BMW X7 xDrive40d Review

After three years on the market, BMW has now released an updated LCI of their first foray into the premium SUV market; the X7 writes Ian McLaren. The post BMW X7 xDrive40d Review appeared first on CAR Magazine.

BMW X7 xDrive40d Review

Introduced in 2019, the X7 SUV represented BMW’s first foray into the world of premium raised ride-height mobility. Of course, experience gained from top-selling X family models like X5 and X3 helped writes Ian McLaren after sampling the plush model in California.

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So positive has been the reception for the X7 – notably in key markets including Asia, the Middle East and, of course, the USA – that BMW admits to being taken somewhat by surprise.

As part of this model’s mid-cycle refresh (or LCI in BMW speak), the brand has shown a keen willingness to draw this imposing-looking big brother closer into its extended 7 Series fold. The most obvious example of this is the updated X7’s new split headlamp design that it shares with its limousine siblings. Available with a Design Pure Excellence, M Sport or M Sport Pro exterior package, the largest wheel size now offered on this flagship SUV measures 23-inches. At the rear, the updated car is distinguishable via a chrome highlight strip that links a set of tail lamps featuring new 3D-inspired graphics.

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Sold in a 7-seat configuration as standard, highlights of the updated X7’s interior include the fitment of the brand’s impressive, curved infotainment display and crisp digital instrumentation, each running BMW’s newest (OS8) software. Also noteworthy is this model’s newly designed, altogether neater centre console with a transmission toggle to replace the traditional lever from the outgoing range.

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As featured in the 7 Series, the X7 gains the brand’s new My Modes driving style configurator. Accessed via voice- or touch-control, these all-encompassing, pre-determined settings quickly transform both the cabin (including ambient lighting and audio selection), as well as the drivetrain setup and standard adaptive air-sprung suspension to match the mood of the driver; relaxed or otherwise…

Each of the two derivatives (including the flagship M60i) now incorporates 48 V mild hybrid technology and are mated with a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission. the X7 xDrive40d features the brand’s impressive 3,0-litre turbodiesel engine offering 259 kW and 720 N.m of torque. Able to defy its substantial mass by nevertheless offering a claimed 0-100 km/h sprint time of under 6 seconds, torque is delivered to all four wheels via the brand’s variable (xDrive) all-wheel drive system.

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Including Canadian customers, more than half of all the X7 units sold to date reside in North America. While this statistic talks to the success of this luxurious large SUV in this part of the world (including, as per BMW, many conquest sales), it’s always fascinating experiencing a vehicle that always looks large on South African roads, simply blending into everyday traffic within its “home market.” Here, the X7’s substantial dimensions and stance don’t seem quite as intimidating as they can in a local setting.

Indeed, even with the traffic cleared and the road ahead meandering, the X7 can give every indication that is still, at its core, a member of a family of SUVs with a reputation for segment-leading poise. Certainly, I look forward to comparing the X7’s relative dynamic ability with the new Range Rover Sport, together with the Mercedes-Benz GLS, this BMW’s natural rivals.

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BMW X7 xDrive40d Fast Facts

  • Price: R1 945 000
  • Engine: front-mounted, turbodiesel, 2 993cc, inline-six, 48V mild hybrid
  • Transmission: eight-speed auto
  • Power: 250 kW @ 4400 rpm
  • Torque: 700 N.m @ 1750 – 2250 rpm
  • Driven wheels: All
  • 0-100 km/h: 5,9 sec
  • Top speed: 245 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 8,7 l/100km (combined)
  • CO2 emissions: 225 g/km
  • Rivals: Range Rover; Mercedes-Benz GLS

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