2024 BMW X5 M60i nicely balances performance and comfort

By | March 28, 2024

2024 BMW X5 M60i tested: good balanceAndi Hedrick – car and driver

In the case of the 2024 BMW X5 M60i, it’s not hard to see why Bimmer pilots get a bad rap among car people. When a large luxury SUV can deliver that much power so smoothly and consistently across the speedometer, it’s not hard to exceed the target speed, nor is it hard to keep getting water from that source until there are flashing red and blue lights in appear in the rear view mirror. But the raw driving force is only part of the appeal; this old favorite manages to do everything with grace, landing in the sweet spot between the need for speed and the compliance of everyday driving.

In these times of cylinder reduction, comfort can be found under the hood of the X5 M60i. The twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 hiding inside produces a meaty 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, which in our testing was enough to get this 5,360-pound SUV to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds to push you. That means it’s three-tenths ahead of the latest Porsche Cayenne S Coupe, which also has a V-8 (albeit one that makes just 468 ponies) and has a curb weight advantage of about 250 pounds. The BMW is also still so far ahead in the quarter mile, which it reaches in 12.1 seconds at 112 mph.

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Andi Hedrick – car and driver

But the stoplight brake lights only cover part of what makes the X5 M60i’s powertrain so rewarding. Combined with a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, there’s never a bad spot in the rev range; Even though we found some reaction lag in our 4.7-second run between 5 and 60 mph, the X5 still outperformed the Cayenne S Coupe in all three of our tests. In commuting situations, this means that the only thing standing between a late departure and an early arrival at the office is your tolerance for mocking behavior. And again, the engine is practically begging to be pushed to the limits at every opportunity.

Fortunately, the braking is just as powerful, with stops from 120 km/h taking 50 meters and from 160 km/h 100 meters. Here the Cayenne S Coupe has the Bimmer beat, but not by much, and that’s to be expected given the mass delta. Fuel economy exceeds expectations, with the X5 achieving 24 mpg on our 75-mph highway test, 2 mpg higher than the EPA highway estimate.

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Andi Hedrick – car and driver

The X5 M may still be the track star of the family, but the M60i has some pretty good moves around town. The ride is as smooth as any performance BMW, but the speed of the steering can catch a driver off guard, especially if their second car is a little lazier; it’s easy to turn into a slightly too wide angle and point the nose more severely than desired.

The X5’s athleticism doesn’t really translate to the skidpad, though, where we recorded a disappointing 0.86g and a wave of excessive understeer that’s in stark contrast to the Cayenne S. Maybe it’s alignment, maybe it’s something else hand with the X5’s combination of large wheels (22 inches, in the case of our test car) and Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer tires (275/35R-22 front, 315/30R-22 rear). But either way, disappointing skidpad results are a trend we’ve noticed with several X5s in recent years.

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Andi Hedrick – car and driver

Despite those Italian rubber tires, the X5 rides surprisingly comfortably during daily driving. A hint of stiffness permeates through the electronically controlled dampers that make up the standard Adaptive M Suspension, but the many imperfections in the road around our Ann Arbor office never rise to the level of bothersome. Cycling through the driving modes will give the driver more of that feeling, but we think everything is best left in the default Comfort setting; There’s still plenty of fun to be had within those limits.

Even if your passengers aren’t impressed with the M60i’s performance, they’ll appreciate the interior. The seats are comfortable, and every inch of real estate looks and feels like the nearly six-figure (for starters) cabin that this is. BMW has updated the X5 for 2024, but some unfortunate holdovers remain, namely gesture controls, which are frustrating to use intentionally and easy to activate accidentally.

The biggest update to the interior is that the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is combined with a 14.9-inch central touchscreen in one giant curved installation that rises from the dashboard. We love the latest version of iDrive, which is information-rich but easy to learn over time, but we don’t like that almost all climate functions require a trip through on-screen menus. The wireless charger, which is tucked behind a sliding cover in the center console, could use some extra ventilation, we think; your author’s phone bricked itself in there while wireless Apple CarPlay was running. Luckily, the time in the open air, plugged into a nearby USB-C port, allowed us to enjoy ourselves while keeping the volume up.

As with most German luxury tanks, the BMW X5 M60i is an expensive proposition, even before taking into account the myriad of potential options. Starting at $90,295, our test car picked up frivolities like $5000 British Racing Green paint, a $1950 upcharge for fancier Merino leather and $1900 for the larger 22-inch wheels. Throw another five packages into the mix that add things like surround-view cameras, four-zone climate control, and the aforementioned cursed gesture controls, and we’re choking down a $105,745 pill. That’s still a far cry from the pre-option price of $123,295 for the , which still delivers impressive street performance. performance with fewer comfort-related disadvantages.

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