2019 BMW X7 first drive review

2019 BMW X7 first drive audit.

The prominent saying announces that “everything’s greater in Texas,” so what better spot to test BMW’s greatest SUV to date?

The 2019 BMW X7 is the Bavarian automaker’s first passage into the famous full-measure extravagance SUV fragment. BMW was sick of sitting on the sidelines while the Mercedes-Benz GLS and Land Rover Range Rover rounded up deals, so it at long last pulled the trigger on a SUV a size over the X5.

Worked in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the X7 is accessible in two flavors, recognized by what’s in the engine. The base xDrive40i has a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six motor and begins at $74,895, while the xDrive50i has a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, and begins at $93,595 (the two costs incorporate a compulsory $995 goal charge). We tried the two renditions amid a drive crosswise over Texas.


Like most current BMWs (the i3 and i8 being remarkable special cases), the X7 has an attractive however traditionalist structure. The main champion component is a gigantic grille that commands the front end. It is anything but an exceptionally inconspicuous type of brand recognizable proof, yet Jörg Wunder, venture supervisor for the X7, disclosed to Digital Trends that it’s scaled to the span of the vehicle. There is for sure a ton of room on that front end, as confirm by the quantity of dead bugs covering it after couple of long stretches of driving. A lot of different vehicles have monster grilles as well, Wunder noted, asserting the X7 will look ordinary in rush hour gridlock.

For a SUV like the X7, inside bundling could really compare to outside plan. The square shaped outside yields a roomy inside, accessible in six-or seven-seater designs. A two-situate third column is standard, however purchasers have the choice for a three-situate second-push seat, or individual skipper’s seats.

In most three-push vehicles, the secondary lounges are the last spot anybody needs to be. BMW attempted to make the experience increasingly pleasurable. The third-push seats are near the center of the vehicle, which was intended to give tenants a clearer view to the front. This setup makes a noteworthy vulnerable side for the driver, nonetheless. Back seat inhabitants likewise get their very own sunroof and atmosphere control board.

We observed the back seats to be sensibly agreeable for a medium-sized grown-up, yet taller individuals may not discover them as charming. Third-push space additionally appears to have come at the expense of second-push legroom, which we expected a greater amount of in such a vast vehicle. The X7 expects to be an extravagance fly for the street, however that legroom felt economy-class tight.

BMW did not give traveler space estimations to the X7, however it said that the SUV has 48.6 cubic feet of freight space with the third-seats collapsed, and 90.4 cubic feet with both the second and third lines collapsed. The Mercedes-Benz GLS has marginally more space, at 49.4 cubic feet (third line down) and 93.8 cubic feet (second and third columns down). With every one of the three lines set up, neither German SUV has an especially vast freight hold. The Land Rover Range Rover is just accessible with two columns of seats, and has significantly less payload space than the BMW and Mercedes. Like the Range Rover, the X7 has a part opening rear end that makes stacking and emptying less demanding, as does the standard air suspension, which enables the X7 to stoop like a city transport.

In advance, the driver gets a thick-rimmed directing wheel that feels like it has a place in a M5, not a school transport like the X7. Front seats are accessible with warming, ventilation, and back rub, which is about as good anyone might expect for the fragment. The dashboard’s even format is regular BMW, and a reviving change from opponents that appear to be fixated on covering each square inch with touchscreens.


BMW deliberately put the X7’s 12.3-inch focal touchscreen near the driver’s observable pathway, and the iDrive controller makes flipping through menus simple. The driver likewise gets a 12.3-inch advanced instrument group. Presently in its seventh era, the iDrive infotainment framework is perfect with Apple CarPlay, however not Android Auto. The X7 highlights six USB ports – two for each column – and remote telephone charging and WiFi are both standard. A discretionary back seat stimulation framework places two 10.2-inch touchscreens on the backs of the front seats.

The X7 additionally has the motion control include presented on the BMW 7 Series vehicle, enabling the driver to, for instance, change sound volume with the spin of a finger. It’s an element that is one of a kind in the X7’s portion. It was more solid than when we originally experienced it in the 7 Series, yet in the event that you are the sort of individual who converses with your hands, you may get some unintentional volume changes.

Talking about the sound framework, the discretionary Bowers and Wilkins encompass sound framework offers great power and clearness, which is actually what you’d anticipate from a framework with 1,500 watts controlling 20 speakers. A 10-speaker, 205-watt framework is standard on the xDrive40i; a mid-level Harman Kardon framework is discretionary on that model and standard on the xDrive50i.

The X7 highlights versatile voyage control and path keep help, which enables the SUV to execute a path change with the flick of a turn-flag stalk. The two highlights functioned admirably on a significant lot of parkway outside San Antonio, Texas. Path keep help kept the X7 shake consistent, and the versatile journey control quickened and decelerated easily. Yet, these highlights still require the driver to be mindful consistently, so BMW introduced a camera in the check group that peruses outward appearances to recognize diversion or exhaustion. It might appear to be Orwellian, yet it’s possible important to guarantee drivers don’t get quieted into an incorrect feeling that all is well with the world by the astute driver helps.

Off the expressway, the X7 can utilize “reinforcement help” to back itself out of tight garages or single direction roads for up to 50 yards. BMW welcomed us to give it a shot on some shut off landing area at an air terminal. The framework had the capacity to move the X7 around a left plane, however when we endeavored to turn around between two left semi trucks, a close brush with one of them constrained us to prematurely end the task.


We drove the X7 several miles from San Antonio to El Paso, Texas, more than three days, and the huge SUV was appropriate to the activity. It was as agreeable and rich as a vehicle in this value range ought to be, yet additionally sufficiently engaging to keep weariness under control.

Regardless of whether it’s a six-barrel “40i” or eight-chamber “50i,” the X7 gets an eight-speed programmed transmission and all-wheel drive (xDrive in BMW-talk). The two models are electronically restricted to 130 mph.

The xDrive40i model’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six produces 335 drive and 330 pound-feet of torque, which will get it from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, as indicated by BMW. That is faster than a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 Mercedes-Benz GLS450, or a Range Rover outfitted with the base 3.0-liter supercharged V6.

Move up to the X7 xDrive50i, and you get a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 456 hp and 579 lb-ft of torque. Zero to 60 mph takes 5.2 seconds, as indicated by BMW. Both the 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V8 Mercedes-Benz GLS550 and 5.0-liter supercharged V8 rendition of the Range Rover will coordinate that. Mercedes likewise offers an AMG GLS63 exhibition show, pressing 577 hp and the capacity to complete zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

Out and about, the X7 felt as snappy as those numbers propose. Indeed, even the inline-six was more than capable of moving this enormous vehicle through traffic, while the V8 includes a pleasant snarl that will have your neighbors thinking “muscle vehicle” not “family hauler.” Handling is incredibly exact for such a major vehicle, despite the fact that the X7 unquestionably feels more great cruising along a roadway than being hustled down a winding street. BMW’s popular slogan is “The Ultimate Driving Machine,” yet the X7 has an increasingly laid-back demeanor.

BMW made such a decent showing with regards to calming wind and tire commotion that a traveler in the third line can talk with the driver without yelling. The standard air suspension, which includes a cunning dynamic move adjustment highlight intended to reign in body move without destroying the ride, works superbly of splashing up knocks. Be that as it may, we would’ve gotten a kick out of the chance to see more separation between the Comfort and Sport settings.

Official EPA mileage figures are 22 mpg consolidated (20 mpg city, 25 mpg interstate) for the xDrive40i and 17 mpg joined (15 mpg city, 21 mpg parkway) for the xDrive50i. Both BMW models beat their Mercedes GLS partners, however Land Rover offers a diesel rendition of the Range Rover that offers unrivaled eco-friendliness of 24 mpg consolidated (22 mpg city, 28 mpg roadway), and it’s drawing out a module cross breed also.


The BMW X7’s two principle rivals are the Land Rover Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz GLS. Different makers make correspondingly measured extravagance SUVs, however these two are the best of the bundle.

Land Rover Range Rover (base cost: $90,155): The Range Rover’s beginning cost is nearer to the best X7 xDrive50i than the base xDrive40i, and that is not by any means the only issue. The Land Rover is just accessible with two lines of seats, and the BMW has a superior infotainment framework. Be that as it may, the Range Rover offers Android Auto, has authentic rough terrain ability, and is out and out cooler than the X7. BMW is attempting to enter a market section Land Rover made. Tell individuals you drive a Range Rover, and no further clarification is required. That won’t really be the situation with the X7.

Mercedes-Benz GLS (base cost: $71,145): The X7 is nearer in idea to the GLS. Both are seven-situate SUVs structured basically for on-street driving, with comparative base costs. We believe BMW’s infotainment framework is less demanding to use than Mercedes’, and the X7 variations better or match the execution of practically identical GLS models while accomplishing prevalent mileage. Be that as it may, Mercedes offers more freight space, and the flame breathing AMG GLS63 execution display.

Genuine feelings of serenity

BMW offers a four-year/50,000-mile new vehicle guarantee, just as three years of complimentary planned support. The guarantee terms are genuinely standard for the extravagance portion, however a few contenders don’t coordinate BMW’s free support term. The X7 is another model, so anticipating future unwavering quality is troublesome.


We would begin with a xDrive50i to exploit the V8 motor’s additional power. This model additionally incorporates standard highlights – like a head-up presentation, calfskin upholstery, and 360-degree camera framework – that are discretionary additional items on the base xDrive40i.

We would then include the M Sport Package ($3,550) to get the game fumes framework so as to all the more likely hear the V8’s thunder, just as the dynamic dealing with bundle ($4,750). It includes updated brakes and a M Sport differential to all the more likely exploit the motor’s capacity. We would likewise check boxes for the chilly climate bundle (which includes five-zone atmosphere control in addition to warmed seats, front armrests, and guiding wheel for $1,200), and the best spec Bowers and Wilkins sound framework ($3,400).


It is astounding BMW took such a long time to construct the X7. A SUV with the DNA of BMW’s littler models, in addition to three lines of seats, constantly appeared well and good. Presently we can affirm that the completed item merits the pause, offering a fantastic equalization of common sense and extravagance without overlooking the tech purchasers look for.

MSRP $74,895.00

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