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Product Overview

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.
The new M5 features shock absorbers from the M8 Gran Coupe with a retuned chassis. The M5 Competition sits 7mm lower and includes further tweaks to the suspension setup. These updates ensure responsive and direct handling and allow the immense power from the S63 twin-turbo V8 to be put to the ground.
Like the facelifted 5 Series, the kidney grille now reaches lower, with a one-piece chrome surround. Bolder contouring and larger air intakes have been restyled in the front apron. Additionally, new L-shaped light tubes add a dynamic look to the updated LED headlights. Towards the back, the LED rear lights now have a 3D feel and provide a fresh take on the BMW L shape.


What we found

Neofiliac score 89%
  • Superb performance
  • Classy styling (last from BMW)
  • Still powered by V8
  • Good handling
  • Reliability concerns

What external reviewers found

External score 82%
  • Good handling
  • Good infotainment tech
  • Superb infotainment system
  • Impressive driver-configurable systems
  • Comfortable ride
  • Lack of standard equipment
  • Not the most comfortable to drive
  • Not as powerful as standard M5
  • More expensive than F90 M5
  • No Apple CarPlay
  • Fiddly infotainment system

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External Reviews


Reviewer score 57% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from autocar have found:
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.
  • Stylish looks
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Good handling
  • Fiddly infotainment system
  • Not the most comfortable to drive


Reviewer score 88% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from autoexpress have found:
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.
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Superb infotainment system
  • Lack of standard equipment


Reviewer score 86% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from carmagazine have found:
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.
  • Well-balanced, communicative handling
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Rivals are more rear-biased
  • No Apple CarPlay


Reviewer score 87% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from cnet have found:
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.
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Comfortable ride
  • Good infotainment tech
  • Slightly stiff ride quality


  1. ^ BMW M5 Competition 2020 UK review. [autocar].
  2. ^ New BMW M5 CS 2021 review. [autoexpress].
  3. ^ BMW M5 review: M gets AWD. [carmagazine].
  4. ^ 2021 BMW M5 review: Ahh, that's better. [cnet].