BMW X7 Review 2024
BMW X7 At A Glance
Insurance Group 50
On average it achieves 0% of the official MPG figure
There are relatively few seven-seat luxury SUVs available in the UK. These cars prove you don’t have to sacrifice true comfort and cutting-edge technology if you need a car that can be crammed full with people and stuff. The BMW X7 is one of the best of the breed.
It isn’t the most stylish, though. The BMW X7’s enormous interpretation of BMW’s kidney-shaped front grille was always challenging, while the latest (facelifted) version has ultra-slim two-piece headlights that are perhaps even more divisive. The car’s back end looks more conventional in comparison. However, style is a very personal thing and the popularity of the BMW X7 would suggest that plenty of people like how it looks.
The X7 is BMW’s rival to the legion of luxury SUVs out there, taking on big names like the Audi Q7, the Mercedes GLS, the Volvo XC90 and, of course, the all-conquering Range Rover. Taking the fight to them, the minimalist interior is fantastic and made from very high-quality, tactile materials. The seats are fabulously comfortable, too. Everything feels built to last.
The on-board tech is deeply impressive. There’s a two-foot-long slab of display screen on top of the dashboard, one for the driver and one for the infotainment system. The latter is among the very best available in any car right now. There are several intuitive ways to control the system and it’s packed full of features that can make life on the road easier.
There’s a vast amount of room inside the BMW X7 making it a brilliant seven-seater. Seven tall adults can fit comfortably and the boot is massive. The sliding second-row seats and folding third-row chairs allow you to configure the amount of passenger space and boot volume to suit your needs. The BMW X7 can tow 3.5 tonnes, too.
There are three BMW X7 models to choose from: Excellence, M Sport and M60i. You can tell them apart by their differing packages of styling details, but they all come with the same standard features.
These include the aforementioned infotainment system with sat-nav and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, four-zone climate control, leather upholstery, electrically-adjustable seats front and rear, heated front seats, adaptive cruise control and a glass sunroof – to name but a few things on a very long list.
There are several engines available as well. The petrol 40i and diesel 40d are powerful, smooth and quiet. They can potter around town happily, but accelerate really rapidly when you need to get a move on. If you want to go really fast, check out the high performance M60i, which can sprint from 0-62mph in less than five seconds. The diesel is the best all-rounder, thanks to its blend of performance and 30mpg-plus efficiency.
From behind the wheel, the BMW X7 feels remarkably nimble and engaging for such a large car, which makes it easy to travel cross-country at high speeds. The car’s size can be an issue in town, but there are all sorts of sensors, cameras and even automatic parking systems. It’s completely effortless to drive on motorways – there are many driver assistance systems to help out there – and the ride is never less than deeply comfortable.
At the time of writing, prices for the BMW X7 start at around £86,000 and top out at £110,000 – about what you’d pay for its main rivals. Running costs can be quite high, but not exceptionally so by large luxury SUV standards.
The BMW X7 is a top-notch family-friendly people carrier and a very talented luxury car. If that’s what you’re looking for, it should be near the top of your shopping list.