BMW X7 Declared The World’s Best 3-Row Luxury SUV Bar None

While the three-row luxury SUV segment isn’t a particularly crowded one, you do have some powerful players to consider, such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS or even the latest Lincoln Navigator.

Now, there’s a new player in this niche, and it aims straight for the top. It is of course the BMW X7, tested here by Doug DeMuro in xDrive40i spec that’s powered by a 335 HP (340 PS) 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six.

According to DeMuro, it’s very hard to fault the X7. He was particularly impressed with the SUV’s high-quality interior, wide range of ultra-modern safety and convenience features, extremely comfortable and quiet cabin and overall practicality.

Despite this being the xDrive40i and not the range-topping 50i, DeMuro was reasonably satisfied with its performance figures. In a straight line, the entry-level X7 can accelerate to 60 mph (96 mph) in 5.8 seconds (0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds), which may not sound impressive if you’re stepping out of a supercar, but for something that weighs almost 5,500 lbs (2,500 kg), it’s a mighty achievement.

What’s interesting is that the X7 felt “a lot more substantial and stable” compared to the X5, in itself an excellent luxury SUV. Since the X7 purports to be much more than a longer X5, though, it has to be in order to satisfy customers and becoming the default choice in its segment.


  • DanSemering

    What sane person would buy this train ?!
    How do you park this in narrow street in Italy ?

    • alexxx

      It will park itself😉

    • Matt

      You park it the same way you would a Maserati Quattroporte?

    • Stephen G

      Not designed to be driven or parked…designed to separate fool from his money.

  • No question this is the Emperor of SUVs (even better than its cousin the Cullinan).

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Emperor’s New clothes, more like.

  • Rocket

    A pretty impressive bit of kit, but I can’t help but think we have now passed the optimum technology level. Not only will this much tech be overload for some owners, but I have to think all the electronic aids will effectively make people generally less capable behind the wheel. Give me a solid safety package, upgraded sound system and CarPlay capability, and I’ll be a happy man (and one who is that much closer to retirement).

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    really hard to fault…
    How about we start with the styling?

    • Deevo

      Yep, possibly the ugliest largish SUV on the market. What were they thinking?

  • Merc1

    Very impressive. The new GLS should debut next month and it has it’s work cut out for it.


  • dumblikeyou2

    LOL, the Lincoln Navigator. Funny, Doug. As if.

  • Rev360

    As much as I hoped for the best for the X7, the nostrils on it makes it seem as if suck up every thing in it way! Ditto for the 2020 7-series too.

  • badcyclist

    Alternative headline: Some Random Guy With a Youtube Account Likes BMWs.

  • Bash

    Calling it The Best is really giving it extra credit it didn’t deserve. overrated tbh.

    • Stephen G

      Take this with a grain of salt..just remember the 1971 Chevrolet Vega was Motor Trends Car of the Year.

      • Bash

        True, which is a proof on how a car can be falsely overrated.

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  • europeon

    Another golden headline from the resident BMW 14 year old fanboy.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I usually love white on premium designs, but it doesn’t look good on this x7, maybe it’s just the fact that he’s filming in overcast weather. I wonder how much larger this is over the Lincoln Aviator, QX60, Cadillac XT6, and Land Rover Discovery. It may compare in luxury to a Range Rover, and in price to the Navigator, but in terms of size, I think it compares more to those 4 SUV’s than it does the Navigator, which is a large SUV. Even the GLS looks bigger than this. This is a large mid-size SUV, or even a small large SUV, at best.

  • Daniela Wolf

    I can barely stand it’s ugliness…..

  • I already drug Doug demuro in the comment section on the review of the BMW X7 for calling it the best 3-row luxury SUV. That is the biggest crock of bulshit I’ve ever heard. What makes it the best? The fact that it’s too small? Or maybe the fact that it’s underpowered for the price you’re paying for it. Or maybe the fact that it’s totally unattractive. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. You want the best of this class, that’s a Navigator. It has the power, it has the room, and has the attractive styling, it has the presence, and it doesn’t give up anything to the X7 other than to the whiny people complaining that “it’s too big”. Those people can have this overpriced Toyota Highlander. I rather have the Navigator any day

  • Sunshine

    Great! Now I just have to wait 3 years to pick it up for a 60% depreciation.

    • Stephen G

      They build them with lots of bells and whistles for owner bragging rights and build them so they are expensive/difficult to repair. They want you to lease it for a couple years and move on to the next. Like everybody else…they are not in the business of making good cars rather in the business of making good money. You don’t want one of these even at 60% off after 3 years unless your brother-in-law is a BMW mechanic and he get parts for you at cost.

  • Jay Allenby

    Sinfully ugly.

    • H.P. Loathecraft

      I agree, that is one butt-ugly snout they stuck on that thing. Looks like it just completed a front-end crash test.

  • Wolverine350R

    Let me know how you feel once the warranty is out…

  • benT

    Looks familiar……………

    The only problem I can see is that it’s not a Volvo

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