Review - BMW XM

By Alexi Falson on 03 Sep 2023
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Overall Rating
out of 10
  • Immense power from V8 plug-in hybrid
  • Striking interior design filled with luxurious touches
  • Outstanding second-row space and comfort
  • Stiff suspension on country roads
  • Polarising styling package
  • Aggressive pricing
  • No official ANCAP/Euro NCAP safety rating, yet
    • 69L
    • 61
    • 4500 / 1600
    • Unrated
    • Automatic
If you think SUVs have gotten a little boring in recent years, BMW’s latest flagship SUV, the XM, may well be the answer to your prayers.

With its futuristic styling and high-tech powertrain, the XM gives us a taste of what’s to come from BMW in the future as the company moves to an increasingly electrified power mix for its SUVs.

Just how good is the all-new BMW XM, then, how attractive is the company’s vision for SUVs in the future, and how does it stack up against its rivals? Let’s find out.

BMW XM Competition


Audi RSQ8
Mercedes-AMG GLS
Maserati Levante
Lexus LX
Porsche Cayenne
Land Rover Range Rover
Bentley Bentayga
Lamborghini Urus

Starting Price: $302,200

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How Much Does It Cost?

The BMW XM is priced at $302,200 here in Australia, which does not include on-road costs.

2023 bmw xm headlights

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BMW XM (M xDRIVE PHEV) Specifications

Model Date 2023
Make BMW
Model XM
Series G09
Drive AWD
Engine TTDFI
Engine capacity 4395
Engine configuration VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM / 32 valves
Engine RPM 4500 / 1600
Cylinders TTV8
Torque 800
KW 480
Fuel tank size 69.0
Fuel usage specs 2.7 / 0
CO2 61
ANCAP security rating Unrated

What Features Does the BMW XM Have?

The BMW XM comes riding on a set of 22-inch alloys and receives LED head & tail lights, adaptive suspension with active roll control, an M Sport exhaust & differential, four-zone climate control, keyless entry & start, Merino leather upholstery with heated, ventilated and massaging front seats, carbon fibre highlights and ambient lighting.

There’s also adaptive cruise control as standard, as well as a 3D surround-view camera, a head-up display, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a wireless charging pad and a 14.9-inch infotainment display with wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, which is paired a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround-sound system.

2023 bmw xm interior highlights

2023 bmw xm roof

BMW XM Range Features:

  • 22-inch alloys

  • LED head & tail lights

  • Adaptive suspension with active roll control

  • M sport differential and sports exhaust

  • Merino leather upholstery with carbon fibre highlights 

  • Heated, ventilated and massaging front seats 

  • Ambient lighting 

  • Adaptive cruise control

  • 3D surround-view camera 

  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster 

  • 14.9-inch infotainment display with wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto 

  • 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system

Is the BMW XM Fun & Comfortable to Drive?

The BMW XM comes powered by one of the most high-tech plug-in hybrid (PHEV) engines you’ll find anywhere in the BWM stables.

It pairs a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 lurking under the bonnet with an electric motor producing a combined 480kW of power and 800Nm of torque, which are absolutely immense power figures for a family-friendly SUV.

With the help of an eight-speed automatic transmission and BMW’x xDrive all-wheel drive system, the XM can sprint to 100km/h in just 4.3 seconds, making it one of the fastest SUVs on the planet.

“German muscle monster - big price, big performance,” Dan, OnlineAuto vehicle specialist.

BMW says that power from the XM’s 25.7kWh battery offers up to 88km of all-electric driving, which means the XM can cruise along happily and completely silently, with the V8 cranking into life when needed, though the active exhaust system helps to keep it well-mannered when needed.

2023 bmw xm rear

As a city runaround, the XM retains a lightweight steering rack that makes it easy to park and manoeuvre, while acceleration off the line is completely effortless thanks to the bucketload of power and instant torque from the electric motor.

One of the downsides of BMW’s sporty setup for the XM is that it’s prone to bumping on even moderate road surfaces, with the sports suspension struggling to cushion the heavy platform.

Having said that, you’ll be quick to forgive the XM’s firm ride quality when you experience just how impressive it is on a mix of town and long-distance highway driving, giving us a very promising sign of what’s to come from future hybrid SUVs from BMW.

Is it Fuel Efficient?

BMW says official fuel economy figures for the XM stand at 2.7L/100km on a combined cycle, so long as the battery is charged and can provide extra assistance to the twin-turbo V8, as well as helping to recharge the battery thanks to its plug-in hybrid tech.

The XM’s 27.5kWh lithium-ion battery offers all-electric driving figures of between 82-88km, making the XM reasonably efficient, so long as the onboard battery pack is charged and the V8 isn’t doing all the heavy lifting.

Is it Practical and Spacious?

Stepping inside the XM is a treat for the senses, with BMW taking its interior design and packaging particularly seriously due to its position as the company’s flagship SUV.

The end result is nothing short of jaw-dropping, with almost every single millimetre of the XM’s interior picking up a luxurious material or striking design element that makes you feel like you’re piloting a futuristic spaceship rather than a family-friendly SUV.

The driver and front passenger are separated by a bulky centre console offering a retractable storage area behind the gear lever, large door bins and storage inside the split-folding arm rest; all of which picks up either carbon fibre or leather upholstery.

2023 bmw xm interior

“Modern, sleek and amazing look and finish, but as we know, everything good comes at a price,” Arnaud, OnlineAuto vehicle specialist.

The driver picks up an M Sport steering wheel with red paddles for the adjustable drive modes, with absolutely no issues in terms of headroom and adjustability of the driving position.

Move to the rear and you’ll find things get even more spacious, with BMW opting for a five-seat, rather than a seven-seat layout in the XM, even though there would have been just enough space for a third-row.

2023 bmw xm rear seats

The move to prioritise a comfortable, ultra-spacious cabin for five has resulted in a first-class seating experience for everyone in the cabin, complemented by the unique headliner design.

Those seated in the rear have two dedicated zones of climate control, heated seats, USB chargers and a folding arm rest with cup holders and some added storage, and of course, a pair of the most comfortable seats you’ll find in any SUV package.

Finally, the XM offers a boot measuring in at 520L, which isn’t outstanding for the segment, though cargo space does increase to 1820L with the second-row folded-flat for large, bulky cargo and sports equipment.

2023 bmw xm boot

Is it Safe?

The BMW XM is yet to be officially tested by ANCAP, though it comes extremely well-equipped with active safety features to help reassure buyers of its safety credentials.

As standard, the XM picks up autonomous emergency braking, an adaptive cruise control system, steering and lane control assistance, a 3D surround-view monitor and automatic speed limit assistance.

Our Verdict: Is The XM Worth it?

As a statement piece, the XM is a bold and very promising sign of what’s to come from future plug-in hybrid SUVs from BMW.

Having said that, the first-gen XM’s lofty pricing and firm ride quality means that other top-end BMW SUV models are perhaps better suited to the needs of families now, at a much more reasonable price.

2023 bmw xm taillights

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Five BMW XM Specs You Need to Know

  1. V8 plug-in hybrid powertrain produces 480kW/800Nm

  2. 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds 

  3. 88km of all-electric driving from 25.7kWh battery 

  4. 2.7L/100km combined cycle fuel economy 

  5. 520L boot space 


Alexi Falson

Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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