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2020 BMW X7 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Abhinandan Banerjee Senior Correspondent Updated on: November 13, 2019


With Luxury Car makers taking the SUV route and dishing out more and more SUV's (and bigger ones as well) for the market, BMW makes an entry to this Big 3 Row Luxury SUV space with its All New 2020 X7. Touted as the biggest Car by the Munich based Manufacturer, the 2020 BMW X7 takes design cues from other X series cars in its family and is positioned as the most Luxurious SUV from this marquee brand.

The 2020 BMW X7 comes standard with 3 Row Seating and an AWD system. BMW is offering the 2020 X7 in 2 versions-xDrive40i and the xDrive50i. The Former comes powered by a Twin-Turbo 3.0L Inline 6 Motor that puts out 335hp and 330lbs.-ft. Of Torque. The xDrive50i on the other hand, boasts of a more powerful Twin-Turbo 4.4L V8 motor that gushes out 456hp and 479lbs-ft. Of Torque. Features remain more or less the same on both these cars and there is not much to separate the two.

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Pros

Strong pulling power from the Motor

Seating for 7 People

Plush Ride Quality

Flawless interiors

Standard AWD

Cons

The Big Front Grill

Expensive for what it offers

Lack of standard Active Safety Tech

What's New?

The Car is a Brand New introduction in the Market


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$73900

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

335 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

330 lbs.-ft @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar and optional

brake rotors (f/r)

66.3/67.1

dimensions

wheelbase

122.2 in.

length

203.3 in.

width

78.7 in.

height

71.1 in.

curb weight

5370 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

90.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

7500 lbs.

payload capacity

1202 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/22/25 mpg

highway range

547.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited



Styles

 2020 BMW X7 in Alpine White color  2020 BMW X7 in Arctic Gray Metallic color  2020 BMW X7 in Bronze Metallic color  2020 BMW X7 in Phytonic Blue Metallic color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Exterior

7.0

6.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 BMW X7 40i

40i

power
335 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
22 combined

$73,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
xDrive40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $73,900 MSRP (20/22/25) 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, I-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

 2020 BMW X7 50i

50i

power
456 hp @ 5250 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
17 combined

$92,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $92,600 MSRP (15/17/21) 456 hp @ 5250 rpm, 4.4 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

Expert Review

6.5

Overall Rating


The X7 xDrive40i retails from $73,900 and the X7 xDrive50i starts from $92,600 excluding optional upgrades and taxes. The primary rivals to the 2020 BMW X7 include the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450, the Cadillac Escalade and the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SE.

Every carmaker in the US is pushing out its Biggest Ever Car ever to cash in on the rising popularity of Big SUVs. BMW decided to join this party with its all-new 2020 BMW X7. The X7 is BMW's answer to the likes of the big GLS 450 from Mercedes-Benz, The brawny Cadillac Escalade and the quintessential luxury off-roader- The Land Rover Range Rover Sport SE.

Taking design inspirations and one of the engines from the X5 and the X6, the 2020 X7 manages to stand out from the rest of its family with its huge Kidney Grill, edgy bumper and aggressive front fascia. Built in the Spartanburg Plant of BMW in North Carolina, the X7 comes in 2 Trims-xDrive40i and xDrive50i, the 2020 BMW X7 comes with a sticker price of $73,900 and $92,600 respectively.

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2020 BMW X7 Front 3 Quarters
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8.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 

7.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2020 BMW X7 Features

8.0/10

The 2020 BMW x7 comes in two trims the xDrive 40i and the xDrive 50i. Both trims have very little differentiation between the two other than the engine and a few small features like an upgraded music system and better upholstery.

Trims

X7 xDrive40i

X7 xDrive50i

MSRP

$73,900

$92,600

Key Features

Adaptive LED Headlights, LED Fog lamps with Automatic High Beam

Adds/Upgrades from xDrive40i

 

Twin Turbo 3.0L Inline-6 Motor with 335hp and 330lbs.-ft. Of Torque

Twin Turbo 4.4L V8 with 456hp and 479lbs.-ft. Of Torque

 

Power Folding Heated Side Mirrors

16 Speaker Harmon Kardon Audio

 

Sensatec Leather Upholstery

Vernasca Leather Upholstery

 

16 Way Power Front Seats with 4 Way lumbar support and Memory Setting

20 Way Power Front Seats with 2 way manual adjust for headrest

 

Power Tilt/Telescopic Leather Wrapped Multi-Function Steering wheel with memory Setting

 
 

Fully Automatic Panoramic Sunroof

 

We Recommend

Both trims offered on the 2020 BMW X7 come with more or less the same set of features but if we were to recommend one of these, we would have gone in for the xDrive40i trim.

2020 BMW X7 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

Much to our surprise, the X7 doesn't drive like just a larger X5. In fact, it feels miles apart from its mid-size little brother-Carbuzz.com

Engine and Transmission

With 2 Engines on offer, BMW has ensured that consumers have the option of going for the X7 with the engine of their choice. The base xDrive40i trim of the 2020 BMW X7 comes powered by the same 3.0L Twin Turbo motor that could be seen on the X6. BMW has not fiddled with the power and torque figures of the motor as well but tuned it slightly differently for the X7. The engine is smooth and responsive and is good for daily driving purposes.

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The interesting and the more powerful motor is the Twin Turbo 4.4L V8 with 456hp and 479lbs.-ft. of torque and does duty in the xDrive50i trim. The engine is far more eager to rev and pull through the traffic and makes the heft of the X7, far easier to manage. Transmission duties are performed by an 8 speed unit that shifts effortlessly and without much jitter or jerks.

Models

BMW X7 xDrive40i

Cadillac Escalade

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SE 4WD

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4MATIC AWD

MSRP

$74,895

$76,490

$68,345

$71,145

Engine

3.0L Twin Turbo Inline-6

6.2L V8

3.0L Supercharged V6

3.0L Twin Turbo V6

Transmission

8 Speed Automatic

10 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

9 Speed Automatic

Horsepower(hp)

335

420

340

362

Torque(lbs.-ft.)

330

460

332

369

Speaking of the rivals, the 2020 Cadillac Escalade offers the most power for the price it's being sold at. The GLS 450 manages to come second in this respect and the Range Rover Sport SE takes the 2nd last spot.

Acceleration

The BMW X7, despite being a big SUV, doesn't fail to deliver on performance. The 2020 X7 takes just 5.8 seconds to get to 60 and manages to do the quarter mile run in just 14.1 seconds. In terms of tail pipe emissions, the xDrive40i emits just 8.1 units and the xDrive50i emits 10.1 units of Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year.

Models

BMW X7 xDrive40i

Cadillac escalade

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SE 4WD

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4MATIC AWD

0-60 MPH(Secs.)

5.8

6.1

6.2

6.5

Quarter mile(Secs.)

14.1

14.6

N/A

16.5

Engine

3.0L Twin Turbo Inline-6

6.2L V8

3.0L Supercharged V6

3.0L Twin Turbo V6

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.1

10.3

9.2

9.3

The Cadillac Escalade, courtesy of its powerful V8 manages to stay the closest to the X7. The Range Rover on the other hand surprises with acceleration figures as it is identical to the Cadillac's. The Merc is the slowest of the bunch courtesy of its averagely powerful motor and bulk.

Ride and Handling

One of the most sought after factors while buying a BMW is its ride and handling. The 2020 X7 does manage to change the perspective about 3 Row SUV's being boring and cumbersome to drive. The 2020 BMW X7 gets Adaptive Dampers and 2 Axle Air Suspension as standard. This ensures that the body roll is at bay despite the size of the X7 and a superb body control while taking the corners hard. Noise insulation is great for the most part but take the X7 over rough surfaces and passengers may complain about the same eventually.

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With multiple driving modes on offer ranging from the timid eco mode to the maniacal sport mode, the X7 can bring about changes in the ride height, transmission and the engine responsiveness. The sport mode makes the X7, more biased towards the rear wheel, hence making the X7 feel like a standard 3 series to drive.

Braking

The 2020 BMW X7, manages to not only change the perception of 3 row SUV's in terms of driving but in braking as well. The Bimmer manages to come to a halt from 60MPH in an astonishing 105ft. And hence putting many sports sedans and hatchbacks to shame. Braking on the whole is sure-footed and there is no lack of confidence at any moment of braking.

2019 BMW X7

Model

BMW X7 xDrive40i

Cadillac Escalade

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SE 4WD

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4MATIC AWD

Brake Front (in.)

N/A

17

14.2

13.8

Brake Rear (in.)

N/A

17

13.7

13.6

60-0 MPH (ft.)

105

133

124

120

In terms of the competition, it's the Merc that comes second in the test. The 3rd and 4th spots are taken by the Land Rover and the Cadillac respectively.

Towing Capacity

For an SUV to be deemed as a proper SUV, towing capacity of the same has to be one of the important proving grounds for it. The 2020 BMW X7 shines on this front as well with its massive 7500lbs. Towing capacity, irrespective of the engine chosen.

Model

BMW X7 xDrive40i

Cadillac escalade

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SE 4WD

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4MATIC AWD

Towing Capacity(lbs.)

7500

8300

7716

7716

The Cadillac Escalade, cashes it on its big engine and finishes on the top spot in terms of the towing capacity. The Land Rover and the Mercedes are tied at dead heat for the 2nd spot and the Bimmer loses out to them by the smallest of margins.

2020 BMW X7 Fuel Economy

4.0/10

BMW has managed to beat its rivals by offering the best MPG figures in its class. The X7 manages to pull out an impressive 22 MPG of overall Mileage figure while attaining the best figure of 25 MPG on the highways. The near 22 MPG allows the X7 to traverse over 430 miles on the city and 544 miles on the highway.

Model

BMW X7 xDrive40i

Cadillac Escalade

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SE 4WD

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4MATIC AWD

MPG (city)

20

14

17

17

MPG (highway)

25

23

23

22

MPG (combined)

22

17

19

19

Fuel tank Capacity(Gal.)

21.9

26

27.6

26.4

Range(City/Hwy) in Miles

438/548

364/598

469/635

422/581

Rivals have a long way to catch in terms of the MPG figures on offer when compared to the 2020 X7. The Land Rover and the Merc offer identical MPG figures on all terms. The Escalade, on the other hand, suffers because of its thirsty motor and falls short of the other by a big margin. The Range Rover gets an advantage in terms of its massive 28 gallon fuel tank, enabling it to go the furthest in terms of range.

2020 BMW X7 Interior

Were not sold yet on the front end, but the cabin's done its high-end homework-TheCarConnection.com

Seating and Comfort

BMW has ensured that the X7 feels like a proper SUV and doesn't miss out on a single front as far as comfort and luxuries are concerned. The seats are plush and have been contoured with high-quality Vernasca Leather. The Interiors feel solidly put together and all buttons feel perfectly positioned. The Heated Seats and the power adjustable steering, adds to the sense of comfort in the X7.

2019 BMW X7 seating

The 2nd Row Captain Seats allow for easy access for passengers on the 3rd row which also offer a decent sense of space like the front and the 2nd row. Materials used are of the highest order and the Interiors feel like they suit an SUV of this class.

Model

BMW X7 xDrive40i

Cadillac Escalade

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SE 4WD

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4MATIC AWD

Passenger capacity

7

7

5

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

41.9/60.0/39.8

42.8/64.9/45.3

39/61/42

41.2/58.5/40.3

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.9/58.1/37.6

38.7/64.4/39.0

39/59/37

40.0/58.3/38.5

Third

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.6/47.9/33.3

38.1/62.6/24.8

N/A

38.9/50.5/35

While most of the SUV's in our comparison offers 3 rows of seating, its the Range Rover that misses out on one. The Cadillac Escalade leads the pack in terms of the space on offer for the passengers while the Bimmer stacks in between the Caddy and the Land Rover. The Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 is on the same lines as the Bimmer in terms of the space on offer.

Infotainment System

The 2020 X7 is equipped with 2 12.3 Displays that includes the iDrive 7.0 (Operated by Voice, touchscreen, iDrive Touchpad Controller), Heads-Up display and Navigation with 4 times OTA updates annually. Let's see what all more infotainment features it has, to offer us:

  • Wi-Fi hotspot with Wireless Charging
  • 16 Speaker 464W Harmon Kardon Music System wit Apple Car Play
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio, HD Radio with Multicast
  • Anti-Theft AM/FM Stereo with Radio Data System
  • Bluetooth, 2 USB Ports and 20GB Multimedia Storage

2019 BMW X7 infotainment

Cargo volume

Being a 3 Row SUV has its own Pros and Cons and the Cargo space behind the 3rd Row is one con. The 2020 BMW X7 doesn't offer much space behind the 3rd row but behind the 2nd row, the space on offer is 48.6 cu. ft. courtesy of the flat-folding third row.

2019 BMW X7 cargo

Model

BMW X7 xDrive40i

Cadillac Escalade

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SE 4WD

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4MATIC AWD

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

11.5

15.2

27.5

16.0

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport takes the top honors in terms of offering the best Cargo Space. The Merc and the Cadillac are on the same page in terms of Cargo and the BMW has to suffice with the last spot.

Interior Features

The 2020 BMW X7 comes with the following interior features:

  • 20 Way powered front seats with memory with 3 stage heating
  • Vernasca Leather Upholstery
  • Engine Start/Stop Button
  • Vehicle and Key Memory
  • Fully Automatic Powered Moonroof
  • One Touch Up/Down Power Windows with Key-off operation, Anti Trap feature
  • Automatic 4 Zone Climate Control
  • Power Adjustable Steering
  • Automatic tilt-down of right outside mirror for visibility of curb when backing up
  • Automatic-dimming interior rear-view mirror and driver's-side exterior mirror
  • BMW Extended Ambient Lighting
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2020 BMW X7 Exterior

7.0/10

Not much about the X7's shape defies the SUV normand for its maiden three-row vehicle, that suits BMW just fine- TheCarConnection.com

Design and Dimensions

The 2020 BMW X7 looks like a BMW SUV from all angles albeit in a bigger avatar. The massive "Kidney Grill" will greet most people on the front and will have mixed reactions from people who see the X7 for the 1st time. The proportions are well balanced on the whole and the X7 doesn't intimidate from the sides. There is a whole array of creases and body lines flowing all throughout the Bimmer's body and gives the X7, a rather edgy look.

2019 BMW X7

Model

BMW X7 xDrive40i

Cadillac escalade

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SE 4WD

Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4MATIC AWD

Curb weight (lbs.)

5370

5572

5135

5335

Length(in)

203.3

203.9

192.1

202.0

Width(in)

78.7

80.5

81.6

76.1

Height(in)

71.1

74.4

71.0

72.8

Ground clearance (in)

8.7

8.0

8.3

8.5

Wheelbase (in)

122.2

116.0

115.1

121.1

In terms of the dimensions, the X7 strikes a perfect balance with all the other SUVs in the segment. The Caddy comes out to be the heaviest and the tallest of the lot while the Range Rover is the widest of them all. The Bimmer has an advantage in terms of the ground clearance as well as it offers the highest of the lot.

Exterior Features

The 2020 BMW x7 comes with the following set of Exterior Features:

  • 21 Alloy wheels with Run Flat All Season Tires
  • Adaptive LED Headlights with LED Fog lamps and Auto High beam
  • Satin Aluminum Roof Rails
  • Roof Spoiler with Center Brake Light
  • Power Folding Heated Side Mirrors
  • High Gloss Black Aero Blades
  • Rain Sensing Windshield wipers
  • Programmable LED DRL's and Adaptive Brakelights
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2020 BMW X7 Safety

The 2020 BMW X7 comes equipped with a lot of safety features for the passengers. You get the basic safety features like 3-point safety belts with head restraints for all seats, pre-tensioners, automatic locking retractors for passengers and a lot more. The IIHS and the NHTSA are yet to test the X7 but with the following list of other safety features, passengers will feel confident every time they go in their X7.

  • Anti-lock Braking System
  • Front SRS Airbags and Side Curtain Airbags for Front and Rear
  • BMW Assist eCall
  • Anti-Theft Alarm
  • Active Driving Assistant Professional
  • Central locking System
  • LATCH Attachments for Children
  • Active Rollover Sensor
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2020 BMW X7 Competition

2020 BMW X7 vs Cadillac Escalade

The Cadillac Escalade presents itself as the vehicle that the average size American can perfectly fit it. It is big on the outside, inside, offers plenty of punch and comes loaded with technology. However, the Cadillac is nowhere as fun to drive as the Bimmer and feels a notch lower in terms of the build both on the outside and the inside. Also, with a price difference of $2,000 and a lower running cost, we do feel that the Bimmer is the one to choose among the two.

2019 Cadillac escalade

2020 BMW X7 vs Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

The Mercedes Benz GLS has been one of the most popular choices for Americans until the X7 arrived. The GLS offers plenty of space on the inside, has a good infotainment system and is extremely comfortable for doing long distance touring. The Bimmer on the other hand feels miles ahead of the Bimmer in terms of the handling dynamics, performance and running costs. If luxury and comfort is your preference, the Merc will do the job best for you. For everything else, the BMW is simply unbeatable.

2019 Mercedes benz gls 450

2020 BMW X7 vs Land Rover Range Rover Sport

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport may not be as powerful as its other adversaries but in terms of going the road not taken, it's the Land Rover that has the clear advantage. Both the Bimmer and the Land Rover are at par when it comes to luxury on offer but the later seems to have an edge. If you wish to take your SUV for off-roading, the Land Rover is the SUV for you but for other purposes, the BMW X7 seems to have an upper hand.

2019 Land rover range rover sport

2020 BMW X7 Final Verdict

The 2020 BMW X7 is the newest entrant in the luxury 3 Row SUV market and it aims to impress the American who wants no compromises on space. The X7 changes the perception of the quintessential 3 Row SUV in terms of the way it performs and rides. None can match the dynamism of the X7 and the poise with which the X7 takes corners. Add to that, a superbly build interior and plenty of features and you have on your hands, the perfect SUV that can do long-distance touring while giving you the fun of driving a 5 series sedan.

FAQs

Let's go through some of the most frequently asked questions about the BMW X7. 

How much does the X7 cost?

The 2020 BMW X7 starts at around $73,000. Options are expensive and plenty.

Is the 2020 BMW X7 7 seater?

Yes, the BMW X7 is a seven seater. The third row is more practical and usable than most of the other SUVs on sale.

Is the BMW X7 all wheel drive?

Yes, the 2020 BMW X7 is all wheel drive. It might not be able as capable as a Jeep in off-roading but it can handle light off-roading.