The biggest SUV that BMW manufactures is X7. The newer X7s cost at least $100,000 and come in sporty engine options like the 4.4-liter V8, which makes it feel like a sports vehicle. The X7 has enough room for three rows of seats and can carry up to 7 passengers when the third row of seats is unfolded.
The BMW X7
Arriving in a BMW X7 really says something about you. It speaks style, wealth and luxury like few vehicles out there do. This status symbol rivals the Mercedes GLS, the Audi Q7 and other high-end luxury SUVs without breaking a sweat. The X7 comes in a four-wheel xDrive and offers both diesel and gasoline engines.
The X7 is quite large, but it boasts a lot of power to compensate for its weight, which makes it extremely balanced on the road. Here are its specs:
- Length: 202.8 inches (5.15 meters)
- Width: 78.7 inches (2 meters)
- Height: 71.1 inches (1.8 meters)
- Weight: 2460 kilograms (5,423 lbs)
The X7 is the flagship of the BMW SUV production. It gets all the innovations and brand-new tech features right after the BMW 8 Series does. With a refined interior quality and a very, very long list of features, this luxury SUV does not back steer away from the BMW brand and also brings in monstrous performance for a heavy ride.
The 2021 xDrive40i X7 starts at around $75,000 for the standard model. This is a relatively low number for a high-end luxury SUV, but when you add a bigger engine and a few extra features, you will easily be spending around $120,000 for your new mid-range BMW. For a high-end model like the Alpina XB7 2021, the price starts around $140,000.
X7 engine, speed and transmission
There are 4 gasoline engines available for the X7 luxury SUV. The range starts with the X7 xDrive40i, which is a 335-horsepower l-6 3-liter engine that reaches 62 miles per hour in just 5.8 seconds. This is the slowest gasoline engine.
The quickest from the gasoline engines and overall is the Alpina XB7, which aired in 2020 and boosts with the insane 613 horsepower and a 4.4 L V8 twin-turbo engine that reaches from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 4.2 seconds.
Regarding the diesel engines, there are 3 models ranging from the X7 xDrive30d with 261 horsepower and a 3-liter engine to the X7 M50d, a 394-horsepower beast that reaches 62 miles in 5.4 seconds.
All engine variations are very quiet when you want them to be, and can make aggressive noises if you are in the mood to be a naughty driver. The engine is very responsive, even at the lowest RPMs. The turbocharger kicks in at around 2000 rpm.
All the engines are paired with an automatic eight-speed gearbox. The transmission is quick and smooth and allows you to take manual control if needed. The paddles for manual gear shifts are located behind the steering wheel and are quite comfortable.
Interior and features of the BMW X7
The 2021 models have finally fixed the issue of no Android Auto. Until this point, you had to be an iPhone user in order to take advantage of the Apple CarPlay.
Made with Vernasca leather, the X7 is available in “Design Pure Excellence” and M Sport trims. The interior is ample and provides plenty of room for both passengers in the front seats, in the back seats and in the third row.
The standard equipped model comes in with four-zone climate control, an iDrive 7.0, wireless charging, USB, heated three-row seats, autonomous cruise control and a collision detection system. Other helpful implementations are the braking intervention as well as a lane departure warning.
Optional packages include cooled or heated cup holders, LED lights or laser headlights, panoramic sunroof, off-road driving modes and traction control systems.
The self-levelling air suspension system is responsible for everyone’s comfort during longer and faster rides. The advanced system automatically lowers your vehicle by 0.8 inches in speeds higher than 86 miles per hour, in order to optimize aerodynamics.
BMW X7 Safety Features
Aside from the aforementioned lane departure warning, braking interventions and collision detection systems, the BMW X7 brings features like stability control, front-impact airbags, overhead airbags, knee airbags, and side-impact airbags. Airbags pretty much everywhere. You are as safe as it gets in the X7.
In case of a collision, the pretensioners of the seatbelts tighten automatically to place the passenger in the safest possible position during a crash. Anti-lock brakes or ABS are also available and sense when you are using extreme braking and greatly increases the ability of the X7 to turn while you are braking.
Other things to know about BMW SUVs
What is the difference between the BMW X5 and X7?
The main difference between the two BMW luxury SUVs is the size. The X7 has more cargo space since it is longer and taller than the X5. The two BMW SUVs come with the same engine options to choose from. Your overall choice depends on your preference. The X7 is a bit more luxurious and ample but comes at a higher price.
Which BMW SUV is the fastest?
The X3 M40i, X4 M40i, X5 xDrive50i and X6 xDrive50i all reach from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds. The Alpina XB7 2021, on the other hand, can reach 62 miles per hour in just 4.2 seconds, thanks to its 600-plus horsepower under the hood. So, we can label the BMW X7 the fastest BMW SUV.
Which is the cheapest BMW SUV you can buy?
The cheapest BMW SUV you can buy is 2020’s BMW X2, which starts at a surprising $37,000. Of course, this is the standard model with limited features and a low-end engine, but it is still a luxury SUV that impresses with both its looks and performance.