BMW X5 vs. BMW X7

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, Automotive Editor - April 2, 2019

Full-size luxury SUVs continue to thrive, and BMW has expanded its lineup with an all-new addition: the X7. The X7 is BMW's largest SUV and offers consumers with three rows of seating. In traditional BMW fashion, the X7 is a treasure trove of technology and upscale luxury features. Even in the segment, the X7 stands out for all of the right reasons.

If the BMW X7 is a little too big, the automaker also offers the smaller X5, which can also be had with a third row. While the X5 isn't an all-new nameplate, BMW did come out with a refreshed version for 2019.

This comparison pits two of BMW's latest, and arguably greatest, SUVs against one another. Which one deserves a spot in your garage?

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What the X5 Gets Right

As the smaller SUV, the X5 is the more affordable vehicle, and it's by a substantial margin. Pricing for the X5 starts at $61,695 (all prices include destination charges) for 2019, while the larger, more luxurious X7 is $13,200 more. The drastic price difference between the two models means you can go with a fully-loaded X5 and still save money.

Consumers that live in urban areas or regularly visit one will appreciate the X5's smaller dimensions. The X5 measures in at 194.3 inches long, 78.9 inches wide, and 69 inches high. The X7 is noticeably larger, as it's 203.3 inches long, 78.7 inches wide, and 71.1 inches high. Those few inches make the X5 easier to park and maneuver in tight areas.

It may be smaller, but the X5 and the X7 share the same engines. Both can be had with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder that makes 335 horsepower and a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that generates 456 hp. With smaller dimensions, performance is better in the X5.

What the X7 Gets Right

The X7 is a true luxury SUV that boasts an incredible list of standard equipment. Things like adaptive LED headlights, 16-way power front seats, four-zone automatic climate control, a Wi-Fi hot spot, two 12.3-inch displays, 21-inch wheels, a panoramic moonroof, a power lift gate, and wireless smartphone charging are standard. Go with the range-topping trim, and few can match the X7's opulence.

Thanks to its larger footprint, the X7 has more cargo space than the X5. BMW's large SUV has 48.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, while the X5 can hold up to 33.9 cubic feet of cargo. In total, the X7 has a maximum cargo capacity of 90.4 cubic feet, which bests the X5's 72.3 cubic feet. For a family, the larger size of the X7 makes the third row more usable, while the available third row in the X5 is a little tight for daily use.

Is the X7 Worth the Price?

The X7 is incredibly expensive, but its luxury features and tech-forward cabin make it worth the price. Not to mention it's incredibly spacious interior. But the X7's colossal price tag makes it inaccessible to the majority of consumers. For the few that can afford it, they're in for a treat.

Our Verdict: BMW X5

While the BMW X5 may lack the overall space and upscale features of the X7, it has better performance, is easier to drive on tight roads, and is much more affordable. For the majority of consumers, the X5 has the right blend of luxury, performance, and tech, while not requiring you to sell your house.

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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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