When it comes to moving an affluent family, there’s no better BMW than the X7, the brand’s luxurious three-row SUV. While its cargo area and rearmost seats aren’t as spacious as rivals such as the Jeep Grand Wagoneer and Mercedes-Benz GLS-class, the Bimmer boasts better driving manners as well as an impressive selection of engines. They range from a 375-hp turbo-six to a 523-hp twin-turbo V-8, with the latter making 630 horses on the highest-class, max-performance Alpina XB7. All models have all-wheel drive and an adaptive air suspension system that promotes a pillow-like ride. The 2023 X7’s interior is serene, but it’s also packed with upscale materials and modern tech such as the dash’s giant curved glass display. Those features, combined with the X7’s towing capability and an array of standard active-safety tech, make the biggest BMW one of the best.
What’s New for 2023?
The 2023 X7 receives a mid-cycle refresh that includes a more expressive front end and a new dashboard design with a huge digital display and BMW’s latest infotainment system. The largest BMW SUV also has more standard features and new driver-assistance technology. For the first time, BMW will offer a set of 23-inch rims, too. The X7 also benefits from updated powertrains. The xDrive40i’s turbocharged six-cylinder now makes 375 horsepower (up 40) and up to 398 pound-feet of torque (up 67). The V-8 model’s name changes from M50i to M60i, and its new twin-turbo 4.4-liter and 48-volt hybrid system are claimed to form a more efficient duo. The range-topping Alpina XB7 has an even more powerful setup than the M60i that makes 630 horsepower–18 more than before.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Even with our fondness for the twin-turbo V-8’s horsepower and noteworthy performance, we’d recommend the X7 xDrive40i. It has desirable standard features that include four-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, power-adjustable front seats with memory settings, heated front seats, a power tailgate, and more. We’d also add one of the Vernasca leather upholstery choices and the Premium package that includes a head-up display, gesture controls, and soft-close doors.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The entry-level X7 xDrive40i is powered by a 375-hp turbocharged inline-six-cylinder, and the M60i has a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 that makes 523 horses. The Alpina XB7 has a specially tuned version of that V-8, which develops 630 horsepower. All three engines pair with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. Every X7 rides on an air suspension with adaptive dampers, and the chassis can be further enhanced with the available rear-axle steering and active anti-roll bars that reduce body motions. Both features are standard on the M60i, which has a sportier suspension setup by default. The smallest wheels on the X7 measure 21 inches in diameter, but BMW now also offers 23-inchers for the first time. At our test track, the racy-looking M60i model managed to hit 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The V-8 engine emits a hearty burble under heavy throttle, too. Handling is surprisingly lithe for a large SUV and the X7’s steering is accurate and nicely weighted. We haven’t put the xDrive40i model through our instrumented testing yet, but we did spend some time behind the wheel and can report that it’s both smooth and plenty powerful, making it better suited for people who prefer a more luxurious experience.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The 2023 X7 is most efficient when it’s equipped with the standard inline-six. That xDrive40i model received EPA ratings of 21 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. Going with the V-8–powered M60i model will mean hitting the pump more often, as that model is rated for 16 mpg city and 21 mpg highway. On our 75-mph highway fuel economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, the M60i we tested surprised us with a 23-mpg result. For more information about the X7’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside, the X7’s dashboard is dominated by a massive digital display that’s slightly curved. The panel boasts a 12.3-inch gauge cluster for the driver and a 14.9-inch touchscreen that the infotainment system operates through. Plenty of luxury features can be found inside as well, including heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and ambient interior lighting. However, we were irritated by how slowly the power-operated, second-row captain’s chair moved when trying to let people in and out of the third row. Likewise, the way-back seats aren’t especially roomy for adults during prolonged drives. Still, no one will complain about the X7’s ample interior cubby storage. While we only managed to fit three carry-on suitcases behind the third row, we fit 33 total with all the back seats stowed.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The X7’s iDrive 8 infotainment system is already eligible for an update to iDrive 8.5, coming sometime in the summer of 2023. The system operates through a 14.9-inch touchscreen that’s housed in the curved glass panel atop the dash. The system can also be operated by a large rotary knob on the center console as well as through gesture controls that are more gimmicky than useful. Along with a Wi-Fi hotspot (subscription required), every X7 is available with BMW’s Digital Key which allows users to control vehicle functions remotely via a smartphone app. A more powerful Harman/Kardon stereo and wireless charging are optional features.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Every X7 has an assortment of standard driver-assistance technology in addition to several more advanced options. For more information about the X7’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
- Standard lane-departure warning
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
BMW offers a competitive limited and powertrain warranty that is bolstered by above-average complimentary scheduled maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles
2023 BMW X7 M60i
Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 6-passenger, 4-door wagon
Base/As Tested: $104,095/$122,545
Options: Frozen Marina Bay Blue Metallic paint, $5500; Bowers & Wilkins audio system, $3400; black full Merino leather upholstery, $2700; Executive package (glass controls, heated and cooled cupholders, front massaging seats, Panoramic Sky Lounge LED roof), $2100; Driving Assistance Pro package (adaptive cruise control, active lane-keep assist, steering and traffic-jam assistant, automatic lane changing, evasion assist and front cross-traffic alert), $1700; Climate Comfort package (five-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, heated front and rear seats), $1600; second-row captain’s chairs, $850; M Sport Pro package (extended Shadowline trim, M Sport brakes with blue calipers), $300; carbon-fiber trim, $300
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 268 in3, 4395 cm3
Power: 523 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 553 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm
Suspension, F/R: multilink/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 15.6-in vented disc/15.7-in vented disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4 Run Flat
F: 275/40R-22 107Y Extra Load ★ KS
R: 315/35R-22 111Y Extra Load ★ KS
Wheelbase: 122.2 in
Length: 203.6 in
Width: 78.7 in
Height: 72.2 in
Passenger Volume, F/M/R: 58/50/34 ft3
Cargo Volume: 12 ft3
Curb Weight: 5838 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.8 sec
100 mph: 9.8 sec
1/4-Mile: 12.3 sec @ 111 mph
120 mph: 14.6 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 4.9 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.8 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.1 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 129 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 155 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 316 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.85 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 15 mpg
75-mph Highway Driving: 23 mpg
75-mph Highway Range: 500 mi
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 18/16/21 mpg