BMW X7 Review Rundown
A Volvo XC90 will be cheaper to own and the Land Rover Discovery is a better all-rounder, but it's hard to ignore the BMW's great blend of quality, luxury, high-tech equipment, and good driving experience. The BMW X7 is noticeably larger than most of its rivals, but the result is a car with ample space for seven adults to travel in comfort. All variants come standard with BMW's tried-and-tested eight-speed gearbox and xDrive all-wheel drive system.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.
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The BMW X7 is large, luxurious and filled with the latest technology. A range of powerful engines are offered and while it's not the cheapest to run, the X7 drives far better than you'd expect for a car of its considerable size and weight. A Volvo XC90 will be cheaper to own and the Land Rover Discovery is a better all-rounder, but it's hard to ignore the BMW's great blend of quality, luxury and high-tech equipment.
BMW claims the X7 is a ‘paragon of quality', delivering outstanding luxury and a full complement of advanced equipment features. Its sheer size means even the entry car gets 21-inch wheels, while the standard-fit three-part glass roof floods the cabin with natural light. Despite being more than 5.1m long and 1.8m tall, it'll do 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds – and allegedly return more than 30mpg.
The BMW X7 is an SUV from the same mould as the firm's range-topping 7 Series saloon. At £74,695, it's not cheap, so can it back that up with ability? Well, the cabin feels of a quality that fits the price, plus there's plenty of space. But for the price we'd like more individuality inside compared with lesser BMWs.
The new BMW X7 is the largest car the firm has built, in search of a slice of the luxury SUV class. The X7 sits above the X5 in BMW's wide-ranging SUV line-up, and here we're testing the xDrive30d diesel model. The Volvo XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid offers buyers an alternative fuel choice in their luxury seven-seat SUV. The Discovery is closely matched to the X7 when it comes to practicality, equipment and luxury.
The BMW X7 M50i feels utterly indomitable on the road. It is stuffed with excessive luxury and power, and has an exquisite interior. That space and interior finish make it a compelling and more practical Range Rover alternative. But it's not as fun as you'd expect given the M engine and badging, and it's awkwardly big for many places in the UK.
Reviewers from Carmagazine have found the following[***]:
At 5151mm long and over 2.3 tonnes, the X7 sits between the slightly smaller and lighter Range Rover and the slightly larger and heavier Mercedes GLS. The X7 is not built in Germany like the 7-series, but at BMW's Spartanburg plant in the USA. Prices start on the other side of £75,000, and you won't see many about. BMW hopes to shift around 800 a year here – a tenth of the X5s it registered in 2018.
Reviewers from Carwow have found the following[***]:
The BMW X7 is arguably more imposing than the upmarket SUVs it competes with, the Land Rover Discovery, Audi Q7 and Mercedes GLS. Inside, things are more restrained, but suitably high quality. You'll find plenty of piano black, leather and metal surfaces. Infotainment systems don't get better than BMW's iDrive, though.
Reviewers from Cnet have found the following[***]:
The X7 offers a plush ride with plenty of on-tap power for lane changes. It's surprisingly fun to drive, and it feels in line with BMW's efforts of late to deliver comfortable cars. The optional M Sport package adds a beefier exhaust, a few M badges and a generally more aggressive exterior.
Reviewers from Cnet have found the following[***]:
The 2020 BMW X7 M50i packs an impressive amount of performance under its bulky body. BMW's M-flavored trims always carry some special appearance upgrades. The trick to all the underlying madness is a 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8.
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The 2019 BMW X7 is the Bavarian automaker's first entry into the full-size luxury SUV segment. BMW strategically placed the X7's 12.3-inch central touchscreen close to the driver's line of sight. The X7 has 48.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the third-seats folded, and 90.4 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded.
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- 9. ^ 2020 BMW X7 M50i review: Party boat. Cnet. 16 April 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 10. ^ 2019 BMW X7 first drive review. Digitaltrends. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
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