Not only is it the biggest BMW ever, but it’s also the first full-size BMW SUV.
BMW has finally gotten around to making a large, three-row vehicle that can accommodate seven passengers, and it is really something else.
The striking BMW X7 is unapologetically brawny. It adopts a more exaggerated iteration of BMW’s SUV styling direction, highlighted by a massive grille flanked by skinny LED headlights and taillights with a connecting chrome bar reminiscent of the 7 Series.
It looks very much like how a large BMW SUV is expected to look, with proportions that surprisingly don’t look out of place on a vehicle of its size.
Thanks to the massive size, there is enough room for up to seven passengers to spread out over three rows of seats, though there’s a six-seat configuration available for buyers who prefer second-row captain’s chairs instead of a bench. According to BMW, the third row can comfortably accommodate average-sized adults.
With all the seats up, there is 48.6 cubic feet (1,376 liters) of cargo space, while folding the second and third rows expands total capacity to to 90.4 cubes (2,560 liters).
The X7 is BMW’s flagship SUV and, as such, offers the best the German automaker has in the way of technology. The dashboard is dominated by a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment display that’s touch-sensitive, though buyers can use voice commands or gesture controls to access the various menu items.
The X7 has self-driving capabilities. Properly equipped, it allows drivers to take their hands off the wheel in a traffic jam at speeds of up to 37 mph, with an optic/infrared camera integrated into the instrument cluster tracking their eyes and nose to make sure they pay attention to the road ahead.
All models come standard with a panoramic sunroof with three separate panes of glass that can be opened individually. If that’s not enough, buyers can opt for the ‘Panoramic Glass Roof Sky Lounge’ that features LED lighting and displays 15,000 graphic patterns meant to resemble the sky at night, you know, just like in a Rolls-Royce.
Audiophiles can stick with the standard 10-speaker stereo or upgrade to the optional 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround system or, best of all, the Bowers Wilkins 20-speaker system with a night club-rivaling 1,500 watts output. Shelling out the extra bucks for the rear seat entertainment package gets you a blu-ray player and a pair of 10-inch full HD touchscreens.
The X7 also has self-driving capabilities that allows you to take your hands off the wheel in a traffic jam at speeds of up to 37 mph (59.5 km/h), but only if you’re paying attention to the road ahead.
With regards to power, the X7 xDrive40i is motivated by a 3.0L six-cylinder engine that generates 335 hp and 330 lb-ft. of torque, while the X7 xDrive50i comes with a 4.4-liter V8 with 456 hp and 479 lb-ft. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, allowing the X7 xDrive50i to go from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.2 seconds and the X7 xDrive40i in 5.8 seconds.
The new BMW X7 has a starting price of $73,900 for the X7 xDrive40i and $92,600 for the X7 xDrive50i in the United States. From first impressions, do you think it deserves the title of “7 Series of the SUV world? Share your thoughts in the comments below.