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BMW M5 (2018 – present) | Expert Rating


Described by Top Gear as “perhaps the most complete and composed super saloon of them all”, the BMW M5 is a four-door performance saloon – the ‘M’-tuned version of the BMW 5 Series executive car.

The current M5 is the sixth generation and was launched back in 2018. It is the latest in a long line of acclaimed BMW super saloons, which have all been hailed as benchmarks for their combination of performance, comfort and relative subtlety.

Here in the UK, we get the M5 Competition model, which is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine (a bit more powerful than the standard M5 in Europe) to produce 617hp and a 0-62 sprint time of 3.1 seconds.

The range also includes the limited edition BMW M5 CS (Competition Sport), which the manufacturer says is the fastest ‘M’ performance model ever produced – due to its lighter bodywork and few extra horsepower.

Carwow comments that the M5 range is just as usable day-to-day as a regular 5 Series saloon, with the first-class interior build quality and finish that we have come to expect from a BMW executive car. At the same time, Autocar says that the car has “remarkably high standards on handling poise and driver engagement”.

“Its has all the performance and dynamic ability of a supercar”, Evo explains, “and supercars simply don’t come cheap, even when they’re clothed in a saloon body.” An entry-level BMW M5 Competition comes with a six-figure price tag, which What Car? calls a “shame”.

Adding that the M5’s engine soundtrack lacks the audible drama of the Mercedes-Benz E63 S, Autocar concludes that the super saloon “lacks a bit of authentic V8 hotrod charm, but it’ll be a driver’s car of many facets for the few who can afford it.”

As of May 2022, the BMW M5 currently holds an impressive Expert Rating of 89%, based on 17 reviews published by UK media sources.

M5 highlights

  • First-class build quality
  • As practical as a standard 5 Series
  • Exceptional performance and driving dynamics
  • Comfortable cabin

M5 lowlights

  • Rival brands offer more practical estates
  • Expensive, entry-level and up
  • Rather subdued engine soundtrack
  • Uprated M5 CS is a strict four-seater

Key specifications

Body style: Four-door saloon
Engines: petrol
From £107,520 on-road

Launched: Summer 2018
Last updated: Spring 2021
Replacement due: TBA

Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Safety rating

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Adult protection: 91%
Child protection: 85%
Vulnerable road users: 81%
Safety assist: 59%

The BMW M5 shares its safety rating with the regular BMW 5 Series saloon range, which was tested by Euro NCAP back in 2017 and awarded a five-star rating.

Eco rating

No eco rating

As of May 2022, the BMW M5 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.


Trophies, prizes and awards that the BMW M5 has received


  • Autocar Awards – Car of the Year (M5 CS)


  • iF Design Awards – Automotive Design Award
  • World Car Awards – Performance Car of the Year

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