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2020 BMW X7 Interior Review


Interior: 7.3

The BMW X7 stands out as one of the most luxurious picks in the competitive luxury large SUV class. The cabin is elegantly styled and trimmed with quality materials. There’s an exceptional variety of standard tech and convenience features. All seven seats are comfortable and can accommodate adults as well. Cargo space is about average for the segment.

  • "Interior quality is exceptional, which is expected for a vehicle of such a lofty price, but it can indeed get downright lavish when you start checking options boxes. … Even without all the extra fancy bits, the design is quite fetching and a welcome departure from BMW's usual no-nonsense aesthetic." -- Autoblog
  • "The X7's interior is some of BMW's best work yet. The large windshield and sensibly sized pillars provide an expansive forward view. … Even the plastics feel a notch above the competition's." -- Car and Driver (2019)
  • "Once inside, this SUV lives up to its flagship status. Like the 7 Series sedan, it has a similar horizontal design, lavish use of fine leather and pleasing stitching." -- Edmunds (2019)


The BMW X7 is a luxury three-row SUV with seven seats. A six-seat layout is optional, and it swaps the second-row bench seat for two captain’s chairs. The standard heated front seats are soft and very supportive, and they feature 16-way power adjustments, making it easy for occupants of all sizes to find a comfortable position. Synthetic leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are also standard. The second-row seats are similarly cozy. Even the third row has enough space for adults, at least for shorter trips.

Available features include genuine leather upholstery, heated front-seat armrests, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats. You can also upgrade to 20-way power-adjustable front seats with ventilation and massaging functions.

  • "Space in the second row is palatial, while adults can even fit quite comfortably in the third row of seats. They can even have their own climate controls, which is a feature we do not recall seeing before." -- Autoblog
  • "What won’t fade, at least over the course of about eight hours and over 400 miles, is the superbly comfortable nature of the X7’s seats. Almost infinitely adjustable, with heating, cooling and of course massage functionality, the xDrive50i’s front thrones cradle their occupants at the perfect confluence of 'soft' and 'supportive.'" -- Jalopnik (2019)
  • "Overall space inside this big BMW SUV is excellent; there’s enough headroom and legroom in both of the X7’s rear rows for 6-foot-tall passengers to sit comfortably. Moreover, the second-row seats tip forward to aid ingress and egress, further aided by rear side doors that have been lengthened to improve interior access." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)

Interior Features

The BMW X7 has a user-friendly iDrive infotainment system with multiple ways to control most functions. You can use the touch screen, voice recognition, physical buttons on the dashboard, as well as a knob and touchpad on the center console. Critics aren’t sold on BMW’s available gesture recognition system, though, since it tends to miss or misunderstand hand signals.

Standard tech and convenience features include a 12.3-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, five USB ports, a 10-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, quad-zone automatic climate control, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a panoramic moonroof.

Available tech and convenience features include gesture control, 12- and 16-speaker Harman Kardon stereos, a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins stereo, a rear-seat entertainment system, five-zone automatic climate control, heated and cooled cup holders, remote start, soft-closing doors, and rear-window sunshades.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. There are also several safety upgrades, including lane keep assist, hands-free parking assist, a surround-view parking camera system, a head-up display, and a night vision camera.

See 2020 BMW X7 specs »

  • “There's also the silly gesture controls, but they don't work consistently, and as we're not wizards, we prefer not to flick and swish our way through radio stations. Being a wizard would make it easier to operate this latest version of iDrive, as it can certainly overwhelm and isn't as initially intuitive as Mercedes new MBUX or Porsche's latest touchscreen setup. Operating it with Apple CarPlay is also a constant source of frustration, which is inexcusable since BMW actually makes you pay extra for CarPlay as a subscription – the only car company to do so." -- Autoblog
  • "The 12.3-inch infotainment screen renders crisp images and is easy to operate via a finger on the touchscreen or with the familiar iDrive control knob. … Fortunately, physical buttons still exist to manage most HVAC controls. " -- Car and Driver (2019)
  • "The first thing most folks will notice is the pair of 12.3-inch screens on the dashboard. The gauge cluster screen is configurable, and it lays out information in a straightforward way. … The infotainment screen houses the latest version of BMW's iDrive system. Touch capability is a welcome addition, offering an extra degree of manipulation above the standard rotary controller." -- CNET (2019)


The BMW X7 has 12.8 cubic feet of cargo space with all of its seats in the upright position. Fold down the third row, and you’ll have 48.6 cubic feet of space. There’s 90.4 cubic feet of space with the second and third row seats folded. This maximum cargo capacity is about average for the luxury large SUV class. A power liftgate comes standard.  

  • With the third row up, space behind the rear seat is limited, only fitting our carry-on luggage when placed upright, though there is a sizable bin underneath the load floor. Still, the cargo area is enough for a few soft bags or a load of groceries." -- Autoblog (2019)
  • "As for cargo space, I can't fit two backpacks and two carry-on-size roller bags in back without folding the third-row seats down, so don't expect to haul a family of seven's worth of junk across the Great Plains." -- CNET (2019)
  • "Behind the third row is enough space for two rolling carry-on suitcases but not much else. The seatbacks slowly fold flat at the touch of a button to provide 48.6 cubic feet of storage. With the second row stowed, the maximum capacity tops out at 90.4 cubic feet, which is generous among rivals." -- Edmunds (2019)
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