2020 Alpina B5 vs. BMW M550i | PistonHeads

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george ibrahim
george ibrahim

I’d do m550i

18 hours ago
nafdani
nafdani

I wouldn't say that an Alpina is an affordable arternative of an M5. An Alpina B5 costs just as much as an M5. As of today, an Alpina B5 has a list price of 117.700€, the M5 on the other hand starts at 117.800€... You can get an M550i for 89k already, however it is nothing like the other 2 cars. So I really don't get the comparison of the M550i with the Alpina. The Alpina should be put against the M5 actually. Similar power, same starting price, different purpose.

Day ago
Jesse Urban
Jesse Urban

Mk 7.5 golf headlights?

Day ago
robert tarantino
robert tarantino

B5 no contest

Day ago
Andrew Cunningham
Andrew Cunningham

Whatever one you go for both are mighty impressive - I got a M530d xdrive which I think is good - these two are next level! High praise overall on both machines and a top notch review Dan! Puts you in the driver's seat!

2 days ago
Max the Maltese dog
Max the Maltese dog

Both cars are stunning . I would go with the m 550i for the luxury aspect and the alpina for a more sporty drive .

2 days ago
David G
David G

Alpina rear bumper should stick to m5 I mean fit to mpower who agree 🤣😷

2 days ago
8rick1ane
8rick1ane

I have the B5 edition 50 and I will never sell it.

2 days ago
Quinten
Quinten

Today’s cars all are made for putting both hands on the wheel 😔 miss the period where you saw one hand on the wheel and one hand to shift. So much horsepower but nothing to do with driving the car. #saynototechnology

3 days ago
Greg S
Greg S

These newer 5 series are really more similar to a traditional 7 series than a 5 series in terms of weight, size, comfort

3 days ago
Maheer Ahmed
Maheer Ahmed

When he said 55 years at the start, I thought he was going to say 55 thousand pounds

3 days ago
Rajsekhar Vavilla
Rajsekhar Vavilla

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ From India 🇮🇳

3 days ago
Markus Schulz
Markus Schulz

the BMW Alpina is ugly 👎🏻

4 days ago
Marsupilami Lovespizza
Marsupilami Lovespizza

I think i keep my E34 M5, E39 M5 and my good old Alpina B10 E34 BiTurbo for the rest of my life. New BMW's no thanks for me.

4 days ago
Fritz H
Fritz H

Thank you very much for your clear pronunciation and crisp way of talking. So all of us not native speakers have the chance to understand everything.

4 days ago
James Wonnacott
James Wonnacott

Why talk about price when an Alpina is more than a M5? I like the comparison with the M550i but with limited runs, a two year old Alpina B5 with a bunch of miles is around the same price, but one someone is looking for is in between a new M5 and M550i. Good video though.

4 days ago
Adam Zak
Adam Zak

M550 all the way. Alpina exterior looks horrible. No M sport kit.

5 days ago
Abhijit Shetty
Abhijit Shetty

Really great review .... focus is on the cars & really describing it in a way normal people can relate to instead of using cliches which I generally don't understand.... really felt like a breath of fresh air.

5 days ago
Mike L
Mike L

I bought the M550i. We don’t get the B5 in the US, and even if we did, I’m not thrilled with the front end styling. A base model bumper with a tacked on air dam looks inferior to the M-Sport bumper. I can make up the power and more with a tune.

6 days ago
Ste Heaton
Ste Heaton

Great video but the interior isn’t all that, not a patch on the F11 for quality. The leather isn’t as nice, very plasticky on the steering wheel. The back six inches of the door pockets are useless and only one side is lined now (lots of corners have been cut on the whole car), the seat heating has less elements and takes longer to warm up, the gearstick is mostly plastic, the last one being mostly leather. On bright days the white lines in the road reflect in the interior light making it look like it’s constantly flashing. You have to take your hand off the wheel to operate the rear wiper (who thought of that). The rear headrests are the size of a Toblerone bar. The standard sound system is unacceptable for a car at this price point......the list is just endless and they make these fast cars but they aren’t any goos when your in a rush, jump in, start the engine and put it straight in gear and it won’t do it, you either have to wait or do it twice, by the time the rear view camera image loads I’m half way through my manoeuvre. Everything that made the F11 an amazing car they’ve done away with and they’ve let the bean counters loose on this car, I like my G31 (even with its endless list of design faults) but I loved my F11.

6 days ago
MauriceBln1
MauriceBln1

I would always choose the Alpina. Drives more luxuriously and is more exclusive.

6 days ago
Cris Woollacott
Cris Woollacott

The delivery during the Alpina section was rather odd. Improved for the 550i review, much more comfortable. Strange as at first I was wondering if it was a joke review

6 days ago
fulaan1
fulaan1

An updated M5 is coming soon?

7 days ago
Guglielmo Cecchin
Guglielmo Cecchin

Io non vado d’accordo con la lingua inglese ! Grazie

7 days ago
Nobody
Nobody

Alpina hasn't been making M-alternatives for over 55 years! The M Division took their ideas from Alpina, they were founded 7 years later! Alpina was founded in 1965, BMW's M Division in 1972. ;) Alpina also used to race on behalf of BMW until their M Division was founded, so there's more history there than you'd think.

7 days ago
skypx
skypx

But a new B5 Alpina is more expensive than a new M5....... so..... ok

8 days ago
Iam Sam
Iam Sam

I think the pre-LCI Alpina has more character than the post which-LCI which looks like a bigger 3 series.

8 days ago
Wendel Chichester
Wendel Chichester

Alpina all the way

8 days ago
Heaton Jagatia
Heaton Jagatia

I do really dislike the new steering wheels, they look quite cheap to me.

9 days ago
Bhakatwar Singh
Bhakatwar Singh

I’m sure the M5 and the Alpina same price, just seen the Alpina for sale at £95k.

9 days ago
Daniel Schmibba
Daniel Schmibba

Why the BMW has the facelift and the Alpina not?

9 days ago
HoldMyBeer76
HoldMyBeer76

Two year old Alpina or a new M550i xDrive? I’ll take the bespoke 600 horsepower Alpina B5 Biturbo please. You get more power, improved handling and exclusivity.

9 days ago
Pete Davis
Pete Davis

That Alpina would br great for me as an estate

9 days ago
Norbert Wangnick
Norbert Wangnick

... and unlimited 200 mph is also good to know and have ;-)

9 days ago
Norbert Wangnick
Norbert Wangnick

I prefer the fact that Alpina are much more rare than “regular” BMWs. The B6 had a total worldwide production number of just 1100! Compare that to the “limited” edition Porsches, and you’ll find out that there are less Alpinas on the worlds roads than those limited collectors’ Porsches...

9 days ago
Mikeado66
Mikeado66

You say the Alpina's decals (which always remind me of _Who Wants to be a Millionaire?'s_ question graphics) "give the game away," but what about the massive capital letters sticking out of the front spoiler?! That's just cheesy. I'd ask them not to fit that...

9 days ago
40Tman
40Tman

Why didn't u get the Alpina B5 also LCI version?

9 days ago
Andrew Watson
Andrew Watson

And you can get the Alpina as an estate, which is it's biggest selling point. I like the old style dials as well, so shame they will be lost too. At least they will still be blue I guess.

9 days ago
BERNSCHUTZ Lucian
BERNSCHUTZ Lucian

Bring the cars on highway tests not narrow village ways 70miles / h maximum

9 days ago
Phil Taylor
Phil Taylor

Why the dodgy cheap porn video soundtrack over the vocals? Distracting in the extreme.

10 days ago
dbasq1
dbasq1

Coolest pair of cars tested in a while. But the Alpina pips the 550i. My lottery car is a B3 Touring, no decals, Alpina blue or green, 20" multispokes, no tinted glass, pan roof. One of those up against the upcoming M3 touring would be quite a pair up.

10 days ago
Rob Booth Automotive
Rob Booth Automotive

M550i will be worth £25k in 3 years time

10 days ago
Gary_LB
Gary_LB

Agree. It will be an insanely good second hand buy

10 days ago
Piet Jansen
Piet Jansen

The B5 is not far cheaper than the M5 FYI.

10 days ago
Blake Swan
Blake Swan

I never thought I'd say this, but BMW should just get on with it and only make EVs. There cars are already all digital to drive, might as well have a more characterful power train as an EV. Even the interiors are so cold and generic looking. I don't get the appeal in the current BMW offering (M2 Comp/CS aside).

10 days ago
T H
T H

b5 any day, any day.

10 days ago
Shaheen Evans
Shaheen Evans

Was waiting for this review Dan, thinking what next after my f80m3 comp, b5 looks good thanks

11 days ago
pioneer181
pioneer181

Great review! I'd pick the Alpina purely as it's an Alpina over the BMW as it has the "WTF" is the that comment.

11 days ago
Mehmet Guner
Mehmet Guner

You legends... love this review, also you have chosen brilliant comparisons 👍🏼

11 days ago
Dale Steel
Dale Steel

ALPINA IS SAME PRICE AS M5!

11 days ago
Corona virus
Corona virus

Dan thanks for the honest review between the two cars, is the different and good content that make all the difference between a motorjournalist and influencers. Those Alpinas just fly in straight line that top speed are better than an M5. Keep that awesome work, spot on.

11 days ago
Shoel Daniel
Shoel Daniel

Isnt the Alpina more expensive than the M5?

11 days ago
Amirreza Hosseinzadeh
Amirreza Hosseinzadeh

I'm 20 but since I was 10 I preferred luxury instead of being sport. That's why I'll go with Alpina

11 days ago
Scott Harker
Scott Harker

That side decal not lining up on the doors would get on my tits for that amount of dosh

11 days ago
mattdedasc
mattdedasc

Alpina without even thinking about it. I want another one.

11 days ago
Max Williams
Max Williams

Who fitted that front plate on the Alpina?! Wonky..

11 days ago
D C
D C

Fantastic Review Alpina everytime though everything I'd ever want or need in a car.

11 days ago
tuzla 4ever
tuzla 4ever

Since I can’t afford any of these, I’m gonna stick to my 530D F10 for the next couple of years.

11 days ago
PistonHeads
PistonHeads

Not a bad place to be at all!

2 days ago
75arda81
75arda81

You could go for a Alpina D5

3 days ago
No name
No name

@Ian Townsend Agreed.I did a few trips to Scotland this yr in my 330D XDrive and the tank range was such a bonus.From P'boro to Glencoe (420 miles) on one tank was easy.Still had a 1/4 tank left !

4 days ago
Ian Townsend
Ian Townsend

@tuzla 4ever BMW diesels are some of the very best. The best mix of power & economy plus great tank range

11 days ago
tuzla 4ever
tuzla 4ever

Ian Townsend Indeed it is,I’ve had it for 4 years,and with regular maintenance I did not have a single problem with it.

11 days ago
Richie Btime
Richie Btime

M5 pulls the birds though

11 days ago
Seen Through Haggis
Seen Through Haggis

Would you have a brand new M550i or a year old M5 Comp though?

11 days ago
Seen Through Haggis
Seen Through Haggis

Been really enjoying your videos this year Dan. Top quality content.

11 days ago
Christian B.
Christian B.

Alpina all day everyday

11 days ago
Janis Holtsmann
Janis Holtsmann

Alpina b5 touring alpina green 😍😍😍😍👍👍👍👍

11 days ago
JBOsurf
JBOsurf

I hope manufacturers can refocus their attention on comfort/handling balance. We have enough power these days but most cars ride like shit. Here we have two examples of heavy cars with big wheels that ride beautifully. It CAN be done!

11 days ago
AhEmGee
AhEmGee

Some more detail / images on the interior changes on the FL would've been good, & the differences in the B5 engine vs M5 .

11 days ago
Alex Cockram
Alex Cockram

LCI Alpina B5 (Touring) for me Alpina Blue Side Decal Delete But to be honest, I’d prob still go for the B3 Touring if I was ever in the position to buy.

11 days ago
Randy Cockshipes
Randy Cockshipes

Funny that the M550i is the slowest V8 5 series you can buy.

11 days ago
AhEmGee
AhEmGee

There's only 2 V8 5 series G30 models so obviously its going to be the slowest.

11 days ago
R Bousfield
R Bousfield

Thats a lovely looking thing, just lose the alpina decals down the side.

11 days ago
newtona1
newtona1

One of the classiest vehicles in the world, aimed at 50yr old businessmen.... being driven by a mid30's guy wearing a Sports Direct jumper - way to subvert our expectations 😂

11 days ago
Dale Steel
Dale Steel

@newtona1 BMW own MINI but....

11 days ago
newtona1
newtona1

@Dale Steel everlast is owned by sports direct owner mike Ashley.

11 days ago
Dale Steel
Dale Steel

Sports direct dont make jumpers

11 days ago
Lee Kilbride
Lee Kilbride

So young people can’t have alpinas? I had a E90 D3 pre lci in my late twenties and brought it back to original standard

11 days ago
Orfan Productions
Orfan Productions

Enjoy the 5-Series Beemer while you can, because judging by the design direction BMW seems to be taking with the new 4-Series and that IX thing: the next one is going to look hideous!

11 days ago
Eg Kj
Eg Kj

it looks like most people dont really need a M car... 550 m is good enough for me... but the Alpine has that style... the Alpine is like some one u fancy, but with a nice dress.

11 days ago
onehorsepower
onehorsepower

Great review. Finally BMW are properly engineering their M-lite products. One thing though, 'very heavy cars', well yeah but really BMW is actually doing very well in keeping weight in check compared to older (M5) models and the competition, but it's like we can't distinguish between real 1900kg and 2200kg kerb (RS6 looking at you), while on half weight cars, 150kg difference is considered massive ...

11 days ago
Nicholas Ebanks
Nicholas Ebanks

The FL M550i really looks the part, going against the grain here but of the 2 that would be my choice... until the FL B5 is out I think

11 days ago
limpunsing22
limpunsing22

If you can afford the premium get an Alpina B5 Top-drawer comparison review

11 days ago
Alessandro F
Alessandro F

Great video as usual. But let me tell you that I owned several fast petrol BMW cars and the driving experience has been exactly as you said in the video. But now I own a couple of M cars (E92 M3 and F82 M4) because the sense of an occasion that you feel with an M car cannot be replicated on M Performance or other fast non M products. It’s the little bit more on engine, rawness, performance that makes you feeling to be in something more special and that’s great also on a normal driving day. For me it justifies the price difference.

11 days ago
Tomas Trunecek
Tomas Trunecek

Spot on, mate. F80 here, which especially is more raw than a normal 3 Series. Alpina as a daily would be proper, though.

4 days ago
NCB
NCB

Yeah nice Dan, staying classy as always.

11 days ago
jtwitchett
jtwitchett

Great job Dan

11 days ago
Nick Wightman
Nick Wightman

Why would you rob a post office?

11 days ago
WF
WF

Epic review (as usual from you) 📈

11 days ago
Antonius Tyaswidyono
Antonius Tyaswidyono

At the original sticker price the Alpina is a little expensive, but still desirable. But at GBP63k? Sounds like a delicious deal right there...

11 days ago
CarToneHK 車臣
CarToneHK 車臣

Alpina is just more special

11 days ago
BMW M3 S65B40
BMW M3 S65B40

Does the Alpina have the ASD or is the interior engine sound “real”?

11 days ago
Pavel Lipski
Pavel Lipski

There's an interview with CEO of Alpina where he says that they are against those fake engine noises pumped through the speakers.

11 days ago
Gobind Uppal
Gobind Uppal

sounds real to me. Way less synthetic sounding and much less intrusive. Sounds quite a bit more natural.

11 days ago
Saif0412
Saif0412

If I had to choose, would go for the Alpina without a doubt.

11 days ago
Victor Estrada
Victor Estrada

I like the alpina except for the front bumper, ugly as hell

3 days ago
Andy Miller
Andy Miller

Especially a touring version 😍

11 days ago
V- twelveV
V- twelveV

oh alpina all day

11 days ago

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