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2020 BMW X7 Review

The 2020 BMW X7 ranks in the top half of the luxury large SUV class. It combines strong engine performance and composed handling with a spacious and well-trimmed interior that has mostly user-friendly features.

Pros & Cons

  • High-end cabin materials
  • Many standard tech and safety features
  • Muscular engine options
  • Comfortable ride
  • Steering feels too light

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.3
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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Is the BMW X7 a Good SUV?

The BMW X7 is a great option if you’re shopping for a luxury large SUV. The X7 has a roomy three-row interior with elegant styling and top-notch materials. It’s loaded with intuitive tech features and a wide array of active safety equipment. This BMW's refined air suspension and brawny turbocharged engine lineup make it both comfortable and enjoyable to drive. Factor in a large cargo area, hefty towing ability, and good fuel economy, and the X7 emerges as a true jack-of-all-trades.

Should I Buy the BMW X7?

You should definitely consider the X7. Its mix of performance, interior quality, and practicality make it an excellent pick in this segment. It’s not the only standout, though. The Mercedes-Benz GLS is similarly capable, but it undercuts the X7’s starting price by a couple thousand dollars. There's also the Lincoln Navigator, which offers superior seating and cargo space. Depending on your needs, one of these may be a better option than the X7.

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Should I Buy a New or Used BMW X7?

BMW launched the X7 as an all-new SUV for 2019. It was initially available in two trim levels: the 335-horsepower xDrive40i and the 456-horsepower xDrive50i. Since these trims haven’t seen any major changes for 2020, you may want to consider saving money with a similar 2019 model.

That said, you’ll want to stick with the 2020 X7 if you’re looking for high-performance M50i. This variant has a 523-horsepower engine, larger wheels and brakes, a performance-tuned exhaust, and an upgraded differential.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2019 BMW X7 review to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

We Did the Research for You: 11 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 11 BMW X7 reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible. This 2020 BMW X7 review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which includes the 2019 and 2020 model years.

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How Much Does the BMW X7 Cost?

The BMW X7 starts at $73,900. That's in line with the starting prices of many competing SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz GLS ($70,150), Lincoln Navigator ($73,205) and Cadillac Escalade ($75,195). This xDrive40i base model has a six-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive, and a ton of standard features. The V8-powered xDrive50i costs $92,600. At the top of the lineup is the new-for-2020 X7 M50i, which has a more powerful V8 and M Sport performance upgrades.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great deals at your local BMW dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our BMW deals page.

BMW X7 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: BMW X7 or Mercedes-Benz GLS?

There’s a lot to like about both the new BMW X7 and its chief rival, the Mercedes-Benz GLS. Both of these big German SUVs have three rows of spacious seats, and you'll find similar cargo dimensions and towing limits between the two. Both models also offer muscular turbocharged engines, comparable fuel economy, and pleasant driving dynamics. The current GLS can trace its roots back to the 2013 GL, so it doesn’t feel quite as fresh or up to date in terms of its styling or tech features. On the other hand, the entry-level GLS costs nearly $4,000 less than the standard X7. At the end of the day, both are great options in the luxury large SUV class.

Which Is Better: BMW X7 or Lincoln Navigator?

If the X7 isn’t quite big enough for your family, the palatial Lincoln Navigator ought to be. The Navigator seats up to eight people with wiggle room to spare, and it has a tremendous 120 cubic feet of cargo space in its largest configuration. The Navigator can also tow more than the BMW – a class-leading 8,700 pounds – and it comes standard with a livelier 450-horsepower engine. Inside, both SUVs pile on the luxe materials and elegant styling. All in all, the Navigator provides a bit more capability for nearly the same price.

Which Is Better: BMW X7 or BMW X5?

The BMW X5 and X7 have a lot in common, from their six- and eight-cylinder engines to their nearly identical interior styling. Both have similar standard features lists as well. Choosing between these two shouldn’t be a tough choice, though. The X7 is a far better pick if you need three rows of seats. You can get the X5 with a third row, but it’s very cramped back there. On the other hand, the X5 is the better buy if you want to save money. It’s a luxury midsize SUV that retails for $15,000 less than the base X7. Ultimately, both are great options in their respective segments.

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X7 Interior

How Many People Does the X7 Seat?

The BMW X7 is a luxury three-row SUV with standard seating for seven people. A six-seat layout is optional, and it trades the second-row bench seat for a pair of captain’s chairs. The X7’s first- and second-row seats are very comfortable, providing support in all the right places as well as a generous amount of head- and legroom for adults. The SUV’s wide rear doors make it easy to get into and out of the back. The third row can comfortably fit two adults on short trips, but it’s a better space for kids and teens on longer outings.

The X7 comes standard with heated and 16-way power-adjustable front seats. You can upgrade to 20-way power-adjustable front seats with ventilating and massaging functions. Heated rear seats are also optional.

X7 and Car Seats

The BMW X7 has complete sets of LATCH car-seat connections for its second-row outboard seats and third-row seats.

X7 Interior Quality

The SUVs in this segment are known for having cavernous interiors, but none are quite as nice as the X7’s. The styling is handsome but reserved. There are quality materials in every direction, from the sleek metal and wood accents, to the available glass switchgear and leather-trimmed dashboard. Even the plastic surfaces have a high-end look and feel. Synthetic leather upholstery comes standard, and genuine leather is available.

The X7’s cabin does a good job of muffling wind and traffic noise. That said, tire noise seems to seep through, especially on rough pavement – a side effect of the SUV’s larger wheels and hard run-flat tires.

X7 Cargo Space

The BMW X7 has 12.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats, 48.6 cubic feet with the third row folded, and a vast 90.4 cubic feet with both rear rows folded. That’s about average for the luxury large SUV class. A hands-free power liftgate and a power-folding third row are standard.

X7 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The X7 is absolutely loaded with technology, and most of it is user-friendly. The basic setup features a 12.3-inch iDrive infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, 10 speakers, Bluetooth, and three USB ports. This screen has crisp graphics, and it responds quickly to inputs. You can manage the system by tapping and swiping on the screen, but there’s also a knob and touchpad on the center console, buttons on the dash for the audio and air conditioning, and voice recognition. These redundant controls can really come in handy on the go.

Other standard features include a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, quad-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic moonroof, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and additional USB ports for back-seat passengers.

Options include remote start, five-zone automatic climate control, heated and cooled cup holders, rear-seat entertainment screens, 12- and 16-speaker Harman Kardon stereos, and a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system.

One of the quirkier features is the optional gesture control system (part of the Premium package), which allows you to adjust certain settings with hand motions. For instance, you can raise or lower the radio volume by twirling your index finger in the air. It’s neat, but it tends to respond to unintended gestures.

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X7 Performance

X7 Engine: Power a Plenty

With the 2020 BMW X7, there are three engine choices. No matter which one you go for, an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard.

The entry-level xDrive40i model has a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder with 335 horsepower. It feels like it has more power, though. This inline six is responsive, and it confidently shuttles the big X7 up to speed. It takes this BMW only six seconds to accelerate from zero to 60 mph. The eight-speed automatic is similarly impressive; it fires off quick yet smooth gear changes.

The midlevel xDrive50i model has a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 with 456 horsepower. With this engine, the X7 accelerates from a stop with a bit more vigor and a throatier exhaust note, but its extra power is most noticeable when effortlessly passing other vehicles on the highway. The uplevel X7 M50i has a 523-horsepower version of that V8, and as you might expect, it’s a bit of overkill. The zero-to-60 sprint drops to just 4.5 seconds.

X7 Gas Mileage: Stick with the Six

The X7 xDrive40i gets an EPA-rated 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, making it one of the most fuel-efficient luxury large SUVs. The V8-powered xDrive50i and M50i models are thirstier by comparison; both are rated at 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

X7 Ride and Handling: Comfortable yet Capable

The BMW X7 strikes a nice balance between ride quality and handling agility, thanks in large part to its self-leveling air suspension. This system filters out the bumps and dips in the pavement, yielding a smooth and comfortable ride while also keeping the X7 stable around turns. It’s adjustable as well, so you can dial in a cushier setting for highway cruising or stiffer settings when on winding roads.

The X7’s brakes are similarly refined. They provide strong stopping power, and the pedal has a linear, predictable feel. On the other hand, the steering feels a bit too light and sensitive, though this is a common complaint of larger SUVs. Overall, we suspect most drivers will be perfectly happy with the X7’s driving dynamics.

X7 Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the BMW X7 can tow up to 7,500 pounds.

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X7 Reliability

Is the BMW X7 Reliable?

The 2020 BMW X7 does not have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power at this time.

BMW X7 Warranty

BMW covers the X7 with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty.

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X7 Safety

X7 Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released crash test results for the 2020 X7.

X7 Safety Features

The 2020 BMW X7 has many standard safety features. These include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, a driver drowsiness monitor, and the Active Driving Assistant package. This package includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Optional safety features include a surround-view parking camera system, hands-free parallel parking assist, a night vision camera, a head-up display, lane keep assist, and a semi-autonomous traffic jam assist.

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X7 Dimensions and Weight

The BMW X7 is 17 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 5,370 to 5,661 pounds, depending on configuration.

Where Is the 2020 BMW X7 Built?

BMW builds the 2020 X7 in South Carolina.

Which BMW X7 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 BMW X7 is available in three trim levels: xDrive40i, xDrive50i, and M50i. We think the base 40i model is the best bet for most shoppers. It’s well equipped with convenience features, and it delivers strong engine performance. While the 50i models are tempting, their high-powered V8 engines come with a steep price hike. All X7s come standard with seating for seven, but you can upgrade to the available second-row captain's chairs for a six-seat configuration.

BMW X7 xDrive40i

The 2020 BMW X7 xDrive40i starts at $73,900. It has a 335-horsepower turbocharged straight-six engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, heated and 16-way power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, quad-zone automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, proximity keyless entry, a panoramic moonroof, a power liftgate, an air suspension, and 21-inch alloy wheels.

Standard tech features include a 12.3-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, navigation, a 10-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, five USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and wireless device charging. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, parking sensors, a driver drowsiness monitor, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

There are a number of optional extras and packages available for the X7. These include genuine leather upholstery ($1,450), second-row captain’s chairs ($850), a rear-seat entertainment system ($2,200), a night vision camera ($2,300), a trailer hitch ($550), and 22-inch wheels ($1,300).

The $2,800 Premium package adds remote start, soft-closing doors, rear-window sunshades, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, a head-up display, and gesture controls for the infotainment system. The Executive package ($4,100) shares these features plus glass switchgear, heated-and-cooled cup holders, and LED roof lighting. The $1,200 Cold Weather package adds a heated steering wheel, heated front-seat armrests, heated second-row seats, and five-zone automatic climate control.

The $3,850 Dynamic Handling package includes M Sport brakes, rear-wheel steering, and a road-scanning adaptive suspension. The Driving Assistance Professional package ($1,700) gives you lane keep assist, and a semi-autonomous traffic jam assistant. The Luxury Seating package ($1,600) adds multi-contour front seats with ventilation and massaging functions. The $800 Parking Assistance package includes a surround-view parking camera system and hands-free parallel park assist. Lastly, the $1,650 Off-Road package has skid plates, a locking differential, and selectable off-road driving modes.

BMW X7 xDrive50i

The 2020 BMW X7 xDrive50i starts at $92,600. It has a twin-turbo V8 with 456 horsepower, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. This trim also comes with the Parking Assistance package, leather upholstery, 20-way adjustable front seats, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and soft-close doors.

The xDrive50i offers many of the same packages and options as the xDrive40i model, but some of the prices are slightly different. A 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system is available for $3,400.

BMW X7 M50i

The 2020 BMW X7 M50i starts at $99,600. This trim has the same standard and available features as the xDrive50i model, but it adds an upgraded V8 engine with 523 horsepower, an M Sport exhaust, an M Sport limited-slip differential, 22-inch wheels, and larger M Sport brakes.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local BMW dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our BMW deals page.

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The Final Call

The spacious BMW X7 is a great choice in the luxury large SUV class. It’s comfortable to drive, dressed to the nines, and well-equipped with convenience and safety features. That said, it competes in a class of other greats like the Lincoln Navigator and Mercedes-Benz GLS. Test drive all three of these top-rated models before making your decision.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The X7's position as a flagship SUV means it needs to be the best and brightest, and I feel it succeeds in that regard." -- CNET (2019)
  • "BMW may be a vehicle generation behind Mercedes and its GLS-class to the full-size luxury SUV table, but the X7 accomplishes what it set out to do, namely be hugely comfortable, hugely capable, and hugely luxurious. Prepare yourself to see a lot of them—they’ll certainly be hard to miss." -- Automobile Magazine (2019)
  • "The … BMW X7 is sure to be a hit, and deservedly so. It helps that it's the most modern vehicle in the class, but taken on its own, it's still a comfortable, spacious and generally enjoyable place to soak up the road." -- Autoblog (2019)
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