Test Vehicle's MSRP: $ 168,395 (Base Model): $159,995
Seating Capacity: 5
Standard Safety Features: air bags; ABS; AWD; a front collision warning system; a lane departure warning system; lane return with steering assistance an electronic blind spot warning a hill descent control system; a traction control system; a tire pressure monitoring system; rear view camera; automatic high beams; a rearview cameral and a mobility tire kit
Options: a Bowers & Wilkens sound system; Night Gold metallic exterior trim and M Driver’s Package
Other Trim Levels:
XM Label Red
Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with a 464-watt amplifier with AM/FM/HD with SiriusXM
Bluetooth Connectivity: Standard
USB Connectivity: Standard
Apple/Android Connectivity: Standard
Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty: 4 year or 50,000 miles
Engine/Horsepower: a 4.4-liter, 8-cylinder/644-horsepower (hybrid powertrain)
Recommended Fuel: Premium
Standard Fuel Mileage: 73 MPGe/14 MPG
What’s New: The bold looking XM, with its stylish athletic appeal, is BMW’s all-new flagship crossover.
Both gasoline and electric
An electric driving range up to 37 miles, before the gasoline engine kicks in
Power 644-hp, V8 engine (standard)
The XM accelerates from 0 to 60 in 4.1 seconds
Three driving modes
Stylish athletic crossover
Blue leather seats
Illuminated badging embedded in the seating interior
Orange and Black Merino leather seats available
An easy-to-use information center
Unlike numerous BMWs, the grille doesn’t overpower the vehicle
The infotainment system activates and deactivates upon locking and unlocking the doors
Rides on standard 23-inch wheels
22-inch wheels are optional
Heated front seat armrests
Front massaging seats
A high end concert sounding audio system
Latest safety driving aids
A heads up display (HUD) system
Wireless device charging system
Optional Night Gold Metallic exterior is highlighted in the grille’s outer border and diffuser elements at the rear
The interior of the headliner at night resembles that of a private jet on the inside
The interior lighting signals dynamic pulses signals an incoming call or highlights the risk of a potential collision when opening a door
Rear cushions available for the rear seating area
XM engine sound is perfectly tuned for performance.
Sensors and automation are used via the Parking Assistant Plus into and out of tight parking spaces
The standard Active Driving Assistant Professional system allows for hands free driving up to 85-mph
Factory customization is available for the BMW XM Label
A radar-activated cruise control system is optioma
A firm riding suspension system due to it being a performance model for the brand
BMW should offer a non performance version of this model with less horsepower and a lower price point
The stylish XM, with its rear-wheel drive platform and protruding 23-inch wheels, is a part of the brand’s performance division. In fact, the bold looking five passenger XM, with its athletic bulges and rear wheel steering, is one of a handful of BMWs whose signature kidney grille and razor thin headlights are proportioned to the front fascia. We must also note, the model we tested was adorned by a no cost optional gold package that literally wrapped around the vehicle. This feature literally added a dash of glitz to the bold exterior design, without taking away from it.
Underneath the hood of the brand’s flagship SUV is a monstrous 4.4-liter, 8-cylinder twin power turbo engine. The German luxury brand’s zippy hybrid plug-in, with its firm suspension system and booming exhaust system, spewed out a whopping 644-horsepower. Being that the performance-oriented XM is a plug-in, we were able to ink out a respectable driving range of 39 miles on a full charge, before the gasoline engine kicks in. The range we registered was significantly more than the 31 miles fueleconomy.gov documented.
Moreover, once inside the XM, one will immediately notice the wall-to-wall sports-oriented leather seating area. It was surrounded by an array of high-tech features embedded in the easy-to-use digital instrument panel and infotainment system.
Coincidentally, as a substitute to a traditional sunroof, at night, BMW interior team designed a non-distracting light show embedded in the headliner similar to that found on many airplanes.
Overall, we were highly impressed by the all-new plug-in SUV. The XM is a standout on the road in terms of design and power. For those seeking to be behind the wheel of BMW’s fastest manufactured vehicle, a 738-horsepower trim is available, at approximately $186,000. Is it worth it? We’ll allow consumers to be the judge. In our opinion, the majority of the vehicles on the market are overpriced. We would prefer if developed a more economical flagship SUV based off the XM, but with less horsepower.