BMW X5 M 300SUVs are no doubt best vehicles on the market however, when it comes to high performance SUVs together with luxury, comfort and technology, there are just a few models available in the market that can deliver all these features in a single package. The 2013 BMW X5 M is one of those models that are designed to deliver astonishing performance with the traditional BMW luxury, comfort and advancement. For the 2013, the German brand slightly upgraded the model with the addition of standard multicontour front seats, optional LED headlamps and the brake calipers are now painted in blue.

Styling, Trims, Comfort and Specifications

The BMW X5 M is the performance oriented version of the regular X5 that is available in a single trim that accommodates only five passengers and the regular 3rd row is eliminated.

The BMW X5 M 2013 received some clever angles making it aggressive and stylish, the vehicle has now longish wheelbase, short overhangs, adjustable, self leveling adaptive suspension, LED halo daytime running lights, power folding and auto dimming side mirrors, auto-leveling adaptive xenon headlights, a power liftgate, automatic wipers, rear privacy glass, front and rear parking sensors and panoramic sunroof. The BMW X5 M rolls out over 20 inch wheels for smooth and firm ride.

Inside the 2013 BMW X5 M standard features include keyless entry, dual zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, 14 way heated multicontour front seats with four way lumbar and adjustable bolsters, sport steering wheel, real time traffic voice control, drive Electronics interface, BMW Assist emergency communications, navigation system, 16 speaker sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack, USB/iPod interface and HD radio.

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The BMW also offered a few packages to the 2013 X5 M to make it a bit more advanced and performance efficient. Optional packages include Active Ventilated Seat pack, Cold Weather Package, Driver Assistance Package and Premium Sound Package. Lots of stand alone options are also available for X5 M that adds a few more dollars to the price of the SUV.

Safety Features

Standard on all BMW X5 M are antilock brakes, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, automatic brake drying, adaptive brake lights, traction control and stability control. The BMW Assist Communications system that includes automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance and stolen vehicle recovery.

Under the Hood

At the heart of the BMW X5 M 2013 is fitted a twin turbo 4.4 liter V8 that delivers 555 horsepower and 501 lb ft of torque. A standard six speed automatic transmission sends power to all the four wheels. The acceleration from 0-60 mph is 4.5 seconds with an EPA rated fuel economy of 12 mpg city and 17 mpg highway.

Pricing and Availability

The 2013 BMW X5 M SUV comes at a base price of $88,850 and is available in the market for sale. The optional packages and stand alone optional features gradually increase the price.

Competition

There are a few more alternatives available in the market that may be better than the X5 M in certain points while in some aspects the X5 M leads the competition. Key rivals include Porsche Cayenne Turbo ($20,000 more expensive), Range Rover Sport supercharged, Mercedes Benz ML63 and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Pros

  • Precise Steering wheel
  • Car like handling
  • Impressive power

Cons

  • Styling can be more impressive and elegant
  • iDriver is a bit tricky
  • Feels tight in the corners

The Verdict

The 2013 BMW X5 M is a powerful and performance efficient SUV though it is not pretty and impressive at a first glance. This SUV is an ideal vehicle for those who are searching for a power efficient SUV with seating for five passengers.

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