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2021 BMW X7 Review: Fixated on Excellence

by Aiden Eksteen

There aren't many automakers that are proficient or established enough to concoct a premium executive SUV that persuasively combines authoritative yet refined performance, a plush ride quality, high-end luxury, and palpable practicality. So, when you climb behind the steering wheel of the 2021 BMW X7, know that you're about to experience something truly special. Under the hood of the xDrive40i is a 335-horsepower 3.0-liter turbo-6 unit that provides more than enough impetus for the full-size luxury SUV. Even so, BMW always aims to go above-and-beyond to exceed expectations; the X7-line boasts an M50i version locked and loaded with a 523-hp V8 and an extensive arrangement of M-Performance apparatus. The X7 SUV's enthralling and able drive dynamics are met with surprisingly adept off-roading potential and a utilitarian 7,500-pound towing capacity. Those qualities, along with the X7's commodious, opulent, and featureful interior, have it measure up compellingly alongside other premium 5-door three-row SUVs such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, Lincoln Navigator, and Cadillac Escalade.

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2021 BMW X7 Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 X7?

The new first-gen BMW X7 has received numerous updates for 2021. Perhaps the biggest change is the trimming of the lineup, which sees the xDrive50i dropped, and the addition of a 48-volt mild-hybrid system to the base powertrain. Standard equipment across the range has been improved: Android Auto, SiriusXM with 360L, and remote engine start are now inclusive, along with heated seats, armrests, and steering wheel. Vermont Bronze has been deleted from the exterior color palette, along with a handful of interior options. The Cold Weather Package, Executive Package, Premium Package, and Luxury Seating Package have all been reduced in price to make up for some features becoming standard this year, while the Off-Road Package on the xDrive40i has been removed. A special Dark Shadow Edition is available on 75 units, with unique exterior styling options as well as even more standard equipment than the M50i upon which it is based.

Pros and Cons

  • Potent and refined engines
  • Finely-tuned transmission
  • Fun and engaging to drive
  • Serene and luxurious ride
  • Superlative safety rating
  • Excessively expensive
  • Relatively tight third row
  • Subpar cargo capacity
  • Below-average reliability

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2021 BMW X7 Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
xDrive40i
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$74,900
M50i
4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$99,800
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2021 X7 Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 203.3 in
  • Wheelbase 122.2 in
  • Height 71.1 in
  • Max Width 78.7 in
  • Front Width 66.3 in
  • Rear Width 67.1 in
  • Curb Weight 5,370.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Dravit Grey Metallic, Priority 1. +$1,950
  • Tanzanite Blue II Metallic, Priority 1. +$1,950
  • Ametrin Metallic, Priority 1. +$1,950
  • Sparkling Brown Metallic
  • Alpine White
  • Carbon Black Metallic
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Phytonic Blue Metallic
  • Arctic Grey Metallic
  • Jet Black
  • Dark Graphite Metallic
  • Manhattan Green Metallic

2021 X7 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas, 4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

2021 X7 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    7-seater
  • Front Leg Room 39.8 in
  • Front Head Room 41.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.6 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.9 in

2021 X7 Trunk and Cargo Space

2021 BMW X7 Rear Seats BMW
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2021 BMW X7 Luggage Space BMW

2021 X7 Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 80,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 BMW X7 a good SUV?

What the 2021 BMW X7 does best is prove that a large sport-utility vehicle can be fun to drive, adept, and luxurious despite its size and heft and without having to compromise on passenger comfort and general practicality. It's clearly a phenomenal car, but not many will be willing or able to pay the 2021 BMW X7 SUV's price. $74,900 is really steep, but we believe BMW has bestowed the 2021 X7 with power, tech, fun, and comfort, to be worth the money.

Both the xDrive40i and M50i bear the qualities we've spoken about in this review, but the M50i is simply in a league of its own with its mighty, characterful V8 mill and finely tuned performance underpinnings. It's a blast to drive and highly capable, delivering a 4.5-second 0 to 60 mph sprint time, expert handling, and a remarkably tranquil ride. It's a truly unique driving experience that you'd never expect from such a large and hefty vehicle. When properly equipped, the X7 will expand its already impressive repertoire with some off-roading abilities and a decent towing rating.

Both of the X7 cruisers are stylish and contemporary, outside and in, and both are extensively outfitted with creature comforts, conveniences, and safety features. There's plenty of room for the first two rows of seats, while those in the third row may start to complain if the drive takes too long. All-in-all, the X7's jack-of-all-trades qualities makes it very compelling, but it also means competitors such as the GLS-Class best it in some aspects, like pure luxury. Nevertheless, there are very few SUVs as desirable as the X7 in the USA.

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