BMW X7 xDrive40d MHT 5dr Step Auto 6 Seat

  • Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 36.2 mpg
  • 5 door 4x4
  • 204 g/km CO2

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.

  • Passive protection for pedestrians
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats in 2nd row and both seats in 3rd row includes top tether
  • Split folding 2nd row seating with 40:20:40 configuration
  • Two tone horn
  • Three point rear seat belts
  • Crash sensor and Safety battery terminal clamp
  • Active protection
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Comfort cushion
  • Side impact protection
  • Airbags - driver, front passenger, front and side head airbags for first and second row seats knee airbag
  • Mechanical child proof lock on rear doors
  • Door sill finishers with BMW Individual designation
  • Grab handles
  • Centre console includes storage compartment
  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Electrical steering column with adjustable height and length with activation and control on the steering column
  • Multifunctional hooks
  • Three spoke sport leather steering wheel
  • Compartment in front of cupholder
  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment
  • Front and rear cupholders x 2
  • 12V - Power sockets with 2x centre console and 1x luggage compartment
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Luggage compartment floor panel with integral storage tray
  • Frameless interior mirror
  • Lockable glove compartment
  • Soft close function for doors
  • Light inside glove compartment
  • Foldable rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders and storage compartment
  • Multifunction controls for leather steering wheel
  • xDrive and engine designation on right tailgate
  • Exhaust tailpipes - single, left and right with Chrome finisher
  • Aluminium running boards
  • Active Air Stream kidney grille with high-gloss chrome
  • X7 on left tailgate
  • Luggage compartment pack - X7
  • Expanded exterior mirror pack - X7
  • Connected Package Professional - X7
  • Closing system with central locking
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Thatcham 1 alarm system with remote control and engine immobiliser
  • Driver and front passenger door centre lock switch
  • Comfort access system
  • Automatic tailgate operation
  • Stop/start button
  • DAB tuner
  • Gesture control for infotainment system
  • Favourite buttons
  • 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
  • Particles: 0.0007
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 286
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 205
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 198
  • CO: 0.104
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 203
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 183
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 273
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 199
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 175
  • NOx: 0.029
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 212
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 212
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 205
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 174
  • HC+NOx: 0.041
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 205
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 204
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 273
  • Engine Power - KW: 250
  • Top Speed: 152
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.1
  • Engine Torque - NM: 700
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 71.4
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 516
  • Engine Power - BHP: 340
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4400
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 84
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • CC: 2993
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Engine Code: B57D30T2
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Special Order: False
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Coin Description: 40d xDrive
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: [6 Seat]
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 50E
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • Safety Concerns: False
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Based On ID: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • Badge Power: 340
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Height: 1805
  • Wheelbase: 3105
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Width (including mirrors): 2218
  • Width: 2000
  • Length: 5151
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 10.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 36.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 40.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 8.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 25.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 27.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 27.2
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 36.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 10.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 10.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 37.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 36.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 6.7
  • Tyre Size Rear: 285/45 R21
  • Wheel Type: 21" ALLOY
  • Space Saver: False
  • Alloys: True
  • Tyre Size Front: 285/45 R21
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Style: Y SPOKE - STYLE 753
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 13
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 750
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 2120
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2200
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 80
  • No. of Seats: 6