Now that BMW has a full-size SUV on offer, coming to terms with that notion means accepting luxury over anything that even remotely resembles an ultimate driving machine.
However, opting for the M Sport package might make you feel a little better, since it gives the X7 a slightly more dynamic appearance thanks to the more visually-aggressive bumpers and black exterior trim rather than its usual chrome bits.
Entry level, yet high level
While this particular vehicle hails from Abu Dhabi Motors in the Middle East, U.S. buyers can purchase the xDrive40i as the entry-level model of the X7 range from $73,900. Getting the M Sport package means paying an extra $4,350, while the Individual Fine Wood Ash Gran trim with High Gloss Silver visible inside this SUV is another $1,080.
As for the upholstery, that looks to us like Tartufo Extended Merino leather, which in the X7 is a $1,000 optional extra.
The BMW X7 xDrive40i is powered by a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine, producing 335 HP (340 PS) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque. In a straight line, it can accelerate from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.8 seconds (0-100 in 6.1 sec), and max out at 152 mph (245 km/h). As you can see, it’s not exactly slow, despite weighing nearly 2.4 tonnes (5,290 lbs).
Of course, for a more effortless experience behind the wheel, we recommend either the xDrive50i version or the recently announced X7 M50i, which has a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine, good for 523 HP (530 PS) and 553 lb-ft (749 Nm) of torque.