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Review of the BMW X7: Luxury, Performance, and Features

The BMW X7 is a significant vehicle in BMW’s lineup, boasting the capacity to transport seven people and offering immense interior space along with luxury akin to the BMW 7 Series limousine. Review highlights its strong, yet smooth-performing engine options, including the diesel xDrive40d, the petrol xDrive40i, and the powerful M60i. It excels in ride comfort with its standard air suspension and is surprisingly nimble for its size. The interior screams luxury and is extremely well-built, rivaling even the Bentley Bentayga. The X7 is spacious, offering generous room in all rows, and an enormous boot. While it is costlier than the Audi Q7 and Land Rover Discovery, it provides unparalleled space and versatility. Despite the lack of a PHEV option, it remains a top choice for those seeking maximum luxury and space in an SUV.


Introduction

What Car? says…

The BMW X7 is a big deal—literally and figuratively. This massive SUV not only makes a grand entrance wherever it goes but also has the space to bring six other people along for the ride. Spanning both the seven-seater and luxury SUV categories, the X7 rivals its own sibling, the BMW 7 Series luxury limousine, in terms of comfort and interior space.

But does the BMW X7 have what it takes to lure you away from its talented, award-winning competitors like the Audi Q7, Mercedes GLS, and Range Rover? We put the X7 to the test to see how it stacks up in terms of practicality, comfort, refinement, and cost. Dive in to find out everything you need to know about this behemoth of the road.

Performance and Drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engines and Acceleration

Starting with the xDrive40d, the BMW X7 boasts a 347bhp six-cylinder diesel engine. Remarkably, this engine propels the giant SUV from 0-62mph in just 5.9 seconds, outpacing both the Mercedes GLS 450d and the Range Rover D350.

Our favorite engine in the X7 lineup is, without a doubt, the xDrive40d. It offers smooth, strong acceleration, making those long road trips a breeze, all while maintaining a quiet ambiance. For those not keen on diesel, the six-cylinder petrol xDrive40i is another solid choice, providing an even quicker sprint from 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds. However, achieving this comes at the expense of fuel economy.

If sheer power appeals to you, the M60i is the most potent engine, with a 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine churning out a jaw-dropping 523bhp. This lets the X7 bolt from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds.

Transmission and Comfort

All engines are coupled with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. This transmission shifts quickly and smoothly, although there can be a slight delay when requesting rapid acceleration—a minor gripe compared to the lag in some other luxury SUVs, like the Audi Q7.

Ride Quality

Standard air suspension further bolsters the X7’s ride comfort, allowing it to soak up the imperfections of the road with ease. Whether you are gliding on the highway or navigating city traffic, the X7 remains impressively quiet, minimizing both tire and wind noise.

Off-Road Capabilities

Off-road, the X7 is quite capable, handling rough terrains better than most of its buyers might anticipate. For more serious off-road adventures, the optional xOffroad package is available with the 40i and 40d engines, adding specialized ride settings and extra underbody protection. However, if ultimate off-road luxury is what you seek, the Range Rover still leads the pack.

Summary

Strengths:

  • Strong engines
  • Very comfortable ride
  • Precise steering

Weaknesses:

  • Not as dynamic as the Porsche Cayenne

White BMW X7 rear left drive

Interior

The interior arrangement, fit, and finish

Entering the BMW X7 is like stepping into a realm of opulence. Each surface screams quality and craftsmanship, rivaled only by the more expensive Bentley Bentayga. Though the Range Rover offers a more restrained design and the Mercedes GLS leans towards flamboyance, the X7 strikes a fine balance.

Dashboard and Infotainment

The X7’s dashboard is nearly identical to that of the X5, featuring a curved 14.9in infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3in digital instrument display. The infotainment system is extraordinarily easy to use, thanks to an intuitive rotary controller and a voice control option, both of which minimize distractions when driving.

Seating and Visibility

The high-luxury driver’s seat is effortlessly adjustable, extremely comfortable, and heated as standard. Additional options include a massage function and seat ventilation. Despite the X7’s bulk, maneuvering it is a cinch, thanks to front and rear parking sensors, all-around cameras, and a self-parking system.

Climate Controls

One minor complaint is the absence of physical air conditioning controls, forcing you to rely on the touchscreen or voice commands. In contrast, the Range Rover’s physical knobs and switches are less distracting to use.

Strengths:

  • Plush interior materials and excellent build quality
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Fantastic driving position

Weaknesses:

  • Hard touch-sensitive climate controls

BMW X7 interior

Passenger and Boot Space

How it deals with people and disorder

One of the X7’s standout features is its enormous interior space. It even surpasses the standard-wheelbase Range Rover in terms of size. Up front, the X7 feels airy, and the width between driver and passenger can almost accommodate another vehicle.

Second Row

The second-row seats are spacious enough to seat three adults comfortably side by side. Features include a climate control zone for each side, heated seats, and electrically adjustable seats in a 60/40 split.

Third Row

The third-row seats come as standard, making the X7 a bona fide seven-seater. Unlike the expensive Long Wheelbase Range Rover, which still falls short in headroom, the X7’s third row can comfortably accommodate six-footers.

Cargo Space

The fold-out rear layout of the X7’s boot is practical, with an ample storage area even when all seats are in use. In five-seat mode, the boot is gigantic, and when the second and third rows are folded down, the cargo space becomes massive, with additional below-deck storage compartments.

Strengths:

  • Lots of interior space
  • More spacious third row than rivals
  • Enormous boot

Weaknesses:

  • None

BMW X7 rear seats

Buying and Owning

Daily costs, reliability, and safety

While the BMW X7 isn’t the most affordable seven-seater on the market—an Audi Q7 or Land Rover Discovery would be cheaper—it certainly offers unmatched luxury, space, and versatility.

Running Costs

The 40d diesel engine is the most economical, providing better fuel economy than its petrol counterparts. However, be aware that the X7 lacks a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version, making it less attractive for company car drivers.

Trim Levels

Entry-level Excellence trim is well-equipped with air suspension, four-zone climate control, and heated front seats. Opting for the M Sport trim adds sportier aesthetics and upgraded brakes, which also makes it more desirable for resale. The M60i variant adds a limited-slip differential (LSD) for better cornering traction and active anti-roll bars for improved stability.

Warranty and Reliability

In What Car? Reliability Survey, BMW ranked 12th out of 32 manufacturers, surpassing Audi, Mercedes, and Land Rover. The X7 comes with a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty as standard.

Safety

Though the X7 has not been crash-tested by Euro NCAP yet, it comes loaded with safety technologies like automatic emergency braking (AEB) and rear cross-traffic alert.

Strengths:

  • Lots of safety gear
  • Cheaper than a Range Rover
  • Optional Ultimate Pack with desirable extras

Weaknesses:

  • More expensive than many seven-seat SUVs
  • Petrol engines are not very efficient
  • No PHEV for company car buyers

BMW X7 interior infotainment

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the price of BMW X7?
The X7 is pricier compared to the Audi Q7 and Land Rover Discovery, though it is cheaper than the Range Rover. Check the latest prices on our New Car Deals pages.

Is the BMW X7 bigger than the Audi Q7?
Yes, the X7 is larger than the standard-wheelbase Range Rover and Audi Q7, yet remains agile, especially with optional four-wheel steering.

Is the BMW X7 a five-seater or a seven-seater?
The X7 comes standard with seven seats, but you can opt for a more luxurious six-seat configuration.

Is the X7 just a bigger X5?
No, while the X5 is excellent, the X7 elevates things to the next level with its increased size and greater luxury.

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