Drive Notes: 2024 BMW i5 M60 xDrive

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

I tested a 2024 BMW i5 M60 xDrive last week, and I have thoughts.

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The all-electric i5 is not cheap, starting at $84,100 and checking out at $93,495 as-tested. It's luxurious, fast, and has a distressingly low range. Read on.

Pros

  • It's quick. Yes, yes, most EVs feel quick thanks to instant torque. But this one has 593 horsepower and 586 lb-ft of torque and you feel it when you need to pass or merge.
  • The "Iconic Sounds" system seems to provide both a fake-exhaust sound and some sort of spaceship-like sounds, depending on drive mode, when you tromp hard on the accelerator. We've mostly been skeptical of this sort of thing here at TTAC, but it actually sounded kind of cool.
  • I like the boost paddle that gives you a bit more oomph for a few seconds.
  • BMW got the ride/handling mix right on this one.
  • The large infotainment screen extending out from the instrument cluster looks good.
  • Interior comfort is nice and the materials are price appropriate.
  • Highway cruising is quite comfy.

Cons

  • The range was only about 150 miles at 78 percent of capacity when I picked the car up, and charging on an old-school outlet is slooooow. I didn't have the chance to fast charge.
  • The shifter has no "Park" function, you either shut the system down or set the parking brake. This is annoying and I nearly had the car roll on me a couple of times.
  • Similarly, sometimes I shut the system off, but the radio was still playing, at least until I locked the doors. I've seen this on other Bimmers, and it remains confusing.
  • I couldn't figure out the name for the voice assistant, and clicking on it via the infotainment system and asking for its name went nowhere.
  • There's no front trunk, and therefore, no corresponding increase in storage space.
  • The price feels $20K too high.

We'll be back later this week with some scattered thoughts on the new Nissan Versa.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • MaintenanceCosts MaintenanceCosts on Apr 02, 2024

    The iX is a styling disaster, but this one is tolerable to me. But at this size and price, I'd rather go taller and have a CUV. It's not like a three-ton sedan is going to have much of a driving quality advantage.

  • Dana Dana on Apr 13, 2024

    You don’t need park, you set auto hold (button on the console). Every BMW answers to ‘Hey, BMW’, but you can set your own personal wake word in iDrive. It takes less than 5 minutes to figure that that out, btw. The audio stays on which is handy for Teams meetings. Once your phone is out of range, the audio is stopped on the car. You can always press down on the audio volume wheel which will mute it, if it bothers you. I found all the controls very intuitive.

  • Golden2husky Have to say he did an excellent job on the C7, especially considering the limited budget he was given. I am very happy with my purchase.
  • Marty The problem isn't range; it's lack of electricity in multi-unit building parking. All you need is level 1 - a standard 120v wall socket - and if you're plugged in 10 hours overnight you get 280 miles per week or more. That's enough for most folks but you can use public charging to supplement when needed. Installing conduit circuits and outlets is simple and cheap; no charge stations needed.
  • 2manyvettes Tadge was at the Corvette Corral at the Rolex 24 hour sports car race at the end of January 2023. During the Q&A after his remarks someone stood up and told him "I will never buy an electric Corvette." His response? "I will never sell you an electric Corvette." Take that Fwiw.
  • Socrates77 They're pinching pennies for the investors like always, greed has turned GM into a joke of an old corporate American greed.
  • Analoggrotto looking at this takes me right back to the year when “CD-ROM” first entered public lexicon
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