The verdict: The X7 is a true luxury vehicle that ticks all the boxes of what a big SUV should be, with plenty of space, technology and style.
Versus the competition: The only luxury SUVs that can match the X7’s roominess are much larger and more cumbersome to drive (and park).
It’s a case of “better late than never” for BMW, which arrives to the large three-row luxury SUV game later than its competitors but has done a great job focusing on the “better” part of that statement. It feels as though BMW took notes on what the rest of the three-row class did well — and not so well — then applied those observations directly to the X7.
The X7 is offered in two trim levels: xDrive40i and xDrive50i, representing different engines. There’s a big gulf between the starting prices: The xDrive40 starts at $74,895, while the xDrive50i costs nearly $20,000 more, starting at $93,595 (prices include destination charges). It competes against other three-row luxury SUVs, such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade.
I tested both varieties of the X7 over the course of a week and found plenty to like. It was as if I’d made a wish list for the things a large, top-flight luxury SUV should be — and the X7 proceeded to check each item off that list, starting with …