2013 BMW X5 M

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Key Specs

of the 2013 BMW X5 M. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance potential
  • Fuel efficiency of xDrive35d
  • Upscale cabin materials

The Bad

  • Small cargo area
  • Gets pricey with options

Notable Features of the 2013 BMW X5 M

  • Turbocharged six-cylinder or twin-turbo V-8
  • Turbo-diesel six-cylinder (xDrive35d) carries on as a 2012 model
  • New M Performance Package adds 15 hp to six-cylinder, 40 hp to V-8
  • Standard AWD
  • Available 555-hp X5 M

2013 BMW X5 M Overview

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Vehicle Overview

BMW's all-wheel-drive X5 crossover uses the turbocharged six-cylinder and V-8 engines also seen in models like the 5 Series and X6. Also offered are a diesel xDrive35d version, which carries on as a 2012 model, and a high-performance X5 M. Depending on the model, the X5 can seat five people in two rows or seven in three. Competitors include the Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz M- and GL-Class, and Acura MDX.

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New for 2013
A new M Performance Package brings more horsepower and torque to the X5. The xDrive35i gets a boost of 15 horsepower and 30 pounds-feet of torque while the xDrive50i gets an increase of 40 hp and 30 pounds-feet of torque. The package also includes black-chrome exhaust tips and stainless-steel pedals.
Exterior
Eighteen-inch alloy wheels are standard on the base xDrive35i, with 19-inchers optional. An M Sport Package adds more aggressive bodywork and 20-inch wheels. Exterior features include:

  • Automatic headlights
  • Available panoramic moonroof
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Power liftgate

Interior
The X5's dashboard places a wide screen atop the central air vents, with navigation and other interfaces within. It's controlled by BMW's iDrive system, whose knob controller has various shortcut keys surrounding it for easier use. The automatic transmission continues to employ a console-mounted electronic shifter.

Seating for five is standard; an optional third-row seat raises capacity to seven. Other options include a power-...

Vehicle Overview

BMW's all-wheel-drive X5 crossover uses the turbocharged six-cylinder and V-8 engines also seen in models like the 5 Series and X6. Also offered are a diesel xDrive35d version, which carries on as a 2012 model, and a high-performance X5 M. Depending on the model, the X5 can seat five people in two rows or seven in three. Competitors include the Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz M- and GL-Class, and Acura MDX.

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New for 2013
A new M Performance Package brings more horsepower and torque to the X5. The xDrive35i gets a boost of 15 horsepower and 30 pounds-feet of torque while the xDrive50i gets an increase of 40 hp and 30 pounds-feet of torque. The package also includes black-chrome exhaust tips and stainless-steel pedals.
Exterior
Eighteen-inch alloy wheels are standard on the base xDrive35i, with 19-inchers optional. An M Sport Package adds more aggressive bodywork and 20-inch wheels. Exterior features include:

  • Automatic headlights
  • Available panoramic moonroof
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Power liftgate

Interior
The X5's dashboard places a wide screen atop the central air vents, with navigation and other interfaces within. It's controlled by BMW's iDrive system, whose knob controller has various shortcut keys surrounding it for easier use. The automatic transmission continues to employ a console-mounted electronic shifter.

Seating for five is standard; an optional third-row seat raises capacity to seven. Other options include a power-adjustable steering column and ventilated seats. Interior features include:

  • Standard automatic climate control
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering column; power adjustments optional
  • iPod/USB adapter
  • Available premium stereo
  • Available wood trim

Under the Hood
The xDrive35i uses a turbocharged six-cylinder that makes 300 hp and 300 pounds-feet of torque (315 hp and 330 pounds-feet with the M Performance Package). The xDrive50i has a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 that makes 400 hp and 450 pounds-feet of torque (440 hp and 480 pounds-feet optionally). Both engines team with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the xDrive50i can hit 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, according to BMW.

The X5 xDrive35d uses a twin-turbo diesel six-cylinder with 265 hp and 425 pounds-feet of torque. Sixty mph comes in 6.9 seconds, BMW says; thanks to the higher efficiency of diesel fuel, EPA-estimated fuel economy tops the X5 range at 19/26 mpg city/highway. The xDrive35d uses a six-speed automatic. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Brake Energy Regeneration system on gas models captures energy when braking or coasting
  • Optional adaptive suspension

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Traction control

X5 M
The high-performance X5 M is powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine that makes 555 hp and 500 pounds-feet of torque and uses a six-speed automatic transmission. Zero to 60 mph comes in 4.5 seconds — quicker than many sports cars. As to be expected of a performance offshoot, the X5 M carries unique bumpers, aggressive side sills and highly bolstered sport seats.

For sharper handling, the X5 M's all-wheel-drive system gains BMW's Dynamic Performance Control, which apportions extra power to the outside rear wheel during corners. The X6 is the only other BMW to include this system. Changes for 2013 include the addition of blue-painted M brake calipers, M multifunction seats and optional full-LED headlights. Back to top


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

This X5 M is a rocket ship.

by BMW fan from Minneapolis on May 5, 2018

If this SUV did not have a built in radar detector the tickets would be crazy. Super fast and the red makes it eye candy. I have a white X5 now but the M-Sport package is amazing. Read full review

(5.0)

Very powerful with the best handling features

by The owner from California on November 25, 2017

Its a rear full package with adaptive LED headlights. Perfectly maintained. Recently replaced turbos, brake pads, rotors and tires. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 BMW X5 M currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 BMW X5 M has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty

  • Powertrain warranty

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The X5 M received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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