2023 BMW X7 xDrive M60i Review

Fancy pitchforks and torches required

Amos Kwon, Editor-In-Chief

Positives: Bold front end attracts attention, powerful twin-turbo engine is willing and capable, remarkably agile for its size and heft, serious street presence, best premium infotainment experience.
Negatives: Front end styling is polarizing, a ton of finger-print-magnet piano black trim in the cabin, third row seats are tight, dumb gesture control tech, wallet-draining price.
Bottom Line: Although the X7 M60i is a pricey steed, it brings tremendous levels of tech, driving fun, and comfort in the premium three-row SUV segment. Perhaps its only demerit is the less-than-spacious third row.
The biggest member of the BMW stable gets updated with new nomenclature, new front and rear styling, and a mild-hybrid assist. whether or not the new and rather arresting front fascia will deter customers remains to be seen. What once started as the X7 M50i is now the X7 M60i. It's still big, fast, and alarmingly capable in the turns, but what you might notice first is the refreshed front fascia that's quite a bit to take in. It borrows the same visage as the 7-Series What's under the hood is the same 523-hp twin-turbo V8 but this time it gets a 48-volt system. Power, however, remains the same as the old X7 M50i. We drove the top-trim X7 for a week. Read our full review below.

Driving Experience



It's alarming that something this big could be this quick and tractab;e. Although it's no sports car, what BMW has done with the X7 M60i's ability to manage its weight in sporting driving conditions is nothing short of remarkable.

Ride Quality: The various drive modes work well to either dampen rough roads or take on more challenging twisties. The M60i's two-axle air-suspension system adjusts remarkably well between drive mode settings, providing ample dampening in Comfort mode and nice firm sportiness when you dial it into Sport and Sport+.

Acceleration: It's sports car-quick with a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds, quicker than the M50i's 4.1 seconds. That's alarmingly quick, and it even beats the Porsche Cayman GT4 in a sprint. The 8-speed automatic transmission downshifts responsively and without hesitation.

Braking: The X7 M60i's brakes are strong and easy to modulate. We didn't find them grabby, and the pedal feel was excellent.

Steering: Active steering that comes with the Dynamic Handling Package helps with quicker turn-in. There's not a ton of feedback, but the steering has good effort and is on-center at highway speeds.

Handling: Don't be too afraid to take the big X7 into turns thanks to the expensive but awesome Dynamic Handling Package, which has active roll stabilization to manage the heft.




iDrive is in its best version yet, and BMW has pretty much nailed the look and operation of it. Pretty much all of the tech in the X7 M60i is easy to use and wonderful to look at. We did, however, have one issue using it.

Infotainment System: The huge 12.3" screen is vivid and easy to read, even in the brightest of sunlight. Everything looks high-end, including the graphics.

Controls: The Drive controller that's situated between the seats is very easy to operate, and the actuation feels great, too. We still had trouble figuring out how to advance the next music track, which was our only issue. The crystal shift knob from the M50i is gone, replaced by a small crystal lever. We don't like the change, but it provides more space in the center console.




When we saw photos of the new X7, our reaction was tantamount to shock. It was, in a word, ugly. The M50i's original massive grille was at least complemented by conventional headlights. The new M60i gets a split version and moves the headlights under the DRLs, which is a formula that hasn't worked for other carmakers who have since returned to tradition (Jeep Cherokee, Hyundai Kona). The good news is that it looks better in person... thankfully.

Front: There's a lot going on up front, but the fascia is now dominated by the strange headlamps design, no longer the massive kidney grilles. It's still busy up front, and some potential buyers will be turned off. What has happened, however, is that the Audi Q7 and the Mercedes GLS look too conventional by comparison.

Rear: The back of the X7 is rather tame compared to the front end. The taillights are slim but nicely shaped. The only real sporty aggression comes from the large tailpipes and the contrasting valance.

Profile: The profile is the X7 M60i's best angle thanks to the hockey-stick trim and vent, the dark chrome 22" wheels, and the Shadowline trim around the windows. It looks muscular and refined at the same time.

Cabin: The Vernasca leather seats are beautiful, and the streamlined dash is elegant. The angled metal trim pieces for the dash trim, door trim, and door handles are wonderful touches, as well. We could do without the preponderance of shiny trim, as it picks up way too much dust, fingerprints, and smudges.




The X7 is plush and easy to enjoy when it comes to longer drives and daily commutes. The seats strike the right balance between cushy and properly supportive, and the cabin provides an open atmosphere.

Front Seats: The seats are big and comfortable without being mushy. The adjustability is also excellent, and there's ample bolstering to take on those corners.

Rear Seats: The second-row Captain's Chairs, which were optional, provide top-level comfort for passengers, and there's a wide pass-through for the third-row occupants. Adults can ride all the way in the back, but the legroom could be improved.

NVH (noise/vibration/harshness): The sound deadening makes for a hushed environment, and the build quality ensures no errant noises are present. Road and wind noise at high speeds are also kept at bay appropriately.

Visibility: The driver has a commanding view thanks to a good seating position. Big windows all around provide great sightlines.

Climate: The heated and ventilated seats are superb, and the climate control system is powerful. Physical HVAC knobs make quick work of the adjustment process while driving.




BMW makes safety a priority, so it's comforting to know that the X7 M60i is rife with high-tech safety features. At this price and because of its premium niche, the X7 hasn't been tested by the IIHS or the NHTSA.

IIHS Rating: Not tested.

NHTSA Rating: Not tested.

Standard Tech: In M60i trim, our tester came standard with Parking Assistant Plus, Active Driving Assistant including Frontal Collision and Warning City Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Optional Tech: None.




The X7 is a big beast, and there's a solid amount of storage inside. Families can easily bring a fairly large haul with them on vacation, and the cabin does have good cubbies for takealong items.

Storage Space: The large retractable door at the front of the center console exposes a medium sized cubby and two convenient heated/cooled cupholders. The door pockets are also well-sized, as is the split-door armrest.

Cargo Room: The X7 has 12.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 48.6 cubic feet behind the second row, and 90.4 cubic feet when the seats are folded flat. That's larger than the Audi Q7 and even the big Mercedes-Benz GLS.

Fuel Economy



The big twin-turbo V8 engine mates well with the 48V mild hybrid system, but it's not what we would call miserly. We also did some around town driving, so we actually did a little bit better than the EPA combined estimate (and in Sport Mode, at that). It's still not even close to efficient, of course, but not terrible given the power and size. We were also toting three kids and a fair amount of luggage.

Observed: 18.5 mpg.

Distance Driven: 212 miles.




Our tester came with the upgraded Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system. It exhibited crisp, full sound, and was wonderful to listen to. But at $3,400, it doesn't come cheap. We can't imagine that the stock Harmon Kardon system was something to balk at. You just have to consider how important the top-tier system is to you because no additional features come with the optional system.

Final Thoughts

The X7 M60i represents the best of what BMW can do when buyers need something fast and spacious that can also get them through winters and some mild off-roading. It's opulent, even quicker than before, capable, and it looks premium if you can get past the strange front end look that is, at least, distinct. You get high levels of comfort, great space, excellent driving control, and hair-raising power and performance. But the price is steep. We'd take it over the Infiniti QX80, the Mercedes-Benz GLS, and even the new Lexus LX600 in a heartbeat. Nothing this big is this good to drive, despite the fact that it's a tad hard to look at from the front.

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