it: “After you get your first taste of the torque rush provided by the mighty V8, that heavenly interior becomes command central for raising hell”.
As with all BMWs, the X5M comes with sat-nav, a reversing camera and a reassuring five-year warranty.
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When the spirit of an M tradition sports car merges with the functionality and off-road ability of an X model, you’re in for a spine-tingling ride.
With two high-rev TwinScroll turbochargers, a cooling system with four circuits and 10 radiators to keep thermal stress under control, this power plant is built to over-deliver. You’re getting 575hp from 4.4 litres, with massive torque of up to 750Nm. You could tow the Titanic if you had to.
When BMW first introduced the X5M in 2010, it nabbed first place in a couple of very serious high-performance SUV comparison tests. The bar was set extremely high, however this new evolution of the X5M sails right over the top. As a sports car in SUV clothing, it’s great for any kind of track – including the race track.
|Combined fuel cons.||11.1L/100km|
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