BMW

BMW X7 ESTATE xDrive40i MHT Excellence 5dr Step Auto [6 Seat]

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph5.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2210 g/km

BMW's X7 classily meets the needs of wealthy buyers wanting a super-luxury large SUV and needing to seat up to seven adults. It's essentially a super-sized X5, but it makes far more of a pavement statement and inside, feels very high-end indeed, especially in this updated form. If you don't much care what the neighbours think - or perhaps even if you do - then you'd probably quite like one.

SEVENTH HEAVEN?

BMW's improved X7 will perfectly suit luxury SUV buyers wanting to 'go large', thinks Jonathan Crouch

Ten Second Review

BMW's X7 classily meets the needs of wealthy buyers wanting a super-luxury large SUV and needing to seat up to seven adults. It's essentially a super-sized X5, but it makes far more of a pavement statement and inside, feels very high-end indeed, especially in this updated form. If you don't much care what the neighbours think - or perhaps even if you do - then you'd probably quite like one.

Background

Not every new car these days is designed with a specific eye on European buyers. Take this one, the BMW X7, first launched in 2018, an enormous luxury seven-seat SUV primarily aimed at customers in America, the Middle East, China and various Asian markets. But BMW continues to think better-heeled buyers with larger families here might like one too. Here, seven adults can fit comfortably into a car that BMW hopes will make a really big statement. Especially in this improved form.

Driving Experience

The brand wants you to think of this as a 7 Series that could go off road, rather than a larger X5. But it does share most with that SUV, including all its engines - there are three, all of which are in some way new and all of which now feature the brand's latest 48V mild hybrid tech. Most will probably still select the diesel option, now represented by a more powerful 340hp xDrive40d model, which uses an uprated version of BMW's familiar six cylinder 3.0-litre diesel. This will be great for towing with its 720Nm torque output - and makes 62mph in 6.1s. Diesel-haters will opt instead for the xDrive40i variant, which now has a 380hp version of the brand's in-line six cylinder petrol unit. With that, the figures are 540Nm and 5.8s. At the top of the range lies the M60i xDrive, which has a 4.4-litre petrol V8 with 530hp, capable of 62mph from rest in just 4.7s: for very fast families indeed. As before, all units use an 8-speed auto gearbox, but this Steptronic unit's been upgraded with Launch Control and a Sprint function, respectively allowing for faster starts and quicker overtakes. As previously, all models feature adaptive two-axle air suspension. What else? Well the electric power steering system's been re-tuned for extra feel. And on the top M60i variant, there's an 'Executive Drive Pro' option, which gives you active roll stabilisation, restricting body roll at speed through the bends. Tarmac is of course this SUV's preferred habitat where it rides with suppleness in 'Comfort' mode and handles with actually quite a lot of verve if you set the 'Drive Performance Controller' to 'Sport'. The commanding driving position helps and it's necessary because otherwise, this car's sheer bulk might easily feel intimidating on narrower roads.

Design and Build

If you know the X7, you'll notice the update changes made here, highlighted by the addition of distinctive split headlamp units, with updated matrix LED headlights. They flank a new 'Iconic Glow' kidney grille, which features cascade lighting for the two grille elements. There are three-dimensionally-sculpted rear LED lights. And you can now have wheels as large as 23-inches in size - a first for BMW. Otherwise, the exterior look is as before - which means that it's big, similar in size to the Range Rover and Mercedes GLS models that potential customers will also be considering. This BMW is 5.15m long and 1.81m high - compare that to an X5, which is 4.92m long and 1.75m high. There's a full 2-metres of width too. Like the X5, the X7 rolls down the production lines of BMW's US Spartanburg plant. Inside, the key change with this updated model is the addition of BMW's latest 'Curved Display', made up of a 12.3-inch information display behind the steering wheel and a central 14.9-inch infotainment monitor. The two screens merge into one fully digital and high-resolution display unit behind a single glass surface. Also new is a smart crystalline ambient lighting bar below the trim strip ahead of the front passenger. As before, you sit high, the rear window seems a long way off and there's a huge part-opening glass roof to flood the cabin with light. There's obviously plenty of middle row space (the centre row slides fore and aft) and even those consigned to the third row seats won't feel too short-changed, though getting to them past the forward edge of the rear wheel arch can be challenging. The standard boot capacity is 326-litres. Drop the two rear seating rows and 2,120-litres of carriage space is freed up. A button in the luggage compartment activates a loading mode that lowers the car by 40mm.

Market and Model

Prices now start at around £82,000 for the base xDrive40d diesel variant with 340hp. A fraction less gets you the 380hp petrol-powered xDrive40i. You'll need to find over £103,000 if you want the V8 530hp M60i flagship model. All variants get seven seats, 8-speed Steptronic auto transmission, xDrive all-wheel drive, air suspension and an electrically-operated panoramic glass roof. An 'M Sport Package Pro' package is optionally available on 'M Sport' models or standard on the BMW X7 M60i xDrive. It comprises extended M Shadow Line trim, which also adds a matt Black surround for the kidney grille and tailpipe finishers in Black Chrome, plus M Sport brakes with black brake callipers bearing the M logo and seat belts with contrast stitching in the BMW M GmbH colours. When specified with this package, the six-cylinder models are also fitted with an uprated M Sport exhaust system. Many owners will want to upgrade the car's glass roof to 'Sky Lounge panoramic' status, which gets you a roof with 15,000 graphic patterns able to generate a display reminiscent of a starlit sky. There's also an optional 'Comfort Plus pack' which further increases the feeling of wellbeing. Like the front seats, the seats in the second and third rows can also be heated, as are the steering wheel and the armrests for the driver and front passenger in the doors and centre console. The "thermo" function for the cup holders in the centre console keeps drinks containers cool or warm as required.

Cost of Ownership

Electrification in the form of 48V mild hybrid technology gives all engines in this enhanced X7 increases efficiency. With this, an electric motor is installed in the transmission's compact housing. The mild hybrid system generates torque of 20Nm and an output boost of up to 12hp, depending on the driving situation. In the xDrive40i, the mild hybrid system is also used to provide purely electric driving at very low speeds. The energy required for the electric power boost is stored in a 48V battery located in the engine bay. It is charged via recuperation in overrun and braking phases. Besides supplying the electric motor, the 48V battery also feeds the regenerated brake energy to the vehicle's electrical system. So what about the figures? Well the result of all this in the xDrive40i petrol model is a combined cycle fuel figure of up to 30.7mpg and a CO2 reading of up to 210g/km. For the V8 M60i xDrive, the readings are up to 23.2mpg and 278g/km. If you've heard talk that diesel engines are planet-polluting brutes, then shelve that for a moment while you examine the black pump-fuelled powerplant on offer here because it's nothing like that. The xDrive40d manages up to 37.2mpg on the combined cycle and up to 200g/km of CO2. What else might you need to know? Well, routine maintenance is dictated by 'Condition Based Servicing' that monitors oil level and engine wear, taking into account how long it's been and how far the car has travelled since its previous garage visit. You can check all of this using menus in the 'iDrive' centre-dash display and the car will give you four weeks' notice of when a check-up is needed so you have plenty of time to book it. To help plan ahead for the cost of regular work, at point of purchase you'll be offered a 'BMW Service Inclusive' package that lasts for three years and 36,000 miles.

Summary

Really exotic super-luxury SUVs like the Lamborghini Urus, the Rolls Royce Cullinan and the Mercedes-Maybach GLS are all very well, but they only actually seat five people. If you want to seat seven with ultimate SUV luxury and you want something a bit nicer than, say, an Audi Q7 or a Volvo XC90, your only options are a Range Rover or a Bentley Bentayga - or if you can't quite stretch to those two, a Mercedes GLS or this BMW X7. Thanks to these updates, this Bavarian contender now looks more appealing in this exalted company. There'll still be plenty of people who'll say that this car is too big for our market. They said that about the Mercedes GLS when it was launched and were proved wrong: they have been again here. Bavaria's most imposing piece of automotive real estate will continue to have a distinctive appeal if you like the brand's cool sporting vibe, have a large family and want the very best. Size matters. But then you always knew that didn't you.

  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Acoustic glazing
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation and windscreen wiper control
  • Heated windscreen washer nozzles

  • Variable torque distribution
  • Front and rear brake discs with interior ventilation
  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with cornering brake control
  • Electromechanical parking brake with automatic drive away release and auto hold function
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Hill descent control
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • PC iBrake PostCrash approach control warning with light braking function
  • Integrated braking system

  • Front and rear colour co-ordinated with all standard carpet colours

  • Drive experience switch with comfort mode + ECO PRO + sport mode

  • Parking assistant pro including reversing assistant, PDC, lateral parking aid, reversing assist camera, parking drive off monitoring
  • Electric power steering with Servotronic steering optimised at all speed ranges
  • Speed limiter
  • Attentiveness assist

  • Automatic tailgate operation
  • BMW gesture control
  • Automatic start/stop function

  • Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
  • Condition based service
  • Integrated owner's handbook
  • BMW Drive recorder
  • BMW ConnectedDrive online services
  • Live Cockpit Professional with head up display including 12.3" instrument cluster and 14.9" central display
  • BMW Teleservices

  • Body colour mirror housing
  • Electrically adjustable and heated aspheric folding side mirrors with auto dimming, electric fold in function, automatic parking function

  • Galvanic embellisher for controls

  • 48V Mild hybrid technology

  • DAB radio
  • Wireless charging tray

  • Rear side wing doors
  • Sump guard front and rear painted in silver
  • One piece front ornamental grille frame in pearl gloss chrome
  • Front ornamental grille struts in chrome high gloss
  • Adaptive air flap control bars in high gloss black
  • Exterior and central air inlets in front bumper painted pearl chrome
  • Air breather and door claddings in high gloss chrome
  • Side window graphic in satinated aluminium
  • Integrated turn indicators
  • Kidney grille iconic glow
  • Window guide rail high gloss black
  • Mirror triangle with mirror base in high gloss black
  • Mirror frame in high gloss black
  • Body coloured wheel arches
  • High gloss black finish B and C pillars
  • Aluminium roof rails

  • LED daytime running lights
  • High beam assist
  • LED rear lights
  • Adaptive LED Headlights
  • Dynamic brake lights with LED technology
  • LED third brake light in rear spoiler
  • Follow me home headlight function

  • Nano filter

  • BMW front and rear door entry sills with illuminated
  • Storage tray and copartment with lid in centre console
  • Centre console includes storage compartment
  • Frameless interior mirror
  • Lockable glove compartment
  • Compartment in front of cupholder
  • 12V - Power sockets with 2x centre console and 1x luggage compartment
  • Electrical steering column with adjustable height and length with activation and control on the steering column
  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Additional storage compartments
  • Soft close doors
  • 3 spoke sports multi function steering wheel
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Grab handles

  • Connected Package Professional - X7
  • Luggage compartment pack - X7
  • Interior lighting pack - X7
  • Ambient light interior pack - X7
  • Additional storage compartment pack - X7

  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners, stopper and belt force limiters, front and outer rear seats
  • Airbag - Front driver and passenger, side airbags and Head airbags
  • Comfort cushion seats for outer seats in 2nd row
  • Crash sensor inclu activation of airbags, interior light, safety battery terminal clamp, hazard warn flasher, unlock doors, deactivation of fuel pump
  • Tyre pressure sensors
  • Manual child lock in rear doors
  • Active protection
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats in 2nd row and both seats in 3rd row includes top tether
  • Acoustic protection for pedestrians
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • BMW emergency call

  • 2 seat bench in 3rd row
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Electrically adjustable front comfort seats
  • Height adjustable rear headrests
  • 6 seater
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats with backrest
  • Single front passenger seat
  • Electric memory seat adjustment and memory function for driver and front passenger
  • 2 individual seats in 2nd row

  • Central locking including 2 vehicle keys with integrated emergency key
  • Alarm
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Comfort access system

  • Trailer stabilisation logic

  • 8 speed automatic with steptronic transmission including automatic hold function and gearshift paddles on the steering wheel
  • Permanent all wheel drive

  • Driver and front passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors and ticket holder

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 240
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 210
  • HC+NOx: N

  • CC: 2998
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 380
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Excellence [6 Seat]
  • Coin Description: 40i xDrive
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 53
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.8
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Power - BHP: 380
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Power - KW: 279
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5200
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 383
  • Engine Torque - NM: 520
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1850

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Wheel Style: Y SPOKE - STYLE 753
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 285/45 R21
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 21" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 285/45 R21

  • No. of Seats: 6

  • Sun protection glazing: £450

  • Front and rear air suspension: Included
  • Executive drive suspension: £3,000

  • Integral active steering: £0
  • Cruise control with brake assist: Included

  • Instrument panel in sensatec material: Included

  • BMW Individual piano black interior trim: £560
  • BMW Individual fine wood ash open pored interior trim: £560
  • Leather instrument panel: £850
  • Carbon fibre interior trim: £960
  • Fineline stripe brown interior trim: Included

  • Harman/Kardon surround sound audio system with 464W amplifier power, 9 channels and 16 speakers: Included

  • BMW Individual Metallic paint: £1,100
  • Metallic paint: £0
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Panorama glass roof: Included
  • Additional BMW Individual Metallic paint: £2,500

  • 4 zone control automatic air conditioning: Included

  • Anthracite Alcantara headlining: £1,200
  • CraftedClarity glass application for interior elements: £600
  • BMW Individual extended Merino leather upholstery: Included
  • BMW Individual full merino leather upholstery: £2,500
  • Additional BMW Individual extended Merino leather upholstery: £0
  • M headliner alcantara: £1,500
  • Sensafin leather upholstery: £0

  • Skylounge pack - X7: £850
  • Travel and comfort system pack - X7: £700
  • xOffroad pack - X7: £2,600
  • Technology plus pack - X7: £5,000
  • Comfort plus pack with Automatic air conditioning with 5 zone control - X7: £3,750

  • Metallic - Skyscraper grey: £0
  • Metallic - Blue ridge mountain: £0
  • Metallic - Manhattan: £0
  • Metallic - Mineral white: £0
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £0
  • Metallic - Sparking copper: £0

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • BMW Individual metallic paint - Ametrin: £1,100
  • BMW Individual metallic paint - Tanzanite blue: £1,100
  • BMW Individual metallic paint - Dravit grey: £1,100
  • Additional BMW Individual metallic paint - Frozen pure grey: £2,500

  • Front seat heating: Included

  • Trailer towing hitch: £1,200

  • Additional BMW Individual extended Merino leather - Tartufo: £0
  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Ivory white/atlas grey: £2,500
  • Additional BMW Individual extended Merino leather - Ivory white: £0
  • BMW Individual extended Merino leather - Black: £0
  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Black: £2,500
  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Tartufo: £2,500
  • Sensafin leather - Black: £0
  • Sensafin leather - Silverstone: £0

  • 23" BMW individual V Spoke alloy wheels in bicolour finish - style 914: £3,000
  • 22" V spoke bicolour alloy wheels - style 756: £1,500
  • 21" Y spoke bicolour alloy wheels - style 753 with run flat tyres: Included
  • 21" Y spoke alloy wheels - style 752 with run flat tyres: £350

  • Tyre repair kit: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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