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Is the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle DLC worth it?

Official screenshot of Forza Horizon 5.
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Is the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle DLC worth it?

Best answer: Yes, the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle DLC is worth it for those who want the best experience in FH5, especially if you're playing through Xbox Game Pass or a physical disc. The Premium Add-Ons Bundle includes almost every optional DLC for Forza Horizon 5, including the upcoming Hot Wheels expansion, for significantly less than it would cost to purchase individually, making it a fantastic overall value. 

Value in context

Official screenshot of Forza Horizon 5.

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Forza Horizon 5 includes mountains of content by itself, but Playground Games is letting players expand their experience even further with a series of optional DLC add-ons and expansions. Depending on the edition of Forza Horizon 5 you buy, you may get one or more of these DLCs included in your purchase. For those who want to enhance their FH5 experience without shelling out for a more expensive edition, or are playing through a different method, there are plenty of ways to get more out of Forza Horizon 5.

The Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle includes almost every optional DLC add-on for considerably less than it'd cost to purchase those DLCs individually. Effectively, this amounts to buying Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition (the most expensive FH5 tier) without the base game included. The value of the Premium Add-Ons Bundle changes depending on how you play or buy Forza Horizon 5.

If you're purchasing the Standard or Deluxe Editions of FH5 digitally through the Microsoft Store or Steam, and you're considering the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, you're much better off simply buying the Premium Edition. This saves you money and gives you everything for Xbox's best racing game in one simple package.

On the other hand, those playing Forza Horizon 5 through Xbox Game Pass or a physical copy of the game (which only comes as the Standard Edition), can gain a lot from the Premium Add-Ons Bundle. This is a great way to augment your physical disc or Xbox Game Pass subscription with all the optional DLC. Even better, Xbox Game Pass subscribers get an automatic 10% discount on the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, saving you an extra $5. Ultimately, this is the main reason the Premium Add-Ons Bundle DLC exists — for Xbox Game Pass subscribers who still want to quintessential FH5 experience.

If you picked up the Standard Edition of Forza Horizon 5 and are on the fence about purchasing additional DLC, there's a chance the Premium Add-Ons Bundle will eventually go on sale, making it an easier pill to swallow. Of course, you can always pick up the individual DLCs you're interested in and purchase them separately (just keep in mind this will end up costing significantly more if you buy them all).

Hot Wheels included

Official screenshot of Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels.

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A valuable addition to the Premium Add-Ons Bundle for FH5 is the impending release of Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels, the game's first DLC expansion releasing on July 19, 2022. The DLC expansion is available as a standalone purchase, or through the Forza Horizon 5 Expansions Bundle, but the Premium Add-Ons Bundle will give you far more DLC for your money. Like the Expansions Bundle, it'll also include FH5's second DLC expansion when that is eventually announced and released.

Here's a short summary of what players can expect from Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels, included in the Premium Add-Ons Bundle:

  • An all-new area with four unique, diverse biomes
  • Over 120 miles of Hot Wheels tracks on which to race, with different track variants
  • A standalone campaign that can be played in single-player or with friends in co-op
  • 10 new cars, including four new-to-Forza Hot Wheels cars
  • A ton of additional features, like a new Horizon Story, new events and races, additional Bonus Boards, collectibles, and Accolades, new EventLab props, and more

What's included

Here's everything you need to know about the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and what's included:

  • Includes Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass. Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle includes the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass, a DLC that introduces an additional 42 cars to the game.
    • Eight cars gifted immediately with the Forza Horizon 5 Formula Drift Cars Pack
    • One car added to Forza Horizon 5 every week, for a total of 34 additional cars
    • The Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass is available through Forza Horizon 5 Deluxe Edition, Premium Edition, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and as a standalone purchase
    • You can check out the cars included in the Car Pass in our Forza Horizon 5 car list
  • Includes Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack. Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle includes the Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack, a DLC that adds several in-game perks and bonuses when first playing the game.
    • Five specially pre-tuned cars gifted immediately
    • One Player House gifted immediately
    • An included one-time voucher that lets you purchase any car from the Autoshow
    • Three included one-time vouchers that let you purchase any Common or Rare clothing items
    • The Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack is available through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and as a standalone purchase
    • You can check out the cars included in the Welcome Pack in our Forza Horizon 5 car list, and the included house in our Forza Horizon 5 Player Houses guide
  • Includes Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership. Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle includes the Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership, a DLC that adds several in-game perks and bonuses throughout playing the game.
    • Three exclusive Forza Edition cars gifted immediately
    • One Player House gifted immediately
    • A Crown Flair, Vanity Items, Emote, and Car Horn gifted immediately
    • Double the Credit rewards for races
    • Two extra Super Wheelspins gifted every week
    • Additional bonuses and perks
    • The Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership is available through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and as a standalone purchase
    • You can check out the cars included in the VIP Membership in our Forza Horizon 5 car list, and the included house in our Forza Horizon 5 Player Houses guide
  • Includes Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels. Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle includes Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels, the first DLC expansion coming to FH5.
    • Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels is officially releasing on July 19, 2022, and will add a new floating island with four diverse biomes, 10 new cars, a standalone single-player or co-op campaign, and plenty of new challenges, events, and races
    • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion One is available as a standalone purchase, and through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and the Expansions Bundle
  • Includes Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Two. Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition includes Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Two, which is the second, as of yet unannounced, DLC expansion coming to FH5.
    • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Two has not been revealed yet, but will be included in Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle when it does eventually launch
    • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Two is available through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and the Expansions Bundle
  • Not included: The Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle includes almost all optional DLCs for FH5, but does not include the Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map. The Treasure Map DLC is only available as a standalone purchase.
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Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-ons Bundle

If you want to experience absolutely everything Forza Horizon 5 has to offer, the Premium Add-ons Bundle includes it all. Gain access to exclusive perks, cars, and two DLC expansions, starting with the Hot Wheels expansion on July 19, 2022.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Forza Horizon 5 is included in every tier of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, but not its DLC. Fortunately, interested players can still land sweet discounts on all FH5 DLC, including the Game Pass-targeting Premium Add-Ons Bundle.

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Zachary Boddy
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Zachary Boddy is the Minecraft Expert and a News Writer for Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been freelancing for Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019, with a focus on Xbox and PC gaming. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.