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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

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. 

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.

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