The BMW X7 - Rivervale Guide to the first BMW 7 Seater
The BMW X7 believe it or not is BMW's first stab at a 7 seater. Well they have certainly not dissapointed with both new levels of tech and luxury combined to make this a must see for anyone looking for a 7 seat vehicle thats not your typical airport cabbie or mum taxi!
With other models in the range having made significant impact to the SUV/Crossover market we have seen the X1, X3, X5 and X6 all stake a place in the market but more recently we have seen the X4 and X2 become more desirable.
Well if one stone was unturned in the SUV box for BMW it was a convincing 6 or 7 seat car that wasnt a fold up seat in the boot. We were fortunate enough to take the X7 out for a video review recently, check out the video below....
Rivervale 2 Minute Review
Interior and Technology
Where to start? This car is packed with new levels of tech, luxury and comfort for both driver and passangers. There are the less obvious but nice touches such as the four zone controlled air conditioning, welcome lights, power sockets and multi USB connections. Then there are the stand out make you say 'wow!' bits that set things apart, here's a list thats not too exhaustive:
- WIFI hotspot
- Gesture Control
- BMW's connected services
- Wireless phone charging through enhanced Blutetooth
- iDrive touch Controller
- HUD display
- Massage feature on both driver and passanger seats
- Soft close doors
- Cruise contorl with braking functionality
The X7 we drove had a huge panaromic sunroof with light interior which realy lent itself to the feeling of space. We had immense pleasure using the gesture control functionality whilst being conveniantly massaged as we cruised round the A roads of Sussex.
Make no mistake, this is not a bigger X5, the new grille is a statement piece that almost seperates this from other models in the X range. Yes it is a bit marmite but it has absolutely nothing to do with the performance or drive of the X7. It looks as though BMW have parnetred with some sort of agricultural manufacturer to produce the wheels on this model with massive 21" wheels available in various styles, if possible go for the double spoke style 754 M wheels, Bicolour, you won't be dissapointed.
With a 0-62 of just 6.1 seconds you get the picture, this thing shifts for a big boy, but it's not all about speed we know. With the new levels of tech providing major driver benefits driving this beast around was an absolute pleasure. Lane assist, 360 degree parking cameras, cruise control with adaptive assist meaning you can pretty much let go of the wheel and enjoy the ride make for someting quite of the ordinary. Having driven quite a few bigger family type 7 seater vehicles the drive is often quite chuggy and the visibility becomes an issue during maneouvers, however there was nothing the X7 couldn't handle.
BMW have dubbed the X7 as
'Where Luxury Meets Performance'
and we think they are spot on!
"The BMW Concept X7 iPerformance creates a luxurious and modern impression through its discreet styling and extremely precise details"
Adrain Van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President, BMW Group Design.
- MPG (combined): 43.5mpg
- CO2 emissions: 171g/km
- Top Speed: 141 mph
- 0-62 MPH: 7s
- Insurance group: 50P
- 7 Seats