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heycar review

      Launch year
      2019
      Body type
      SUV
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Luxury SUV, and BMW’s flagship

Best bits

  • Massive, beautifully made cabin
  • Arguably the best infotainment system in the business
  • Wonderfully sophisticated driving experience

Not so great

  • Not cheap, either to buy or to run
  • Looks will divide opinion
  • Takes ages for the rear seats to fold electrically

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BMW X7 Exterior

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Overall verdict

"Never one to shy away from a challenge, the X7 is BMW’s rival to the legion of prestige luxury SUVs out there, taking on big names like Audi, Mercedes-Benz and, of course, the all-conquering Range Rover. "

BMW X7 Exterior

Complete with seven-seats, a luxurious interior and cutting edge technology, the BMW makes a strong case for itself as the best big SUV on the market. And we do mean big. Even next to its massive competitors, the X7 looks like a complete beast thanks to its epic proportions and that gigantic, grille at the front. This car is no wallflower, that’s for sure.


The X7’s size brings more benefits than just on-road presence, too. All of the seven seats are surrounded by absolutely loads of space, making this one of the roomiest people-movers you’ll ever encounter. All the seats fold down and flip back up electrically, but while this makes the process very easy, it also makes it painfully slow. There's a split tailgate (both parts electrically operated, naturally) and a huge boot along with a standard-fit electrically-operated panoramic glass roof.


Trademark BMW quality is evident throughout, but the cabin has an even more luxurious feel than the smaller BMW X5, with sumptuous materials everywhere you look. There's plenty of cutting edge technology, too, including a fully-digital instrument cluster. That said, we don't think it feels quite as special as a Range Rover.


The engine line up comprises two petrols and two diesels. They’re all superb, with a brilliant mix of power and refinement, but it’s the entry-level diesel, the 30d, that's the one to go for. And despite its size and bulk, the X7 handles very well for such a big car, making it more agile than most of the competition.


Its real forte is ride comfort, though, especially on the motorway. That said, wherever you drive it, it's smooth, quiet and effortless.


If you're after a mammoth SUV, there are some brilliant choices, with very fine margins between them. However, the X7 makes a really strong case for itself, not least thanks to its sophisticated road manners and the spacious, high-quality cabin. 


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BMW X7

xDrive30d 5dr Step Auto

  • 2020
  • 2,980 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Marshall BMW Hook
  • Hampshire, RG279RW
Price:£65,000
PCP: £994.24/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £994.24, Customer Deposit: £9,750.00, Total Deposit: £9,750.00, Optional Final Payment: £30,323.45, Total Charge For Credit: £9,871.85, Total Amount Payable: £74,871.85, Representative APR: 7.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 7.9%, Excess Mileage Charge: 16.75ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the BMW X7 right for you?

Do you have lots and lots of cash? Do you have an absolutely enormous garage? Do you have a considerable number of children or friends? Do you like the finer things in life? If the answer to all of these questions is a resounding yes, then the BMW X7 could well be the car for you. 


The sheer size of this car is one of its main attractions. Firstly, it gives the car massive visual impact, ensuring that you never go unnoticed, and it also gives a level of interior space that has the beating of most rivals. Yes, it’s expensive, but no more so than many rivals, and the unbelievable quality on display, and the vast amount of luxury kit you get, mean that it feels like money well spent. If you need a single car that can do everything a well-heeled family can throw at it, the X7 is definitely worth a look.


What's the best BMW X7 model/engine to choose?

Of the four engines on offer, our pick would be the entry-level 30d diesel. Despite having the least power of the quartet, it’s still more than muscular enough to shift the enormous X7 around with a fair bit of intent. The 0-62mph dash takes just 7.0 seconds, and in a car the size that’s plenty. Yes, the rest are quicker, but they’re also pricier, thirstier and barely any more refined, less so in some cases.


Similarly, there’s no reason to upgrade from the basic trim, although we fully expect most buyers to pay the extra for the M Sport car. This brings some visual upgrades inside and out (mainly out), and some beefier brakes, but pretty much nowt in the way of extra kit. It’s the same story with the range-topping M50i and M50d models. Each might get a fire-breathing engine and some extra bits of visual sparkle, but that’s it.


What other cars are similar to the BMW X7?

As a luxury seven-seat SUV, and an enormous one at that, the X7’s rivals come in the form of the Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLS and Volvo XC90. However, arguably the car that the big BMW is gunning for most isn’t even a direct rival, and that’s the five-seat Range Rover


The thing is, at this end of the market, the important thing isn’t how many seats a car has or how versatile it is, although those things are admittedly important. No, it’s about how special the car makes you feel, and what message it conveys to others about your success. That’s why these cars are so desirable, that’s why people pay so much for them, and that’s why the imperious X7 is aimed right down the Range Rover’s throat. Game on.


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BMW X7 Interior Side

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