BMW X7 review - Interior, design and technology
Its bold design may divide opinion, but few SUVs can match the X7’s blend of luxury and quality
The BMW X7 is very large and does not make any attempt to hide it. Its huge grille, broad-sided flanks and slim head and tail lights lend a very imposing presence; whatever your thoughts on the overall design, there’s no denying the X7’s power to assert itself on the road.
Its front-end looks particularly sharp following a mid-life facelift in early 2022: a new split headlight design incorporates thin LED elements which act as daytime running lights and indicators, with the full beam Matrix LED units sitting underneath. Adaptive headlights with a cornering light function are standard on all models.
The X7’s interior is just as show-stopping and is probably the best reason to buy BMW’s largest offering. Quality is impressive both in the materials used and overall fit and finish; its design focuses on ergonomics rather than design flair but the result is very effective. The Volvo XC90’s interior looks better but can’t match the BMW for fit and finish – the Land Rover Discovery comes closer in terms of luxury, but also lags behind in the quality stakes.
Wood and metal trim are joined by a host of quality leather options to help make your X7 match your tastes. Extended leather trim is standard, as are fantastic power-adjustable seats. Highlights from the options list include the Comfort Plus Pack, which adds rear climate control, a heated armrest and steering wheel and a massage function for the front seats.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
BMW has introduced its ‘Curved Display’ infotainment set-up for the X7. The redesigned dash now includes a floating 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, which seamlessly joins with a 14.9-inch central infotainment unit operating the manufacturer's latest iDrive 8 system.
In this review
- 1BMW X7 reviewStill as big and bold as ever, the BMW X7 is one of the most imposing and luxurious SUVs around
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe X7 is one of the best large SUVs to drive, but certainly feels its size
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe BMW X7 is a large, expensive car with running costs to match – regardless of which engine you pick
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingIts bold design may divide opinion, but few SUVs can match the X7’s blend of luxury and quality
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe X7 is one of the most practical cars in its class, not least because it’s so big
- 6Reliability and SafetyBuyers will be reassured by the X7's excellent levels of standard safety kit