BMW X7 review - Interior, design and technology
Its bold design may divide option, 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.
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 Premium pack, which adds temperature-controlled cup holders, heated, ventilated, massage-function front seats and five-zone ambient climate control with selectable scents.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The X7 features BMW's Live Cockpit Professional set-up, which includes two 12.3-inch display screens, one for the sat-nav and main infotainment functions and the other in front of the driver instead of traditional dials. Both displays are high-res and look very modern; the menus are really easy to use as well, because you don’t have to rely on the touchscreen while driving. It’s useful for entering sat-nav addresses when you’re stationary, but when on the move you can interact using the rotary dial on the centre console. This makes it a lot less fiddly than the systems in rivals that rely on touch inputs.
The feature-packed set-up includes traffic info, gesture control, 3D mapping and Apple CarPlay. Android Auto isn’t available, but wireless charging and a WiFi hotspot are standard. A TV function is available for £1,150, while a choice of Bowers & Wilkins or Harman/Kardon stereos form part of the £6,000-plus Technology Package, which also adds a head-up display.
In this review
- 1BMW X7 reviewBig, bold - and bellicose in extreme M50i guise - 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 option, 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 SafetyThe BMW X7 is largely unproven in the safety and reliability stakes, but owners should have little to worry about