2016 bmw m5 Model Overview
New for 2016
Enhanced USB and Bluetooth are now standard on the 2016 BMW M5 and a new exterior color, Tanzanite Blue Metallic, has been added.
A 560-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 with 500 lb-ft of torque is the only engine available in the 2016 M5 and it can be mated to a six-speed manual or seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission. Fuel economy isn’t impressive at 15/22 mpg city/highway with the manual and 14/20 mpg with the automatic. Trunk space is class-competitive at 14 cubic feet and can be expanded via the standard split-folding rear seats.
Standard safety features include dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags. The Driver Assistance Plus package adds blind spot warning, side and top view cameras, and the Active Driving Assistant, which bundles together lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and forward emergency braking.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
The M5 comes in a single loaded package and includes 19-inch alloy wheels, 20-way multicontour front seats, extended Merino Leather upholstery, split folding rear seats, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, navigation, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and HID headlights. Available options include adaptive full LED headlights, a head-up display, four-zone climate control, active front seats, a power tailgate, a Bang & Olufsen audio system, night vision, and carbon-ceramic brakes.
What We Think
While the 2016 M5 is essentially a cruise missile on the road, it has lost its agility due to its heavy curb weight. In a comparison test against the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S, the M5 lost because it didn’t inspire as much driver confidence as the Mercedes. The M5 also lost in a comparison test against the Porsche Panamera GTS due to the latter having better driving dynamics and steering. As a result, the M5 is more of a smooth cruiser rather than a full-fledged super sedan that excels in twisty road shenanigans.
- Essentially an Autobahn cruise missile
- Quiet cabin
- Smooth ride
You Won’t Like:
- Not as engaging to drive as you might think
- Heavy for its size
- Numb steering