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2019 BMW X7 Review

The 2019 BMW X7 ranks high in the luxury large SUV class thanks to its elegant, comfortable cabin and user-friendly features. It's not as much fun to drive as some rivals, though.

Pros & Cons

  • World-class interior quality
  • Strong engine lineup
  • Great fuel economy for the class
  • Long list of infotainment and active safety features
  • Ponderous handling
  • Little cargo space behind third row

Is the BMW X7 a Good SUV?

The BMW X7 is a good luxury large SUV that hits all the marks for a range-topping luxury vehicle. Its infotainment features showcase the latest in BMW technology, and ample cabin space allows a whole crew of riders enjoy the trip. It offers two potent engine choices, though handling is uninspiring.

Should I Buy the BMW X7?

There's a lot to like about the new X7. A long list of standard features makes it a decent value proposition in the class, and in typical BMW fashion, there are tons of optional packages and features to make the SUV even better. 

This is a competitive class, though, and the X7 is still out of striking distance from top picks like the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the Lincoln Navigator. The GLS is among the most athletic vehicles in the class, while the Navigator serves up one of the largest interiors. Depending on your priorities, one or both of those might be a better buy than the X7.

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Should I Buy a New or Used BMW X7?

The 2019 BMW X7 is an all-new vehicle, so there are no older models to choose from.

We Did the Research for You: 9 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed nine BMW X7 reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 X7 is the right new car for you.

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How Much Does the BMW X7 Cost?

The BMW X7 starts at $73,900. That's competitive with the starting prices of rival luxury large SUVs like the Lincoln Navigator ($73,205) and Mercedes-Benz GLS ($70,150).

Every X7 model comes with all-wheel drive (xDrive) and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The roughly $74,000 base version is the xDrive40i, which has a turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The X7 xDrive50i and its twin-turbocharged V8 starts at $92,600. Adding options and packages to the X7 can drive prices up to almost $118,000.

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BMW X7 Versus the Competition

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

While BMW launched the X7 for the 2019 model year, the Mercedes-Benz GLS is nearing the end of a generation that began with the 2013 GL. Age isn't stopping the GLS, as it's still one of the most well-rounded luxury large SUVs. The GLS' performance is among the best in the class, combining athletic handling with powerful engine options and a comfortable ride. The X7 is several thousand dollars more expensive, but it comes with more modern technology and a longer list of features. Both of these SUVs offer impressive interior quality and comparable space for both passengers and cargo. Go with the Benz if you want a fun drive, but pick the BMW if you want more features.

Which Is Better: BMW X7 or Lincoln Navigator?

The Lincoln Navigator ranks at the top of our luxury large SUV segment. It has the most cargo space in the class, and seating for up to eight with plenty of passenger room, even in the third row. An available long-wheelbase version allows you to haul even more stuff and gives back-seat riders more space to stretch out. The Navigator comes standard with a 450-horsepower engine that boasts a class-leading 8,700-pound towing capacity. You'll get slightly better handling with the Lincoln, and though rear-wheel drive is standard, it can be equipped with four-wheel drive. These two competitors both have a swanky interior and very similar starting prices. However, you're better off going with the Navigator for the money you'd spend.

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X7 Interior

How Many People Does the X7 Seat?

The BMW X7 seats seven people. It's the first proper 3-row SUV from the brand, in contrast to the smaller X5, which has an optional third row. The driver and front passenger enjoy excellent accommodations, with standard 16-way power-adjustable and heated front sport seats. These buckets offer all-day comfort and tons of options for finding the perfect position. You can also upgrade to 20-way power-adjustable, multi-contour, ventilated, and massaging front seats that you may never want to get out of.

A three-person second-row bench seat is standard, and captain's chairs are optional. The X7's wide doors make it easy to get into and out of the back, and passengers in the second row should find sufficient head- and legroom. The seats have power-sliding capability, traveling almost 6 inches to divide legroom the way you want it between the second and third rows. All the way in the back, two seats have enough space for adults to ride for shorter journeys.

X7 and Car Seats

The three-row BMW X7 has complete sets of LATCH car-seat anchors for its second-row outboard seats.

X7 Interior Quality

As BMW's new flagship SUV, the X7 delivers a luxurious experience. All the cabin materials are top-notch, and the interior design is sleek and modern. Some critics say the X7 makes a case for being the nicest vehicle BMW has made. Real wood trim pieces up the luxury quotient, and even the plastic surfaces feel high-end. You can opt for swanky upgrades like a leather-covered dashboard, heated front-seat armrests, and a glass shifter knob.

One notable downside is that even with the base model's roughly $74,000 price tag, you're still getting synthetic leather upholstery. It's nice enough, but having to check an option box for real leather is a surprising corner-cutting measure for a vehicle of this caliber.

X7 Cargo Space

With all three rows of seats in place, the BMW X7 has enough cargo space for just a few large bags or a couple of suitcases. Fold down the third row, and you'll open up 48.6 cubic feet of space, which is about average for the class. With both the second- and third-row seats folded down, the X7 serves up 90.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

The power-folding third row collapses with the push of a button, creating a flat load floor. The liftgate also opens in two pieces, with hands-free power access.

X7 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The 2019 X7 boasts a long list of standard and optional infotainment tech. The latest version of the iDrive interface features a sharp 12.3-inch screen that's in the driver's direct line of sight. The system has a touch screen, which is easy to reach, or you can use a rotary controller knob on the center console. BMW's iDrive system functions smoothly and responds quickly to your inputs. There are rows of physical buttons lower on the center stack for controlling climate and audio functions, and they're generally clearly labeled.

The X7 comes standard with one-year access to Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. After that, you'll have to pay to renew the subscription on a yearly basis. Previously, most new BMW models offered CarPlay as a standalone option for a couple hundred dollars and lifetime access. Both of those business models still stand in contrast to many mainstream car brands that include CarPlay and Android Auto (not found in the X7) as no-strings-attached standard features.

In addition to the 12.3-inch infotainment screen, the X7 comes with a 12.3-inch digital instrument display and gauge cluster. Other standard features include a panoramic moonroof, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, four-zone automatic climate control, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and wireless device charging. Optional amenities include five-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic LED roof, heated and cooled cupholders, remote start, a 12- or 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo, a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and a second-row entertainment system.

With the optional infotainment gesture controls, you can make changes and adjustments with hand gestures such as spinning your index finger in the air to raise the volume. You can also spring for a touch-screen electronic display key that has a tiny touch panel. It can activate climate settings when you're away from the car, and you can use it to check fuel levels and see if the windows or sunroof are open.

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X7 Performance

X7 Engine: Two Strong Choices

The 2019 X7 xDrive40i comes standard with a 3.0-liter, turbocharged six-cylinder engine that produces 335 horsepower. Despite the X7's bulk, this powertrain moves the SUV along fairly quickly. Turbo lag is almost nonexistent.

Under the hood of the X7 xDrive50i is a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that puts out 456 horsepower. It feels a lot more muscular than the base powertrain, and it roars to life with an enthusiastic exhaust note that will surely tempt a lot of shoppers. It also comes at a premium of almost $20,000 over the base model's price, though, so the upgrade may not be worth it.

Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers smooth and accurate shifts.

X7 Gas Mileage: Very Impressive

The X7 with its base engine returns an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Those are among the best numbers for a luxury large SUV. Fuel economy estimates for the larger engine are 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway, which are around the highest estimates in the class.

The Mercedes-Benz GLS earns up to 16/22 mpg city/highway, while the Lincoln Navigator gets up to 16/23 mpg city/highway.

X7 Ride and Handling: Tighten It Up

The X7's hefty stature does it no favors when it comes to handling. This is an SUV that prioritizes comfort over sportiness, with a standard air suspension that easily absorbs nearly everything a broken road can throw at it. Going around turns, the X7 feels composed, but there's still some obvious body roll. With quick steering inputs – like if you need to avoid something on the road – the X7 darts back and forth. Handling feedback isn't as good as it is with many other BMW models, or even other large luxury SUVs.

You can increase sportiness a little bit with the addition of the Dynamic Handling package. This bundle includes an electronic damping suspension, M Sport brakes, and rear-wheel steering that increases maneuverability in tight spaces and responsiveness and stability at high speeds. For the xDrive50i model, that package also adds an M Sport differential. Standard all-wheel drive gives the X7 good road grip in adverse situations, and you can add an off-road package with skid plates, a locking differential, and selectable off-road driving modes.

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?

As of this writing, the 2019 BMW X7 doesn't have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

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

Like many expensive vehicles, the BMW X7 did not undergo crash testing by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

X7 Safety Features

The 2019 BMW X7 features a long list of driver assistance and active safety technology. Standard amenities include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive headlights, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Optional driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, forward collision evasion assistant, lane control assist, emergency stop assist, automatic parking assist, a surround-view parking camera, and a head-up display.

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Which BMW X7 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 BMW X7 comes in two trims: xDrive40i and xDrive50i. Both models have all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The xDrive40i features a 3.0-liter, turbocharged six-cylinder engine, and the xDrive50i has a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8. Most buyers should be fine with the engine power afforded by the base model.

After you pick what you want under the hood, you can stick with either the standard Luxury design line or opt for the M Sport design. The M Sport line gets interior and exterior design enhancements, but it has a higher base price by several thousand dollars. Beyond a long list of standard features, most other options are left up to personal taste.

BMW X7 xDrive40i

The 2019 BMW X7 xDrive40i starts at $73,900. Standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, 16-way power-adjustable front sport seats, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-folding and heated outside mirrors, a panoramic moonroof, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, four-zone automatic climate control, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a power liftgate.

The standard iDrive infotainment system features a 12.3-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and wireless device charging. Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive headlights, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

There are quite a few packages available for the X7. Genuine leather upholstery is available for $1,450, and premium Merino leather is $2,450. For $1,200, the Cold Weather package adds heated front-seat armrests, a heated steering wheel, rear heated seats, and five-zone automatic climate control. The $3,850 Dynamic Handling package includes rear-wheel steering, M Sport brakes, and a dynamic suspension. The Driving Assistance Professional package costs $1,700 and comes with adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, forward collision evasion assistant, lane control assist, and emergency stop assist. The $1,600 Luxury Seating package comes with 20-way power-adjustable, multi-contour, ventilated, and massaging front seats. The Off-Road package retails for $1,650 and adds skid plates, a locking differential, and selectable off-road driving modes. The Parking Assistance package comes with automatic parking assist and a surround-view parking camera for $700. The $3,000 Premium Package includes infotainment gesture control, heated and cooled cupholders, a head-up display, remote start, soft-closing doors, and power rear-window sunshades.

Standalone options include an electronic display key ($300), a panoramic LED roof ($750), a glass shift knob ($650), a leather-wrapped dashboard ($1,200), second-row captain's chairs ($600), a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system ($875), a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system ($4,200), and a second-row entertainment system ($2,200).

BMW X7 xDrive50i

The 2019 BMW X7 xDrive50i starts at $92,600. It adds genuine leather upholstery, 20-way power-adjustable front seats, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, forward collision evasion assistant, lane control assist, emergency stop assist, a surround-view parking camera, and automatic parking assist.

The Cold Weather package is the same as in the xDrive40i model. The Dynamic Handling package for this trim costs $4,750 but also comes with an M Sport differential. The $1,200 Luxury Seating package adds ventilation and massaging functions to the front seats. The Off-Road package retails for $2,950 in this trim. For $1,550, the Premium package includes remote start, soft-closing doors, heated and cooled cupholders, power rear-window sunshades, and infotainment gesture controls. The xDrive50i offers most of the same individual options for the same prices as the xDrive40i model.

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 inaugural BMW X7 is a great effort for the brand as it enters this lucrative market segment for the first time. A quality cabin, lots of space, and user-friendly features should attract most shoppers looking for a large luxury SUV. However, top rivals offer better performance or more space, and they feel more well-rounded than the X7.

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
  • "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
  • "The 2019 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
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