The new X7 is BMW’s biggest-ever SUV and it aims squarely at large luxury SUVs such as the Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS. Unlike some other high-priced models we’ve recently tested, our $84,000 X7 feels worth every penny. The big SUV builds upon much of what makes its little brother X5 such a high-performing model: It uses the same punchy engine and smooth transmission, and has the same comfortable ride, but it has a roomier interior with first-class seating in all three rows.
BMW's 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission continue to impress us. The combination delivers immediate power and is seemingly always in tune with the driver’s intentions. There's no hesitation when starting from a stop, and there’s always a measured, uninterrupted flow of power. Fuel economy is 22 mpg overall, which is impressive for such a large vehicle. We find no compelling reason to opt for the V8.
The X7’s standard air suspension keeps it steady and planted. The ride rarely transmits jolts to the passengers when driving over potholes and broken pavement. This interior is impressively quiet.