2010 BMW M5 Review

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2017
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2017
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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

We want to love the 2010 BMW M5. Who wouldn't, with its race-derived, 500-horsepower V-10 engine, and a 0-60 time of just 4.5 seconds?

Despite its charms, we can't get past the M5's serious flaws, the result of timing and a product at the end of its life cycle. An overabundance of technology almost kills the joy of that huge power. For starters, BMW's semi-manual SMG transmission is only for fans of a truly harsh shift experience. You'll need to choose the no-cost six-speed manual to enjoy the M5 to its utmost, thanks to crisp throws, precise gates, perfectly arranged pedals, and surprisingly smooth clutch engagement.

But you can't opt out of the technology that commands the M5's suspension, steering, and throttle inputs. They offer a bewildering 279 combinations through an MDrive menu that can be linked to the steering wheel's MDrive button, which might as well be a panic button for users who can't figure it out.

Then there's BMW's frustrating iDrive controller for audio, navigation, and climate settings. It's been improved for this model year but still could use its own community-college course for first-time drivers.

There's a new M5 on the way - and from what we've seen from the new-generation BMW 5-Series sedan and 5-Series Gran Turismo hatchback, the picture's going to improve, radically.

For a more full review, steer over to our prior 2009 BMW M5 review. For more information on the M5's comfort, utility, safety and styling, head over to our 2010 BMW 5-Series page.

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