What's the used BMW X7 4x4 like?
There is a distinction between making an entrance and making an impression, but no one seems to have passed the message on to BMW. When the firm launched this luxurious BMW X7 seven-seat SUV, in 2019, it was obviously eager for it to stand out from the crowd, and so it gave the already gargantuan car a grille so large you can actually see it from the moon.
Luckily, there is more to the car than just the way it looks, and the X7 lives up to its grand exterior with excellent driving manners and a comfortable and opulent interior. In bold terms, though, it’s huge, being nearly 5.2m long and six feet tall, and it weighs in at just under 2.5 tonnes.
As for trims, there’s a simple choice of two different 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 sporty cosmetic touches and upgraded brakes, with the M50d and the M50i standing alone as trim levels in their own right, adding a limited-slip differential on the rear axle to increase cornering traction. Later, post-2022 models added an Excellence trim.
On the road, the 261bhp xDrive30d has plenty of performance. Push the accelerator and this huge SUV disguises its bulk well, getting you up to motorway speeds in the kind of effortless manner you’d expect from something half the size. It’s a civilised engine, too. If you opt for the six-cylinder petrol xDrive40i you’ll find it serenely quiet when you want it to be, and nice and snarly when you’re pressing on. What’s more, it’s impressively responsive, even at the very bottom of the rev range. The most potent engines in the range, though, are found under the bonnets of the M50d and M50i. In the M50d, it’s a diesel engine that can propel you up the road with near-explosive force and doesn’t sound too uncouth in the process, although it’s noisier than the xDrive30d.
When it comes to ride comfort, the standard air suspension does a fine job of soaking up whatever the road can throw at it, and it even gives the Audi Q7 a run for its money on the motorway. Unlike the smaller X5, the X7 really feels its size on winding roads – particularly narrow ones. Turn the steering wheel and the nose takes a moment to react, leaving you wondering if you’re going to plough straight on. Fortunately, the X7 does change course – although there’s lots of body lean when it does so.
Where its interior falls down on showiness, the X7 makes up for on quality. Every surface you look at or touch simply screams quality and craftsmanship, and this lends its interior a truly upmarket ambience. Infotainment is something of an X7 speciality, thanks to BMW’s latest 12.3in iDrive system. It can be operated through an extremely responsive touchscreen, the intuitive rotary-dial controller or even by using BMW’s voice control system. On top of those, there’s gesture control to adjust the volume, skip music tracks or change radio stations, although you do feel a bit silly wafting your hand around to activate it. With so many easy interfaces, all the key infotainment functions can be used safely while driving.
Of course, the X7 has masses of interior space. It’s tall and airy up front, and so wide that the driver could almost feel like they’re in a different postcode to their front passenger. There’s also plenty of room for those on the second-row seats to stretch out and, with no shortage of head, leg or shoulder room, even three adults sitting side-by-side will be relatively comfortable. There’s even dual-zone climate control for the second row and heated seats for the outer passengers. The seats can be moved forwards and backwards electrically in a 60/40 configuration, and can be folded in a 40/20/40 split.