The Big ‘M’. And what a machine…!
BMW have really gone all out this time. Amping up the interior, refining the big engine and touching up the exterior lines, making the new BMW X5 M Competition a force to be reckoned with.
It will be interesting to see if the Big M will bring Mercedes AMG GLE 63 S buyers in for a look?
Let’s see what CarSales had to say in their review.
Its big, its bold, its heavy, its fast, its expensive… in fact its bloody expensive!
It’s the new BMW X5 M Competition and it’s in Australia now. Is it worth the money? Let’s check it out.
This is the third generation X5 M, which gives you an idea just how long the concept of hyper-performance all-wheel drive wagons have been gathering momentum.
Speaking of momentum, like all M vehicles, the X5 M takes the mainstream donor car and ramps performance up, way up!
At the heart of the X5 M is this 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine. It makes more power than ever and sounds great doing it. Mated with an eight-speed auto its claimed acceleration from 0-100km/h has been pared back 4 tenths to just 3.8 seconds. That’s a huge achievement considering the X5 M weighs in at more than 2.3 tonnes and has the aerodynamic qualities of a, well, a large high-rise wagon.
At the other end of the straight, huge brakes do an impressive job dragging the X5 M to a stop from 100km/h in just 32 metres.
As well as the starting and stopping it’s also worth going to chase some bends. This thing really defies its weight, height and width in the corners. But be prepared to slurp some fuel while you are enjoying yourself The claimed consumption rate is, let’s say, optimistic.
Relax the pace and the X5 M becomes a comfy cruiser, with space for five people and their luggage. If you’re familiar with the more upmarket members of the X5 range then the interior of the X5 M is going to be pretty familiar, but these sports seats are spectacularly comfortable and supportive and almost every surface is covered in something luxurious.
So what’s all this cost?
A lot. The price is up a whopping $24,000 compared to its predecessor, but BMW argues they’ve thrown a heap of trick new equipment at this car to make the impost feel that bit more justifiable.
The Competition badge gives that away. It means this thing is stacked with the top line luxury and go-fast gear. Yet even at its nosebleed price the X5 M is nowadays the cheapest way into a full-house M-tuned V8 in Australia.
Is the X5 M worth all that money? Probably not, but then if you’re shopping in this part of the market keeping a tight rein on your budget probably isn’t your biggest priority. Nor should keeping a tight rein on the X5 M for that matter. It’s got wonderful performance.
Sure it’s big, it’s heavy, it’s fast… in fact it’s very, very good at what it does.
Suggested exit shot, but up to you guys.
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