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BMW XM

(2023 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

54
%
D

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

44
%
E

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

92
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

46
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

54
%
D

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

44
%
E

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

92
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

46
%
D

Summary


The BMW XM is a large high-performance SUV and the most powerful car ever produced by the German brand’s ‘M’ sub-division. Unveiled at the end of 2022, the SUV is now available to order in the UK.

Powered by a petrol plug-in hybrid 644hp 4.4-litre engine that can muster up to 55 miles of travel on just electric power, the XM is the first car entirely developed by BMW’s M division since 1978, and unfortunately, British reviewers almost conclusively agree that its engineers missed the mark.

Evo‘s James Taylor argues that the XM offers “the weakest driving experience of the current M range”, while Parker‘s Georg Kacher concludes that the car is “not as practical, not as comfortable and not as easy to live with” as many of its rivals.

At least “you can’t see the exterior from inside”, says Andy Brady of Heycar. The SUV’s eye-catching looks have split reviewer opinion, with most siding on the side of disappointment.

Its driving dynamics have not fostered much praise either. “Driving the beastly XM confirms what its styling suggests”, suggests Autocar‘s Richard Lane, “that this car lacks authenticity or at least any real purpose beyond shock and awe.” What Car? adds that the XM also “doesn’t compensate for this shortcoming by offering a particularly comfortable ride.”

As of January 2024, the BMW XM holds a New Car Expert Rating of D, with a score of 54%. Although it scores top marks for its CO2 emissions (laughable in the real world, but a result of flawed UK/EU testing methodology), the XM scores poorly everywhere else – with the caveat that we don’t have safety or reliability data at this time.

XM highlights

  • The most powerful BMW ever sold
  • Quiet driving experience
  • Competitive plug-in hybrid battery range

XM lowlights

  • …But not as quick as other M models
  • Polarising looks
  • Very expensive
  • Punishing ride comfort

Key specifications


Body style: Large SUV
Engines:
petrol
Price:
From £148,060 on-road

Launched: Spring 2023
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

As of January 2024, the BMW XM has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP. Due to its expensive price tag, it isn’t likely to ever be tested.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the BMW XM has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

The BMW XM is a new model, so we don’t have enough reliability data on the BMW XM to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the XM, we’ll publish the score here.

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