The BMW X7 is the biggest model ever built from this German luxury automaker. It's an all-new vehicle, one that fills an important hole in BMW’s lineup. Although it's late to the market, the 2019 BMW X7 immediately gives this manufacturer a model competitive with Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

Best Value

The 2019 BMW X7 is a large three-row SUV with room for seven. It comes in two trims, with each one based on its respective engine. All models have all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The xDrive40i comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder, which makes 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. The xDrive50i has a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with an output of 456 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. With the available trailer hitch, both X7 models can tow up to 7,500 pounds.

Among the standard features are full air suspension, leather seats, an audio package with Apple CarPlay, and navigation. Our pick is the standard model as the turbo six-cylinder has the right amount of kick to move this vehicle.

  • Model:2019 BMW X7 xDrive40i
  • Engine:3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder
  • Output:335 hp / 330 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Eight-speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy:20 City / 25 Hwy
  • Options:Cold Weather Package ($1,200, heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, five-zone automatic climate control), Premium Package ($3,000, gesture control, heated and cooled cupholders, head-up display, remote engine start, soft-close automatic doors, rear electric side window shades, 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system
  • Base Price:$74,895 (including the $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$79,095

Performance

BMW X7

With the BMW X7, you have a choice of strong or over-the-top performance. Happily, there isn’t a weak version to speak of. The standard engine makes 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque and is sufficient for the task of pulling about 5,400 pounds of SUV. Power is sent to all four wheels by means of an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting capabilities.

Ride control comes by way of a full air suspension, which can lower the vehicle for easier passenger and cargo loading. Dynamic dampers allow the driver to choose either a softer or firmer ride with a simple tap of the button.

Style

The look of the X7 is all BMW, although we can’t easily see past the front fascia with its bold, upright twin-kidney grille. The grille design seems overpowering and the side pockets are large too. A more subdued face would be a better fit here. As for the rest of the exterior, we admire its strong lines and upright pillars, which deliver a commanding presence.

Inside, the cabin is cavernous and a much better option for families than when the X5 offered an available third row. BMW claims that there isn’t a penalty seat in the house and we agree – this model holds seven with ease, which is a significant purchase consideration for shoppers.

BMW supplies the expected high-level look inside, with choice materials, beautiful lines, and a carefully laid out cabin. The X7 matches well against the Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, with fine leathers, premium wood, aluminum accents, and ambient lighting throughout.

The Best and Worst Things

BMW X7

The X7’s roomy interior may be this model’s most significant attribute. Not only does it seat seven in comfort, it supplies nearly 90 cubic feet of storage space behind the first row. Price creep may be this model’s most difficult characteristic to swallow – with key packages taken the final cost on the top-trim model can exceed $100,000.

Right For? Wrong For?

The BMW X7 is for shoppers who want a sizeable SUV without compromise. You’ll pay for it, but it delivers as promised. On the other hand, if your passenger-carrying needs are for five or fewer individuals, you’d be better served by the BMW X5.

The Bottom Line

Late to the game, the 2019 BMW X7 is nevertheless the right vehicle to round out this brand’s utility vehicle lineup. Keeping your cost under $80,000 won’t be easy, but at least you’ll come away with a no-compromise seven-passenger people-mover, something BMW hasn’t offered before.