That is BMW’s flagship for individuals who need extra. Extra luxurious, more room and extra tech. Because the identify suggests, the BMW X7 is an SUV from the identical mould because the agency’s range-topping 7 Collection saloon. We’re testing it in hottest xDrive30d M Sport guise. At £74,695, it’s not low cost, so can it again that up with means?
Nicely, the cabin feels of a high quality that matches the worth, plus there’s loads of house. In any case, that is the largest BMW ever. The truth is, within the third row it feels as if there’s at the least as a lot legroom as in one of many X7’s closest rivals, the Land Rover Discovery.
As within the Disco, all of the seats slide and fold electrically, so there’s no lumbering of levers and sliding of seats – simply press and wait. As soon as the center seats have slid ahead, entry is fairly good, too.
Legroom can be beneficiant within the second row, as a result of you may slide and recline the seats to get comfy, and there’s a number of house and adjustment that will help you achieve this. The X7 feels huge – and the numbers reinforce that impression. There’s 326 litres of boot house in seven-seat type (as a lot as in a household hatch), 750 litres in five-seat type (100 litres greater than in an X5) and a pair of,120 litres with the second and third rows folded.
Realistically, that’s sufficient room for just about each event, however we’ve one situation with the inside. Whereas high quality is nice and there’s a great deal of tech (extra of which in a second), it feels by-product and is just too paying homage to lesser BMWs. It doesn’t fairly have the particular, particular person fringe of a Vary Rover’s cabin, for instance.
The 30d powertrain, nevertheless, is pretty much as good as ever on this largest, heaviest SUV. It has 261bhp and 620Nm of torque, and might take the BMW from Zero-62mph in 7.Zero seconds.
It’s the torque that’s most necessary right here, as a result of that peak is on the market from simply 2,000rpm. The three.Zero-litre straight-six turbodiesel feels stronger than you may anticipate it to, propelling the X7 at someplace between a waft and a hurl – accompanied by a pleasing, deep rumble.
Progress is straightforward and easy to faucet in to, helped by the slick eight-speed gearbox. This must be among the best computerized transmissions obtainable; it’s responsive, however all the time clean. Refinement is great, too. Even on large wheels, highway noise is stored in examine and there’s virtually no wind whistle.
Normal air suspension means the X5 rides acceptably as effectively. You may sense the mass over higher-frequency bumps as a result of the rear axle typically feels a bit jagged in its reactions, however largely it’s clean and complicated in Consolation mode. There’s little level choosing Sport, although.
The X7’s dynamics in a straight line are stable, and it actually isn’t unhealthy via bends for a giant, 2,370kg SUV, both.
It doesn’t really feel a lot bigger than an X5, whereas the steering is a pleasant weight and effectively synced to the dimensions of the automotive. It’s additionally quick sufficient to offer first rate agility (helped by the £1,195 rear steering), which is matched by stable physique management. The dampers limit roll respectably, however don’t compromise consolation an excessive amount of – once more, with the proviso that you simply’re not in Sport mode relating to the latter.
This large BMW feels rather more dynamic than a Discovery or a Vary Rover, and whereas even with the £2,595 xOffroad package deal it won’t match them away from the tarmac, our check confirmed it might go just about so far as you’d need to push it off highway.
That is solely the beginning of the tech. M Sport trim will get BMW’s Dwell Cockpit Skilled, with a digital sprint, keyless operation, four-zone local weather management (five-zone is an possibility), cruise management and all-round parking sensors with a reversing digicam. There’s additionally Apple CarPlay, a WiFi hotspot, linked companies, adaptive LEDs, 21-inch alloys and sportier appears with gloss black trim. It’s effectively kitted out, then, however so it ought to be for the worth.
There are semi-autonomous driver aids, further security tech (AEB is customary), laser headlights and rear-seat leisure packages obtainable when you’d prefer to additional improve the know-how on provide.
BMW’s newest infotainment system impresses; it’s simple to make use of, is conscious of your inputs and appears nice. This is among the most important components that, along with the house and spectacular effectivity, ought to make the X7 simple to reside with. We’ll discover out quickly if that makes it higher than its rivals.