Sometimes a species gets
pressed or challenged. It
might be for a lack of food, an
onslaught of opposing factions,
a fast and unexpected change
in the environment, etc.
Well, the large and powerfully
engined SUV segment has been
under some pressure for some
time now. Will this segment
disappear and continue to give
way to more moderate SUVs
and crossovers? In order to
survive and make a go of it in
the large SUV segment, an automaker needs to be at the top of its game and basically
be the alpha male of the bunch.
The BMW X5 M not only wants to survive but dominate its competition. So what
does this first time M SUV bring to the street or the off road terrain? Well, one of
the testers at Automobile Magazine made the following two word log in the notebook –
“Wacked fast!” The other testers also provided similar comments.
To start, the X5 M is equipped with a 4.4-liter V8 twin-scroll turbo with huge
intercoolers making 555 hp and 500 lb. ft. of torque from 1500 rpm. The 0-60 time
is 4 seconds flat. The 0-100 time is 10 seconds flat, and the quarter mile is completed
in 12.5 seconds at 112 mph. At 5320 lbs., this alpha male not only has weight but it
simply pulls away from most anything on or off of the road.
With its 15.6-inch front and 15.2-inch rear vented discs, the M5 X stops from 60 mph
in 162 feet. The brake pedal feel and stopping power remains constant regardless of
abuse or anything else a driver does.
Okay, moving forward and stopping in the X5 M are satisfied, but what about its
handling? Again, it is simply incredible! This BMW is in its own in handling fast
curves, decreasing radius curves, or quick transitions. Regardless of its mass and
tall center of gravity, the all-wheel drive X5 M handles much like a 3-Series M3
that an SUV weighing an additional 1700 lbs.
The X5 M is equipped with a six-speed manumatic transmission with upshifts and
downshifts that provide sports car like responses. It has 20-inch performance rubber
and a special sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers. It has ‘Dynamic
Performance Control’ (DPC) which is a sophisticated torque distribution system
that works with the all-wheel drive system to send power to whatever wheel
requires it the most.
The interior of the X5 M is finished and equipped in customary high-quality
BMW style including leather seats, dash, door panels and appointments.
Considering that it is an M, the seats could use a bit more bolstering, however,
to be fair, some additional seat width is to be expected in an SUV. The X5 M
includes plenty of luxury features such as a hard drive navigation system and
rear entertainment system as well as the latest version (and actually functional)
of iDrive. The X5 M does not have a third row seat, however, it accepts 21.9
cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats up and 61.8 cubic feet with the seats
We all know that alpha males are indeed expensive and the BMW X5 M is
true to form as its base price is $86,225. Additionally, it eats the protein
(fuel) at 12 mpg city and 17 mpg highway.
The 2010 BMW X5 M keeps the powerful SUV segment alive for those
who need, want, and can afford to go there!
Kyle Busch is the author of “Drive the Best for the Price…” He
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