Track testing the 2015 BMW X5M. This is a premium SUV from BMW, featuring a 4.4L V8 producing 567 HP, which I’ll be comparing to the Acura MDX, BMW X6 M, Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes ML400, and Volkswagen Touareg. Starting with the drawbacks, the BMW comes at a heavy price tag, slightly over 106 thousand. It’s fairly heavy, so as you can expect with an engine this potent, fuel economy is quite poor at 16 mpg combined rating. That said, it’s track performance is incredible. 0-60 in 4 seconds, very neutral handling with little fuss, incredible stopping power, and all with a good size trunk and surprisingly the highest ground clearance of the luxury SUVs.

Compared to the X6 M, it’s heavier, though it offers more cargo space, more legroom and headroom in both the front and back, and is $6000 cheaper as tested. The practical one of the two, if that’s a thing. Due to their performance nature, the BMWs did not compete in the off-road portion.

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This vehicle was tested as part of the 2015 Northwest Automotive Press Association’s Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year competition. The vehicle category and competing vehicles are below:

Compact Utility Vehicles:
2016 Honda HR-V -
2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk -
2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport -
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport -
2016 Mazda CX-5 -

Family Utility Vehicles: (Released May 26)
2015 Ford Edge -
2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk -
2016 Kia Sorento -
2015 Nissan Murano -
2015 Subaru Outback -

Premium Compact Utility Vehicles: (Released May 27)
2015 Buick Encore -
2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport -
2015 Lexus NX200t F Sport -
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 -
2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country -

Premium Utility Vehicles: (Released May 28)
2016 Acura MDX -
2015 BMW X5 M -
2015 BMW X6 M -
2015 Cadillac Escalade -
2015 Mercedes ML400 -
2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI -

Pickups: (Released May 29)
2015 Ford F-150 -
2015 GMC Canyon -
2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel -
2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro -

Extreme Capability Vehicles: (Released May 30)
2015 Ram Power Wagon -
2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro -

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    • ursandsteve


      about 21 day ago
    • Damon_Jackson

      I don't understand why people don't read up on the drive modes when they're testing vehicles. Having this in D1 is completely changing its acceleration performance and behavior. It short shifts, shifts slow and sometimes even starts off in 2nd.

      about 3 months ago
    • GetoverYourself

      My dream vehicle of all time. Ride high, solid build, fast, handles, highest quality interior.

      about 9 months ago
    • Chief Wiggum
      Chief Wiggum

      Well done compare it the x6m..... scratch the head..... ok let’s compare it against the exact same car with raked rear window. Wow can’t wait to hear which one goes better!

      about 1 year ago
    • NopeisDope

      very impressive but for 100k eeshh.

      about 3 years ago
    • Harry Da Hamster
      Harry Da Hamster

      I like your commentary and explanations but you need to do better in the video department than just a GoPro on your head...

      about 3 years ago
    • agvkiev

      Why not B&O option?

      about 4 years ago
    • Pixel Boss
      Pixel Boss

      Like you have one!

      about 4 years ago
    • Tony Zheng
      Tony Zheng

      Dat price tag :(

      about 4 years ago
    • Engineering Explained
      Engineering Explained In reply to Tony Zheng

      @Tony Zheng For real!

      about 4 years ago
    • Dominic Truman
      Dominic Truman

      this was a rather soccer-mom test of the most powerful production suv...

      about 4 years ago
    • PapayaMan
      PapayaMan In reply to Dominic Truman

      @MikaSmith nah more of a volleyball-mom

      about 4 years ago
    • Seb

      What kind of dinosaur is it? T-rex?

      about 4 years ago
    • Mikey C
      Mikey C

      Suggestion for your next set of car reviews: do muscle cars like a Mustang, Camaro, Challenger comparo.

      about 4 years ago
    • Engineering Explained
      Engineering Explained In reply to Mikey C

      @Mikey C That would be awesome! This was from an event I attended up in Washington, so I didn't exactly chose the vehicles. :)

      about 4 years ago
    • Mr Blahblam
      Mr Blahblam


      about 4 years ago
    • IIllytch321

      **Makes an imaginary channel and puts all these test drive videos into it**
      Ah, better. No more clutter in my feed. I know, I'll get hate.

      about 4 years ago
    • Engineering Explained
      Engineering Explained In reply to IIllytch321

      @IIllytch321 No hate here, just love.

      about 4 years ago
    • Sapient Budgie
      Sapient Budgie

      The lag looked really long. I'm sure the suv is superfast, but I prefer the supercharger torque with no delay

      about 4 years ago
    • trqmj
      trqmj In reply to Sapient Budgie

      Sapient Budgie the lag makes the V8 engine worthless. There must be something wrong with the engineering. The Escalade and Yukon Denali have the least lag in the segment.

      about 2 years ago
    • Sapient Budgie
      Sapient Budgie In reply to Sapient Budgie

      Absolutely love these videos.  My number one place to go for car reviews. Love the technical depth combined with a general passion for cars.

      about 4 years ago
    • Engineering Explained
      Engineering Explained In reply to Sapient Budgie

      @Sapient Budgie Honestly it was, I was suprised because they're twin-scroll turbos and usually have a good response (like the '15 WRX, which is pretty quick to get torque).

      about 4 years ago
    • Grant Rodgers
      Grant Rodgers

      This was the series I was looking forward to, the full size SUVs, especially the MB ML

      about 4 years ago
    • R 100
      R 100

      Chrysler is putting the hellcat into the jeep, all these other suvs are going to get slaughtered

      about 4 years ago
    • Samuel G
      Samuel G In reply to R 100

      +andrew cook It is owned by Fiat. Not run by it. The cars will still be mostly designed in the US. Just like before. Just with a new owner.

      about 3 years ago
    • Justin 11stang
      Justin 11stang In reply to R 100

      X5 M can beat the jeep srt8 and the hellcat

      about 3 years ago
    • Ash S
      Ash S In reply to R 100

      @Stackin Benjis No he is right. Don't be so deluded.

      about 4 years ago
    • andrew cook
      andrew cook In reply to R 100

      @Stackin Benjis Chrysler is an Italian car company, owned by Fiat... Both are European now.

      about 4 years ago
    • PapayaMan
      PapayaMan In reply to R 100

      @Stackin Benjis But I wish Chrysler would put hellcat engine into the 300, then it would be Heisenberg 2.0, too bad they got rid of the srt model

      about 4 years ago
    • Niels

      Performance and luxury wise, not a real honest comparison... Especially compared to the touareg; 3.0 tdi and no options.
      Will there be a overall and more in depth comparison in every category?

      about 4 years ago
    • Ash S
      Ash S In reply to Niels

      @93ariebombarie Not sure what the speaker was talking about with the comparisons. Better competitors are Range Rover Sport SVR, Cayenne Turbo S and ML63.

      about 4 years ago
    • roletnabih

      Why wasn't it in off road portion? Performance tires?

      about 4 years ago
    • Ryo Miyaichi
      Ryo Miyaichi

      X5M. what an animal!

      about 4 years ago
    • coscorrodrift

      Well, this is the one that would be nice to watch offroad

      about 4 years ago
    • Engineering Explained
      Engineering Explained In reply to coscorrodrift

      @coscorrodrift And fun! So much power.

      about 4 years ago
    • Iunio92

      lol, just checked the price on one of those bad boys here in Aus. $201K for the X5M and 210 for the X6M

      about 4 years ago
    • Iunio92
      Iunio92 In reply to Iunio92

      that says more about humanity than about whether it's a stupid car or not (which it is)

      about 4 years ago
    • Ash S
      Ash S In reply to Iunio92

      @PapayaMan Complain all you guys want, but it has been a very successful car.

      about 4 years ago
    • PapayaMan
      PapayaMan In reply to Iunio92

      @Sapient Budgie Exactly my point! Jeremy Clarkson even stated that its "The Stupidest Car in the World"

      about 4 years ago
    • Sapient Budgie
      Sapient Budgie In reply to Iunio92

      @Moaiz Shahzad I agree. I can't understand (or thus far can't think of a reason), why anyone would purchase an X6. It has no off road capabilities, poor visibility, no rear head room, poor storage in the back... and it is expensive. Am I missing something with the X6, or is this the pontiac aztec of the bmw lineup?

      about 4 years ago
    • Dr Shwazz
      Dr Shwazz In reply to Iunio92

      Only problem is that the X6 has a hideous body.

      about 4 years ago
    • Nich El Rico
      Nich El Rico

      Engineering explained channel uploading videos of SUVs... what the f

      about 4 years ago
    • Engineering Explained
      Engineering Explained In reply to Nich El Rico

      @ReventadorLP1500-2 Explained here:

      about 4 years ago