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BMW M5 (F90, 2020 facelift) Review Rundown

BMWPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of BMW M5 & M5 Competition Sedan (F90, 2020 facelift)
Neoscore* 83%
  • Powerful twin-turbo V8
  • Fantastic infotainment system
  • Lots of standard equipment
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The F90 BMW M5 is based on the G30 5 Series sedan. For its 2020 facelift, BMW has introduced a host of mechanical and aesthetic updates. BMW has dialed up the car's technological hand with a larger infotainment display running its latest Operating System 7.0 software. New adaptive dampers feature as standard, with a set of manually adjustable coilovers available through the BMW M Performance catalogue. The car's automatic gearbox can be quite aggressive with its engagement in the sportier driving modes, surprising you when it's shifting by itself.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The sixth-generation of BMW's M5 super saloon has barely been in UK showrooms for three years, but it is already quite a different prospect than it used to be. New bumper, headlight and taillight designs, a new (and only slightly different) radiator grille and some slightly slimmer quad exhaust pipes are how you might spot this car from a pre-facelift model. BMW has dialed up the car's technological hand with a larger infotainment display running its very latest ‘Operating System 7.0' software.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Impressive powertrain and handling
  • Fantastic infotainment system
  • Lots of standard equipment
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autocar[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
BMW F90 M5 made a memorable first impression when it was introduced to UK roads back in 2018. The standard 591bhp version had an outright handling agility that you rarely find in a car of its size. The 2020 facelifted M5 Competition began to redress the car's dynamic balance towards pragmatic real-road suitability, but only little by little. The M5 CS's power gain comes from revised induction and fuel injection systems for its 4.4-litre V8.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Tetchily firm and insistent ride
  • Comfortable, stable B-road ride
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autoexpress[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
BMW M5 CS is the most powerful M road car, but also a thoroughbred M model. Changes to the model's chassis and its bespoke dynamic set-up make it a standout super saloon. Michelin P Zero Corsa tyres perform exceptionally well on the road and play a significant role in smoothing the ride.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Impressive power and torque
  • Sleek, bespoke chassis
  • Comfortable ride
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

carmagazine[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following[***]:
BMW says the F90 M5 is more a 2WD+2 than a 4WD car. It's still very much rear-biased, but in theory should be less scary in the rain or on frosty winter mornings. The car is lighter than the car it replaces, thanks to plenty of aluminium in its construction, and some composite components.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek, understated design
  • Rear-wheel-drive capability
  • Lots of standard equipment
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

carmagazine[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following[***]:
BMW M5 is Competition-spec only from now in the UK. Max output climbs by 25bhp to an eye-popping 617bhp. Torque is unaffected, at a treestump-pulling 553lb ft from just 1800rpm. BMW says revised dampers makes the ride a little firmer for better body control when you're on it.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Impressive power for its size
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

cnet[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
BMW's M5 Competition gets new suspension hardware that make it eminently more comfortable. The M5's powertrain is unchanged for 2021, which is fine; it's been solid all along. The optional carbon-ceramic brakes are also kind of touchy, with hard-to-modulate characteristics.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic ride quality
  • New suspension hardware makes it more comfortable
  • New iDrive 7 infotainment tech
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

1. ^ BMW M5 Competition 2020 UK review. autocar. 2020-11-12 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ BMW M5 CS 2021 UK review. autocar. 2021-06-15 Retrieved 2021-07-31.
3. ^ New BMW M5 CS 2021 review. autoexpress. 2021-06-04 Retrieved 2021-06-04.
4. ^ BMW M5 review: M gets AWD. carmagazine. 2020-01-06 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ BMW M5 Competition (2020) review: facelifted heavyweight bruiser tested. carmagazine. 2020-10-28 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ 2021 BMW M5 review: Ahh, that's better. cnet. 2021-03-31 Retrieved 2021-04-01.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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