No longer content with its formidable lineup of crossovers and SUVs, BMW is introducing a new titan. The 2019 BMW X7 aims to take on the likes of the Audi Q7 and the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. What the X7 brings to the battleground is sheer size – when it hits dealers in the spring of 2019, the X7 will be the biggest BMW ever built.
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2019 BMW X7 Overview
What's New for 2019
The BMW X7 is an all-new model for 2019.
Choosing Your BMW X7
At launch, the X7 will come in two trims powered by two engines (both shared with the smaller X5). The first, powering the xDrive40i, is a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine producing 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. The xDrive50i gets a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 pumping out 456 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. The V8 is capable of accelerating the X7’s considerable mass from zero to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. An eight-speed automatic transmission is the gearbox for both.
As you might expect for a car of the X7’s bulk, fuel economy is less than stellar. The base engine manages an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon city, 25 mpg highway, and 22 combined, while the V8 gets just 15/21/17 mpg (city/highway/combined).
The X7 comes with seating for seven in the form of a second-row bench and a two-passenger third row. That number can be reduced to six with optional second-row captain’s chairs. Even with three rows, the X7 has 48.6 cubic feet of storage behind the seats. With the second and third rows folded, capacity expands to a cavernous 90.4 cubic feet.
But BMW would like to make sure that buyers are comfortable on their way to and from the gas pump, so they’ve designed an all-new two-axle air suspension to smooth out bumps in the road. The X7 also benefits from four separate drive modes, standard all-wheel drive, and a 7,500-pound towing capacity. Safety isn’t neglected, with daytime pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert all standard.
The remaining features are divided across the two trims:
The 2019 BMW X7 xDrive40i ought to provide plenty of customization for most buyers, but go easy on the options list. The price swells in a hurry – a kitted out BMW xDrive50i pushes well north of $100,000.
2019 BMW X7 Review
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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