If you’re in the market for a luxury seven-seater, then you have come to the right place. The new BMW X7 has just arrived in South Africa, sitting at the helm of the BMW X models. It is set to take on the Mercedes-Benz GLS as both SUVs offer the luxury you can expect from such premium brands.
The BMW X7 is no small vehicle, it has to house seven passengers after all. It is just over 5 metres long, 1.8 metres tall and has a wheelbase of 3.1 metres. It is ever so spacious inside, although if all seats are occupied you only have 326-litres of luggage space. The seven seats are standard, but you can opt for the six-seater which sees the configuration of two in the front, two in the middle and two at the back.
I don’t think we should go in to the looks, the big BMW grille right up front has had BMW fans and others up in arms. The butt of many a joke, there is no denying that it has quite a presence. Which is exactly what BMW is after. Look in your review mirror and see that grille coming at you, you will move over. It does look better in the metal though and the pictures really don’t do it justice.
Inside it is all about the luxury and the comfort. You would be forgiven for thinking you were sitting in a Business Class lounge. BMW has opted to keep things a bit simpler on this model and include a lot of kit as standard rather than have a lengthy list of options. That is not to say there aren’t still many an option to choose from. But you know you’re getting a fully-specced out vehicle from the get go. The two trim levels to choose from are Design Pure Excellence and the popular M Sport package. But if you really want to be unique, you can opt for the more exclusive packages aimed at those BMW customers who just want that added customised touch.
If you really need to, you can add something like the Bowers and Wilkins surround system for a mere R65 200. Or perhaps you want to add 22” BMW Individual light alloy wheels at R29 700. There is always a way to rack up that bill.
Your engine choice comes in the form of either the M50d (294 kW and 700 Nm), the xDrive 30d (195 kW and 620 Nm) or the M50i (390 kW and 750 Nm). All engines are mated to an eight-speed steptronic transmission.
This BMW X7 is the ideal family road trip car. Especially if you’ve got the screens on the back of the front headrests. It is not often that I would happily be driven, but in the case of the X7, I would hop in to one of the reclining back seats, lay my head on the pillows found in the rear seats, and wake up at my destination…happy and relaxed. Sounds ideal right? We will have to see what the Merc GLS offers when it arrives on our shores.
PRICING OF THE NEW BMW X7
BMW X7 30d R1 562 849
BMW X7 M50d R1 605 949
BMW X7 M50i R1 862 308