2023 BMW X7 First Drive Review: The King Of Luxury SUVs

2023 BMW X7 First Drive Review: The King Of Luxury SUVs



Right now, this is the most luxury flagship in the class, and the X7 feels it. Merc hasn’t updated the GLS just yet (though one is in the works), and BMW has managed to get out in front in this regard.For what you pay – the xDrive40i starts at $77,850 while the M60i starts at $103,100 – the X7 is class-leading. But here’s the thing: To get all the spec you want, you have to load up, and as-tested, our M60i rang in at $119,945 with $5k spent on the Frozen Grey Metallic paintjob alone.The M60i’s V8 may be alluring, but honestly, the xDrive40i is the car to have. We love a V8, but that car’s sporty dynamics aren’t what we enjoy about the X7. For roughly $26K less at MSRP, you get a stunningly competent luxury car that delivers all the performance you need from something of this size.That leaves you with $25K to spend on options. Spend every last red cent of those savings on luxury items, Driving Assistance Plus, and techy gimmicks like BMW’s Park Assistant, which memorizes a pre-set route into your parking spot if you can’t be bothered to park the massive SUV. If you do that, you’ll be happy you not only saved $1,000 on a luxury SUV, but one that’s surely the segment leader. At least until Merc has an answer for this car. Right now, it doesn’t. And Range Rover? Well, it’s in for quite a fight.