2014 BMW M5 Review

March 7, 2014
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The BMW M5 arrives in 2014 with a bunch of new standard and optional features. The big news is the Competition Package which can satisfy the enthusiasts’ thirst for sportier driving and more thrilling experience. There are more pieces of equipment that can make the M5 sedan the perfect car for you. We have the proof below. But just watch out for the rising cost as you dress your M5 up with the available technologies.

NEW FOR THE 2014 M5

  • optional Competition Package, rear-seat entertainment system, LED headlights and collision mitigation system
  • slight exterior and interior enhancements
  • touchpad iDrive controller
  • standard BMW Apps, adaptive xenon headlights and navigation system

UNDER THE HOOD

A 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 560 horsepower (increases to 575 with the Competition Package) and 502 pound-feet of torque powers the 2014 BMW M5 sedan. The standard 7-speed automatic/manual transmission, which comes with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles, sends power to the rear wheels. A 6-speed manual is optional at no cost.

The 2014 BMW M5 gets an EPA-estimated city/highway fuel economy of 15 mpg/22 mpg with a manual transmission and 14 mpg/20 mpg with the automatic.

ON THE ROAD

There’s nearly no turbo lag in the twin-turbocharged V8 in the M5. The 7-speed automated manual transmission shifts smoothly like a regular automatic in Comfort mode and responds instantly in the sport modes. The conventional 6-speed manual is the more appropriate gearbox to run the M5 with for sporty driving.

The 2014 M5 remains composed in sharp turns. But the ride is firm at the same time even with soft suspension, something that you might be concerned about especially if you usually drive on imperfect road surfaces. Some test drivers were also disappointed with the steering feel even when the sport settings increase the effort level.

INSIDE THE 2014 M5

The M5’s cabin is commended for its tight insulation against road and engine noises. You would have to open the windows down to hear the V8’s voice. With the windows closed, the cabin is serene. There are also more storage spaces and a new M steering wheel design, which offers better grip, in the 2014 model year.

Leather and aluminum are all over the M5’s interior, creating a plush look and feel. The 20-way power front-seat adjustments make it impossible for the driver and the passenger to be uncomfortable. The iDrive system has just gotten better in the 2014 model year as it is now complemented with a touchpad controller.

KEY FEATURES

The M5 sedan comes standard with auto start-stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration system, Dynamic Damper Control, Active M Differential, 19-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive xenon headlights, headlight washers, rear spoiler, 20-way power heated front seats with lumbar support, driver memory function, leather upholstery, aluminum interior trim, split fold-down rear seats, automatic climate control, power sunroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, parking assist, Bluetooth, iDrive with touchpad controller, rearview camera, dynamic cruise control, voice-activated navigation system, BMW apps, smartphone integration, satellite and HD radios, BMW Assist, and 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

The new optional Competition Package features a different exhaust system, chassis revisions, and unique 20-inch alloy wheels. It gives the M5 additional 15 horsepower.

You can also purchase optional features like rear-seat entertainment system, Bang & Olufsen sound system, night vision technology, head-up display, heated steering wheel and rear seats, power trunk lid, automatic quad-zone climate control, keyless entry, genuine wood interior trim, ventilated front seats, LED headlights, 20-inch wheels, carbon ceramic brakes, and Driver Assistance Plus Package (includes blind spot warning, collision mitigation, speed limit info, pedestrian warning, side-and top-view cameras, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning).

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