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2021 BMW X7

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2021 xDrive40i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle
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Price:   -  From $74,900
2021 M50i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle Price:   -  From $99,800
2021 ALPINA XB7 xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle Price:   -  From $141,300
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What's New

The 2021 BMW X7 sees several notable changes. The biggest news is the introduction of the performance-focused Alpina XB7 model. Alpina is an automotive manufacturer that hand builds the X7's V8 engine and sends it to BMW for installation. All completed XB7 models are then shipped to Alpina for finishing touches.

Additionally, the 50i model is no longer, while a new Dark Shadow Edition limited model joins the roster. It gets black exterior trim, black and blue interior trim, and M sport equipment, but only 75 units will be available in the U.S.

The X7 also adds several notable standard features, including Android Auto compatability, satellite radio, remote start, a heated steering, and heated front seats and armrests.

Choosing Your BMW X7

BMW offers the X7 in three trim levels: 40i, M50i, and Alpina XB7. Pricing starts at $75,895 including destination for the 40i and climbs all the way to $142,295 for the Alpina XB7.

Engine Choices

The X7 comes with two engine choices, a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six and a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8. The second engine also has a higher performance variant developed by Alpina.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
3.0L Turbo 6-Cylinder335 hp331 lb-ft21 mpg
4.4L Twin-Turbo V8523 hp553 lb-ft17 mpg
4.4L Twin Turbo V8612 hp590 lb-ft17 mpg

All three engines utilizes an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the X7 comes standard with all-wheel drive.

And if trailering is your thing, the X7 sports a towing capacity ranging from 5,400 to 5,950 pounds. That's not enough as some competitors, but it should do the trick for most customers

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The X7 is BMW's first seven-passenger crossover SUV, and it does so with a flourish. The 2-3-2 configuration is comfortable, but if you can afford to lose a seating position, then opt for the middle-row captain's chairs, an $850 item. Those seats are nearly as comfortable as the front thrones.

As for storage capacity, the standard 11.5 cubic feet is about the smallest we've seen in this segment. You might fit two or three grocery bags side by side, but that's about it. Drop down the third row and the cargo area measures 48.6 cubic feet. Behind the first row, there is nearly 90.4 cubic feet to work with. Yes, your X7 can handle garden center and home improvement retail stops just fine..


Safety Features

BMW equips the X7 with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, adaptive headlights, and front and rear parking sensors.

For $1,700, shoppers can opt for an advanced safety suite in the Driving Assistance Professional Package. It isn't a substitute for hands-on driving, but it does incorporate several semi-autonomous features, including adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist.

The Parking Assistance Package is $800 adds a surround-view camera system, an automated parking system, and a drive recorder system to take video of the vehicle's surroundings.


BMW nails it in all things connectivity. The 12.3-inch center touchscreen isn't just massive, its interface is also user-friendly. It's also one-half of the identical 12.3-inch digital display in the instrument panel.

Standard fare includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wi-fi, HD radio, satellite radio, wireless charging, and a 10-speaker HiFi audio system. The M50i and Alpina XB7 upgrade to a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, while the Alpina gets a head-up display.


40i - From $75,895

If you don't look beyond the 40i when considering an X7, who could blame you? The standard model comes well equipped with full LED lighting, roof rails, a hands-free power liftgate, gorgeous 21-inch wheels, and nearly a dozen paint schemes.

Inside, the cabin is bright, spacious, and functional. Imitation leather seats are standard, as are 16-way power front seats, a moonroof, four-zone automatic cliamte control, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and armrests, and remote start.

A pair of packages – Premier ($2,550) and Executive ($3,850) – include such features as a head-up display, gesture control, and rear side window electric shades.

M50i - From $100,795

Spending up to the M50i brings a potent V8 engine to bear. This twin-turbo beast takes about 1.3 seconds off the 0-60 mph time of the 40i, reaching its goal in a flat 4.5 seconds.

Other performance upgrades include bigger brakes, a sport-tuned suspension system, and a sport exhaust. Special wheels, choice leathers, and the requisite M seats and steering wheel are also present.

The M50i also gets leather upholstery, 20-way power front seats, and soft-close automatic doors.

There's always a reason to spend more when shopping for a luxury vehicle, and the M50i has its own set of packages. The $3,450 Dynamic Handling Package brings active steering and ride comfort.

Alpina XB7 - From $142,295

The Alpina XB7 is a fitting substitute for the X7 M. The most noteworthy upgrade is what Alpina did to the engine, fitting it with larger twin-scroll turbos, expanded cooling, and a modified exhaust system with switchable acoustic flaps.

Other noticeable upgrades include a beefy steering wheel with blue and green stitching, a leather dashboard, massaging front seats, heated rear seats, a blue-lighted crystal shift knob, and special badging throughout.

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CarsDirect Tip

We'd skip the inline-six and head straight to the 2021 BMW X7 M50i's powerful V8 engine. Yes, you're paying nearly $25,000 more for this model, but the list of upgrades justifies the cost.

That the X7 also serves as the basis for the Rolls-Royce Cullinan shouldn't be lost on shoppers. This is no budget model, but the cost differences between the M50i and Cullinan are substantial and shouldn't be easily dismissed.

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Expert Review

  • Packed with features
  • Potent V8 models
  • Advanced interior tech
  • Sky-high prices
  • Tighter seating than rivals
  • Lacks cargo space behind third row
Expert Rating
3.7 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Big, luxurious, and expensive. The BMW X7 arrived in 2019 and made a statement. The automaker had arrived in the big, cushy, luxury SUV space with an exclamation point.

This posh vehicle offers everything a buyer could want and then some. Plus, it’s got insane performance in its range-topping model. But when you combine all this, there has to be a little give somewhere. In the 2021 BMW X7, its breaking point is its massive price tag that runs much higher than some competitors.

A luxury SUV’s luxury SUV, but it comes at a price. Slip into the X7, and there's no mistaking that this is a luxury SUV. It boasts everything you could ever want. And just when you think you’ve got the hang of everything it offers, you’ll find yet another feature.

This large people mover comes standard with remote start, synthetic leather upholstery, wood trim, heated and power-adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel and armrests, a panoramic sunroof, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, and much more.

The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class matches most of the X7’s standard features, except the flash heated armrests. The Audi Q7 and Lincoln Aviator come up short with their 10.1-inch touchscreens and more mainstream cabins.

While this luxurious cabin is nice, the X7 comes at a premium, ranging from $75,895 to $142,295 including destination. The Q7 presents a better value at $56,045 to $86,095. The Aviator and GLS-Class are right up there with the X7, starting at $77,480 and $76,995, respectively.


Hauls all the cargo, but has surprisingly tight rear seating. The BMW X7 isn’t shy about hauling cargo with its massive 90.4 cubic feet of max space with both rear rows of seats folded. The Aviator, GLS, and Q7 all come up short with their maximum cargo space ringing in at 77.7, 69.6, and 84.7 cubic feet, respectively.

The X7 also beats most competitors with 48.6 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats, which is 12.9 more than the Q7 and 5.9 more than the GLS. However, the X7 falls short with all three rows upright with just 12.8 cubic feet of space. That’s 5.5 short of the Aviator, 1.4 shy of the Q7, and 4.6 short of the GLS.

The X7’s other shortcomings are second- and third-row leg room. The second row offers only 37.6 inches of leg room, while the Aviator, Q7, and GLS offer 40.1 inches, 38.8 inches, and 41.9 inches, respectively. With 33.3 inches of third-row leg room, the X7 beats the Aviator and Q7 but loses to the GLS’ 34.6 inches.

Plenty of power options, but the range-topping Alpina is no value. The X7 has a range of power options to fit all types of buyers, starting with its more timid 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine. This base motor pumps out 335 horsepower and sprints the X7 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. The X7 M50i trim adds a twin-turbo V8 with 523 hp for a 4.5-second 0-60 mph sprint time.

Buyers who want serious performance can opt for the Alpina XB7 and its 612-hp V8 that launches it to 60 mph in four seconds. That’s lightning quick, but is its $142,295 starting price really worth the added performance? With the Audi SQ7 boasting a 500-hp V8, a 4.3-second 0-60 time, and an MSRP that’s $56,200 less than the Alpina, we doubt it.

Final thoughts. The 2021 BMW X7 is precisely what we’d expect from the brand's range-topping SUV, with its focus on poshness and performance and little attention placed on price. This is an SUV for someone who orders what they want, not what they can afford. So, although it’s expensive, X7 shoppers will likely pay no mind to the bottom-line price and walk away happy.

For more price-conscious shoppers, the Audi Q7 is a good option, as it matches many of its features at a far lower MSRP. Buyers who need more roominess will likely prefer the Mercedes GLS-Class, as it beats the X7 handily in second- and third-row leg room.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L I-6 / 335 HP / 330 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Part And Full-time Xdrive All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 24 / 21 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
7 / 6
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L I-6 / 335 HP / 330 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Part And Full-time Xdrive All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 24 / 21 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
21.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
90.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
203.3 "
Exterior Width
78.7 "
Exterior Height
71.1 "
Front Headroom
41.9 "
Rear Headroom
39.9 "
Front Legroom
39.8 "
Rear Legroom
37.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
60.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
58.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
5,370 Lbs.
Wheel Base
122 "
Turning Radius
21.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
21.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 22.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 21.0 " Black Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Body-colored With Chrome Insert / Body-colored With Dark Chrome Insert / Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Metal-look W/chrome Surround / Dark Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish / Stainless Steel With Dark Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
7 / 6
Seat Trim
Sensatec Leatherette / Vernasca Leather / Merino Leather
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(12-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(12-way Power)
Front Armrests
(12-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Bench / Captain
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm With 360l Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
10 / 16 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob And Smart Device-as-key
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Frontal Collision Warning W/city Collision Mitigation Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Active Blind Spot Detection Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure / Lane Keeping Assistant With Side Collision Avoidance Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Hands-off (with Lane Change) Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
City Collision Mitigation Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Active Protection Driver Attention / Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Park Distance Control Front And Rear / Parking Assistant Plus Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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