BMW X7 review roundup gives you the low-down on the new luxury three-row SUV

BMW’s largest SUV offering used to be the X5, but in the context of there being even larger premium SUVs on the market, the German automaker decided to make its own - the new X7. Now it’s being tested by the international motoring press, and they seem to like it quite a lot - some of them even go so far as to say its huge twin-kidney grille is not oversized and it looks suitable with the rest of the design.

BMW X7 Video Reviews

The X7 is BMW’s largest SUV offering, a kind of raised, seven-seater, 7 Series that can occasionally take you off the beaten path. And this status as flagship high-rider is visible in its exterior design (that makes it look just that little bit more exclusive and expensive than an X5) and inside where you can get power-everything and many of the same options that are available on the 7-Series sedan. To be fair, though, the interior looks pretty much identical to that of the X5, but that’s by no means a negative point.

Its engines are shared with the X5, and at its launch event in the US, only the X7 40i and X7 50i were available for testing. The former is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six with 335 horsepower and 450 Nm (330 pound-feet) of torque that takes it to sixty in 5.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 152 mph (245 km/h.)

The more powerful 4.4-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 in the X7 50i has 456 horsepower and 650 Nm (479 pound-feet) of torque, and it cuts the sprint time to 5.2 seconds. In Europe, it’s also available with a 3.0-liter diesel in two states of tune: 30d and M50d - the latter packs 394 horsepower, and it can launch the X7 to sixty almost as quickly as 50i V-8 gasoline engine. We’ve tried this power plant in the X5 and 5-Series and found it seriously fast - we even reckon it’s probably the best performance diesel engine ever made.

On the move, reviewers are saying the X7 is very agile and easy to drive quickly. It’s also reportedly very comfortable (probably a more important trait in its market segment) thanks to standard air suspension. Space for passengers in the third row is also apparently very good and actual full-sized adults can travel back there in relative comfort. The side window for the third row is also quite big, and it makes a big difference, as does the optional third-row panoramic roof that lets additional light in to keep the feeling of claustrophobia to a minimum.

In case you were wondering what rival models the X7 is going up against, those are the Mercedes GLS, Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator and, last but not least, the Range Rover Sport (it’s smaller, but still has an optional third row). Compared to most of these vehicles, bar the surprisingly capable Navigator, the X7 looks like a far more modern option, and there’s really no reason for it to not become a hit in the segment.

Reviewers pretty much unanimously like it for what it is, at least after their first encounters with the largest BMW SUV ever.

2019 BMW X7 - specifications

X7 xDr40i X7 xDr50i
Engine type B58 N63
Induction Turbocharged Turbocharged
Cylinders 6 8
Valves per cylinder 4 4
Stroke mm 94.6 88.3
Bore mm 82.0 82.0
Displacement cm³ 2,998 4,395
Compression rate :1 11.0 10.5
Engine power hp 335 456
at rpm 1/min 5,500 – 6,500 5,250 – 6,000
Engine torque ft. lbs. 330 479
at rpm 1/min 1,500 – 5,200 1,500 – 4,750
Transmission type 8HP51 8HP76
Transmission type automatic automatic
Curb weight lbs. 5,370 5,617
Gross vehicle weight lbs. 6,989 7,253
Payload lbs. 1,202 1,202
Tow capacity with 3rd party hitch lbs. 5,950 5,950
Tow capacity with factory hitch lbs. 7,500 7,500
0-60 mph seconds 5.8 5.2
Top speed mph 130 130

Further Reading

2019 BMW X7 Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 BMW X7.

2017 BMW Concept X7 iPerformance
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Read our full review on the 2017 BMW Concept X7 iPerformance.

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