BMW X5 vs. X7

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, Automotive Editor - September 27, 2022
2023 BMW X7

SUVs continue to get bigger and bigger, as more consumers look for three-row vehicles with enough room for the entire family. Now, large SUVs aren’t the only vehicles in the market that offer three rows of seating. These days, consumers can find a three-row midsize SUV with enough space for everyone.

For shoppers that want an SUV that really emphasizes the S in sport utility vehicle, BMW makes some of the better options on sale. Those in need of a sporty SUV with three rows of seats can choose between the X5 and the X7. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious hauler for the entire family or a sporty premium SUV, we can help you decide between the models.

BMW X7 vs. X5 Price

2022 BMW X5

As BMW’s flagship SUV, the X7 is the priciest high-riding SUV available. Prices for the SUV range from $78,845 to $145,995 (with destination). The X5 is far more affordable with a price range of $62,595 to $109,895. Comparing entry-level models against one another, there’s a massive price difference of $16,250 between the two SUVs.

There are a few reasons for the large difference in pricing between the X5 and X7. BMW just updated the X7’s exterior styling, introduced a more powerful base engine, and fitted the entry-level model with more standard tech features. Compared to other competitors in their respective segments, both the X5 and X7 rank as some of the most expensive options.

Compared to the X5, the X7 comes with a more powerful six-cylinder engine, more high-end convenience features, a larger touchscreen, and more standard safety features. Additionally, the X7 comes with three rows of seats as standard, while a third row is an option on the X5.

BMW X5 vs. X7 Size

2023 BMW X7

BMW’s nomenclature makes it easy to know the size of the vehicle. The larger odd number means that the X7 is larger than the X5. What the number doesn’t tell you is how much larger the X7 is.

The X5 is 194.4 inches long, while the X7 is 203.3 inches long, making the large SUV nearly nine inches longer than the midsize option. The X7 rides on a wheelbase that’s slightly over five inches longer than the X5’s wheelbase. While the X7 is three inches taller than the X5, the latter is slightly wider.

To match the X7’s larger size, the SUV has a sharper, bolder design that makes the X5’s conservative design look far more conservative.

BMW X5 vs. X7 Interior

2023 BMW X7 Interior

Both the X5 and X7 have a similar interior design, but the X7 slightly raises the bar with nicer materials and more tech features. Consumers will also find that the X7 comes with more upscale convenience features as standard over the X5. Features that are standard on the X7 that aren’t standard on the X5 include quad-zone automatic climate control, a dual-section tailgate, heated front armrests, a 14.9-inch touchscreen, and a wireless charging pad.

The X7’s larger body results in slightly more passenger space on the inside. The X7 offers more front headroom and second-row legroom. Surprisingly, the X5 is nearly as spacious as the X7, offering the same amount of front legroom, first-row shoulder room, and second-row shoulder room.

Where the X7 shines over the X5 is when it comes to its standard third row. BMW offers a third row as an option with the X5, but it’s not as spacious as the one found in X7. The X7’s third row can seat adults on short trips, while the X5’s available third row is only suited for children.

BMW X5 vs. X7 Trunk Space

2023 BMW X5 Trunk

As the smaller, two-row SUV, the X5 offers less cargo space than the X7, but that’s to be expected. The X5 offers up to 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and a total of 72.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. While some of the X5’s competitors offer more cargo space, the X5 has one of the larger cargo areas in the class.

With the third row in place, the X7 offers up to 12.8 cubic feet of cargo space. This is a tiny amount and is only roomy enough for a few bags. Folding the third row down expands cargo space to 48.6 cubic feet of space. With the two rear rows folded, the X7 can hold up to 90.4 cubic feet of cargo. While the X7’s cargo capacity with the third row in place is well behind rivals, its total cargo capacity figure is impressive.

X5 vs. X7: Which Is The Better BMW SUV?

Shoppers looking for a large luxury SUV with high-tech features, lavish materials, and a standard third row will find that the BMW X7 is the better option. It costs a lot more than the BMW X5, but it brings more features and versatility. Plus, BMW recently gave the X7 a facelift, so it’s newer than the X5, too.

If you’re willing to give up some third-row space, performance, and tech features, the X5 is the better buy. It’s far more affordable than the X7, while having a lot of similar features. You’ll also get all of BMW’s best driving qualities with the X5 and a broader range of powertrains.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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