BMW X7 (2019) Review

BMW X7 (2019) At A Glance

4/5
Honest John Overall Rating
If you're after a mammoth SUV, there are some brilliant choices. If you can afford it, the X7 makes a really strong case for itself, not least thanks to its sophisticated road manners and the spacious, high-quality cabin.

+Huge amounts of space, luxurious and refined inside, handles remarkably well for such a big SUV, seven seats as standard.

-Very large for your average parking space and with wide opening doors, rear seats slow to fold up and down.

The BMW X7 could just be the perfect car for the well-heeled family for whom money is no object. The sheer size of this car is one of its main attractions. Firstly, it gives the car massive visual impact, ensuring that you never go unnoticed, and it also gives a level of interior space that has the beating of most rivals. You also get a big boot, and the car delivers a wonderfully polished and sophisticated driving experience. Yes, it’s expensive, but no more so than many rivals, and the unbelievable quality on display, and the vast amount of luxury kit you get, mean that it feels like money well spent. It’s really hard to fault.

Never one to shy away from a challenge, 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 and, of course, the all-conquering Range Rover. 

Complete with seven-seats, a luxurious interior and cutting edge technology, the BMW makes a strong case for itself as the best big SUV on the market. And we do mean big. Even next to its huge competitors, the X7 looks like a complete behemoth thanks to its epic proportions and that gigantic, gaping grille at the front. This car is no wallflower, that’s for sure.

The X7’s size brings more benefits than just on-road presence, too. All of the seven seats are surrounded by loads of space, making this one of the roomiest people-movers you’ll ever encounter.

All the seats fold down and flip back up electrically, and while this makes the process very easy, albeit also painfully slow. There's a split tailgate (both parts electrically operated, naturally) and a huge boot, along with a standard-fit electrically-operated panoramic glass roof.

Trademark BMW quality is evident throughout, but the cabin has an even more luxurious feel than the smaller X5, with sumptuous materials everywhere you look. There's plenty of cutting edge technology, too, including a fully-digital instrument cluster. That said, it doesn’t feel quite as special as a Range Rover.

The engine line up comprises two petrols and two diesels. They’re all superb, with a great mix of power and refinement, but it’s the entry-level diesel, the 30d, that's the pick. And despite its size and bulk, the X7 handles very well for such a big car, making it more agile than most of the competition.

Its real forte is ride comfort, though, especially on the motorway. That said, wherever you drive it, it's smooth, quiet and effortless.

Ask Honest John

What's the best large SUV for carrying my grandchildren around?
"I'm considering a large SUV which I'll buy new. Budget is not an issue. What do you suggest? As many Isofix seats as possible for my grandchildren is a priority."
If practicality is important and budget isn't an issue, we'd recommend a BMW X7. It's a very good, premium SUV with seven seats and Isofix points in the outer middle seats and both rear seats. Also consider the Volvo XC90, Mercedes-Benz GLS and Land Rover Discovery - all are very practical, premium SUVs.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Which SUV is best for comfort?
"I am thinking of buying a new SUV. Can you tell me which model is the best for comfort?"
The most comfortable would probably be something like a Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz GLS or BMW X7 - but they're very expensive. When it comes to affordable models, the Citroen C5 Aircross is the best for comfort.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Which is the best seven seat SUV?
"Which is the best seven seat SUV?"
The Skoda Kodiaq and Peugeot 5008 are both excellent seven-seat SUVs, although adults won't be comfortable in the third row in either. Alternatively, you could look at more expensive SUVs like the Volvo XC90 and BMW X7.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a BMW X7 (2019) cost?