Want to travel in supreme comfort and arrive in style? SUVs not your thing? (Yeah, I feel you). You want an impressive-looking car with real presence, the latest technology, and the latest electric drivetrain. A car you can drive yourself, or be driven in. Maybe a Rolls or a Bentley are just a stretch too far, but you’re aiming for that same sumptuous feel.

The BMW i7 might just tick all of your boxes, and for under $300k, it looks like a bargain next to an electric Rolls-Royce Spectre.

But is it? Should you splash that cash? I drove one for a week to find out, then we shared the i7 with a few others in the team to get their view on BMW’s flagship model.

What We Like and Dislike About The 2023 BMW i7 xDrive60

What we likeWhat we don’t like
Front-end looks
Self-steer is a bit intrusive sometimes
Some details are a little OTT

What’s In The 2023 BMW i7 Range?

For the moment there’s only one model i7, which is amusingly referred to as the Basic Line. Amusing to the average car buyer as it starts at $289,500.

Of course, it’s very far from basic, integrating the latest EV technology: dual electric motors that produce 400kW of power and a massive 745Nm of torque, xDrive 4WD, 106kWh battery pack, a WLTP range of up to 625km, and 0-100 time of 4.7 seconds.

2023 BMW i7 Standard Equipment Highlights

I’ve kept this as brief as possible, as the full list would run to several pages. If you can think of a feature a car might have, the BMW probably has it!

  • Automatically opening and closing doors with a ‘Grand Entrance’ light show
  • BMW Interaction Bar featuring decorative interior lighting, operating functions and unnoticeable air vents
  • Split headlights featuring BMW Crystal Headlights Iconic Glow, manufactured by Swarovski, and illuminated BMW ‘Iconic Glow’ kidney grille
  • Panorama glass roof Sky Lounge
  • Bowers and Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System with 35 tweeters and mid-range, subwoofer and shaker.
  • 8 Airbags: front airbags for steering wheel rim/driver and passenger, side airbags for  driver and front passenger, side curtain airbags for 1st and 2nd row, central airbag for driver’s seat
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC), Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)
  • Driving Assistant Professional, includes Active Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assistant with Active Side Collision Prevention, Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Lane Change Warning, Lane Change Assistant, Lane Departure Warning, Front Collision Warning with brake intervention, Pedestrian Warning with city brake intervention, Crossing Traffic Warning, front and rear with brake intervention, Rear Collision Prevention, Automatic Speed Limit Assist, Evasion Assistant, Speed Limit Info
  • Parking Assistant Professional, includes Rear View Camera, Reversing Assistant, Active Park Distance Control, Lateral Parking Aid, Reversing Assistant Professional, Automated Manoeuvre Assistant
  • Interior and driver’s side exterior mirror with automatic anti-dazzle function. Exterior mirrors electrically adjustable and heated, with electric fold-in function and passenger side with automatic parking dipping function
  • BMW Kidney Grille with self-healing ability against light scratches, heating and cleaning system
  • Adaptive 2-Axle Air Suspension
  • Heat Comfort Package includes Heating in steering wheel, front centre armrest, front and rear passenger side armrests. Heated rear seats
  • Wireless smartphone integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Navigation and Infotainment via 14.9” Curved Control Display feat. BMW Operating System 8 and natural voice recognition and map updates
  • 7 styles of 20 or 21” wheels (no cost option)

Our Review Vehicle’s Optional Equipment

M Sport Package (no-cost)

  • BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow Line
  • M Sport Exterior Parts
  • M Sport interior parts
  • M leather steering wheel
  • 21″ M light-alloy wheels Star-spoke style 908 M Bicolour

Connoisseur Lounge ($7,500)

  • Active seat ventilation, rear
  • Executive Lounge Seating
  • Massage function rear

Including the optional equipment our review car’s retail price is $297,000.

Exterior colours available are:

  • Mineral White metallic
  • Brooklyn Grey Metallic
  • Carbon Black metallic
  • Sophisto Grey Brilliant Effect metallic
  • Oxide Grey metallic
  • Black Sapphire metallic
  • BMW Individual Paintwork Dravit Grey metallic
  • Space Silver metallic
  • Sparkling Copper Grey metallic
  • BMW Individual Paintwork Tanzanite Blue
  • BMW Individual Paintwork Aventurine Red
  • BMW Individual Frozen Pure Grey ($2,600)
  • BMW Individual Frozen Deep Grey ($2,600)
  • BMW Individual two-tone Black Saphire Metallic Paintwork ($17,500)
  • BMW Individual two-tone Oxide Grey Metallic Paintwork ($17,500)

Interior seat colours available are:

  • BMW Individual ‘Merino’ Black with black 
  • BMW Individual ‘Merino’ Smoke White with black 
  • BMW Individual ‘Merino’ Amarone with black 
  • BMW Individual ‘Merino’ Mocha with black 
  • BMW Individual ‘Merino’ Tartufo with black 
  • BMW Individual ‘Merino’/Wool Cashmere combination Smoke White/Light Grey with black interior colour (cost option, cost not specified)

Interior trim colours available are:

  • Fine-Wood trim Oak Mirror Finish Grey-Metallic High-Gloss
  • BMW Individual Fine-Wood trim Ash Flowing Grey, Open-Pored
  • Carbon Fibre M Interior trim with Silver Stitching/Piano Finish Black
  • Fine-wood trim ‘Fineline’ Black with metal effect highgloss, M signature

For a full list of specs and options available for the BMW i7 head on over to BMW New Zealand’s website

How Does The 2023 BMW i7 xDrive60 Compare To Its Competition?

All prices below exclude the refund or additional cost of the New Zealand Clean Car Programme.

Make/ ModelBattery
Range (WLTP)Boot
(excl CCP)
Mercedes-AMG EQS107.8484/9503.8587580$310,900
Porsche Taycan Turbo93.4500/8503.2394366$304,300
Audi RS E-Tron GT93440/8303.3472350$289,990
BMW i7 xDrive60105.6 400/7454.7590-625500$289,500

First Impressions Of The 2023 BMW i7 xDrive60

The i7 is a big car and a bold design, particularly the front which I would politely describe as “striking”. A friend described it as looking like something a supervillain would drive. The BMW kidney grille dominates the front view, it’s massive, and the slim upper lights accentuate that massiveness. I have to say after a week with the car I got used to it. It’s certainly impressive and reeks of luxury. Our test car came in Tanzanite Blue which I love; It suits the car and has a lovely deep metallic sparkle when the sun shines.

From the side, the i7 looks more traditional but definitely impressive, with 21” wheels fitting well with the slab-sided doors and chrome accents. Our test car had the M-Sport 21” wheels fitted. There are seven wheel styles in 20” and 21”, all no-cost options. The rear is classic BMW and looks much like a 7-series.

Walk towards the car with the key in your pocket, or hit the unlock button, and the tail lights fill up with red from the centre outwards The running lights at the front fade on and twinkle, with hundreds of Swarovski crystals contained inside. Then you notice that the whole outline of the kidney grille illuminates. Cool or tacky? You decide.

What’s The Interior Like In The 2023 BMW i7 xDrive60?

The inside is where the magic happens, starting with the electrically opening doors. If you want to bring some drama, pull up and hit the door button, then press “Open all Doors” on the main screen. You’ll get as many oohs and ahhs as a firework display. There are sensors in the sills which detect nearby objects, so the doors won’t open into another car or person. If you push or pull the door shut by hand, the car will soft-close it for you. BMW say there is a sensitive obstruction alert when closing the doors, but they do shut with a bit of force so keep your fingers clear! There are times when they will refuse to work, if a detected object is too close, or the angle of the car is more than 10 degrees, then you have to open them yourself like in a normal car; life is hard sometimes.

When the the driver’s door is first opened, the interior lights up to welcome you, including colours inside the crystal strip, and inside the speakers, and a little welcome sound plays as the screens light up with an animated display. It’s pretty cool, actually.

Our car came with the M Sport interior, which splashes glossy carbon fibre trim all over the place,  and Mocha-coloured seats. The seats really are excellent, with their diamond-stitched, perforated leather surface having just the right balance between soft and firm. All four corners of the car have heating, ventilation and massage functions, with several levels and styles of massage, though the rear massage and ventilation features are part of the $7,500  Connoisseur Lounge package. You can even have heat, vent and massage all going at the same time.

The front seats can be adjusted using the crystal controls on the doors, or using the touch screen for more flexible adjustment. Rear passengers use the 5.5” touch screens in the door armrests. These touch screens can also control the music, set the mood colours for the whole car, open and close window blinds, and other functions. The rear seats are the premium seats in the i7. Well, except for the middle seat which I doubt will get used much. Leg room is excellent, and the rear seats can be reclined and adjusted in various ways. The fold-down armrest has a felt-lined cubby with two USB-C ports inside, two cup holders and a wireless phone charger. Once it’s folded down, hidden behind a leather flap you’ll find a ski hatch to the boot. There are also extra USB-C ports in the back of each front seat.

Above your head is a full-glass panoramic roof with swooshy lines embedded in it, which all light up at night in the colours of your choosing. It’s very impressive but can be distracting when you’re reversing and want to look out of the windows.

Another feature that brings the drama is if you go into Modes/Relax in the rear touch screen, all the blinds close, the crystal surfaces all light up with changing blue and yellow colours, and everyone starts getting a massage. Nice.

Our car didn’t have it, but you can spec a “Cinema experience” pack which will drop down an 8K 31.3” screen from the roof for rear seat passengers to enjoy. Combine this with the standard “4D” Bowers and Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System and you’ve got your own mobile cinema.

The audio system really is exceptional, boasting 35 tweeters and mid-range, subwoofer and shaker, and totalling 1,965 watts. This is the best audio system I’ve heard in any car, even topping the Mercedes E Class Burmester system that was my previous fave. It can be cranked up to obnoxiously loud volume, and it never loses its clarity, separation or quality. You can feel the bass through your back, and it’s possible to pick out details in music that you just don’t hear on lesser systems. I found myself skipping through all of my favourite tracks just to hear what they sounded like, and frequently being surprised at how good they sounded.

Moving to the front of the car, the cabin definitely has a wow factor, with the faceted crystal strip that runs across the dash and halfway along the doors. The whole strip lights up and pulses – in whatever colours you desire, and also serves as a control strip, using something BMW call Shy Tech, the whole bar has various controls spread along it, including vent controls, door buttons, seat controls, and it’s all easy to use. Some of the touch panels just do a thing, others bring up a screen on the 14” curved central display, so you can set things using touch, or the (crystal) paddle control in the centre console. It’s all very impressive and slick, reacts quickly and is intuitive. And it has to be, there are hundreds of functions and settings. The driver’s display is an extension of that curved screen so it looks like it’s one massive super-wide screen. The screens are excellent. Hi-res, great contrast, and responsive.

The driver gets one of the best heads-up displays I’ve used. It’s large – appearing to be about 50cm wide at the end of the bonnet – and it’s full-colour. BMW has resisted the temptation to add too much detail, so most of the time you have your speed, and the current speed limit displayed. The i7 reads speed signs and made no errors in the 700km or so that I drove it. Relevant information will appear when needed – such as the title of the next audio track when skipping, or a large and clear map of the next turn when you’re using satnav. SatNav, by the way, is very polite, saying “please take the next left”, for example.

The air vents are cleverly hidden behind that crystal strip too, giving a clean and modern look.

Our car had the M Sport steering wheel, which is quite fat, with a flat bottom. I love a chunky wheel so I liked it a lot, it’s nice to hold, and shaped just right. Plus it’s 3-stage heated for those cold mornings. The wheel has a combination of touch and physical controls, and BMW has kept it simple. The touch controls are simple buttons and work well, the physical controls are for the cruise speed setting up/down on the left, and a multifunction scroll wheel on the right. BMW has finally got rid of the two-click operation to skip tracks and you can just push the control to the left or right.

In the centre console there’s another wireless phone charger pad, then behind that is the (crystal) start/stop button, the (crystal) gear shifter control, and various touch buttons around the (crystal) jog/scroll wheel, plus a (crystal) volume wheel. All of these controls are easy to find and use, and have little raised bits so you can find them without looking. Excellent stuff.

There is quite a lot of piano black trim around, which looks great when clean but really shows fingerprints after a short time.

Behind that is the centre armrest (which is heated of course) – pop the lid open and you’ll find a fuzzy-lined centre cubby containing two more USB-C ports and a cigarette lighter-style power socket.

Finally, at the back there’s 500-litre of boot space, with an electrically opening and closing lid. Big enough to fit at least two large suitcases and some hand luggage. Underneath the floor, there’s a large well which can be used to store the charger cable.

Almost everything in the car can be controlled by voice as well. Hit the voice button and say “Close the roof blind” or “Open the driver window” and it’ll be done. Even ”Open the passenger window a small amount” will work. I tried “My butt is cold” and the car said ”Turning on the driver’s heated seat”, and magically my butt was warmed. Clever stuff, especially using directional mics to identify the correct seat. There’s even a sense of humour in there – if you say Ï’m bored”, the reply is “How can you be bored in a BMW?”

There’s a BMW app too which can be paired to the car and used as a key, or to start the climate control remotely, or locate the car for you if somehow forget where you parked.

What’s The 2023 BMW i7 xDrive60 Like To Drive?

The first thing anyone has to work out when sitting in the i7 is how to close the door. Once you locate the button, the door will swing itself shut and seal with a meaty and solid thunk. It’s quiet, a little bubble protected from the outside world. By the time you’re in the seat the climate control is doing its thing, everything is lit up and if you had music playing when you last drove, it will already be pumping. Push that start button (did I mention it’s crystal?) and there’s a futuristic sound as the steering wheel moves into position and the car readies itself. 

Select a gear with the small shifter control and you’re moving. The car will offer to help you out of your parking space, turning on the camera system on the main screen. BMW’s 360-degree camera system is excellent, giving multiple views including a top-down view and one that seems to be looking at the car from about 5m away, and you can zoom it around from any angle, seeing all around you. It will also shift to a closer view when you get close to an obstacle, showing 3D panels on the screen which tell you how close things are. It’s intuitive and impressive.

The i7 will also park itself, automatically detecting spaces, and when you tap the space on the screen it will take over and park for you, controlling gear shifts, steering, accelerator and brake. There’s also the replay function which is another cool party trick. Press record, drive down a tricky driveway, hit replay and the i7 will reverse the journey for you.

Moving off, everything is quiet and even on some of our roughest chip-seal roads the sounds are never intrusive. The motors barely make any sound, and the outside world is reduced to a vague sensation that something is going on under the car. Even the wipers are totally silent! At 100kph this stays about the same, and that’s with 21” wheels and wide tyres – 255 at the front, 285 at the rear.

There’s the option to turn on “BMW Iconic Sounds”, which gives a spaceship-type noise when accelerating, but it’s unnecessary and I found it a little irritating.

This is a big car, and it feels big as you look down the bonnet, but somehow it’s easy to drive and not in the least intimidating. The A-pillars are very thick and can sometimes block your view at junctions or roundabouts, and the view through the rear windows feels a bit like looking through a letterbox when reversing, but you have the cameras to help there. Acceleration is effortless, steering is light, direct and accurate, and the brakes are excellent.

Then there’s the ride. Even with those big wheels and tyres, this car has the most comfortable ride of anything I’ve driven. It has adaptive air suspension, and it rides over bumps and potholes as though they don’t exist. The suspension can be raised with a button on the dash for those tricky driveways.

Add to that the stereo that’s so good that you’re experiencing your favourite music in new ways.

What all this adds up to is a supremely relaxing car to drive, and I suspect even more so to be driven in. This car is what silent EV drivetrains have been waiting for. For this level of luxury, it’s ideal. This is my new favourite EV, it’s like a comfortable mobile concert lounge.

There are drive modes – Dynamic tightens the seat bolsters to hug you tighter and lights the dash and screens in BMW Sport blue and red. The HUD now shows power usage as a graphical display above the speed. Acceleration is even quicker, and the whole car feels sharper, but it’s a big heavy car and for me, sport mode rapidly became tiring. Can you chuck it around a bit on a twisty road? You probably can, the safety systems are excellent at keeping things in check, but you can’t get away from the sheer mass of the car, at two and a half tons. It’s really not much fun to try and make it drive like a sports car.

Eco mode makes its own changes, lighting the car in blue hues, damping the acceleration, and giving you a large diamond on the HUD which fills up the more energy you’re using, encouraging you to be gentler on the throttle.

About 99% of the time I left the i7 in normal mode. The others are a bit gimmicky, energy economy was acceptable, and performance is always available when you want it.

BMW’s cruise control is very good, with full assistance down to a complete stop, and some steering assistance. On longer straights, it often beeps at you to remind you to steer, even though no steering input is needed. If you pass into a new speed limit just hit the set button on the steering wheel and it will adjust to the new limit. The system is semi-live all the time, it’ll steer for you sometimes, and it’ll ease off your speed when it detects the car in front slowing. Occasionally I found myself fighting the self-steering, which can be turned off, but comes back on when the car is next started. It’s not bad but it wanted to take slightly different lines to me.

There are so many features to this car that I could go on and on, and almost everything works beautifully. I had very little to complain about and the i7 is definitely on my short list of cars I wish I could own.

Charging was a challenge for me as I don’t have a wall-type charger at home. If I owned the car it’d be a case of driving into the garage and plugging in, and coming back to a charged car in the morning. I had to use public chargers which went pretty well overall. The New Plymouth Chargenet charger is only 50kW, and was reduced to 35kW on the day I used it due to network load – a fraction of the i7’s maximum 195kW rate. But the charging experience isn’t so bad if you wander off, find a coffee then come back to the car for a heated massage in a comfortable recliner, with music.

I did have a rather odd experience reversing up to the charger, which I think was a quirk of the safety systems. I was about to reverse into the space when the i7 did an emergency stop – from about 5kph. It was flashing red for an obstacle next to the driver’s door. It wouldn’t let me go back or forward more than 10cm before it stood hard on the brakes. I persuaded it to creep backwards very slowly into the space. When I got out to look there was a ridge in the tarmac about 5cm high and 15cm long and nothing else but flat tarmac. My assumption is the sensors saw it as a bigger obstacle and went into safety mode.

Finally, energy efficiency; I drove the i7 about 700km, mostly in the rain and high winds. I took a 4 hour trip from New Plymouth to Whanganui and back on SH45 which is known to be quite challenging for EV range. The rest of my driving was about 70% town, 30% highway.

My overall efficiency was 23.6kW/100km, compared to the stated figure of 19.6-18.4. I think this is pretty decent for a large, heavy car, and would give a real-world range of 431km. The stated WLTP range is 590-625km. I did manage to average 18.8 on one trip of combined usage so it’s possible!

Alistair’s Point of View

Before I can talk about the i7, I ought to comment on its closest competitor, the Mercedes EQS. I was not impressed with the EQS. Really? Was it that bad? You might be wondering. No – far from it. Besides, no manufacturer yet alone Mercedes, makes an awful car these days. 

Simply, I felt the EQS missed its mark of what it was attempting to be. The EQS was supposed to be the electric S-Class, which to me, means the pinnacle of all things luxurious. Short of say, a Rolls Royce. Instead, the EQS was so centred on being a technological trailblazer, they seemingly forgot about the rest of it. If you took out all the EQS’ gizmos, you’d be left with a car that wasn’t especially good. At least, not for its asking price of near $300,000.

Which brings us back to the BMW i7. I was a little concerned that BMW would follow the “all-eggs-in-the-tech-basket” approach of Mercedes. Fortunately for us, it seems that BMW remembers that there’s more to luxury cars than technology.

Look past the exterior as you climb in (it pays to look past it, trust me), and you’ll find yourself seated in opulence. The materials, the build quality, and the details – it’s all superb. It’s a luxuriousness you can sense even if you close your eyes.

But it pays to keep your eyes open, because the tech in the i7 is next-level. For example, there are buttons to close the doors, massaging seats in all corners, and rear passengers have personal tablets in the doors allowing them to fiddle with their seat controls and the ambient lighting. It can even get crazier if you option the 31.7’’ 8K rear touch screen.

There’s so much going on in here, you could forget to actually drive it. But you’ll want to drive it, or be driven in it anyhow.  Whatever your seat, the i7 will waft you down the road in limousine-like comfort. The ride is superb and far superior to the EQS. It’s also so well insulated, that little road noise creeps into the cabin allowing you to fully enjoy the 35-speaker Bowers and Wilkins sound system.

The i7 also has plenty of performance on tap, and it feels surprisingly nimble for a near 3-tonne Bavarian barge.

Of course, nothing is perfect.  For example, the i7’s exterior is, say, an acquired taste. BMW’s iDrive 8 is also a bit difficult to navigate on the fly, mainly due to it having so many functions. It’s one of few cars where I actually used the voice command to navigate to certain functions, instead of the touchscreen.  

The next issue I encountered was probably due to user error, but I think it’s worth a mention. Should anybody close all the blinds in the back, you’ll also lose visibility out the rear window. Furthermore, the i7 has a “Relax” mode, which will automatically close all the blinds. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a way of easily opening them again. 

So, after I collected the i7 and drove into town, I moved the mode into “Relax” thinking it was “Comfort”. In short, I found myself nervously navigating the narrow streets of Wellington without any rear visibility. 

All this aside, the BMW i7 is probably one of the most impressive vehicles I’ll test this year. It’s an excellent luxury car, and in my view, miles better than the Mercedes EQS.  

John’s Point of View
The i7 is something else, maybe even in a league of its own. But this league also has a very small client membership that is made up of the very wealthy, who expect nothing but the best. So the question is, does it meet the expectation of its price tag?

Compared to its competition, I think the i7 offers a lot more of a realistic and useable car due to its traditional sedan design. No sloping rear roof, cramped boot, or low awkward A-pillars to duck under. It also drives so much better, and more quietly. New Zealand does not have the best roads, and even around Wellington the i7 floated along the road like it was a cloud. You can only just hear the noise of the tyres on the road, which is impressive.

Inside the i7 is pretty cool, everything is high-end and very well-finished – but they did go a bit overboard with all of the crystal finishes. Like the seat controls on the doors, and central console buttons. Even the crystal-like inlay to the dash that sweeps around the cabin was a bit much. My daughter loved it, even more so when the backlight LED was set to pink or the rainbow changing colours, plus the LEDs in the glass roof at night. Inside the i7 is amazing, very high-end luxury finish, super comfy seats, and every surface is well appointed with quality materials. 

The most impressive aspect of the i7 is the driver assistance technology. For me this is truly the first car that I have driven where I feel there is a second pair of eyes on the road. A lot of new cars have all of the lane assist, radar cruise features, but the i7 has these on all of the time. What is impressive is that it doesn’t feel intrusive at all. For example if I was driving along and the car in front slowed down, without any feature being activated the car would slow down on its own. But it does it like I would do it, not like an emergency safety system. It won’t let you change lanes if there is a car in the next lane, again, not in a forceful way, but in an “I got you covered” kinda way. I thought this was amazing, and feel that this sort of system will be a lifesaver to so many in the future. Because no matter how good you think you are or how well you think you drive, it only takes a second for something to go wrong. If there is another set of eyes ensuring you are safe on the roads, without being overbearing, that’s a pretty impressive bit of technology. 

What I didn’t like and felt would annoy me over time were the power doors. I loved the button to open the door like the iX, but the power opening and closing is fixing a problem that wasn’t there in the first place. It’s like the Tesla Model X rear doors; it’s cool for about 5 minutes, and then pointless and annoying. And when you go to open and close the door on your own it’s like you have to fight the door. I also found myself standing outside the car, pressing the door button in many combinations, trying to work out what opens the door automatically as this was not straightforward. I think they could do away with this and the car would feel just as good. 

The i7 seems to be BMW’s S-Class, it’s a bold platform which is really only available for the elite few. But it’s the platform where all of the latest innovation will come from and waterfall down the product line over the coming years. Much like other EV vehicles, you are able to drive it with the one-pedal method when traffic ahead of you changes or slows down. The safety systems alone show where the money has been spent, and I can’t wait to see this roll down to the everyday models too.

2023 BMW i7 xDrive60 – Specifications

Vehicle TypeEV Luxury Limousine
Starting Price$289,500
Price as Tested$297,000
Engine2 x current-excited synchronous motors, one front, one rear
Power, Torque
Spare WheelTyre repair kit
Kerb Weight, Kg2,450
Length x Width x Height
5391 x 1950 x 1544
Boot Space / Cargo Capacity,
Battery capacity, kWh105.6 (101.7 usable)
Energy Economy,
Advertised Spec – Combined – 19.6-18.4
Real-World Test – Combined – 23.6
Lifetime reading over 6,000km – 25.6
Low Usage: 6-10 / Medium Usage 11-19 / High Usage 19+
Towing Capacity
kg, unbraked/braked
Turning circle
Small: 6-10m / Medium 10-12m / Large 12m+
Warranty5 years/100,000 km Warranty
5 years/unlimited kms Roadside Assist
3 years/unlimited kms Free Servicing
3 Year Connected Drive Services
Safety informationANCAP Rating – Not yet tested
Rightcar.govt.nz – 5 Stars – PQJ174

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Rob Clubley
I love everything about cars! Driving, looking at them, modifying. It's great to see what people do with cars, the different car cultures. If I was rich, my garage would be bigger than my house!
2023-bmw-i7-xdrive60-electric-car-reviewThe BMW i7 is definitely my favourite EV so far. It’s supremely comfortable and quiet, relaxing to drive and ride in, and has all of the latest tech to keep you safe, and entertained. <br><br> You could argue that some of the looks and details are too flashy, even tacky in places, but the overall package left me very impressed. <br><br> To answer my question on the intro - yes! If you want to make an impression and arrive in style, this is the car you need.


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