2019 BMW X7

This is the first-ever BMW X7, the Bavarian carmaker’s flagship SUV (or SAV, Sport Activity Vehicle in BMW lingo) offering three rows of seating and housing seven passengers in comfort and style. As BMW prepares itself for a future of autonomy and electrification, the BMW X7 reinforces the German brand’s presence in more familiar territory, as part of a vigorous two-trigger attack on the upper end of the luxury car market. Based on the same underpinning as the 5 Series, 7 Series, X3 and X5, every X7 has four-wheel drive as standard and comes with two engine options.  So with that said, how does this new full-size SUV stand out from the crowd?

The Exterior bits

The X7 looks a lot like an X5 that has eaten a bit more Christmas dinner. The X7’s sheer intimidating size gives it an imposing presence on the road. At 203.3-inches long, 78.7-inches wide and 71.1-inches tall, this is by far the largest model BMW has ever built. Link up to the X7’s stature with standard 21-inch wheels, BMW Laser headlights and plenty of M performance flavor and we think BMW has landed a winning design. Oh and let’s not forget to mention the big grille in the front. People have criticized the X7’s massive kidney grille, which is also found on the facelifted 7 series. We think the grille matches the enormous size of the and doubt a smaller one would look any better.

The Sweet Six and the Mighty V8

Sure, there may be some complaints about the grille but it is nearly impossible to fault BMW on what sits under the hood. The X7 is available with two engine options, both of which send power to an all-wheel-drive system through one of the best eight-speed automatic transmission on the industry. The base xDrive40i model uses a 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline-six producing 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. Stepping up to the xDrive50i bumps the engine up to a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with a whopping 456 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. The main reason we think you’d choose the V8 over the inline-six is for acceleration and noise. The X7 is no lightweight at 3200kgs with the inline-six and 3,300 kgs with the V8 but it can still rip a hole through speed with a 0-100 kph run in 5.9seconds and 5.3seconds respectively. We were stunned on how such a large SUV can get on its own especially since both models are equipped with launch control. Taking the kids to school will definitely be a thrill for both - the parents and the kids.

The Luxurious Side

If you’ve been in the latest X5, you’ll feel right at home in the X7. All of the materials feel incredibly top-notch, apparent that BMW paid special attention to every detail including equipping it with useful features. We are referring to things like heated and ventilated cup holders, five-zone automatic climate control and optional pillows to stick on the second-row headrests. We also fell in love with the Panoramic Sky Lounge LED moonroof, which lights up along with the ambient lighting to create an even more inviting cabin. BMW’s iDrive control unit remains one of the best in the business, though we had limited time to play with the features. Since this was only our first drive of the X7 and we didn’t get to spend more than a day with the car, it is nearly impossible to mention all of the various technology and safety features.

Verdict

It is surprising BMW took so long to build the X7. An SUV with the DNA of BMW’s small models, plus three rows of seats, always made sense. Now we can confirm that the finished product is worth the wait. Offering an excellent balance of practicality and luxury without forgetting the tech that most buyers seek.

Specification

Starting Price: BD39,995
Engine: 3.0-Liter Turbo-Charged Inline-Six
Transmission: Eight-Speed Automatic
Drive Type: All-Wheel-Drive
Power: 330hp
Seating Capacity: 7
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