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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

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£88,335 to £126,170
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Any notion that BMW’s controversial design language might be a little more subdued when applied to its biggest SUV is thrown right out of the window when you see the X7. This is an imposing vehicle, and one that revels its excess when compared to comparatively sleek, rivals like the new Range Rover. The design, like the rest of the X7, definitely adheres to the idea that more is indeed more. 

The X7’s face received the only major exterior styling change that came as part of its 2022 update, splitting its headlights into two units as seen on the new 7 Series and fully electric i7. These flank large kidney grilles and a cleaner lower section that all together create a greater distinction between this and the smaller BMW X SUV models. The rest of the design is largely unchanged, however. 

The headlights themselves are BMW’s latest Matrix LED units that notably do without the laser elements on the previous model. Instead, the new generation LED lights are said to be just as powerful, and leave space for the active elements to be more flexible in their light spread. The small units above house the daytime running lights and indicators, which now gently pulse rather than blink sharply.

The X7’s interior has also undergone a substantial update, with a totally new dashboard and user interface, bringing it in-line with BMW’s latest generation models. Like the exterior, the design is rather complex and certainly not understated, but quality is extremely impressive both in build and materials. Most models are fitted with BMW’s high-end Marino leather finish, but an animal-free leatherette is available as an option.

For the ultimate luxury experience, BMW’s Ultimate Pack bundles things like crystal-finished interior controls, a massive three-piece sunroof and brilliant Bowers and Wilkins sound system, but at £12,500 is an expensive indulgence for what is already a very well specified luxury car.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

The main driver for BMW to replace the X7’s dashboard wholesale is the application of its ‘Curved Display’ infotainment. This sleek free-standing display houses both a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and a 14.9-inch touchscreen central infotainment unit operating the manufacturer's latest iDrive 8 system.

The feature-packed set-up includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, while opting for the Entertainment Pack brings a rear touchscreen, a DVD player and a TV tuner.

In terms of the user interface, it’s perhaps not as intuitive to use as previous iDrive systems, but is fast, responsive and reliable. With so much capability within the control interface, commonly-used functions can be lost amongst a sea of rather more superfluous applications.

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    xDrive30d 5dr Step Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £71,510

Most Economical

  • Name
    xDrive40d MHT 5dr Step Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £77,030

Fastest

  • Name
    xDrive M60i 5dr Step Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £109,415
Senior staff writer

Senior staff writer at Auto Express, Jordan joined the team after six years at evo magazine where he specialised in news and reviews of cars at the high performance end of the car market. 

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