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Car and Driver’s review of the 2020 BMW M5 takes a look at what’s different with this year’s version, pricing, performance, interior, safety and coverage. Link to full article here.
Don’t call it a comeback. The BMW M5 has been here for years. However, the latest generation is rocking its peers and putting fear in the hearts of other sports sedans. Uncorking 600-plus horsepower from its twin-turbo V-8, the 2020 M5 accelerates with unbridled ferocity. Its standard all-wheel-drive system can even send all that power to the rear wheels for drivers who like to hang out the tail. Indeed, BMW has reinvented an icon that had become almost unrecognizable. While the M5 is still a big luxury sedan loaded with high-tech gadgetry, it now has a maniacal side that lately has been missing from the company’s storied M division.
What’s New for 2020?
For 2020, BMW makes small changes to the M5 lineup that include new standard equipment and a limited-run M5 Edition 35 Years. Every model now comes with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, real-time traffic info, remote services, and wireless device charging. The U.S. will only get 35 of the awkwardly named M5 Edition 35 Years, which is based on the Competition model and includes unique gold interior trim as well as exclusive Frozen Dark Grey II exterior paint.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- M5: $104,695
- M5 Competition: $111,995
Those who want the ultimate 5-series should choose the M5 Competition, which we think is the better M5. That choice requires shelling out an extra $7300 for 17 more horses, specially tuned suspension settings, and some unique styling bits. The upgrades don’t compromise the 5’s ride quality or livability. We’d add the 20-inch wheels (19s are standard) and the Executive package. The latter brings luxuries such as ventilated front seats with massage functions, heated front and rear seats, soft-close doors, four-zone automatic climate control, self-parking assist, and more.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Sporting a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 with 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, the M5 is mighty quick. At our test track, it launched to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and snapped off a 10.9-second quarter-mile time at 129 mph; top speed is a governor-limited 163 mph. An even more powerful M5 Competition model is now available and makes 617 horsepower. It proved to be quicker than the regular M5 on a real racetrack at our annual Lightning Lap. The M5 faithful will lament the discontinued manual gearbox and unfamiliar all-wheel-drive system, but this Bimmer has a high-tech drivetrain that can send 100 percent of power to the rear wheels for pure rear-drive personality. Driving enjoyment is maximized here with lively and direct steering, a well-controlled (borderline stiff) ride, and heroic cornering grip. That doesn’t mean the M5 can’t also do duty as a luxury sedan: In Comfort mode, it cruises placidly and the cabin is whisper quiet.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA estimates that the regular M5 and its Competition variant will earn 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Both figures are worse than the Porsche Panamera Turbo (18 mpg city and 25 highway) and similar to the Mercedes-AMG E63 S sedan (15 mpg city and 25 highway). We tested the M5 Competition on our 200-mile fuel-economy route where it exceeded its government rating by 3, with a result of 24-mpg highway.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The 2020 M5 has an elegant leather interior with supple and supportive sport seats. The driver’s seating position is optimized for performance-style driving, and BMW hasn’t gone the all-touchscreen route that many of its rivals have, so making changes to the air conditioning or adjusting the radio during driving causes little distraction. There’s also a slew of desirable standard features that include customizable ambient interior lighting, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable steering column. Further options include ventilated front seats with massage functions, heated rear seats, and four-zone automatic climate control. Along with useful interior cubby storage, the M5’s trunk held six carry-on suitcases in our test.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The M5’s large infotainment display runs BMW’s latest iDrive software, sits atop the dash to the right of the driver’s sightlines, and is controlled by a rotary knob on the center console. While Android Auto capability isn’t available, Apple CarPlay integration and a Wi-Fi hotspot are standard. There’s also a 16-speaker, 600-watt Harman/Kardon audio system and wireless device charging on all 2020 models. Those who want even fancier features can opt for the optional rear-seat entertainment system and 16-speaker, 1400-watt Bowers & Wilkins sound system.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The 2020 M5 hasn’t been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The sports sedan does offer a wide variety of standard and optional driver-assistance technology. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
BMW provides a limited warranty and powertrain protection that aligns with luxury rivals.
- Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles
BMW is an iconic brand, from the recognizable Kidney Grille that has become a signature to their vehicles, the reputation of being Ultimate Driving Machines and the sleek, simple logo they boast. We know a lot about BMW’s at Don Jacobs, but there are a few fun facts we don’t get to share nearly enough!
Corporate Image is important. And oh boy, does BMW know how to brand. The logo has become a symbol of status, but also luxury over the years. Do you know what it represents? The colors actually are representative of the Bavarian flag in Germany, where the company was founded. BMW actually stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke (or Bavarian Motor Works loosely translated).
BMW was founded during WWI because Germany was short on planes and parts for planes. After WWI, the Treaty of Versailles actually banned companies in Germany from producing these products. As a result, BMW decided to shift focus to Motorcycles, followed in 1928 by automobiles.
You have to hand it to this manufacturer. They actually designed the BMW headquarters similar to that of a 4-cylinder engine. This is representative of the 4-cylinder heritage of BMW itself. The 4-cycle engines made just about every fuel-efficient vehicle possible!
In 1959, with the Cold War resulting in near bankruptcy for the company, Mercedes’ parent company, Daimler-Benz, almost took over BMW. Lucky for the family, who still owns a large part of the company today, they found help from a huge private investor. BMW is now owned by the Quandit family, but the rivalry between BMW and Mercedes can still be felt today as a result!
BMW Other Brands
Automotive manufacturing is a vast landscape. Many people don’t know that BMW actually makes Mini Coopers and Rolls Royce. You heard that right- two of the most famous car brands in Britain are actually made by this German company.
The “Ultimate Driving Machine” is a slogan coined and used by BMW for more than 35 years!
Don Jacobs is thrilled to be celebrating 50 years in business this year and our ability to offer BMW is part of our recipe for success. The biggest ingredient is our loyal customers! Come see us today to check out this iconic brand at Don Jacobs BMW.
The 2020 BMW X5 is here and ready to lead you through vacation rides, long drives, and everyday lives. With the latest and greatest from Germany, the X5 is ready to perform for any task you have.
Powered by the in-line 6-cylinder engine in the xDrive40i, the X5 packs a lot of performance under the hood. Coupled with its Dynamic Damper Control, the X5 can change the suspension settings for your drive on the fly. Sensors monitor the movement of your wheels over 400 times per second and adjust the shock absorbers to give you the best handling and smooth ride possible, even on rough roads. The X5 is ready to take you wherever you need to go.
With the new X5, the ability to stay in the know on your journey has never been easier. News updates, live traffic reports, weather conditions and vehicle settings are available with the swipe of your finger as part of the iDrive operating system. You can customize, much like a smartphone, by choosing the applications that work best for your wants and needs. The Dynamic Digital Instrument Cluster and Central Information Display compliment iDrive though easy to access navigation, entertainment and safety features. Stay aware of where the road leads with a 360-degree camera that allows you to see your surroundings from every angle. With an onsite BMW genius to assist with set up of these amazing features, utilizing all the 2020 BMW X5 has to offer has never been easier.
You only live once, so what are you waiting for? Stop by Don Jacobs BMW to take your new X5 for a spin today. You can call to schedule a test drive or click the link below to schedule. We can’t wait for you to experience the Ultimate Driving Machine.
For the past two years, BMW has assisted in providing over 2.4 million meals to Feeding America to help the 1 out of every 8 Americans struggling with hunger. This year, we continue the fight against hunger with the BMW Drive to End Hunger event and you can help! After all, the only thing better than getting behind the wheel of The Ultimate Driving Machine is helping those in need.
From November 12th through the 16th, if you visit Don Jacobs BMW and go on a test drive, not only will you get a $1,000 credit towards the purchase/lease of a new BMW, you will also fund 200 meals for Feeding America. Everyone wins and all it takes is a test drive. Fill out the form here to take part.
Luckily if you want to do more locally, we have that option as well! This month, Don Jacobs is partnering with God’s Pantry Food Bank. We are taking food donations all month long at drop-off bins located around the dealership, along with our service donation match program. Not sure what is most needed? Their greatest needs include: breakfast foods, canned meat, canned fruits, canned vegetables, pasta and rice, shelf stable milk, and soups.
To add to the $1,000 credit towards the purchase/lease of a new BMW, we also want to take the time to thank you customers. We wouldn’t be here for almost 50 years without your loyal patronage. On Friday, November 15th, we are having a Customer Appreciation Event. Food, music, BMWs- what more could you ask for to kick off this holiday season? Giveaways from Kendra Scott, Jeff Ruby’s and Logan’s of Lexington will be up for grabs if you can guess how many donations fit in our BMW X7 model. With incredible storage space, we look forward to using your donations to support an amazing cause and give you the opportunity to win. Want to attend? You can RSVP by contacting us here.
The BMW Vision M Next
BMW is a company that has always made beautiful vehicles that stop anyone in their tracks. Now, they are taking that up a notch with the exquisitely modern and sleek designs of their autonomous concept cars. The BMW Vision M Next concept car debuted in Munich at their NextGen conference. It is very futuristic looking with matte Cast Silver metallic paintwork and accents of Thrilling Orange to turn heads. A unique feature on this car is the grille. The front grille is closed. It introduces laser wire light technology behind a very thin piece of glass. Another unique feature of this vehicle is that it does not have any side or rearview mirrors. They are replaced by a 360 degree camera that gives the driver better vision than traditional mirrors.
Embracing BMW’s motto of being the ultimate driving machine, the Vision M Next has a total output of 600 horsepower. It has a hybrid system powered by two electric motors so this powerhouse of a car can get up to 63mph in only three seconds! If you are someone who loves the power and thrill of a sports car but you’re also fascinated by the convenience of autonomous cars that’s exactly what the Vision M Next encompasses.
Vision Next 100 Motorrad
BMW didn’t stop with just making concept cars but they introduced their concept bike the Vision Next 100 Motorrad. A motorcycle that anyone would enjoy driving. Its revolutionary technology makes it one of the safest motorcycles ever. The Vision Next 100 Motorrad does not require a kickstand for it remains perfectly balanced. BMW has also made a visor for the driver to wear that will serve as the dash and a heads up display while simultaneously protecting the eyes from wind exposure. The motorcycle is electric and aims to provide a safe yet exhilarating ride. BMW has not revealed when this bike will be available on the market as it could be years before this kind of technology is street legal, but in the meantime we can dream about a world where all motorcycles look like the Vision Next 100 Motorrad.
The future of BMW is something we are all looking forward to. With the advancements in autonomous driving creating safer roads for everyone, BMW continues to innovate and does so in style.
The time has finally come! The all-new 2019 BMW X7 has arrived in Lexington and available for purchase. BMW has developed a new SUV that competes with the Audi Q7, Lexus LX 750 and Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class.
Unlike anything else in the BMW SUV lineup, the X7 has new appeal, with the automakers largest grille ever designed. In addition, the large 21-inch standard wheels on both trim levels are definitely eye catching.
Inside, he X7 comes standard with seating for seven across three rows of seating. You also have the option for a six-seater configuration with all-electric Captain’s Chairs. The standard Heated Front Seats can be made even more comfortable with available Ventilated and Massage options. Passengers can also enjoy optional Heated Rear Seats.
All-in-all, the First Ever BMW X7 is the next level of comfort, luxury and performance.
Reserve your test drive today by visiting https://www.donjacobsbmw.com/test-drive-cars-lexington-ky or reach out personally to our BMW Sales Manager, Johnny Wells at (859) 260-2623 or via email at email@example.com . Explore more about the 2019 BMW X7.
BMW has presented yet another sedan with quality and class. The new BMW 750i M Sport represents a modern take on contemporary luxury. With the technical innovation and high quality details for both passenger and driver, it speaks technical emotion within the cabin and on the road.
On the exterior, the precise lines and sculpturing of the body is captivating. Surging front. Extended side-view. Powerful rear. It’s natural presence is dominating from all angles. Functionally, it has innovation ahead of it’s time. With such features as BMW Gesture Control, BMW Laserlight and BMW Touch Command, the 7 series is setting the bar for future standards of luxury.
Enjoy this video featuring the 2019 BMW 750i M Sport, available at Don Jacobs BMW in Lexington, Kentucky. The ins and outs presented by BMW Sales Consultant, Alex Freeman, will have you on the edge of your seat and wanting to get behind the wheel.
Visit us in store at Don Jacobs BMW. Located at 2689 Nicholasville Road in Lexington, just a mile away from Fayette Mall. Or visit online at www.donjacobsbmw.com.
The 2019 BMW M850i has brought the 8 Series back to life, last produced over two decades ago!
This vehicle represents the epitome of driver-oriented vehicles. Everything from the stance and styling to the 4.4L twin-turbocharged V6 engine pushing out 523 horsepower has been carefully created with the driver at the lead. What do you think about the M850i as the ultimate driving experience?
0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. This Sunset Orange Metallic car with beauty and excitement has been made with driver in mind! With unmatched style and performance and pure motor sport muscle, you will hear a distinct and unique exhaust notes as the g-force keeps you in your seat!
The M850i has both heritage and innovation to thrill all car enthusiasts’ experiences! Click here for the official BMW Review.
Learn more about this vehicle at www.donjacobsbmw.com/vehicle-details/new-2019-bmw-m850i-xdrive–lexington-ky-id-27267288