The new BMW X7 certainly isn’t shy. Charismatic design features make it stand out, from the new one-piece kidney grille to the expressive lines that flow elegantly to the eye-catching 3D L-shaped LED taillights and 21” light alloy wheels.
The BMW X7 is the biggest and most luxurious SUV BMW has ever made, a strong new contender against the highest-specification Range Rovers and the Mercedes GLS. Although an SUV, it draws heavily on the reputation of the 7 Series saloon as the luxury and technology flagship of its range.
Sitting in the new BMW X7 evokes that unique BMW feeling with its Individual Extended Merino leather upholstery and dynamic ambient lighting; and thanks to the Panorama Glass Sunroof, which comes as standard, and the new optional 6-seat configuration with two captain-style comfort seats in the second row, every moment of the journey is elevated.
Imposing, powerful and classic are the adjectives you’d choose to describe the X7. Perhaps its most striking feature is the super-sized BMW kidney grille, followed by the strongly sculpted lines along the bonnet and flanks that lead to the semi-fastback rear. Like every other BMW whether saloon or SUV it also features the BMW signature Hoffmeister kink on the C-pillar. Alloy wheels are 21” though 22” wheels are optionally available.
Inside, a standard panoramic sunroof illuminates an interior of soft Merino leather upholstery, elegant metal and wood trim and crystalline gear selector. At night dynamic ambient lighting gives driver and passengers the 5-star boutique hotel vibe. As standard the second row of seats is a three-seat bench, giving a total capacity of seven, but a six-seat configuration is an option which gives two airline-style ‘captain’ seats in the second row
With 340hp and 450Nm of torque, the new BMW X7 xDrive40i and its TwinPower Turbo 6 cylinder inline engine delivers a powerful presence. Alternatively the xDrive30d model, packs 265hp and 620Nm. Other features include the generous ground clearance, the optional xOffroad package with four off-road settings, and underbody sump guard protection.
By combining the new operating system 7.0 (iD7) with the latest Digital Live Cockpit Professional and a Large Central Display, the X7 provides a new level of connectivity. What’s more, with BMW ConnectedDrive and the optional Driving Assistant Professional, the journey is now even more personalised and streamlined.
The absolute pinnacle of BMW's luxury SUV experiences can be found sitting behind the wheel of the new BMW X7 M50d M Performance. The eye-catching 22” alloy wheels, M Sport differential and M Sport exhaust system are just a few highlights that make this The Ultimate Driving Machine.
There are three powertrains to choose from, starting with the xDrive30d diesel model, which packs 265hp and 620Nm. Next up is the BMW X7 xDrive40i whose TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine develops 340hp and 450Nm of torque for a 0-62mph time of just 6.1 seconds. Given that the X7 weighs 2,370kg that’s impressive. Coming later will be the X7 M50d M Performance with 395bhp; distinguishing features include 22” alloy wheels, M Sport differential and M Sport exhaust system. All models feature rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. An off-road package with a choice of driving modes for snow, sand, gravel and rocky surfaces is available as an option.
As it’s the SUV flagship of the BWM range, you can expect the X7 to have all the latest technology.It features BMW’s new operating system 7.0 (iD7) together with the latest Digital Live Cockpit Professional and dual 12.3-inch displays, putting navigation, entertainment and cabin settings at the driver’s fingertips. Rear-seat entertainment, Bowers & Wilkins surround sound and remote parking are among a plethora of options.
That the BMW X7 is a massively strong structure with multiple airbags to protect its occupants can be taken as read. Today, safety systems are increasingly sophisticated and focus on the avoidance of accidents rather than protection when they happen. BMW’s advanced safety features include Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Approach and Pedestrian Warning with City Brake Activation. If the worst does happen Active Protection will tighten the seat belts, move the seats upright and close all windows and sunroof.
OTR† PRICE FROM: £72,155
UNLADEN WEIGHT: 2,370kg
TOWING WEIGHT (UNBRAKED): 750kg
TOWING WEIGHT (BRAKED): 2,200kg
BOOT CAPACITY: 750 litres
ACCELERATION (0-62mph): 7.0 seconds
TOP SPEED: 141mph
Verdict: it’s common knowledge within the industry that key elements of the BMW X7 platform are shared with the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and that confers serious credibility on BMW’s new top-of-the-range SUV. The X7 will have the power, technology and traction to venture both on- and off-road in all kinds of weather while cocooning its occupants in refined luxury. An impressive new contender for the upper echelons of the luxury SUV market.
**Values will vary depending on vehicle specification, trim level and optional equipment selected. Vehicle performance figures shown are for base model.
† The recommended on the road (OTR) cash price includes delivery, BMW Emergency Service, number plates, first registration fee and vehicle excise duty. Where applicable, government grants and subsidies are not included in the OTR cash price displayed.