Comparison - BMW X5 M AWD 2018 - vs - Subaru Forester Sport 2019

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Make: 
Model: 
Average Price: 
101,700
Updated: 
21 Mar 2018
$
28,795
Updated: 
11 May 2019
Car Type: 
SUV
SUV
Drive Type: 
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
Year: 
2018
2019
Total Seating: 
5
5
Transmission: 
8-speed Shiftable Automatic
Continuously Variable-speed Automatic
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
no
yes
Navigation: 
yes
yes
Doors: 
5
5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
22.40gals
16.60gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Alpine White
#FFFFFF
Azurite Black Metallic
#000D31
Black Sapphire Metallic
#000000
Carbon Black Metallic
#171C24
Mineral White Metallic
#EAEAEA
Melbourne Red Metallic
#920F0D
Long Beach Blue Metallic
#3F93B5
Donington Grey Metallic
#9E9D99
Silverstone Metallic
#A7B1BA
Color: 
Ice silver metallic
#AAAAAA
Crystal white pearl
#FEFEFE
Dark blue pearl
#1A2539
Crystal black silica
#000000
Dark gray metallic
#7D7D7D

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

Stunning speed and carpool-duty comfort in one pricey package.
Once you’ve driven a BMW X5 M, you just might have a hard time convincing yourself that any other SUV will suffice. Could the dry cleaning be dropped off, the kids picked up, and the five-inch puddle from the broken water main be forded in a regular X5 or a Mercedes-Benz GLE-class? Surely.

Pros
Absurdly quick,
credibly seats five,
luxurious interior comes standard.

Cons
Comparatively small cargo hold,
too many drive modes,
lack of active safety tech.

By: 
caranddriver.com

The 2018 BMW X5 M handles everyday SUV duty with comfort, style and refinement. It's also ridiculously fast and cuts winding roads like a knife. How fast? It dashes from zero to 60 mph in 4 seconds flat, a shade faster than BMW's iconic M4 sport coupe. Now wondering whether you need an SUV that makes more than 500 horsepower or reaches a top speed of 160 mph misses the point. It's best to just marvel at a machine that can take you for both a sedate run to Costco, or to county jail for excessive speed, with such ease.

PROS
Outlandish acceleration and handling for an SUV
Interior materials are impeccable
Front seats are comfortable and supportive

CONS
No option for a third-row seat
Sporty suspension may feel too firm for some drivers, passengers
Gas pedal sometimes responds slowly in low-speed driving

By: 
edmunds.com

A backup camera is now standard, as are trapezoidal tailpipes for the 35i and 35d models.The high-performance X5 M is powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine that makes 567 hp and 553 pounds-feet of torque. The engine works with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and power is routed to all four wheels. BMW says the X5 M can hit 60 mph in just 4 seconds. As expected of a performance offshoot, the X5 M has unique bumpers, aggressive side sills and highly bolstered sport seats.

Pros
Seat comfort
Handling
Cabin materials
Diesel's estimated fuel economy
iDrive control system

Cons
Leather upholstery not standard
Awkward liftgate and tailgate combo

By: 
cars.com

The 2019 Subaru Forester is a well thought-out crossover SUV with exceptional space, a great ride, and standard AWD without a fuel-economy penalty.

Pros
Fantastic utility
Comfortable ride
Great safety tech
Thrifty for a crossover
Good value

Cons
Sun Belters might want FWD
Manual and turbo gone
Sport trim about looks only
Dowdy styling

By: 
thecarconnection.com

Completely redesigned for 2019
More powerful 2.5-liter flat four-cylinder engine
Subaru's EyeSight system is standard on all models
Increased passenger and cargo space
2.0-liter turbocharged engine has been discontinued

Pros
Standard all-wheel drive
A full complement of driver assists is standard equipment
Off-road ability with better-than-average ground clearance
Generous cargo capacity

Cons
Handling isn't as composed as it is in some competitors
CVT automatic feels less responsive than a conventional automatic
Modest tow rating limits overall utility
Only available engine is underpowered

By: 
edmunds.com

It looks visually similar to the last model, so has enough changed to entice buyers into the all-new Subaru Forester?

Pros
Loaded with safety and convenience features
Ultra-wide passenger door opening aperture
Full-time all-wheel drive system
Fuel efficient four-cylinder petrol engine

Cons
Archaic three-year warranty
12,500km service intervals
Higher starting price

By: 
caradvice.com.au

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Premium Unleaded
Regular Unleaded
Fuel Economy City USA: 
14.00mpg
26.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
19.00mpg
33.00mpg
Engine type: 
Petrol/Gas
Petrol/Gas

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
32
16
Cylinders: 
8
V
4
flat
Engine Size/Displacement: 
4.40L
2.50L
Torque: 
553ft-lbs
at 2 200rpm
176ft-lbs
at 4 400rpm
Horsepower: 
567hp
at 6 000rpm
182hp
at 5 800rpm
Cam Type: 
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Turning Circle: 
42.00Feet

Convenience

Cruise Control: 
yes
yes
Door Pockets: 
yes
yes
Cupholders: 
yes
yes
Overhead console: 
yes
yes
Seatback Storage: 
yes
yes
Power Steering: 
yes
yes
Parking sensors: 
yes
no
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
yes
Front view Camera: 
no
no
Side view Camera: 
no
no
On steering wheel: 
Transmission, cruise and audio controls on steering wheel
Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
More in Convenience: 
Destination guidance (also Turn-by-Turn Navigation)*
Destination Download*
Roadside Assistance*
Concierge Service*
Hands-Free Calling*
Universal remote transmitter (for garage door, security system, etc.)
Keyless Ignition
Sun Sensor
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
Extended Cabin Heating/Cooling
Mobile Internet (Browser)
Keyless Ignition
Leather Steering Wheel

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
192.70in
182.10in
Width: 
78.10in
71.50in
Height: 
67.60in
68.10in
Ground Clearance: 
8.10in
8.70in
Front Track: 
61.60in
Rear Track: 
61.80in
Wheel Base: 
115.50in
105.10in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
39.80
40.20
Rear Head Room: 
38.30
37.70
Front Leg Room: 
40.40in
43.30in
Rear leg room: 
36.60in
39.40in
Front Hip Room: 
54.10in
Front Shoulder Room: 
60.50in
58.20in
Rear Hip Room: 
53.60in
Rear Shoulder room: 
58.30in
57.20in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
76.70cu.ft
70.90cu.ft
Maximum Towing Capacity un-break: 
1170lbs
1500lbs
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
35.80cu.ft
33.00cu.ft
Angle of Approach: 
22.90degrees
Angle of Departure: 
24.60degrees
Curb Weight: 
5260.00lbs
3531.00lbs

Instruments

External Temperature Display: 
yes
yes
Clock: 
yes
yes
Trip computer: 
yes
yes
Techometer: 
yes
yes
Compass: 
yes
no

Power Features

Power windows: 
yes
yes
Remote Keyless doors: 
yes
yes
More Power Features: 
Reverse tilt passenger mirror provides curb view when vehicle in reverse
4 one-touch power windows
Heated Mirrors
Hands-Free Entry
Heated mirrors
2 One-Touch Power Windows
Hands-Free Entry

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
yes
yes
Front Seats Features: 
Multi-level heating passenger seat
14 -way power driver seat
Multi-level heating driver seat
Height adjustable driver seat
Leather
14 -way power passenger seat
Passenger seat with power adjustable lumbar support
Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support
Height adjustable passenger seat
Bucket front seats
Driver Seat Thigh Extension
Bucket Front Seats
Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
8 -Way Power Driver Seat
4 -Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustment
Cloth
Rear Seats Features: 
Split-folding rear seatback
Folding center armrest
Rear ventilation ducts
Folding center armrest
Rear Ventilation Ducts
Reclining Rear Seats
Split-Folding Rear Seatback

Suspension

Front Suspension: 
Front stabilizer bar
Front stabilizer bar
Rear Suspension: 
Rear stabilizer bar
Rear stabilizer bar
Suspension Info: 
Four-wheel independent suspension
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension

Comfort

Interior air Filtration: 
yes
yes
Climate Control: 
yes
yes
More Comfort Features: 
Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
Turn signal in mirrors
Leather steering wheel
Four Zone Climate Control
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Turn Signal In Mirrors

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
yes
yes
Video monitor: 
no
no
More Entertainment: 
USB connection
2 subwoofer(s)
16 total speakers
Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control
12 Months of provided satellite radio service
Adjustable speed sensitive volume control
600 watts stereo output
Harman/Kardon Premium Brand Speakers
Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
USB Connection
6 Total Speakers
4 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
yes
yes
Rear defogger: 
yes
yes
More in Glass and Roof: 
Remote sunroof operation Body
Roof rack
Power glass (tilt only) rear sunroof
Variable intermittent rain sensing wipers
Intermittent rear wiper
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
21 x 11.5
18 X 7.0 In
Wheels more: 
Temporary spare tire
Performance tires
Inside mounted spare tire
Inside mounted spare tire
Temporary spare tire
All season tires
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
325.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
30
Diameter: 
R21
Width: 
225.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
55

Safety Features

ABS: 
yes
yes
Front head airbags: 
yes
yes
Rear head airbags: 
yes
yes
Dual front side-mounted airbags: 
yes
yes
Emergency braking assist: 
yes
yes
Traction control: 
yes
yes
Child seat anchors: 
yes
yes
Front brakes: 
Front ventilated disc brakes
Front ventilated disc brakes
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Rear brakes: 
rear ventilated disc brakes
rear ventilated disc brakes
Rear door child safety locks: 
yes
yes
Daytime running lights: 
yes
yes
Engine immobilizer: 
yes
yes
Front fog lights: 
yes
yes
Dusk sensing headlamps: 
yes
yes
Auto delay off headlamps: 
yes
yes
Front headrests: 
yes
yes
Rear headrests: 
yes
yes
Tire pressure monitoring: 
yes
yes
More Safety Features: 
Post-Collision Safety System
Airbag Deployment Notification*
Stolen Vehicle Tracking/Assistance*
Self-leveling headlights
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
High pressure washers headlamps
Xenon high intensity discharge headlamp
Brake drying
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Emergency Service
2 Front Headrests
3 Rear Headrests
4-Wheel ABS
Adaptive Headlights
Cornering Lights
Emergency Braking Preparation
Rear Center 3-Point Belt
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
Turn Signal Mirrors
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Pre-Collision Safety System
Rear Center 3-Point Belt
Post-Collision Safety System
Lane Departure Warning Accident Avoidance System
Turn Signal Mirrors
LED Headlamp

Options

Packages: 
Executive Package
M Driver's Package
Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert + Reverse Automatic Braking + Multimedia Plus Audio + Harman Kardon Amplifier And Speakers + Power Rear Tailgate
Standard Model
Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert + Reverse Automatic Braking + Multimedia Plus Audio
Popular Package #2
Exterior Options: 
Roof Rails in Satin Aluminum
20" M Double-Spoke Light Alloy Wheels w/Performance Tires (Non-Runflat)
Satin Aluminum Line Exterior Trim
21" M Double-Spoke Black Wheels W/Performance Tires (Non-Runflat)
Body Side Molding - Crystal White Pearl
Door Edge Guards - Crystal Black Silica
Door Edge Guards - Dark Blue Pearl
Wheel Locks - Alloy
Body Side Molding - Dark Grey Metallic
Door Edge Guards - Crystal White Pearl
Door Scuff Protector
Body Side Molding - Crystal Black Silica
Door Edge Guards - Ice Silver Metallic
Splash Guards
Body Side Molding - Dark Blue Pearl
Sport Grille - Black
Rear Bumper Cover
Door Edge Guards - Dark Grey Metallic
Body Side Molding - Ice Silver Metallic
Interior Options: 
Merino Leather Package
Bang & Olufsen Sound System
Apple CarPlay Compatibility
Rear-Seat Entertainment Professional
Active Blind Spot Detection
Auto-Dimming Mirror W/Compass And Homelink
Rear Seat Back Protector
Rockford Fosgate Audio Upgrade
Cargo Net
Side Sill Plates - Front
Auto-Dimming Mirror W/Compass
Sunshade
Interior & Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror W/Approach Lighting
Footwell Illumination Kit
Interior & Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror W/ Homelink & Approach Lighting
Auto-Dimming Exterior Mirror W/Approach Light
All-Weather Floor Liners

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
Amaro Brown Extended Merino, premium leather
#84644B
Aragon Brown Full Merino, premium leather
#B4876F
Black Extended Merino, premium leather
#0B0B0B
Black Full Merino, premium leather
#131313
Criollo Brown Extended Merino, premium leather
#533936
Mugello Red Full Merino, premium leather
#AA5855
Nutmeg Extended Merino, premium leather
#968F86
Silverstone Extended Merino, premium leather
#9A9EA0
Silverstone Full Merino, premium leather
#ADB1B3
Smoke White Extended Merino, premium leather
#CEC9BF
Sonoma Beige Extended Merino, premium leather
#9D9586
Sonoma Beige Full Merino, premium leather
#9D9586
Taupe Extended Merino, premium leather
#8D847D
Color: 
Gray, cloth
#B1ADAA