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2023 xDrive40i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle
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Price:   -  From $78,845
2023 M60i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle Price:   -  From $104,095
2023 ALPINA XB7 Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle Price:   -  From $145,995


What's New

The 2023 BMW X7 receives mid-generation styling updates, big technological enhancements, significant power increases for both of the X7’s trims, and additional standard features for improved vehicle dynamics.

Choosing Your BMW X7

The BMW X7 is available in two trims, the xDrive40i, and the M60i. Base prices range from $78,845 to $104,095. The range-topping ALPINA XB7 will also be refreshed and is expected to debut with further details later this year

Engine Choices

There are two engine options. The xDrive40i is equipped with an updated version of BMW’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that produces 375 horsepower and up to 398 pound-feet of torque when the power from a 48V mild-hybrid system with adaptive braking energy recuperation is included. The M60i (formally M50i) gets an all-new 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 that is considered to be a “true M engine”. Power output measures 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque and the powertrain is fitted with a mild-hybrid system as well. Both models are equipped with a new eight-speed transmission that offers faster shifts and better integration with the electrically-powered systems.

Both X7 powertrains are not only more powerful but more efficient than before with EPA-estimated ratings of 21 miles per gallon city, 25 mpg highway, and 22 combined. The performance-focused variant achieves a combined rating of 18 mpg.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The X7 measures 203.3 inches in length and sits 78.7 inches wide, which places it about the same size as a Mercedes-Benz GLS and is a touch larger than the Audi Q7. Inside the X7 seats seven with a second-row bench seat or six with the optional ($850) captain’s chairs. Third-row legroom is 37.6 inches, which is less than its competitors save the Lexus LX, and cargo space behind the third row is also relatively compact with 12.8 cubic feet of space but it can expand to 48.6 cubic feet with the third row folded and 90.4 cubic feet with both rows folded, which are best in class. Only the much larger Escalade offers more room inside.

The X7 is rated to tow up to 7,500 pounds and, through the Parking Assistant Professional package, features Trailer Assistant which enables steering wheel reversing with the iDrive controller.


Safety Features

The X7 is standard with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, blind-spot detection, lane departure warning, speed limit information, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, and safe exit warning. The Driving Assistance Professional Package is $1,700 and includes the full suite of active safety technology such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and lane change assist. Equipping this package opens up the Parking Assistance Package ($900) that adds a surround-view camera and a suite called Parking Assistant Professional. This package includes an improved highly-automated parking assist system, the capability for the car to retrace its path just traveled, a surround-view camera system with 3D views of the vehicle, and a drive recorder.

The BMW has not yet been rated by NHTSA or IIHS.


The new curved 14.9-inch touchscreen display is tough to miss. It runs the latest BMW infotainment software and includes natural voice recognition, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM connectivity, navigation, a 5G Wi-Fi Hotpot, BMW’s remote connected services, and phone-as-a-key that can detect an iPhone’s motion within six-feet to unlock the doors, cue the welcome lighting, and start the car (once inside). A Bowers & Wilkens premium sound system is offered for $4,200 and adds 10 more speakers (for a total of 20), with 10 channels, and 1,500 watts of total power. A mid-range sound system is newly found within the $1,850 Premium package.


2023 BMW X7 Base – MSRP From $78,845

The refreshed X7 is easy to distinguish from last year’s model and wears BMW’s latest styling cues with a revised front fascia that incorporates split front lighting, where the top housing features the LED daytime running lights and the lower housing fits the LED low and high beams. The rear end includes an updated slim LED taillight design and some minor nip and tuck.

The M Sport Package ($2,900) comprises a newly designed front and rear fascia with gloss black finishes that extend to the body-side trim, roof rail, and window surrounds, unique 21-inch wheels, and trapezoidal exhaust outlets. The M Sport Package also adds an M Sport steering wheel, stainless-steel pedals, a premium headliner, an M-specific key, and unique logos within the standard 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster.

The newly standard heated multi-contour seats for the driver and front passenger can be fitted with massage functionality through the $3,950 Executive Package that also includes a panoramic sunroof that extends the interior’s ambient lighting, heated and cooled cup holders, soft-close doors, a rear electric window shade, and glass controls for the iDrive controller, the newly-designed transmission selector, and start/stop button.

The soft-close doors, a head-up display, and window shades can be had through the less expensive Premium Package.

The Dynamic Handling Package ($3,300) brings four-wheel steering, adaptive dampers which complement the standard air suspension, and an electromechanically-operated stabilization system that utilizes cameras to detect the road surface and curves ahead to allow for real-time adjustments.

The Climate Comfort Package is $1,600 and adds ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a five-zone automatic climate control system while the synthetic leather seats can be upgraded to full Merino leather for $4,650 but require another $1,000 for a premium headliner.

2023 BMW X7 M60i – MSRP From $104,095

The M60i features 22-inch wheels, the styling and features of the M Sport Package, an M rear differential, and sport-tuned suspension. The features of the Dynamic Handling Package are newly standard as are an illuminated grille, a head-up display, extended Merino leather (a fully-wrapped leather interior drives another $2,700), and a premium headliner. The Executive Package is now $2,100 due to already-included features and adds massaging front seats, a panoramic sunroof with ambient lighting, and temperature-controlled cup holders. The Climate Comfort Package remains an option while BMW M 50 Years emblems are available for $200.

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Add the Premium Package and the available safety packages to the xDrive40i for a seven-passenger BMW that feels properly luxurious and technologically advanced.

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  • Opulent interior
  • Great lineup of engines
  • Cutting-edge tech
  • Plush ride quality
  • Pricey, pricey, pricey
  • Infotainment system takes time to learn
  • The third row isn’t that roomy
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: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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New Face, Who’s This? The 2023 BMW X7 arrives with a dramatic facelift for the new model year. The most noticeable difference is the large SUV’s new face. The X7 adopts even larger kidney grilles, a split headlight design with the headlights sitting underneath slim daytime running lights, and a more angular front fascia. It’s a striking design that results in an SUV with more presence. It’s definitely a controversial look, though.

The interior design of the 2023 X7 has been updated, too. The dashboard has a new design to accommodate larger screens, the air vents have been redesigned, and the center console has fewer buttons for a more modern look.

Other changes include more standard features, new driver-assist tech, and updated powertrains. BMW made a lot of changes for a facelift and the result is a plush SUV that’s enjoyable to drive.

Spoiling Passengers In Luxury. BMW may be known for making vehicles that offer athletic handling, but the X7 really ups the luxury quotient. Not only does the X7 come with nearly every luxury feature conceivable, but its cabin feels fitting for a flagship SUV. The interior is adorned with high-quality materials, regardless of where you look. Fit and finish, as one would expect from BMW’s priciest and most luxurious SUV, is excellent.

The base xDrive40i trim comes better equipped than before. The entry-level SUV comes with niceties like quad-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a remote start, synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated front armrests that create a nice interior for passengers.

Depending on the seating configuration, the X7 can seat six or seven people. The front two rows of seats are sublime, offering passengers plenty of support and a large amount of cushioning to make even the longest of drives manageable. While large SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, and Jeep Grand Wagoneer offer third rows that are roomy for adults, the X7’s aren’t. Passengers will find 33.3 inches of third-row legroom, which makes things tight for taller adults. Additionally, getting people into the back can be a hassle because the power-operated, second-row captain’s chairs are slow to move.

Silky Smooth Powertrains. There’s no bad powertrain in the 2023 X7’s lineup. There are two main engines to choose from with the X7. The base xDrive40i comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. It’s rated at 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. The next step up is a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that produces 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque in the M60i. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive is standard.

The standard six-cylinder engine is smooth and features a mild-hybrid system for low-down torque. The V8 is a powerhouse of an engine. It’s been upgraded for 2023 with a mild-hybrid system and is a similar unit that’s found in other M-badged models. The V8 doesn’t have an easy job but somehow gets the X7 down the road in a hurry with a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.5 seconds.

For some odd reason, if you need more power, there’s the mighty Alpina XB7. We’re not sure who this trim is for, as it comes with a tuned version of the V8 that makes 630 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. The Alpina cuts half a second off of the M60i trim’s time to 60 mph and has a top speed of 180 mph.

Regardless of powertrain, the X7 delivers a luscious ride. The SUV comes with standard air suspension and adaptive dampers that produce a plush ride. Bumps are evened out and the X7 turns into a jet on the highway. Rear-axle steering and active anti-roll bars make the X7 even easier and more comfortable to drive.


Cutting-Edge With A Learning Curve. The X7 is a technological powerhouse. Every trim comes with a 14.9-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that are housed in a single trim piece. The X7 is running BMW’s iDrive 8 infotainment system, which can be tricky to get used to. The infotainment system can be controlled through the touchscreen, a large rotary knob on the center console, and gesture controls that can be unintuitive.

Other standard features with the base X7 include a Wi-Fi hotspot, 10 audio speakers, and a wireless charging pad. Open up the X7’s options list, and things like a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system and a dashcam become available.

Most major safety features are standard with the X7, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a head-up display, and traffic sign recognition. Available safety features include park assist, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward cross-traffic alert, and automatic lane change assist.

Final Thoughts. The 2023 BMW X7 isn’t the roomiest large SUV available, but it has qualities that other options in the class can’t match. It’s enjoyable to drive, has a smooth ride, and is available with three great engines. For drivers that are willing to spend a lot of money on a large SUV and are fine with limited third-row legroom and cargo space, there’s a lot to like with the X7.

The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is the X7’s most obvious competitor. It’s a taller, larger version of the S-Class sedan with a luxurious cabin, high-end touches, refined powertrains, and roomy seating for up to seven people. Also, the Land Rover Range Rover is iconic. It has an elegant exterior design, a sumptuous interior, impressive powertrains, and off-roading capability that the X7 can only dream of.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L I-6 / 375 HP / 398 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Part And Full-time Xdrive All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 25 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
7 / 6
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L I-6 / 375 HP / 398 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Part And Full-time Xdrive All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 25 / 23 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
21.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
90.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
203.6 "
Exterior Width
78.7 "
Exterior Height
72.2 "
Front Headroom
41.9 "
Rear Headroom
39.9 "
Front Legroom
39.8 "
Rear Legroom
37.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
60.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
58.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
5,417 Lbs.
Wheel Base
122 "
Turning Radius
21.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
21.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 22.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 23.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 22.0 " Black Aluminum / 21.0 " Black Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Matte Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Body-colored / Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Chrome W/metal-look Surround / Black
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish / Stainless Steel With Dark Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
7 / 6
Seat Trim
Sensafin Leatherette / Merino Leather
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(12-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(12-way Power)
Front Armrests
(12-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Bench / Captain
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
10 / 20 Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound / 16 Brand
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob And Smart Device-as-key
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Frontal Collision Warning Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Detection Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure / Lane Keeping Assistant With Side Collision Avoidance Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Traffic Jam Assistant W/automatic Lane Change Hands-on (with Lane Change) Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
City Collision Mitigation Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Active Protection Driver Attention / Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assistant Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Parking Assistant Automated / Parking Assistant Professional Automated
Security Systems
Security System / Remote Theft Recorder
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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