BMW has finally filled the top spot in their Sports Activity Vehicle line-up. 20-years after the X5 started luxuriously riding high comes their largest, and around 500-pounds heavier, 2019 BMW X7. 

The new X7 holds on to most of the upright, almost regal stance we saw in the Frankfurt 20-17 concept.

On the road from Tallahassee to Baton Rouge we settled into the driver’s seat of this 3-row seven passenger flagship ute looking out over an expansive hood with a crystal clear Head-Up Display that actually has depth.

A standard 3.0-liter turbo straight six provides the 335-hp. The extensively updated turbocharged 4-point-4-liter V8 pulls with the strength of 456-horses. Both engines channel through a quick eight-speed Steptronic transmission, while BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive is standard.

“As you might expect, the BMW X7, as it is the biggest BMW SUV is supremely comfortable and supremely quiet. I can’t hear the engine at all until I really get on the throttle. But, this is a big vehicle. It’s over 10-inches longer than an X5, but it doesn’t drive so big and that’s really what BMW wants. It’s supposed to be comfortable. A lot of that has to do with that standard air suspension and I gotta’ say, mission accomplished.”

A second row bench is standard, but you can opt for captain’s chairs. Either way, third row seats sit high enough off the floor that most “adults” should find a comfortable position. 

It’s semi-autonomous wizardry can change lanes… and take over in traffic jams up to 37 MPH… as long as you’re looking forward and paying attention.

So BMW takes their recipe of roominess and refinement with sporty handling to an even larger scale. The South Carolina produced 2019 BMW X7 is on sale now starting at under $74,000 for the xDrive40i. xDrive50i territory begins at under $93,000.


  • Engine: 3.0 liter / 4.4 liter
  • Horsepower: 335 / 456
  • Price: Starting under $74,000