|Reviewed By||Jeff Stites|
|Price as Tested||$106,550: 4.4-liter 567-hp 553-ft-lb M TwinPower Turbo V8 w/ two M twin-scroll turbos, 8-speed M Sport automatic, Executive Package, Driver Assistance Plus|
This M series SUV has many features to like; from its exterior styling, throaty V8, smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, excellent brakes and superb, sporty handling, to its wonderfully comfortable and stylish interior, including Harman Kardon audio system and heated and cooling seats — which were used frequently as I took this vehicle camping. Or “glamping,” as I’m told it’s called if you take a luxury SUV.
The price-to-play with this BMW beast is steep, but some might say well worth it. It’s easy to be lulled into listening to that V8 song, searching for just that right grunty V8 note synched with the twin turbos. Just be sure to get a radar detector as purchase number two, because if you drive this thing regularly, you’ll be meeting Officer Friendly to discuss speed limits more often than you want to.
BMW calls their exterior styling for the X5 M “aggressively elegant design,” and I have to agree. It performed well on back roads, both paved and gravel, hauling camping gear and four people comfortably. The taut suspension turned pot-holed gravel roads into natural slalem courses. Camp in style with assurance that its 4-wheel drive will keep you moving forward. I’d suggest a track day the next weekend, followed with fine dining and an evening out on the town in style and comfort.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
|Zero to Sixty Time||4.0 seconds|
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