The BMW X7 comes with a choice of two engines. The xDrive40i is powered by a 3.0L inline 6-cylinder engine fed by a turbocharger, sending power to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic. BMW claims the X7 xDrive40i makes 335 horsepower, which is enough get the vehicle up to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds, so despite not having overwhelming amounts of horsepower on paper, the xDrive40i is pretty quick. For those wanting more power, the xDrive50i is powered by a 4.4L twin-turbocharged V8 making 456 horsepower. Acceleration with the xDrive50i is blisteringly quick for an SUV.
Regardless of which engine is ordered, the X7 comes in two basic flavors dubbed Luxury and M Sport. From the outside, the two trim levels couldn't be more different, the Luxury features plenty of exterior brushed aluminum around the windows and the lower door sills, while the M sport features more aggressive wheels, blacked out aluminum and bigger grill openings in the front fascia.
Regardless of trim level, the X7 is generous with its standard features, which include 21-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights and LED fog lights. Inside, the X7 comes standard with 16-way power front seats, a 10-speaker sound system with HD radio and SiriusXM satellite radio, a leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel, BMW ConnectedDrive services, dynamic cruise control, a panoramic moonroof featuring a 2-piece glass panel, 4-zone automatic climate control, rain sensing wipers, a power tailgate, park distance control, BMW's extended ambient lighting system and three stage heated front seats.
Options are plentiful on the X7 and include a variety of 21 and 22-inch wheel designs, a variety of Vernasca Leather and merino leather upholstered interiors, five different types of wood trimmed dashboards and of course several packages.
A Dynamic Handling Package will up the sportiness on the X7 by adding integrated active steering, M Sport brakes and a suspension system that will use cameras to view the road ahead and preemptively adjust suspension stiffness on the fly for improved handling. An Off-Road Package adds upgraded differentials, several off-road driving modes and underbody armor. A Premium Package offers heated and cooled cupholders, a heads-up display, a remote engine starting system, self-closing automatic doors, rear wind shades, a 360-watt Harman/Kardon sound system and gesture controls for the infotainment system.
The BMW X7 is still quite new, but if the history of the 7 Series is any indication, it may be some time before we get a full-fat X7 M, if ever. For now, we have sorta-similar offerings from Alpina by way of the and the upcoming XB7 SUV, but the closest thing you can get to a big-body M from BMW itself is the , which is quite the vehicle. Now, SUV fanatics get their own analog with the 2020 BMW X7 M50i, which packs an impressive amount of performance under its bulky body.
There is no hiding the X7's visual heft. It's large and in charge at all times, casting a rather commanding shadow on everything in its general vicinity -- as evidenced by how the 22-inch wheels on my tester look merely adequate in the wells. BMW's M-flavored trims, whether the full Monty or something below that, always carry some special appearance upgrades, and the X7 M50i is no different. The front end's more aggressive bumper is easily my favorite X7 fascia on offer, and out back there's a massive pair of outlets surrounding four individual pipes. It's not terribly in-your-face, which is nice, because there's always room for a little restraint.
The interior is a little more business-forward, but there are still some fun touches scattered around. BMW's really ramped up its interior design of late, and I'm quite taken with what the X7 offers. The general layout is the same as every other BMW -- vehicle buttons and an iDrive knob on the center console, physical HVAC controls above that -- and it all works very well, so it takes the driver very little time to get used to how everything is laid out. And with everything pointed toward the driver, I find it's easy to take stock of whatever information I need with minimal distraction.
The Good ~ Goes like spit ~ Plush ride when need be ~ Latest, greatest in-car tech
The Bad ~ Expensive as all get-out ~ Still not a sports car ~ Gesture control still pointless
The Bottom Line If you enjoy cackling maniacally on every trip to the store, the BMW X7 M50i will fit the bill perfectly.
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