The X7 is currently BMW’s biggest offering and you damn well won’t forget it, either. It’s luxurious and smooth, but you never quite shake the feeling you’re driving something the approximate length of a “killer whale”.
X7 is a fresh choice at the moment for luxury car buyers needing more seats than what a two-row Porsche or Range Rover can offer. That also includes advantages of cargo space and versatility thanks to the X7 being considerably longer in wheelbase and overall length.
BMW X5 can be had with seven seats, it’s not a proper luxury seven-seater in the way a Range Rover would be if you could have one with seven seats. The X7 aims to build on the offering from the X5, but add smatterings of luxury to the mix.
On paper and in images, I didn’t think the X7 really hit the brief. It simply appeared to be a bloated X5 without a distinct focus on luxury or space. But, that all changes when you see it in person.
The X7 comes in two variants, the xDrive40i and the XDrive 50i. Both come standard with all-wheel drive and the real differentiator is their power plants. The 2019 BMW X7 xDrive40i comes standard with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine while the 2019 BMW X7 xDrive 50i is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 3.0-liter achieves 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque and the V8 generates 456 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. The smaller engine propels the X7 from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds while the larger completes the task in 5.2 seconds.
For 2020, the X7 adds the high-performance M50i model to its portfolio on top of the existing xDrive40i and xDrive50i. Besides boasting 523 horsepower, the M50i includes M-specific suspension tuning and exhaust, plus a special M Sport differential. It also gets special styling elements and interior trim. The X7 was all-new last year.
The beast measures in at 5151mm long (229mm longer than the X5), 2000mm wide (4mm narrower than X5) and 1805mm high (60mm higher than X5). More importantly, it sits on a wheelbase that’s 130mm longer than the X5 (3105mm).
The X7 M50i are still to be confirmed, though we’d guess equipment levels will largely mirror that of the M50d, meaning kit like 22-inch alloy wheels, the M Aerodynamics Package, Cerium Grey exterior accents, Merino leather trim, an Alcantara headliner, five-zone climate control, M Sport exhaust, M Sport differential, premium harman/kardon audio, BMW Laserlight headlights and M Sport brakes should all be standard.
That’s on top of the xDrive30d’s two-axle adaptive air suspension, comfort access, panoramic sunroof, Driving Assistant Professional package (AEB, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert etc.), surround camera system, 12.3-inch instrument display, 12.3-inch infotainment system, wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless smartphone charging, and head-up display.
The xDrive50i starts at $93,595. Besides its bigger engine, it gets a few features that are optional on the 40i. These include a 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, extra parking cameras, leather upholstery and the Driver Assistance Professional package (see Safety section below).
Pricing for the M50i starts at $100,595. Besides its bigger engine, performance upgrades include 22-inch wheels and M Sport suspension, brakes, differential and exhaust. It also gains multi-contour front seats, which are optional on the xDrive50i.
Beyond that, there’s a dizzying number of options that can skyrocket the X7’s price tag deep into $100,000 territory.