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2023 BMW XM First Drive Review: A Royally Quick Plug-In Hybrid SUV


Peter Nelson

I promised myself I wouldn’t use the F-word in this review. However, the automaker responsible for some of the world’s best luxury cars insists that the word flagship applies to its Spartanburg, South Carolina-built 2023 BMW XM performance SUV. And after a brief test drive and quick glance at the spec sheet and price tag, it’s hard to disagree.

The all-new plug-in hybrid family hauler is BMW‘s biggest and most powerful SUV yet, and it’s not afraid to show it. Unless you’re rolling quietly on EV mode, of course, in which it enjoys an estimated 30 miles of electric-only range. Otherwise, it boasts a heavy presence with dramatic styling that, for better or worse, sets it apart from the competition.

2023 BMW XM Specs

  • Base price: $159,995
  • Powertrain: 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 aided by an electric motor | 8-speed automatic | all-wheel drive
  • Horsepower: 644 combined max horsepower | 483 hp @ 5,400-7,200 rpm (gasoline) | 194 hp @ 7,000 rpm (electric)
  • Torque: 590 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm
  • Seating capacity: 5
  • Curb weight: 6,062 pounds
  • Cargo volume: N/A
  • Ground clearance: 8.7 inches
  • 0-60 mph: 4.1 seconds
  • Top speed: 155 mph
  • EPA fuel economy: 14 mpg combined |…

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