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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.

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