BMW X7 review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP £77,670What Car? Target Price from£72,764
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

If you want to seat seven in comfort, the BMW X7 isn't the cheapest option; a Land Rover Discovery will do the job for less money. Likewise, if you’re not desperate for the X7’s size but you like the rest of the package, you may well be better off with the cheaper BMW X5, which is still an excellent car, or the even better Audi Q7. However, if you’re looking for a fantastic blend of luxury, versatility and space, the X7 is a great buy – far more so than the Mercedes GLS.

The X7’s fuel economy and CO2 emissions are a close match for those of its key rivals. If you tend to have one eye on keeping running costs low, you’ll want to go for the xDrive40d for the best fuel economy, though. If you’re a company car driver, it probably won’t surprise you that the X7 – along with all its rivals – sits in the top benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax bracket.

As for equipment, there’s a simple choice of two trim levels. Every X7 is positively loaded with kit; air suspension, four-zone climate control, and heated front and rear seats are all standard. As ever, though, there’s an M Sport model that adds a head-up display, sporty cosmetic touches and upgraded brakes, with the M50i and M50d standing alone as trim levels in their own right, adding a limited-slip differential on the rear axle to increase cornering traction.

Our advice is to stick with the entry-level trim – simply named X7 – but to consider adding some of the optional extras for a touch of extravagance. You can add heated and cooled cupholders and TV screens for the second row, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

The X7 is too new to have proven its reliability, but BMW finished in 9th place out of 31 manufacturers in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, ranking impressively above premium rivals like Audi, Mercedes and Land Rover. When it comes to safety, the X7 has yet to be tested by Euro NCAP but should prove to be a very safe car, due in part to kit such as automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane-departure warning being fitted as standard. 

BMW X7 2019 RHD infotainment

Overview

The BMW is everything a big luxury SUV should be. Its huge interior is as practical as it is luxurious, and it’s comfortable and quiet on the road. What’s more, its style – not to mention its sheer scale – gives it an element of theatre and desirability that few rivals can match.

  • Super quiet and comfortable
  • Incredibly spacious and practical
  • Outstanding infotainment system
  • There are cheaper alternatives
  • Feels its size and weight on the road
  • Looks won’t be to all tastes

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