Fast as Stink: 2017 BMW X5 M, Tested in Depth ""

By | November 7, 2017


There are few things quite as anodyne as a mid-size luxury SUV. As a breed, they can be eye-catching or they can blend into the landscape; dynamically thrilling, while others are largely unengaging; or highly practical, but not exciting. Then there’s the BMW X5 M. It’s nearly twice as expensive as an entry-level X5, but it’s also at least twice as much fun. BMW’s M shop has stuffed a 567-hp twin-turbo V-8 into the engine bay, while an eight-speed automatic transmission and an M-specific suspension and all-wheel-drive system round out the powertrain. The X5 M puts up sports-car-adjacent numbers in nearly every category we measure, but where it excels is shocking unsuspecting passengers with its improbable quickness. We’d still choose a Porsche Cayman almost every day of the week, but on the day that calls for a trip to the dog groomer, we’d take the X5 M, and we’d beat the Cayman away from the stoplight every time. READ MORE ››



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