BMW

BMW X7 DIESEL ESTATE xDrive30d M Sport 5dr Step Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2220 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. 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 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. 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, an enormous luxury seven-seat SUV primarily aimed at customers in America, the Middle East, China and various Asian markets. But BMW thinks better-heeled buyers with larger families here might like one too. You can specify a third seating row on the brand's smaller X5 but the extra pews are for kids only. Here, seven adults can fit more comfortably in a car that BMW hopes will make a really big statement.

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. Diesel-haters will want the minority-interest xDrive40i variant with its 335hp in-line six cylinder petrol unit but most will select the 261hp xDrive30d with its six cylinder diesel. Another six cylinder diesel is found in the flagship M50d, this one with no fewer than four turbochargers boosting output to 394hp. All units use the same familiar 8-speed ZF auto gearbox and, as you'd expect at this level of the market, feature full air suspension. Tellingly, the 'Off Road Package' that provides a locking differential and extra driving modes is only optional. The driver can adjust the body's ground clearance for off-road driving by pushing a button in the cockpit to raise it in two stages up to 40mm above the standard setting. 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

This is, by some way, the biggest car BMW has ever made. In size terms, it's a fraction larger than a Range Rover and a fraction smaller than the SUV that's probably this X7's closest rival, the Mercedes GLS. 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, you sit high and the rear window seems a long way off. Most of the cabin technology and architecture is predictably shared with the X5 - principally the 12.3-inch digital screens used for the centre-dash monitor and the instrument cluster - 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 2,121-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 start at around £72,000 for the base xDrive30d diesel variant with 265hp. A couple of thousand more gets you the 340hp petrol-powered xDrive40i. You'll need to find over £87,000 if you want the quad-turbo 400hp M50d diesel. All models get seven seats, 8-speed Steptronic auto transmission, xDrive all-wheel drive, air suspension and an electrically-operated panoramic glass roof. Most will want 'M Sport' trim, which gets you an M Sport steering wheel and a BMW Individual headliner in anthracite-coloured Alcantara, plus M-specific detailing for the pedals and driver's footrest. An M Sport differential is fitted as standard on the M50d and in conjunction with the optional Off-Road package. This electronically controlled rear differential lock also hooks up with the DSC system. This set-up combines to reduce understeer and makes a notable difference when exiting corners. It also increases traction on loose surfaces or roads that require differing levels of grip for the left and right rear wheels. The optional Driving Assistant Professional package includes Cruise Control with braking function, as well as the Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking that can alert the driver when a cyclist is detected, are standard. The optional Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function can bring car to a halt then set it back on its way automatically.

Cost of Ownership

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 powerplants on offer here because they're nothing like that. BMW's raft of technological measures includes turbochargers with variable inlet geometry and common-rail direct injection systems operating at pressures of up to 2,500 bar. All model variants comply with the requirements of the EU6d-Temp emissions standard. We'll quote as usual what we've been given, which are fuel figures compiled under the strict WLTP standard and CO2 readings generated through the rather less strict NEDC cycle. The xDrive30d manages 43.5mpg on the combined cycle and 171g/km of CO2. For the M50d, the figures are 40.4mpg and 185g/km. For the xDrive40i petrol, you're looking at 32.5mpg and 198g/km. 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 Bentley Bentayga, the Lamborghini Urus, the Rolls Royce Cullinan and the Range Rover 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, up until now, your only option was the Mercedes GLS. Now though, we think you'll be drawn to this X7. There'll 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 will be again here. Bavaria's most imposing piece of automotive real estate will 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
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Acoustic glazing
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation and windscreen wiper control

  • Electromechanical parking brake with automatic drive away release and auto hold function
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • M Sport braking system
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Front and rear brake discs with interior ventilation

  • Velour floormats

  • Double wishbone front axle
  • Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport and adaptive mode
  • Adaptive 2-axle air suspension

  • Enhanced bluetooth hands free facility with Telephony wireless charging

  • Active guard plus
  • Speed limiting function
  • Parking assistant plus with reversing assistant, surround view system, review camera and active park distance control
  • Attentiveness assist

  • Automatic tailgate operation
  • Stop/start button

  • BMW Online services
  • Brake force display
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • iDrive touch controller with shortcut buttons
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • 20GB hard disc drive (HDD) memory
  • BMW legal emergency call
  • On board computer inc. average speed, fuel consumption, liquid crystal Info display, journey computer, outside temperature display, personal profile
  • BMW Teleservices
  • BMW digital live cockpit professional - 12.3" digital instrument panel and 12.3" CID + Intelligent personal assistant
  • BMW Drive recorder
  • Oil sensor for level and grade
  • Connected drive services

  • Body colour mirror housing

  • BMW Individual leather finished instrument panel
  • Sensatec instrument panel
  • Galvanic embellisher for controls

  • Diesel particulate filter

  • Favourite buttons
  • Gesture control for infotainment system
  • DAB tuner
  • 1 x USB A 1.5A in cupholder, 1 x USB C 3A in centre armrest & 1 x double USB C 3A in rear end of console for 2nd seat row

  • X7 on left tailgate
  • Door sill finishers with M designation
  • xDrive and engine designation on right tailgate
  • Exhaust tailpipes - single, left and right with M Sport-geometry Chrome finishers
  • Active Air Stream kidney grille with high-gloss chrome
  • M designation on left and right front side panels
  • M aerodynamic bodystyling

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

  • Microfilter and active carbon filter

  • Centre console includes storage compartment
  • Frameless interior mirror
  • Soft close function for doors
  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • 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
  • Foldable rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders and storage compartment
  • Compartment in front of cupholder
  • Light inside glove compartment
  • Luggage compartment floor panel with integral storage tray
  • Multifunctional hooks
  • M specific key
  • M specific steering wheel
  • Lockable glove compartment
  • Front and rear door sill inlays with illuminated BMW M designation
  • Multifunction controls for leather steering wheel
  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment
  • M leather steering wheel
  • Front and rear cupholders x 2
  • Grab handles
  • Front and rear door pockets

  • Front reading lights
  • Front footwell lights
  • Make-up mirror lights
  • Ambient interior lighting with 6 pre-designed selectable lights including dynamic function
  • Rear centre interior light

  • Connected Package Professional - X7
  • Expanded exterior mirror pack - X7
  • Luggage compartment pack - X7
  • M aerodynamics pack - X7

  • Active protection
  • Airbags - driver, front passenger, front and side head airbags for first and second row seats knee airbag
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats in 2nd row and both seats in 3rd row includes top tether
  • Comfort cushion
  • Split folding 2nd row seating with 40:20:40 configuration
  • Mechanical child proof lock on rear doors
  • Passive protection for pedestrians
  • Crash sensor and Safety battery terminal clamp
  • Three point rear seat belts
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Two tone horn
  • Side impact protection
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

  • Front and rear seat heating
  • Seat occupancy detection for driver and passenger side
  • Seat back with flap pocket
  • Headrests for all seats
  • 3rd row seats

  • Driver and front passenger door centre lock switch
  • Closing system with central locking
  • Thatcham 1 alarm system with remote control and engine immobiliser
  • Vehicle key with M specific designation
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Comfort access system

  • 8 speed automatic with steptronic transmission including auto hold function, launch control and gearshift paddles on the steering wheel

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • CO2 (g/km): 171
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.03
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 254
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 225
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 193
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 226
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 220
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 254
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 263
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 225
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 231
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 193
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 197
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 226
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 230
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 225
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 220

  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90
  • CC: 2993
  • Engine Code: B57D30O0

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 9.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 9.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 10
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.6
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 38.7
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 46.3
  • EC Combined (mpg): 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 33.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 28.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 32.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 32.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 33.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 32.8

  • Coin Series: M Sport
  • Coin Description: 30d xDrive
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 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: 265
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 50E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 63.2
  • Engine Power - KW: 195
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 457
  • Engine Torque - NM: 620
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2000
  • Engine Power - BHP: 265
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7
  • Top Speed: 141

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: DOUBLE SPOKE - STYLE 754 M
  • Tyre Size Rear: 285/45 R21
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 21" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 285/45 R21

  • Width (including mirrors): 2218
  • Height: 1805
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 5151
  • Width: 2000
  • Wheelbase: 3105

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2370
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 3220
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 750
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 850
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 2120
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 13

  • Sun protection glazing: £420

  • Integral active steering: £1,195
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS) with Servotronic: Included
  • Cruise control with brake function: Included
  • Executive drive pro: £2,450

  • Speedometer with kilometer reading: £0
  • BMW Head up display: £0

  • Fine wood ash grain brown metallic interior trim with high gloss finish: £0
  • BMW Individual fine wood trim ash grain silver grey highgloss: £560
  • BMW Individual interior trim finishers piano finish black: £560
  • Fineline fine wood interior trim in black with high gloss metal effect: Included
  • Fine wood poplar grain interior trim with anthracite brown open pored: £0
  • Fine wood ash grain black interior trim with bronze effect open pored: £0

  • Rear seat entertainment - Professional: £2,345
  • Hi-Fi loudspeaker system: Included
  • TV function plus including reception of digital TV stations: £1,150
  • Bowers & Wilkins diamond surround sound system: £0
  • Harman Kardon loudspeaker system: £0

  • M Sport exhaust system: £0
  • BMW individual exterior line aluminium satinated: £0
  • Special Metallic paint: £1,095
  • Metallic paint: £0
  • Solid paint: Included
  • BMW Individual high gloss black shadow line roof rails: Included
  • BMW Individual high gloss shadow line: Included
  • Aluminium satinated Roof rails: £0
  • Panorama glass roof: Included
  • Panorama glass roof sky lounge: £760

  • Adaptive LED Headlights: Included
  • BMW Laserlights: £0

  • Ambient air: £0
  • Automatic air conditioning with 5 zone control: £0
  • 4 zone control automatic air conditioning: Included

  • Luggage compartment separating net: £170
  • BMW Individual headliner anthracite: Included
  • BMW Individual extended Merino leather upholstery: Included
  • BMW Individual headliner alcantara: £895
  • Cupholders temperate - Heated and cooled in front centre console: £0
  • Roller sunblind for rear side windows: £675
  • M specific pedals: Included
  • CraftedClarity glass application for interior elements: £575
  • BMW Individual full merino leather upholstery: £2,695
  • Additional BMW Individual full Merino leather upholstery: £4,995

  • M Sport Plus pack - X7 with high gloss shadow line: £2,395
  • M Sport Plus Pack - X7 with high gloss shadow line and 22" Y Spoke light alloy wheels - style 758: £2,745
  • Driving assistant Professional pack - X7: £0
  • Front heat comfort pack - X7: £0
  • M Sport Plus pack - X7: £2,395
  • M Sport Plus Pack - X7 with 22" BMW individual Y Spoke light alloy wheels - style 758 with mixed and run flat tyres: £2,745
  • Premium pack - X7: £2,750
  • Technology pack - X7: £3,250
  • Technology pack - X7 with Bowers and Wilkins diamond surround sound system: £6,630
  • Travel and comfort system pack - X7: £265
  • Visibility pack - X7: £1,500
  • xOffroad pack - X7: £2,595

  • Metallic - Phytonic blue: £0
  • Metallic - Carbon black: £0
  • Metallic - Arctic grey: £0
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £0
  • Metallic - Mineral white: £0

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • Special metallic paint - Tanzanite blue II: £1,095
  • Special metallic paint - Ametrin: £1,095

  • M Seatbelts: £260

  • Driver seat memory function: Included
  • Massage function for front seats: £0
  • Electrically adjustable front comfort seats: Included
  • Active front seat ventilation: £0
  • M embossed multifunction seats with memory and electric adjustment including backrest width and height of comfort headrests.: £1,095

  • Trailer towing hitch: £1,075

  • BMW Individual extended Merino leather - Black/Black: £0
  • BMW Individual extended Merino leather - Coffee/Black: £0
  • BMW Individual extended Merino leather - Ivory white/Black: £0
  • BMW Individual full Merino leather - Ivory white/night blue with black: £4,995
  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Ivory white: £2,695
  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Black: £2,695
  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Coffee: £2,695

  • 22" BMW individual Y Spoke light alloy wheels - style 758 with mixed and run flat tyres: £1,945
  • 21" M Double spoke light alloy wheels in bicolour finish - style 754 M with run flat tyres: Included
  • 22" M V Spoke light alloy wheels in bicolour jet black - style 755 M with mixed and run flat tyres: £1,595

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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