The BMW X5 M Competition is what you get when you have oodles of cash but don’t want to get the M5 Competition for some reason. And if you have been sitting on your pile of moolah in India, you will be chuffed to know that the 2020 X5 M Competition is now on sale for just Rs 1.95 crore (ex-showroom). This being a BMW, this is, of course, anything but its be-all-end-all price tag. The X5 M Competition will be a CBU (Completely Built Unit) import, just as the recently-introduced X3 M. Similar to the X3 M, those who buy the X5 M Competition prior to December 31, 2020, will become part of the BMW Excellence Club. Sounds pretty excellent, doesn’t it?
One of the primary reasons you buy something like the BMW X5 M Competition is high-caliber performance. To keep demanding owners from frowning and angrily calling its customer service executives, BMW has bestowed this “Sports Activity Vehicle” with a ton of power. Behind those pompous kidney grilles lies a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that pumps out 625hp and 750Nm of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox which channels those raging horses to all four corners via BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. Unlike some other AWD setups out there, this is a rear-biased system and can further split torque between each wheel using an active differential.
BMW has also equipped the X5 M Competition with fat tires all around for maximum grip and less power wastage. Given you get perfect launches, the X5 M Competition can blow past 100 kmph in a ridiculously quick 3.8 seconds! That figure becomes even more impressive when you consider that this thing weighs over 2.3 tons. Then there is its top speed of 290 kmph, which, I agree, you have to pay extra for. Otherwise, it is limited to only 250 kmph. How slow is that?! To keep it flat around corners and during hard maneuvers, BMW has fitted the X5 M Competition with some beefy anti-roll bars and stabilizers. Then there are different drive modes that will either stiffen up the adaptive dampers or soften them up for better ride quality.
One of the other reasons one might buy something like a BMW X5 M Competition has to do with the way it looks. To ensure no one confuses it with the regular X5, the X5 Competition gets some proper exterior styling upgrades, and M touches loads. Upfront, there is an all-black effect on the kidney grille and the lower apron in the bumper. Meanwhile, the bumper itself looks sportier due to the large air-intake vents and its muscular design. BMW’s laser LED headlamps make their appearance here, and they look spectacular while also boasting a ‘throw’ distance of 500 meters! The X5 M Competition sits lower as well and comes with upgraded 21-inch wheels up front and 22-inches at the back – the latter is shod with 315-section tires!
Other styling updates include sportier side skirts, M wing mirrors, and some faux vents on the fenders. The rear of the X5 M Competition gets a fancier roof spoiler, reworked bumper, quad exhaust pipes, and some sporty ‘air diffusers.’ If you love large SUVs, this BMW X5 should easily be able to impress you quite easily. Its near 5-meter long and 2-meter wide body looks like it spent much of its free time in a gym, giving it plenty of presence.
Once you step inside, the X5 M Competition continues to impress. For instance, unlike some of its German rivals, the build and material quality in this cabin are absolutely top-notch. No matter how hard you try, you will not be able to find anything cheap or flimsy in here. BMW apparently doesn’t indulge in cost-cutting that much.
Being an M Division product, the X5 Competition gets a few upgrades over the regular X5. There are the M leather seats, an M steering wheel with red M mode switches, an M-specific instrument cluster, a red starter button, and an M-specific gear selector. Finally, there are the obligatory ‘M’ logos about the place, including near the gear selector, on the front headrests, and door sills.
As for creature comforts, the X5 M Competition comes with loads of equipment to satisfy almost every nerd and luxury connoisseur. The list of features includes dual digital displays, multi-zone climate control, panoramic glass roof, ambient mood lighting, a Bowers & Wilkins sound system, BMW’s intelligent virtual assistant, 360-degree active camera system, and adaptive cruise control, to name a few.
BMW also offers the X5 M Competition with loads of safety gadgets to keep you out of harm’s way. Some of the best bits here include a heads-up display, night vision system, Lane Change Warning (LCW) with Lane Keeping Assistant (LKA), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) with Rear Collision Prevention (RCP), and the fantastic Reversing Assistant. This one remembers the last 50 meters you have driven and will mimic your every steering input for that distance. It is a very useful feature if you are stuck in a tricky situation and don’t want to go through the whole steering routine again.
Despite being this insane performance SUV, the BMW X5 M Competition isn’t even desperately impractical. The seats are thoroughly supportive, and the quality of the leather is simply fantastic, though a little too firm at first. There is plenty of headroom and knee room for those sitting in the back, while the big windows and panoramic sunroof let in enough light. Of course, the X5 M Competition gets the same 580-liter boot as the standard X5. Oh, there is plenty of tech for you to play with as well. So, if you can afford the steep Rs 1.50 crore sticker price and love barf-inducing performance, this Bimmer is a pretty safe bet.