BMW X5 M Competition: Is It The Best Performance Luxury SUV On The Market?

The BMW X5 M Competition is an absolute weapon, as this recent review from The Straight Pipes confirms.

In a world where more and more people are buying crossovers and SUVs, car manufacturers that have previously had no business making these types of vehicles, such as Bentley, Rolls-Royce, and Lamborghini, have all launched fast SUVs in recent years. While the X5 M Competition competes at a lower tier of the market than those three, recent tests have shown that it and its X6 M Competition sibling are just as quick off the line as the almighty Lamborghini Urus.

The key reason why the X5 M Competition is so fast is the engine that takes the form of a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 pumping out 617 hp and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. However, given BMW’s noted history of underquoting its performance numbers, we suspect the SUV actually has a touch more horsepower and torque than claimed.

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Either way, an advanced all-wheel drive system will propel the X5 M Competition to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a mere 3.8 seconds and through to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) or 180 mph (290 km/h) with the M Driver’s Package. While acceleration is brutal, The Straight Pipes notes that the launch control system is quite difficult to enable and doesn’t always work, meaning acceleration can be somewhat inconsistent.

Of course, it is not just performance that makes the X5 M Competition special. As it sits at the top of the X5 family, the interior is also hugely luxurious and includes heaps of impressive pieces of technology, such as a traffic jam assist function and the ability to use the various exterior cameras as a dashcam.