Test Drive: 2023 BMW X7 M60i | Daily driving | Consumer Guide® The Daily Drive
2023 BMW X7 M60i
Class: Luxury large SUV
Color: Metallic white mineral
Miles Driven: 197
Observed fuel economy: 16.7 mpg
|Corporate Governance Report Card|
|Rooms and Facilities||ONE-|
|Power and performance||ONE|
|match and finish||ONE|
|Scores in the report card are taken from the consensus of the test driver’s assessments. All classes are compared to other vehicles in the same class. The value type is for the specific trim level evaluated and may not reflect the Consumer Guide’s impressions of the entire product line.|
|Comfortable Big & Tall|
|The Big & Tall comfort rating is for the front seats only. The “Big” rating is based on a male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, the “Tall” rating is based on a 6’6″ tall male tester.|
|Engine Specifications||523 hp 4.4 liters|
|Engine type||turbocharger V8|
|Transmission process||8-speed automatic transmission|
Driving mix: 70% city, 30% highway
EPA-estimated fuel economy: 21/16/18 (mpg city/highway/combined)
Fuel Type: premium gas
Snow performance: do not apply
Cost: $103,100 (not including $995 destination fee)
Options on test vehicle: All-black Merino Leather ($2700), Driver Assistance Package ($1700), M Sport Professional Package ($300), Executive Package ($2100), Climate Package ($1600), carbon fiber trim ($300) , Captain’s Seat in the Second Row ($850), Bowers & Wilkins Premium Audio ($3400)
Like a test: $117,045
Wonderful thing: invigorating acceleration; equipped with high-class furniture; Sports ride and handling
Good: spacious passenger and cargo room; mechanical fine-tuning; long list of standard comfort and convenience features
What’s not so good: Steep prices, some complicated controls
Tom calls for:
At some point while behind the wheel of a 2023 BMW X7 M60i, I made a discovery. Sometimes it’s nice to have access to power and performance that you don’t use and aren’t likely to use often—it’s great when it’s there. I am reminded of a wonderful bit of copyright found in the text of a magazine advertisement for Cord 812 in 1937:
Son, I’m so proud you chose the Super Charger Cord for your graduation gift. The reason you like it increases my trust in you. Your mother asks, “Isn’t that a very powerful and fast car?” I used your own argument. “Yes, but its power and efficiency make it the safest car to drive. In a tough situation, there’s the invaluable safety of hair-triggering action and lightning-fast acceleration. Then Cord also makes you want to drive like a gentleman. When other drivers race with you and catch a glimpse of the Cord’s sparkling exhaust, they know they can only pass when you let it.” Mom and I will feel safer because when you ride the Cord you don’t feel forced to drive recklessly, like a Champion has to push people around to let them know who he is.
The “son” in the ad just tricked his parents into giving him a String on the occasion of his graduation. What a snow job. However, there is a point here I would like to address. This is probably the best line in the story: When other drivers race with you and catch a glimpse of the Cord’s sparkling exhaust, they know they can only pass when you let it.
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Now, I don’t know what kind of social killer stops people from passing, but if you replace the “Cord’s sparkly exhaust” with the “X7’s M badge,” you’ll understand. The X7 is a responsible owner’s BMW, for a career guy who has nothing to prove but still gets in the way so it’s challenging. And that is “hair trigger action” in case of emergency.
While any model in the X7 lineup will serve potential owners well, it is the M60i’s muscular stealth that makes this comparison to the Cord relevant.
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The X7 has a larger headroom than the popular midsize X5 in BMW’s crossover lineup, and is the only three-row model currently from the German luxury carmaker. While three-row seating was optionally available on previous versions of the X5 crossover, the new X5 2024 — coming to dealerships soon — appears to have lost this feature — and at least for now. in.
For 2023, the X7 lineup will evolve through the 375-hp “base” xDrive 40i, the 523-hp M60i, and the insanely fancy 631-hp XB7, the latter of which is built by BMW’s in-house Alpina. . If you want a little more than the standard trim, and a little less publicity—and less cost—than the XB7, then the sophisticated and very efficient M60i is the X7 for you. Switching to the M60i, you get a turbocharged V8 instead of a turbocharged six, as well as a host of additional comfort and convenience content. All X7 versions come standard with AWD.
Refreshed for 2023, all X7s feature updated exterior trim and a 48-volt “light hybrid” system designed to improve performance and fuel economy. In the process, the M50i became the M60i.
The test version of the Consumer Guide X7 M60i arrived in Mineral Metallic White, free of charge, with full black Marino leather cabin trim, a $2700 option. Our well-equipped example costs $117,045, including a $995 destination fee.
Get rid of the bad news first—unless you think the price is bad news—3rank-set row is something of either/or suggestion. That means you can carry two reasonably sized adults in the back, or you can enjoy ample cargo space—but not both. With 3rank– the seats are in an upright position, the space behind the seats is limited to a few duffel bags and those bags should not be large. Also, we have little quibbles to share. Even fuel economy, everything is considered reasonable. Get more than that in a minute.
When fitted in black, the BMW’s interior looks striking, but that’s not the case with the X7. Our test example is equipped with enough light and carbon fiber trim to keep things looking high-tech and visually interesting. The assembly workmanship is clearly top notch as well, as is the quality of the materials. Indeed, the X7’s cabin feels very German, in the classic, handcrafted sense of the word.
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Four adults will find more than ample space, and medium and smaller sized people will find 3rank– The cargo is spacious enough even for longer trips. There’s also plenty of storage in the door, pockets on the back of the seat, and storage for small items. Visibility to the outside is also very good in all directions. For the cargo area, the X7 uses a clamshell rear hatch. The system creates a completely flat loading floor and prevents the goods displaced during transport from falling to the ground when the hatch is opened.
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The X7 control pallet will feel familiar to returning operators, although we found the center console switchgear to be small, fussy, and poorly arranged. mandarin. That’s not the case with the touchscreen, which boasts bright and recognizable graphics and is responsive to input.
On the go, the M60i is—exactly what a car of its kind should be: Muscle and very refined. This author shudders every time he has to choose a drive mode, liking that well-paid engineers determine how the engine, suspension, and steering system work. Fortunately, the standard Comfort mode strikes a great balance between refinement and performance, while delivering the big BMW in the best light. This might be a good time to note that the available Bowers & Wilkins sound system ($3400) is outstanding.
And, for the sake of innovation, the X7 M60i is one of the best-running, smoothest, quietest gearshifts Consumer Guide has had in the office engine family for a very long time. . The powertrain matches the smoothness of an electric car, but retains just enough mechanical feedback to give it a sporty feel.
BMW claims the M6oi will hit 60 mph from a stop in just 4.5 seconds, and we have no reason to doubt that number. With this crossover’s acceleration and curb weight of nearly 6000 pounds, it doesn’t seem like we’ll be able to see near 17 mpg. This in cold weather prolongs idling start times and potentially reduces the efficiency of mild hybrid systems. We suspect that reasonable temperatures and less aggressive driving will get owners close to 20 mpg in typical driving.
Compared to the likes of the Cadillac Escalade, or even the Mercedes-Benz GLS, the X7 offers full-size passenger accommodation and luxury amenities in a package that’s a bit smaller and generally more fun to drive. Unless you often have to move six passengers and a lot of stuff at once, the X7 could be the big premium crossover for you. And, remember, even if you don’t get the most out of the horsepower under the hood, those around you will pass. just because you allow it.
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