The interior layout, fit and finish
For a car with such an ostentatious, gargantuan exterior, you might be surprised by the BMW X7’s rather low-key interior design. It can’t match the Mercedes GLS, with its eye-catching all-in-one widescreen displays, and nor can it trump the sheer opulence of the Range Rover.
Where it falls down on showiness, the X7 makes up for that on quality. Every surface you look at or touch simply screams quality and craftsmanship, and this lends its interior a truly upmarket ambience that matches that of the Audi Q7 and soundly beats the much cheaper-feeling GLS.
Meanwhile, ‘Live Cockpit Professional’ is the name given to BMW’s 12.3in digital instrument cluster, which is standard across the range. It’s great at putting the most relevant information in front of the driver, including the sat-nav map or music information.
It’s enhanced even further by the head-up display, which projects data including speed and navigation instructions on to the windscreen. All things considered, the BMW iDrive infotainment system is the best in the business.
Behind the wheel, you’ll find a typically high-set SUV seating position with electrically adjustable front seats that are effortlessly easy to fine-tune to your taste. Massage functionality is also an option, although it’s not as luxurious as it sounds because it’s disappointingly weak.
While there are no notable flaws in the X7’s visibility, a car this bulky can present a few manoeuvring challenges, so front and rear parking sensors, a plethora of all-round cameras and even a self-parking system all come as standard. 'Laserlight' headlights are available at extra cost and use laser technology to create a brilliantly bright light.