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BMW M5 (F90, 2020 facelift) Review Rundown

BMWPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Powerful twin-turbo V8
  • Fantastic infotainment system
  • Lots of standard equipment
Cons**
  • 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[*] 57%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The new adaptive suspension setup, as fitted to our test car, seems to have calmed down the car’s formerly grabby, hardcore ride a little bit. BMW claims a worthwhile improvement to the way the car deals with small and medium-sized inputs, and reasonably so. The car retains a decidedly highly-strung, frisky handling feel, though.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Stylish looks
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Good handling
Cons[**]
  • Fiddly infotainment system
  • Not the most comfortable to drive

autocar[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 90%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The M5 CS rides twice as well as the M5 Competition. It shines a real spotlight on the predictability and feel that have been missing from the F90 M5’s dynamic recipe thus far. It has the same versatility and adaptability of the regular M5, but it's capable of greater driver reward when you simplify its character.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Comfortable, stable ride
  • Impressive driver-configurable systems
  • Comfortable ride
Cons[**]
  • More expensive than F90 M5

autoexpress[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The M5 CS lives up to its name and then some. Immediately you notice how calm the body is on the road. There's a tautness to the ride, but it doesn't come at the expense of comfort. It's when you call upon the CS's performance that the car's bespoke nature comes to the fore.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Superb infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Lack of standard equipment

carmagazine[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following[***]:
In 4WD mode the M5 is still very rear-biased. On the road, in 4WD Sport mode with DSC switched off it still feels safe. This is the mode in which it would be fastest on track, too. Interior materials and quality are hard to criticise, and like the exterior it avoids being too gauche. Apple CarPlay preparation isn't standard, which seems a bit stingy on a near-£90k car.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Well-balanced, communicative handling
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Rivals are more rear-biased
  • No Apple CarPlay

carmagazine[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
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[**]
  • Punchy power
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as standard M5

cnet[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
Even with the Competition's upsized 20-inch wheels and summer tires, the ride quality is so much better than before. The M5 Competition is still quick as hell, too, able to accelerate to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. The optional carbon-ceramic brakes are also kind of touchy, with hard-to-modulate characteristics.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Comfortable ride
  • Good infotainment tech
Cons[**]
  • Slightly stiff ride quality

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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