With the introduction of the the X7, BMW has entered uncharted territory. It’s a very bold Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz GLS rival, with a gigantic grille at the front, more boot space than a Mazda3 with all seven seats in position, and a very airy and comfortable interior.
The X7 starts from $73,900 in the United States (£72,155 [$95,746/€84,358] in the UK) and comes with plenty of standard features like adaptive LED headlights, air suspension, 21-inch wheels, wide-screen infotainment system, leather trim, a glass roof and four-zone climate control.
So, the X7 is spacious, well-equipped and very imposing, but what’s the impression from behind the wheel? AutoExpress traveled to our side of the pond to test the X7 on a journey from South Carolina to Georgia and found it to be relatively involving. The steering is light and doesn’t offer much feel, yet the engine and gearbox are responsive.
Drivers won’t feel the need to throw it in corners, because it tends to roll around and wobble. As a result, you might want to view it as a very relaxing way of going from A to B surrounded by luxury amenities.
Now, since the X7 is also aimed at those who like to be driven around, space at the back is very generous. Regardless if it’s the six- or seven-seat version, those sitting in the second row won’t struggle for legroom or headroom. Moreover, the third row isn’t as cramped as one might expect, so two adults can travel there for short distances and will still talk to the owner after the journey ends.
The rest of the observations can be viewed in the video that follows, so you may want to scroll down and click the play button.