New car review: BMW X7
Does bigger mean better?
If big is better, then BMW’s first time-to-market X7 sure makes a statement.
Take a look at the dimensions – length 5151mm, width 2000mm, height 1805mm, wheelbase 3105mm and size of the brand’s famous design signature, the double kidney grille, the largest ever to adorn the front of a BMW. Little wonder, given its size, the X7 is a three-row, seven-seater boasting up to 2210 litres of luggage capacity.
The X7 is available in a choice of two variants, xDrive30d and M50d M Performance. Both feature 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder diesel engines and four-wheel-drive mated with the latest version of BMW’s eight-speed Steptronic transmission which boasts a wider gear ratio spread and new controls.
The former’s twin-turbo puts out 195kW and 620Nm and the latter’s quad-turbo powerhouse some 294kW and 760Nm. An M Sport differential fitted to the rear axle of the M50d assists with traction and handling prowess over all terrain. The same differential is available on the xDrive30d in an Off-road Package.
But back to the X7’s design purpose – the ability to carry seven people at a desirable level of safety and comfort. Each of the seven seats boasts electronic adjustment for the backrest and cushion positioning. Up front, the xDrive30d’s standard-fit sport seats include heating, adjustable side bolstering and lumbar support while the M50d has Comfort seats with memory function as well as lumbar support.
For added support, the second-row features comfort cushions for the outer headrests, trimmed in Alcantara. The backrests have a 40/20/40 split; but can be adjusted 60/40 for ease of entry and exit. When all seven seats are in use, the X7 offers 326 litres of load capacity. This increases to 750 once the third-row seats are folded and up to 2120 with the second and third row seats collapsed. A powered, hands-free split tailgate can be operated with a gesture of the foot under the rear bumper.
Ride quality is another standout quality, thanks to two-axle air suspension with automatic self-levelling and adjustable height range of 80mm.
A comprehensive suite of safety tech includes Driving Assistant Professional, Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, and Parking Assistant Plus. Infotainment technologies include the latest BMW Operating System 7.0 and BMW Live Cockpit Professional with 12.3-inch digital dash displays.
MLP (does not include on-road costs):
- BMW X7 xDrive30d: $119,900
- BMW X7 M50d: $169,900