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2019 BMW X7

What’s new

  • The X7 is an all-new BMW model
  • Bigger and roomier than the X5
  • Standard three-row seating

Pros & Cons

  • Strong engine performance
  • Smooth ride quality
  • Impeccable interior
  • Automated driving systems are superb
  • Expensive for the class
  • Confusing climate controls
  • Some systems don't behave as you'd expect
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$73,900 - $92,600
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Which X7 does Edmunds recommend?

We recommend the base X7 xDrive40i for most X7 shoppers. The V8-powered xDrive50i comes with a few extra standard features, but they're not significant enough to justify the big price increase compared to the xDrive40i. However, upgrading to the xDrive50i will be worthwhile if you're planning on towing with your X7 or frequently transporting a lot of passengers and cargo.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.9 / 10

In recent years, BMW has been expanding its roster with supplemental niche models, such as four-door "coupes" based on traditional two-door coupe models (the 6 Series Gran Coupe, for example) and coupe-style SUVs (the X3-based X4). The all-new 2019 BMW X7, however, is about as traditional a product launch as you'll get: a large luxury SUV.

The three-row X7 is the largest SUV from BMW yet and, as the name suggests, is as representative of flagship status as the 7 Series sedan is. You get similarly high levels of refinement, performance and comfort, along with the ability to seat up to seven passengers. The X7 benefits from a lengthy list of available features, too. But they will cost you. Compared to popular luxury three-row SUVs, the BMW is pricey in terms of base price as well as options.

In general, you'll be able to get an Audi Q7, a Mercedes-Benz GLS or a Volvo XC90 for less, which are all fine SUVs in their own right. Then again, the X7 benefits from a fresher design and the latest technology features. It's impressive enough that you could view the X7 as a less expensive alternative to premium luxury SUVs from Bentley and Land Rover. On the whole, the X7 strikes an optimal balance of luxury, performance and refinement that should please shoppers, drivers and passengers alike.

Notably, we picked the 2019 BMW X7 as one of Edmunds' Best 3-Row SUVs for 2020, and also selected 2019 BMW X7 M50i as one of Edmunds' Fastest SUVs for 2019.

2019 BMW X7 models

The 2019 BMW X7 is a seven-passenger, three-row SUV that is available in two trim levels: xDrive40i and xDrive50i. The xDrive40i is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder (335 horsepower, 330 lb-ft of torque). It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. The xDrive50i upgrades to a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 (456 hp, 479 lb-ft).

Standard xDrive40i features include 21-inch wheels, an air suspension, adaptive LED headlights, automatic high beams, heated power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors, a powered dual-section tailgate, a panoramic sunroof, a pre-wired trailer hitch receiver (5,400-pound limit), a self-leveling air-ride suspension, selectable drive modes, and keyless entry and ignition.

Inside, you also get four-zone automatic climate control, emergency telematics, remote vehicle monitoring and control via a smartphone app, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, simulated leather upholstery (SensaTec), heated and power-adjustable front seats, 40/20/40-split folding second-row seats, and 50/50-split folding third-row seats.

Standard technology features for the X7 include a digital gauge cluster display, a 12.3-inch central touchscreen, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay (subscription-based), two USB ports, a wireless charging pad, and a 10-speaker sound system. Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a blind-spot monitor and lane departure warning are also included.

Optionally, you can add the Driving Assistance Professional package (adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane change assist, automatic evasive steering, front cross-traffic alert and a low-level automated driving system) and the Parking Assistance package (a surround-view camera system and an automated parking system).

The xDrive50i trim includes all of the above and adds leather upholstery, multicontour front seats, a surround-view camera, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system.

Most of the X7's options are bundled in packages. The major ones you'll want to consider are the Premium package (soft-close doors, remote ignition, power rear window shades, a head-up display, heated and cooled cupholders, gesture control and, for the xDrive40i, the Harman Kardon surround-sound system); the Cold Weather package (five-zone climate control, heated rear seats, heated front armrests and a heated steering wheel); and the Luxury Seating package (ventilated multicontour front seats with massage functions).

Notable stand-alone add-ons include 22-inch wheels, running boards, an upgraded trailer hitch (7,500-pound limit), a display key, additional leather interior coverings, second-row captain's chairs, a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and a dual-screen rear entertainment system. The Executive package (adaptive LED laser headlights, a panoramic sunroof with LED lighting, and a glass gear selector and buttons) is exclusive to the xDrive50i.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the BMW X7 xDrive50i (turbo 4.4L V8 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).

Scorecard

Overall7.9 / 10
Driving8.0
Comfort7.5
Interior8.0
Utility7.5
Technology8.0

Driving

8.0

A powerful turbocharged V8 endows the X7 with simply delightful acceleration, so passing and on-ramps aren't a problem. Alas, that small delay between the time you touch the gas pedal and when you start moving can make low-speed driving annoying. A light and predictable brake pedal cleverly masks the size and weight of this SUV.

The steering usually does the same, but variable assistance and feedback can make the experience inconsistent regardless of setting. It's quite a feat that the X7 can maintain freeway speeds up a twisty two-lane road, though your family may ask why you need to be going so fast. It's difficult to justify the merits of "great handling" in a three-row luxury SUV of this size.

Comfort

7.5

An available road-scanning system adjusts the suspension based on what it sees. While the system is effective at keeping the ride smooth over bigger bumps, it struggles on relatively smooth or undulating roads and makes the X7 ride too soft.

The wide seatbacks accommodate larger-size people, but narrower folks will miss the side bolstering, especially if they want to drive fast. The cabin masks all unpleasant exterior noises.
We're less fond of the climate control system. Even when you select the auto setting, you often need to make additional adjustments to the fan intensity and temperature of the dash panel vents. What's the point of auto? You have to continually fiddle with the controls to maintain comfort.

Interior

8.0

Ample adjustment options ensure you can find the right seating position, while the large windows, mirrors and an extensive camera array provide a commanding outward view. There's plenty of space for the family, though the interior measurements don't match up to some competitors. The sole exception is third-row shoulder room, which is remarkably tight even by third-row standards.

Operating the controls is a mixed bag. Most buttons are easy to find. Gesture controls are an easily ignorable gimmick, but other parts are baffling. For example, sometimes the stereo turns off when you open the door to exit. Other times it waits until you've exited and locked the door.

Utility

7.5

Though not as spacious as some oversize luxury SUVs, the X7 has plenty of room and smart cargo storage options. The bisected hatch provides an always useful tailgate. And we like the deep storage space underneath the third row where a spare tire would typically reside. While the door pockets are large, interior storage options are merely adequate.

Power-adjusting and -folding second and third rows are slow but easy to operate. They also provide neat features such as max cargo and passenger buttons that arrange the seats accordingly. When equipped with the optional tow hook, the X7 can tow 7,500 pounds, which is about average among three-row SUVs of this size.

Technology

8.0

The large and crisp displays are easy to read and react quickly to commands, be they by hand or by voice. But the complexity of the underlying systems and somewhat convoluted menu layout mean there's a steep learning curve. Wireless Apple CarPlay is included for one year. Afterward you have to pay to keep it. No other car brand requires this kind of subscription service from its customers, and most competitors offer CarPlay standard along with Android Auto.

This score would be lower if not for BMW's advanced cruise control. In the right circumstances, such as stop-and-go traffic, the X7 controls speed and steering without driver input, only asking that you keep your eyes on the road (verified with a driver-facing camera).


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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 BMW X7.

5 star reviews: 40%
4 star reviews: 20%
3 star reviews: 20%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 20%
Average user rating: 3.6 stars based on 10 total reviews

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5 out of 5 stars, X7 a Masterpiece
Baskin,
xDrive40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

My feedback is based on comparing my 2019 X7 to previously and currently owned cars: 2017 LC200, 2018 RX350, 2011 Toyota Alphard, 2011 Range Rover Sport. I currently purchased a 4.0 X7 and I have no words to express how beautiful, comfortable and responsive the car is. The technology is so advanced that I needed to attend the BMW encore class to fully enjoy all the features and functions. The ride is exceptional, very comfortable and the engine is very responsive. I thought that the Rx350, RRS and Toyota Alphard were comfortable but it pales in comparison with the X7. The suspension control of the X7 really makes a difference. If compared the the LC200, of course the off road capability of the LC200 is way better but if compared to driving on a freeway and surface road - the X7 proves to be the better choice and Im sure an owner of a X7 wouldn’t be taking the car off roading a lot. Fuel consumption is fare for its body and engine size. Driving it on the freeway is comparable to the driving comfort of the RX350 and RRS.

3 out of 5 stars, Great ride, technology lacking, in shop alot
Bummed X7 owner,
xDrive40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

I have a 2019 X7 fully loaded. I love that the car is quiet and handles great. It basically drives itself, when their are no errors. I have had it for 3 months and it has been to the shop 3 times for technology/safety features not working. Currently it has a camera malfunction error and needs to go back for a 4th time. For the price of the vehicle, it seems unacceptable to be in the shop so much in so little time. I really have concerns about short term, never mind any long term reliability. Three stars if for the powerful, quiet engine and smooth ride. If there was a separate reliability and technology field it would be one star.

1 out of 5 stars, BMW X7 Brand New Lemon!!
Disgruntled Customer,
xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)

I purchased a brand new x7 501i, and I’ve had nothing but problems since day one. It was over 100k and brand new, but I had to take it in twice for a bad alternator. I then had to bring it in for a recall for the rear view camera. I now have to bring it in for a fourth time due to issues with the chassis. This is beyond ridiculous for a brand new car from any manufacturer and especially embarrassing for such a reputable brand as BMW. This car sucks.

4 out of 5 stars, 7 is a lucky number
Mike,
xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)

I have had several luxury SUV (SAV for BMW fans) and I am coming out of two Audi Q7's which are great cars for the money. I have also had MBenz GLS 450 which doesn't hold a candle to the new X7 M Sport. The exterior is strong but sort of like the MB, but he interior is something else. Everything you touch feels great and the ride and handling are very sporty for a suv this big. I got the 5.0 because it just sound so cool, but it does drink gas. But then hey if you are going to spend six figures for a car you can't complain about mileage. around town 17 on the highway 22 so its not that bad. Never had a BMW before but this is the best big suv on the market. An MB Gls 63 cost at least $20k more and looks old and tired.

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2019 BMW X7 First Drive

2019 BMW X7 First Drive

MARK TAKAHASHI: I'm driving through the American Southwest in the biggest, newest thing from BMW. And by big, it really is-- it's the all new 2019 X7. Do me a favor-- hit Subscribe below. We have a lot more reviews coming your way.The X7 is the latest and the biggest SUV from BMW. It's about nine inches longer than the X5, and come standard with three rows of seats. You can get it as either as six or seven passenger. The seven passenger is an option. Gives you a second row bench.Price prices start right around $75,000 for the xDrive40i that has a six cylinder-- that's turbo charged. Puts out 335 horsepower.You can upgrade to the xDrive50i, but that's going to set you back $94,000. Has a turbo charged V8 that puts out 456 horsepower. More importantly though, let's find out how it drives.[MUSIC PLAYING]All right. At the moment, I'm driving the X7 with the turbo charged V8 that has 456 horsepower. We're about to get on the highway, so let's floor it.It's got plenty of power. I actually have to back off now cause there's a truck there, but it gets up speed very confidently. The V8 sounds pretty decent too.We drove under a short bridge a while back and had the windows down. It's a good, burly V8 sound. I'm going to pass. It's effortless.[MUSIC PLAYING]On the road, you feel the height of the car. You also feel the weight. It feels substantial. The ride quality is super smooth, exactly what you'd expect from a big, luxury SUV.Does come with adaptive suspension as standard, so it all works together. The sport mode isn't actually all that sporty. You don't field too much of a difference from the shocks, but just enough. Odds are, if you're looking at a luxury SUV of this size, performance and handling isn't really that important.As far as the seats go, they're comfortable. They're a little flat, and they're definitely geared more towards comfort than sport seats that give you a lot more lateral support. You're going to slide around a little if you're taking some turns, but really well done for comfort.Multi-contoured seats also are standard on the xDrive50i, and optional on the turbo charged 6. And according to BMW, the difference is only half a second in 0 to 60 time.For most people, I think they're going to be just fine with the 6, and they're pretty much equal when it comes to feature content. There were some things that are standard on the eight cylinder that are optional on the 6, but in the end, you're really not going to miss out on too much.I'm not too crazy about the lane keep assist. I think it's a little too heavy handed. Literally, heavy handed. It took a lot of effort to keep it going straight. The effort in the wheel built up a lot, and it wasn't all that accurate either. Every now and then, I'd feel a little bit of a swerve when the system gets confused.In the end, after about 30 minutes of driving, I went to the menu and just turned it off. That's generally a bad sign because I like advanced safety features, but when they're not tuned well, it's just aggravating, and I end up not using them at all.Otherwise, the adaptive cruise control is really good. It doesn't give you this big punch of acceleration when a car moves out of your way, and it doesn't jam on the brakes when you come up on someone. It drives much like a normal human would.Visibility out the front is pretty good, not great. This roof pillar in the front, it's pretty thick, but it's actually not getting in the way too much, considering its thickness.One thing I did find a little odd, though, is the mirrors seem a little small to me. I'm not getting a whole lot of a big lateral view off to the left here. But at the same time, I'm getting just enough to know a car's coming up.The brakes feel good. They feel appropriate for a car of this size and this class. It's a soft pedal. It's easy to modulate, it's easy to come to a nice smooth limo stop. Really not a lot to report there, and the same goes for the transmission.Smooth shifts. Not a lot to say. It's not awkward at low speeds, and the gear shifts are nice and quick, especially when you want to go past someone.[MUSIC PLAYING]From the back, the X7 reminds me a lot of the 7 series sedan, in a good way. This chrome strip serves to break up some of the bulkiness of the design. And of course, there's a power lift gate. There's also this lower section here, which is great for tailgating.There's not a whole lot of cargo space behind the third row of seats, maybe enough for two carry on luggage pieces, and that's about it, if you load it to the top of the deck. However, all you have to do is hit a few buttons here, and it folds the third row flat. That opens you up to almost 49 cubic feet of cargo space.Fold down the second row, and that bumps up to over 90 cubic feet. Compared to other luxury SUV of this size, that's about average. You do also get a height adjustable load floor with this button right here. And, when you're all ready and done, hit one button and walk away.[MUSIC PLAYING]From the middle row of seats, I'm pretty impressed. These seats are just as comfortable at the front, but you get these nice little sueded pillows that feel really good. Just enough adjustments. There's no seat cushion rake angle adjustment, but it feels about right.I'm getting plenty of support, which means that the seats aren't mounted too low to the floor, which they'll typically do. Actually, they're raised, so I have a really good view out the front. It's got to be at least a few inches taller, ride height-wise than the front seats. And that tends to open it up, make it feel more spacious, rather than being kind of confined and not seeing what's up front.With this particular test car, we have sun shades and a massive panoramic sunroof, which is neat because it has almost a polka dot pattern in it. It's a little unusual, but I like it. It's just a little something different. Quad zone automatic climate control is standard, and we have it here. And you can get a fifth zone for the third row as well.I also have the rear entertainment system here. It's a nice big touchpad. It's almost the size of an iPad, and you have plenty of entertainment options. And you can also keep tabs of what the driver sees, navigation-wise.One thing I like is these armrests give you really nice place to set your elbows. And the middle ones, the inboard ones, are adjustable and ratcheting and slide forward and back. Takes a little while to finally get that adjustment you want, but it feels just about right.Materials quality back here is as nice as the front, which is pretty typical for a flagship luxury vehicle. On other vehicles, they might scrimp a little here and there and use more durable but not as attractive materials. That's not the case with the X7. Everything is as nice back here as it is up front.I do hear a little more road noise than I'd expect, but we are on some rather coarse asphalt. There were some moments where we were on some really smooth asphalt, and it was as quiet as a crypt. So that's kind of hit and miss.Accessing the third row takes a little bit of patience. You hit one button, and the second row slides rather slowly forward. But it is still rather elegant and, well, doesn't have all that clunkiness that you'd find in some others. It's really not too much of an awkward stoop to get to your seat. And it's just another button touch to get it to fold back.All right. Now I'm in the third row, the rearmost row of the X7. And the middle seat here is set for me, with just maybe an inch or two of knee room in front. As far space back here, well, obviously, third rows are always better suited to smaller passengers or children, but I do fit fairly well.My hair is brushing the headliner. I'm 5 foot 10. My knees aren't touching, but they are really close, and I don't have that much foot room.Also, the seat cushion is low, which is to be expected from the third row. So there's not a whole lot of support for adults back here. But in a pinch, I'd be totally fine.One thing that I'm finding weird though is I'm in this right seat, but the seat in front of me is just moved off a couple inches to the right. So in order to keep from bumping into the seat, I actually have to move my knees a little off to the right. That's a little awkward. Children probably wouldn't have to deal with that.What is good though, we are equipped with this fifth zone for climate control with some vents strategically placed. There is a USB-C charger here and on the other side, and there's two for the middle row as well.One thing that I'm finding notable back here is the sensation of space. I realize by touching and bumping into whatever is around me that it's not all that spacious. But, this extra sunroof here, this window here, it opens it up and it doesn't feel claustrophobic.After logging a bunch of miles on the X7, I came away relatively impressed. Really, the only thing that I'm not a fan of the steering. It's just a little bit too much effort, and that's especially true when you have some of the advanced safety features activated.It compares very favorably against the Audi Q7, as well as the Mercedes GLS. For more information on the X7, as well as its competition, head on over to Edmunds.com. To see more videos like this, hit Subscribe.[MUSIC PLAYING]

Edmunds editor Mark Takahashi got behind the wheel of the latest, biggest thing from Germany: the all-new 2019 BMW X7. In the course of this test drive, we found this burly three-row SUV has all the refinement, performance and features to take on challengers from Mercedes-Benz and Audi. Check out the rest of this review to see if this BMW is right for you.


Features & Specs

xDrive40i 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
xDrive40i 4dr SUV AWD
3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A
MSRP$73,900
MPG 20 city / 25 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower335 hp @ 5500 rpm
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xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD
4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A
MSRP$92,600
MPG 15 city / 21 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower456 hp @ 5250 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite X7 safety features:

Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation
Warns if a frontal collision is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time.
Lane Departure Warning
Alerts the driver if the vehicle begins to drift out of its marked lanes.
Active Blind-Spot Detection
Alerts you with in-mirror lights when a vehicle is in a blind spot, followed by steering wheel vibration if you attempt to change lanes.

BMW X7 vs. the competition

BMW X7 vs. Audi Q7

The Q7's starting price is a lot less than the X7's. Even in its top Prestige trim, the Q7 is less expensive than the xDrive40i. We give the Audi very high marks for overall performance and comfort. It's not quite as luxurious, refined or technologically advanced as the BMW, but it remains a strong choice in the class. Maximum and intermediate cargo capacity isn't as generous either, but it's far from limiting.

Compare BMW X7 & Audi Q7 features

BMW X7 vs. Volvo XC90

The XC90 represents an intriguing alternative to the German luxury SUVs thanks to its unique Scandinavian design and focus on safety. The interior isn't as upscale as the BMW's, but we like the Volvo for its supremely comfortable and spacious seats. And like the Q7, the XC90 is priced considerably less than BMW's X7.

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BMW X7 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

Despite being the oldest in this class, the GLS remains a very good luxury SUV choice. It's very likely that we'll see a new redesign in the next year or so. The current 2019 model scores points with its adult-size third-row seats, strong acceleration and refined cabin. Unfortunately, its infotainment system is dated.

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2019 BMW X7 First Drive

Big, Bold and Mostly Beautiful

Mark Takahashi by Mark Takahashi , Senior Reviews EditorMarch 19th, 2019

Although big luxury SUVs have been around a long time, BMW, for its part, has seemingly been content sticking with its smaller X3 and X5. But that changes with the 2019 BMW X7. It's the largest SUV the German automaker has ever produced. Compared to the current X5, the X7 is about the same width but about 2 inches taller and 9 inches longer. A pair of third-row seats also come standard to accommodate up to seven passengers.

For three-row SUV shoppers, it's an intriguing new option. But is a bigger BMW a better BMW?

Xtravagance

The 2019 BMW X7 is on sale in two trim levels that are distinguished by engine choices. The X7 xDrive40i starts at $74,895 (including destination) and features a 335-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. It's mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. In addition to the typical luxury SUV features, the X7 xDrive40i comes with a power two-section liftgate, an air suspension, simulated leather upholstery, Apple CarPlay, a wireless charging pad, and the usual advanced safety features.

Stepping up to the X7 xDrive50i will set you back $93,595 and get you a 456-hp turbocharged 4.4-liter V8. Standard upgrades include leather upholstery, multicontour front seats, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, front cross-traffic alert, an automated parallel parking system, a surround-view camera system, and a Harman Kardon sound system. These are available on the xDrive40i as options.

Both trim levels are eligible for either the base chrome-laden Luxury design or the M Sport design that blacks out the shiny bits and adds some aggressive body elements. Option packages will add some creature comforts, interior heating, handling and off-road ability. Other stand-alone add-ons include ventilated front seats with massage functions, a rear entertainment system, and a trailer hitch receiver with a 7,500-pound tow limit.

Xhibitionist

Depending on paint color, your aesthetics, and the choice of Luxury or M Sport designs, the 2019 BMW X7's styling can shift from elegant to aggressive to awkward. The most prominent element is the signature twin-kidney grille, which BMW points out as its largest ever. We tend to think this glitzy schnoz is too big, but perhaps we'll warm up to it with more time and familiarity.

More broadly, the X7 has a substantial presence without appearing overscaled like an Escalade or Navigator. Even with huge expanses of sheet metal, it avoids looking too heavy thanks to some subtle sculpting and large windows. The back of the SUV is far less awkward, with styling cues pulled from the 7 Series sedan. The chrome strip joining the taillights and more complex surfacing shave off a lot of visual weight.

Xpected Confidence

We drove both X7 versions in a variety of conditions. The xDrive50i accelerates effortlessly and is accompanied by a subtle V8 growl. BMW estimates it will reach 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. The xDrive40i trails by only 0.6 second. Gear changes are quick and smooth regardless of engine, and there's an abundance of grip on wet pavement. The brake pedal is appropriately soft and is easy to modulate for smooth stops. When called upon for more aggressive deceleration, the M Sport brakes keep the X7 composed and controllable.

There's a distinct feeling that you're seated higher than the X5, but it's not off-putting since body roll is well-managed to minimize jostling. We didn't have an opportunity to tackle any challenging curvy roads, so we'll have to wait to fully evaluate the X7's ability to be an Ultimate Driving Machine. But for most three-row SUV shoppers, sporty handling likely isn't a priority.

Whether you opt for the optional active suspension with road scanning, the X7 makes bumps, dips and undulations largely insignificant. From the driver's seat, you have excellent forward visibility. But the exterior mirrors are rather small, and the rear window isn't as expansive as the other glass surrounding the cabin. You still get a good sense of your surroundings, however, and the surround-view camera and myriad sensors aid in maneuvering tight spots.

Road noise is more noticeable than expected and can be intrusive on very coarse asphalt. On smooth surfaces, the X7 is as quiet as a crypt with no hint of wind noise. We did notice that at highway speeds the steering requires more effort than necessary and is too sensitive. For a driver, that means you'll be busy trying to keep the car centered in its lane and fatigue will set in earlier. The lane keeping assist system tends to exacerbate the issue further.

LuXurious

Getting into the X7 requires the step up expected of larger SUVs. The running boards that help smaller passengers get in tend to collect dirt, which can then dirty up lower pant legs. The longer rear doors (compared to the X5's) provide a larger space to get past the middle row and into the third-row seating area, but they also might impede access while in narrow parking spots. The second row slides and tilts forward under its own power, but it takes about 10 seconds, which might seem interminably long in the pouring rain.

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. We're particularly fond of the available two-tone Ivory White/Night Blue upholstery palette. The standard faceted glass shifter seems a little desperate for attention, though.

It's easy to adjust the multicontour front seats to your liking, while the available ventilation and massage functions make a long road trip seem much shorter. The second-row captain's chairs lack the numerous adjustments of the front seats, but they are comfortable and spacious nonetheless. The third-row seats are decidedly less accommodating for adults but adequate for smaller occupants. A smaller dedicated sunroof and large side windows make the third-row seat feel less confining.

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. As a bonus, the lower section of the liftgate deploys independently, offering a nice place to sit for tailgating as well as facilitating the loading of bulky cargo.

Well Xecuted

Determining if bigger is better with the 2019 BMW X7 will depend mostly on how you'll use it. If you plan on routinely transporting more than four passengers, the X7 beats the X5 with its larger third-row accommodations. Its interior also represents a significant step up, helping to justify its price premium. Compared to other large luxury SUVs, the X7 enjoys several advantages. It's more spacious inside than the Audi Q7, and it boasts a fresher design than the Mercedes-Benz GLS. Both of these advantages also apply when the X7 is compared to the Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

For these reasons, the 2019 BMW X7 gets an approving nod from us. We suggest sticking with the more efficient xDrive40i instead of the costlier xDrive50i model since the on-paper power boost doesn't translate to a meaningful enough difference behind the wheel. We'd also skip the Dynamic Handling package because the X7's standard suspension is already capable and comfortable. The X7 has the polish and presence that shoppers are seeking, with little to detract from a very enjoyable execution.

2019 BMW X7 First Look

BMW Goes Big With a New 3-Row SUV

Travis Langness by Travis Langness , Reviews EditorOctober 16th, 2018

BMW released a flood of details today on its new flagship SUV, the 2019 X7. The 2019 BMW X7 will be the biggest SUV (or "Sports Activity Vehicle" in BMW speak) in the automaker's lineup, with three rows of seating and room for up to seven passengers. This isn't the first three-row SUV from BMW, but it's definitely the largest, most capable one yet. It has more space than current offerings along with a seriously impressive array of high-tech safety features and some of the most high-end luxury touches ever offered by the German brand.

How Big Is it?

According to BMW, the X7 will be the largest vehicle in its lineup. At 203.3 inches long, it's 3 inches shorter than the 7 Series sedan, but nearly 10 inches longer than the current X6 SUV and significantly more spacious than both. At 78.7 inches wide and 71.1 inches tall, it's about a half-inch wider and 4 inches taller than the X6. It's also larger on the outside than the competition but manages to fall behind the Mercedes GLS and the Audi Q7 in terms of interior space — giving up about an inch of legroom in both the second and third rows. Reported cargo space is excellent, though: Fold all the X7's seats flat and you get an impressive 90.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

What's Under the Hood?

At the moment, there are two powertrains to choose from, both mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. A turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine (335 horsepower, 330 pound-feet of torque) powers the base xDrive40i, while a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 (456 hp, 479 lb-ft) provides thrust for the xDrive50i. BMW estimates that those two engines will propel the X7 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and 5.2 seconds, respectively. That power isn't just for performance: With the optional factory-installed tow hitch, the X7 is rated to tow up to 7,500 pounds.

How Much Does It Cost?

The base X7 xDrive40i starts at $73,900. For the more powerful xDrive50i, prices start at $92,600. Full options pricing and more specifics on standard features will likely be released closer to on-sale dates.

What Do I Get For All That Cheddar?

Standard features are, as you'd expect in a high-end German SUV, plentiful. On the base xDrive40i you get 21-inch wheels, an adjustable air suspension, electronically controlled dampers, four-zone automatic climate control, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and mitigation, front and rear collision warning, forward collision mitigation, and a rearview camera with rear cross-traffic alert. The aforementioned air suspension is capable of lowering the X7's height by 0.8 inch (for getting in or loading cargo) or raising it by as much as 1.6 inches for driving off the beaten path.

Options are abundant as well, including items such as 22-inch wheels, remote start, a three-panel panoramic sunroof, a 360-degree surround-view camera, captain's chairs for the second row (reducing overall seating to six), and heated, ventilated and massaging front seats. Another available extra is Active Cruise Control, which is BMW's radar-based adaptive cruise control system that uses the GPS to predict traffic and change transmission shift schedules. There's also a myriad of interior designs to choose from, including nine different leather selections and even controls made from glass for things like the gear shift lever and the radio volume knob.

There are also several packages available including a Dynamic Handling package (M Sport electronic rear differential, M Sport brakes, adaptive suspension, four-wheel steering), a Cold Weather package (five-zone automatic climate control, front and rear heated seats, front heated armrests, heated steering wheel), a Premium package (soft-close automatic doors, electric rear window shades, heated and cooled cupholders, head-up display), and an Executive package that includes LED roof lighting and upgraded headlights.

What About Tech?

The X7's infotainment interface uses the latest version of BMW's iDrive system and a high-resolution 12.3-inch center touchscreen display. As is the case with other iDrive systems, the X7's interface uses a center-console-mounted control dial along with a series of console- and dash-mounted buttons. In our experience, the iDrive system is very easy to use. This interface houses the usual stereo and navigation systems along with a concierge service, on-street parking information, and real-time traffic info, all included for the first four years of ownership.

Standard on the xDrive40i is a 10-speaker stereo, with an upgraded Harman Kardon sound system standard on the xDrive50i. A 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system is available as an option on both models. Wireless device charging and a Wi-Fi hotspot are both standard.

Aside from the previously mentioned features, the X7 has an optional system called the Driving Assistant Professional package. Part of this package is the Extended Traffic Jam Assist, which has some interesting features for stop-and-go traffic. Under 37 miles per hour, the X7 will be capable of steering, braking and accelerating based on lane markings and road conditions. The system uses an interior camera to monitor the driver's nose and eye position, confirming that the driver's attention is on the road. If it is, the system can continue to operate without the need for the driver to place his or her hands on the wheel every 30-50 seconds, unlike some similar systems that require steering wheel input on a semi-regular basis.

This system also allows for the use of Automatic Lane Change. Basically, if the system is on, the driver hits the turn signal, the car's sensors detect whether or not there's enough space to make a lane change, then the car makes the lane change. And aside from the moving stuff, the Driving Assistant package can detect and park in parallel parking spaces, also without driver input.

 Does It Have a Hal 9000?

Yes! But hopefully less murder-y. Like the new 3 Series, the X7 will get BMW's Intelligent Personal Assistant. This system is meant to respond naturally to voice prompts and extend the functionality of voice commands. Tell it you're cold, ask it to take you home, or even inquire about the vehicle's oil levels, and the Personal Assistant will respond to your needs. It's meant to learn your habits, like figuring out your common destinations and other preferences, to better anticipate and respond to requests. BMW isn't the only luxury manufacturer to integrate its own version of Siri in vehicles: Mercedes-Benz has launched its own assistant as well.

What Else Should I Look at?

If you're looking for an SUV that provides the maximum-luxury experience, rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the Audi Q7 are a great place to start. They both offer impressive driving dynamics and a long list of available options. A bit less plush but still massively capable and sheerly massive, the recently redesigned Lincoln Navigator should also be considered, as should the Cadillac Escalade. We haven't driven one yet — we'll get you details as soon as we do — but early photos and details make us believe that the 2019 BMW X7 may have just what it takes to dethrone some of the luxury SUV segment's top contenders.

FAQ
Is the BMW X7 a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 X7 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.9 out of 10. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2019 X7 gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 10 reviews) You probably care about BMW X7 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the X7 gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg to 22 mpg, depending on the configuration. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a BMW X7. Learn more
What's new in the 2019 BMW X7?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 BMW X7:

  • The X7 is an all-new BMW model
  • Bigger and roomier than the X5
  • Standard three-row seating
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Is the BMW X7 reliable?
To determine whether the BMW X7 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the X7. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the X7's 4-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2019 BMW X7 a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 BMW X7 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2019 X7 and gave it a 7.9 out of 10. Our consumer reviews show that the 2019 X7 gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 10 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 X7 is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2019 BMW X7?

The least-expensive 2019 BMW X7 is the 2019 BMW X7 xDrive40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $73,900.

Other versions include:

  • xDrive40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $73,900
  • xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $92,600
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What are the different models of BMW X7?
If you're interested in the BMW X7, the next question is, which X7 model is right for you? X7 variants include xDrive40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of X7 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2019 BMW X7

2019 BMW X7 Overview

The 2019 BMW X7 is offered in the following submodels: X7 SUV. Available styles include xDrive40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A).

What do people think of the 2019 BMW X7?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 BMW X7 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 X7 3.6 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 X7.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 BMW X7 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 X7 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2019 BMW X7?
2019 BMW X7 xDrive40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2019 BMW X7 xDrive40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $81,285. The average price paid for a new 2019 BMW X7 xDrive40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $9,528 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2019 BMW X7 xDrive40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 11.7% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2019 BMW X7?

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