By on July 16, 2019

2019 BMW X7 front quarter

2019 BMW X7 xDrive40i

3.0-liter inline six, turbocharged (335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 330 lb/ft. @ 1500 rpm)

Eight-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive

20 city / 25 highway / 22 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)

22.8 (observed mileage, MPG)

12.0 city / 9.4 highway / 10.8 combined (NRCan Rating, L/100km)

Base Price: $74,895 US / $95,104 CAD

As Tested: $92,895 US/ $111,554 CAD

Prices include $995 destination charge in the United States and $2,604 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, because of cross-border equipment differences, can’t be directly compared.

I wanted to hate this big crossover so much. My expectations were minimal. How on earth could BMW, the standard-bearer of legitimate sports sedans for half a century, build a massive three-row SUV? It’s just a cash grab, I was certain.

Yeah, I’m supposed to be unbiased — but finding anyone that reviews cars that has absolutely no bias is a fools’ errand. Everyone here knows I’d give ten thumbs up should Renault bring a Mégane RS Trophy-R stateside. We all have our automotive loves. There are thousands who adore their Roundel-clad sedans — and will turn their nose at any perceived dilution of the brand.

I’m loath to say it, but this 2019 BMW X7 is worthy of the badge. You won’t find a racing series dedicated to the big three-row beast, but I’m sure in time you’ll find plenty in race paddocks with a caged E36 in tow.

2019 BMW X7 front

Yeah, that grille. I know. It’s big. Much has been made of the signature twin-kidney grille that has been supersized for this supersized vehicle. It’s a bit garish, but consider the alternative. Anything much smaller would be comically disproportionate to the scale of this three-row crossover.

2019 BMW X7 profile

The rest of the X7 is exactly what you’ve come to expect from BMW’s crossover lineup — conservative, with a couple of interesting lines. I dig the slash across the side of the truck from the top of the front wheel rising to the taillamp — it defines a concavity to the door panel that hides some of the bulk.

2019 BMW X7 rear

My tester is the xDrive40i, which confusingly is a three-liter turbocharged inline six. It’s not overwhelmingly powerful, but I never found my right foot wishing for more. After all, BMW quotes a 0-60 time of 5.8 seconds. Had I needed to tow with the X7, I’d imagine the bigger V8 in the xDrive50i might have made acceleration a bit more brisk, but either powertrain is rated to drag 7500 pounds — plenty for most buyers, I’m sure. Considering the size and capabilities of the X7, I’m impressed with the fuel economy, averaging nearly 23 miles per gallon over my testing period.

2019 BMW X7 center stack

Before anyone asks — the tire marks on the road in a couple of these photos are NOT from me or this X7. I’d rather not have a conversation with the PR department about tire replacement bills.

2019 BMW X7 interior

Lane keeping assist has quickly become a common feature across the automotive spectrum — if it’s not standard, it’s packaged with most high-level trims. Depending on the system fitted, most cars will either beep, buzz the driver’s seat, buzz the steering wheel, or gently “nudge” the wheel back into the intended lane of travel.

2019 BMW X7 front seats

The BMW X7 is different. Much of my typical commute is on narrow, twisty roads, and I’ll often get the left side wheels rather close to the centerline while I become accustomed to yet another car. The X7 will yank the steering wheel abruptly should the car stray offline. It’s disconcerting at first, but I’d have to believe it’s but a feedback mechanism to help train the driver to be more attentive, as the car itself doesn’t suddenly veer for the guardrail as the tiller swings 45 degrees. I certainly learned the limits and edges of the road quickly while helming this big Bimmer.

2019 BMW X7 second row seats

The interior on this X7 is impressive — though, for the price, it should be. The Tartufo merino leather is supple, and beautifully stitched with a funky quilting pattern. The seats front and rear are perfectly supportive — I’ll always give extra points to a car with an extending thigh bolster, as it eases leg cramps over a long drive. This tester had the optional second row captain’s chairs, which were nearly as good as the front seats, and eased access to the third row for a couple of teammates from my daughters’ softball team. The wayback offered plenty of legroom even for adults.

2019 BMW X7 third row seats

With the third row up, luggage space isn’t incredible, but there is enough room for a couple of rolling suitcases. The power dual liftgate and tailgate are nice to have — it offers a low lifting floor when the tailgate is dropped, but when one is home from a supermarket run where the cheap plastic bags have split and there are cans and oranges rolling everywhere, keeping the tailgate up while you lift the top glass is nice to keep said groceries from rolling into the street. Plus, a button in the cargo area will lower the air suspension 1.6 inches should the liftover remain too high.

2019 BMW X7 cargo third row down

2019 BMW X7 cargo third row up

Much hate has been heaped upon earlier versions of BMW’s iDrive infotainment controls. I can’t do the same here. The console-mounted knob/button/toggle is instinctual, making interfacing with audio and navigation controls exceedingly simple. I especially love the huge 12.3-inch instrument display that will display navigation (among other things) directly in front of the driver, leaving audio information on the matching 12.3-inch display.2019 BMW X7 dashboard

The BMW X7 is expensive, certainly — and as BMW loves to leave many options off the base trims, that price tag climbs rapidly. But it’s easy to see where the money is spent. Most importantly to fanatics, it’s worthy of the badge.

2019 BMW X7 rear quarter

[Images: © 2019 Chris Tonn]

 

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  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    Another ugly BMW SUV. Yawwwwwnnnnn.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    Looks like the third row seats don’t fold completely flat – like the second row seat in the first-gen Chevy Equinox.

  • avatar
    IBx1

    Pathetic automatic trash

  • avatar
    ttacgreg

    Hmmm 0-60 in less than six seconds isn’t overwhelmingly powerful? I can remember when 0-60 in less than ten seconds was rare. Times change

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      Right, but this is also the xDrive40i trim, which is the base 3.0-liter turbo I6 engine. BMW also offers the xDrive50i, which gets a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, and is probably a lot faster. For 2020, they’re adding an M50i trim above that, with a real performance boost from the same engine and some other M Performance goodies. And I’m sure an X7 M is forthcoming.

    • 0 avatar
      Lockstops

      Not when the smallest, cheapest 4-cylinder SUV X1 does 0-60 in almost the same time (about 6.5s).

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    The new X5 and X7 look better in standard guise, without the M Sport look. I’m also glad to see that they preserved the split-folding tailgate, which the X5 also has and has had since its inception for 2000. I do think that they’ll get enough complaints to warrant adding a seven-seat version.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    Hopefully there are some good lease offers, and hopefully there’s nobody stupid enough to actually *buy* one.

  • avatar
    jack4x

    Having just been to an event at a BMW dealer yesterday where they had a bunch of these on the lot, I will say that they look pretty good in person.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Bulgemobile FIREWOOD

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    For the man who has everything and needs something to carry it in!

  • avatar
    Greg Hamilton

    Beware the plastic parts inside the drive train of any BMW. My wife has the BMW X3 with the dreaded plastic timing chain tensioners that tend to self destruct before 100,000 miles. Some owners have reported the engines self destruct in as few as 34,000 miles–one reason BMW’s do not hold their value. Yes, dukeisduke, we were stupid enough to buy one.

    • 0 avatar
      DC Bruce

      I fail to understand this. I had a 2001 Z3, which I bought as a CPO and did well by me. That said, catastrophic cooling system failures at 60K miles were a known issue with this 6 cylinder engine. The culprits: plastic water pump impeller that would disintegrate; plastic expansion tank that would fail abruptly, and plastic radiator tank that would do likewise.

      So, why are they still doing this?

      For my car, I prophylactically replaced all of the cooling system parts and hoses at 60K miles. The parts cost me about $1000 and it took about 8 hours of my time.

    • 0 avatar
      dukeisduke

      I’m sorry (seriously).

  • avatar
    jkross22

    Like all vehicles, BMWs are made to a price point and warranty duration. BMW recently shortened their cpo warranty from 2 yrs/100k miles to 1 yr/unlimited miles. CPO buyers drive more miles than leasees, – perhaps drive 15k miles/yr – so BMW chose to only expose themselves for 12 months. The one year cpo warranty is no coincidence – BMW knows their vehicles pass their ‘sold by’ date in the 5th year. For example, their $1600 water pumps fail around 60k miles, roughly in the 5th or 6th year of ownership.

    This isn’t some Scotty Kilmer rant on BMW – it’s the reality of the brand cheapening itself in pursuit of leasees and leaving the actual buyers of those cpo vehicles hanging out to dry with a congo line of outlandish repair bills that are perpetual. Solenoids, wiring harnesses, oil leaks, blower motors – all common failure points. Now add in adjustable suspensions, airbags, 4 wheel steering, driver assistance systems, iDrive software and screens…..

    These repairs are in addition to the cost of typical maintenance! Tires, brakes, alignment, etc.

    • 0 avatar
      SPPPP

      You certainly have a point there. There was a time (maybe as little as 10 years ago) when the driving experience felt special enough to make it worth putting up with the additional operation and maintenance cost that a BMW required. At this point, I think the extra costs may have increased because there’s more complexity and bigger and heavier wheels, tires, and everything else. But the driving experience has gotten less special in my opinion.

      In Chris Tonn’s review, the only comment I noticed about the handling of this car was in reference to how it jerks the wheel on winding roads. Though, oddly, the car itself doesn’t seem to jerk as much as the wheel. Is that a variable-ratio system at work together with a lane-assist feature? These are two things I have little to no interest in, and they sound both fragile and expensive. Signs of the times?

      If that’s the only thing that stands out about the drive, why would I even consider paying $92,000 for it? It looks very nice inside and out, but not $92k nice.

      The turbo inline six is pretty sweet, I’ll grant that.

      As a fan of BMW’s brand history, I am not too pleased by its present reality. It’s unfortunate that most of the competitors have their own issues.

      Mercedes – non-AMG cars are pretty boring. Has its own issues with complexity.
      Audi – same issues as Mercedes, pretty much, with less RWD.
      Lexus – odd styling in most cases. Less driver focus … though that may be changing.
      Alfa Romeo – highly suspect reliability (probably worse than BMW). Limited parts and service. Limited options choices.
      Mazda – FWD only for now. Usually light on power. Limited choices. Refining themselves out of the enthusiast market?
      Hyundai/Kia – not really refined yet. Brand commitment to this market a question mark. Reliability questionable.

      Any suggestions?

      • 0 avatar
        bd2

        Genesis/Kia – not sure how you can say that Genesis isn’t “refined” as the they seem to have gotten the refinement part down based on the reviews (part of the reason why the G90 has been beating the newer LS 500 in comparison tests); have yet to get the refreshed G90.

        Genesis’ biggest issue to date is weight – which will be addressed by the new RWD platform that will underpin the next G80, GV80 and so on.

        Not sure how one can included Mazda – yes, they are trying to be more premium (like how VW used to be here), but still, that’s more Buick than Cadillac.

        Speaking of which, there’s still Cadillac (w/ regard to RWD sedans) tho the new CT4 and CT5 seem underwhelming in certain respects (basically sheetmetal and interiors; should be among the top handlers in their respective classes); actually like the face-lifted CT6 over its smaller siblings.

        As for luxury CUVs, would add Lincoln to the mix w/ the Aviator.

        Lexus’ biggest issue is being to slow in updating its RWD lineup and its SUVs.

        Their RWD sedan lineup are underpowered compared to the German competition – which among other things, has led to a drastic decline in sales.

        • 0 avatar
          ToddAtlasF1

          H-K is as flawless as your use of the English language. Critical acclaim is for sale. Driving a Genesis back-to-back with competitors made it seem overpriced rather than bargain priced. Do you remember how the LS400 came out thirty years ago and redefined refinement, quality, and performance? Genesis has accomplished none of that.

          • 0 avatar
            bd2

            lOL!

            When have I ever stated that?

            I JUST stated that they have a weight ISSUE.

            Among other issues, the interior of the current G80 is not up to par (which will be addressed by the next gen model).

            Another one is that the 2.0T – also not up to par (but will be replaced by a new 2.5T mill).

            Personally, there isn’t yet a Genesis model that “ticks all the boxes” for me.

            “Refinement”, however is NOT an issue based on review after review (not MY opinion, but those of professional reviewers – many of whom actually use that term (or the like) in their reviews.

            For instance, this is what MT stated in their comparison test.

            “Although the G90 is just a nose behind the LS 500 at the track, it couldn’t feel more different on the road. Everything about the Genesis G90 is as SMOOTH as a Marvin Gaye ballad. Its engine and transmission are particularly noteworthy for how EFFORTLESS they make the process of driving.

            Dip into the throttle, and the G90 accelerates with pure ELEGANCE, with NO NOISE from the V-6 under the hood and NO physical sensation of gearshifts, save for the tach needle’s swing. The G90 imparts a sensation of CALM capability to the driver. When the roads get twisty, the G90’s steering isn’t nearly as talkative as the Lexus’ or BMW’s, but it’s appropriate for the segment. Its ride falls between the 740e and LS 500; it doesn’t have the BMW’s solidity, but it handles bumps both large and small ever so slightly BETTER than the Lexus.”

            Despite having an air suspension, the Lexus struggled w/ certain uneven pavement.

            “Our test car’s air suspension sorted out big bumps but struggled with small, high-frequency bumps such as the Botts’ dots that line California lanes. “We’re on pretty new pavement here, and I’m still getting lots of small vibrations from all the little bumps in the road you can’t see from the driver’s seat,” Evans said.”

            If you actually are going to take issue w/ things that I say, at least having something to back them up aside from your own opinion).

          • 0 avatar
            ajla

            “Driving a Genesis back-to-back with competitors made it seem overpriced rather than bargain priced.”

            What competitors? The G80 Ultimate is a V8 RWD sedan for $57K. The G70 3.3T starts at $43K. And, I’m sure discounts off MSRP aren’t impossible. It seems like with anything else you’re either giving up engine performance or spending $15K+ more.

          • 0 avatar
            krhodes1

            I describe all of the fancy Hyundai/KIAs as cars that will impress a Camry driver.

        • 0 avatar
          Dave M.

          I understand your thoughts about Mazda, but I’m just wondering how far off the $50k CX-9 Signature is from the $90k X7. I know it won’t play as well at the country club, but I bet it would give a run for its money.

          • 0 avatar
            bd2

            Personally, really like the CX-9 (can overlook the poorer packaging at the 3rd row, but many can’t/won’t).

            But something like the X7 is in a totally different class (is it worth the $$? – it depends).

            Otoh, the top-spec CX-9 can certainly go head to head w/ the likes of the RX L, MDX, etc. and even the XC90 – and would take it over them.

    • 0 avatar
      sportyaccordy

      The infuriating thing is it doesn’t even have to be this way. I’m sure BMW could spend all the money it wastes on warranty work and overcomplication to make the cars mechanically simpler and more reliable while still hitting performance and emissions targets. Is there really not enough margin available to make a reliable metal timing chain tensioner?

      • 0 avatar
        onyxtape

        I’m starting to subscribe to the theory that it’s by design in that people start calling your car a boring appliance otherwise.

        • 0 avatar
          Dan

          Of course it’s by design but it isn’t a boring appliance thing. It’s a keep poor people from being seen in your brand thing. Taking the old ones off the road pumps up the Veblen value of the new ones.

          • 0 avatar
            PandaBear

            Building unreliable trash that will tank in resell value before 100K is not a way to “keep poor people from being seen in your brand”. On the contrary, that’s exactly how you get poor people to be seen in your brand.

      • 0 avatar
        mmreeses

        # Juicy profit margins, # at the limit (autobahn) performance, # 7yr/75k mi 2nd/3rd owner) durability.

        You can only have 2 of the 3 at BMW and many automakers.

        To be cynical, plastic was used precisely because it was cheaper and durable enough for the bulk of original buyers/leasees. Munich isn’t thinking about 3rd owners.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      BMW isn’t alone here, but buying a $90k CUV off a modular platform that shares an engine with a $45k vehicle but is *still* “made to a price point” is a kick to the nuts.

      • 0 avatar
        ToddAtlasF1

        The Land Cruiser is a $90K SUV with an engine shared with a $35K(guess – employer bought a then-new 2014 Tundra crew-cab 4×4 with an 8 foot bed for $31K) pickup. There’s less indication that a Land Cruiser is built to a price point than a Bugatti is though.

    • 0 avatar
      stingray65

      JK – I never understand comments like yours, because if most BMWs implode at age 5 (just out of CPO warranty) then how can BMW offer attractive leases (which comprise 60+% of their new “sales”)? Leasing is based on residuals, and residuals are based on desirability and expected remaining life, and if everyone knows BMW explode their $2500 timing chains and $1600 water pumps in year 5, then residuals will be terrible and lease rates sky high. Something doesn’t add up.

      • 0 avatar
        ToddAtlasF1

        BMW exports a lot of their lease returns to developing markets in places like eastern Europe. Otherwise, the house of cards would be flat. Did you ever wonder what’s on all those ships when they leave the US?

        • 0 avatar
          stingray65

          Todd – perhaps that is true, but I can’t imagine dirt poor Eastern Europeans paying big money for about to implode used BMWs (with US specs) so the residuals still won’t work for offering attractive leases.

          • 0 avatar
            ToddAtlasF1

            The content of German disposable diapers that doesn’t come from China is made in factories in Eastern Europe. The guys who buy German cars that reach age three and four there can snag the cooling system parts for a fraction of their cost here and they know the cars because they build them.

          • 0 avatar
            Dan

            Repair costs are almost never in the parts, even luxury parts at twice the price are still cheap. The killer is the shop time at 180 bucks an hour to put them in. It’s a sixth of that in the developing world.

            Also keep in mind that while Eastern Europe is still dirt poor, in the post-EU world millions of Eastern Europeans are now working all over Europe (and the ME too) and bringing western levels of money home to spend.

            The last time that I was in Transylvania you couldn’t throw a cat without hitting a recent BMW or Audi.

          • 0 avatar
            conundrum

            @ToddAtlasF1

            The ships going to Europe are full of new BMW SUVs because they’re made in Spartanburg SC. So the content of “disposable diapers” you speak of are American for SUVs from X3 on up.

            There are NO Eastern European BMW factories either. One is currently being built in Hungary but is not yet in production. So much for that dreamed-up “theory” about people in Eastern Europe knowing where to source cheap BMW parts and how to fit them because they make them.

            From my POV you do utter a load of arrant nonsense on this and other topics.

          • 0 avatar
            ToddAtlasF1

            http://www.bmwgroup.com/en/company/locations.html

            Why don’t you do some research before you second guess me?

            http://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/executive_briefings/coffin_used_vehicle_exports.pdf

            There are also 6,100 2016 or newer BMWs listed for sale on carexportamerica, one of several companies that specializes in this trade. Oh well. So you were wrong about every single point. I’m guessing your comfortable with your lot in life, or you’d limit yourself to contradicting people about things you actually know.

      • 0 avatar
        mmreeses

        Behold the power of the badge.

        And when thr car implodes for its 3rd owner,low chance that person is in the same social circle as a new owner/leasee and it’s irrelevant as that 1st owner is highly unlikely to own the BMW for 100k miles.

        My cousin bought a brand new 2006 330i. Babyed it for 6 years. transmission grenaded. Repair was worth more than the book value of the car. Anecdote, not data. But still.

        • 0 avatar
          stingray65

          mm – you are very possibly correct that the social networks don’t overlap, and I’m sure the new BMW leasers could care less that their off-loaded car implodes a year or two after the lease, but why would poor 2nd and 3rd owners want to pay big money for an about to implode BMW? Without strong residuals it is impossible to offer cheap leases without losing money, and BMW is generally considered to be one of the most profitable car makers.

      • 0 avatar
        PandaBear

        “if most BMWs implode at age 5 (just out of CPO warranty) then how can BMW offer attractive leases (which comprise 60+% of their new “sales”)?”

        That’s one way to keep your brand’s new car price high and avoid being accusing of dumping the market in international trade.

        The Japanese government had a “fund” that is specifically designed to buy new hybrid car financing, to make the bank feel better about lending to hybrid purchases. If they sell the car for a cheaper price they would be accused of dumping, and that’s not good.

    • 0 avatar
      Lockstops

      Your theory has one big hole in it: in Europe you can get very long warranties, and the cars are the same.

      In Germany it’s 3 years and unlimited mileage for new cars. For certified pre-owned BMWs it’s 2 years plus you can buy more coverage for very little money on top of that. I myself have bought a CPO BMW in Germany with 2 years warranty plus I got 2 years on top of that. (Mileage is unlimited, but you have a deductible that increases in increments starting at 100.000km for parts prices, labour I believe is always 100% covered.)

      BTW:
      I’m not saying BMW is flawless, I have had a BMW’s timing belt tensioner destroy itself about six years ago. Then again bear in mind that the car was a 2009, so this was two full model generations older than what is being sold in the dealerships right now…

      When the timing belt tensioner borked itself I just happened to be such a ninja that when I heard the first *CRUNCH* I understood that it was No Bueno, and I immediately turned the engine off and had it flatbedded to the service center. They sent parts and oil for forensic analysis to BMW in Germany, and they concluded that all they had to do was replace the broken tensioner and of course put in a new chain and other wearable items. But luckily no need for larger assembly replacements or a whole new engine as first was thought to be the most likely outcome. By the way any and all repairs were going to be free for me, even though the car was already out of warranty. Free rental car for the whole time too.

    • 0 avatar
      R Henry

      In contrast, I have been purchasing/owning/driving Asian cars exclusively for more than 20 years. Seems they perform best with the hood welded shut.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Like the understated exterior – likely in the minority

    That grille is weird looking – but gaping maws are in and at least it is semi-reasonable

    The butter/tan seats on the sea of gray interior bits is horrific – it looks like seat covers were slipped onto a gray interior (the seat material itself appears really nice)

    That center console is WIDE.

    Love the infotainment integration – no iPad look

    If I was looking at the Escalade I would definitely cross-shop for this (and the big Lincoln).

  • avatar
    bd2

    Well, thus far, the X7 has been a sales success for BMW.

    Biggest issues for me are the grille (would look a lot better if didn’t extend/protrude into the hoodline) and the new BMW dash design – which is the opposite of elegant and makes the interior look cheaper than it is.

    Have been an ardent BMW fan (learned to drive in a BMW), but my enthusiasm has waned over the years as the driving dynamics have gotten “softened” (now have to pay extra to get the M-bits in order to get anything close to what BMWs used to drive like) and BMWs no longer have that clean/sleek sheetmetal like they have had in the past.

    Add to it the increased reliability concerns (more complicated than ever) and ever increasing price-tags (esp. as one has to pay more to get the M-bits).

    This is where the upcoming Aviator and GV80 (and GV70) can make some hay.

    Both offering a RWD layout at a lower price-point and better reliability (maybe not so much for the Aviator, but Ford’s reliability has been on the upswing).

    And even tho both the Aviator and GV80 are mid-sizers, they are only a few inches smaller than the X7 and should provide nearly as much space.

    Seems like a great value to get something actually LESS than the price of an X5, for almost the same amount of room as an X7.

    Sure, the X7’s interior is a bit nicer, but the Aviator and GV80’s interiors are nothing to scoff at, plus they both have more elegant looking dash designs.

    Cadillac should be in this game as well, but Mark Reuss canceled the Omega-based Cadillac CUV.

    • 0 avatar
      ToddAtlasF1

      It seems highly suspicious to me that we completely agree about the X7’s deficiencies yet you claim Genesis makes worthwhile products. I’m guessing there is a paycheck rather than a psychosis that explains your selective discernment.

      • 0 avatar
        bd2

        Why just Genesis? Didn’t I also include Lincoln?

        As well as the Cadillac sedans?

        For now, the only auto-makers that will offer something akin to the X7/X5 and GLS/GLE (in being RWD-based) are Lincoln and Genesis.

        I also bemoaned that Cadillac canceled the planned Omega-based CUV.

        You really need to get over yourself as you’re approaching Trolldom,

  • avatar
    dal20402

    If you want to show up with giant chrome kidney grilles, great. If you want to actually carry stuff, maybe look at the competition. This is the smallest inside of the large luxury utes except for the Lexus LX, which has third-row seats taking up half the cargo area in addition to its off-road hardware. The best-packaged of the midsizes, the Acura MDX, has got it beat with a 500-pound-lighter curb weight and most of a foot less length.

    Total cargo capacity, all seats folded (cu ft):

    103.4 Lincoln Navigator (standard length)
    95.1 Infiniti QX80
    94.7 Cadillac Escalade (standard length)
    93.8 Mercedes GL-Class
    90.4 BMW X7
    83.1 Lexus LX (affected by poor 3rd row design)

    90.9 Acura MDX (!)

  • avatar

    “I’m loath to say it, but this 2019 BMW X7 is worthy of the badge.”

    I would rather say that BMW badge became worthy that abomination. And time when TTAC was famous for independent reviews are long gone, no wonder original author likes X7 despite wanting to not like it.

  • avatar
    Flipper35

    For that money, I would get an SRT Durango. Much better looking and just as reliable and 475hp.

    • 0 avatar
      Still thinkin

      This! I daily drive an SRT. I like power. I have children. I deal with winter half the year. I live in a city that doesn’t have premium brand dealerships, so the Dodge was really my only option. Having said that I did test drive a GLS 550, XC90 and the CX-9. The only one that I really liked was the Merc and the money difference made the dodge an easy choice. I really can’t wait for Genesis/Hyundai/Kia three row with decent power.

  • avatar
    Gedrven

    Yes, it’s worthy… of the dubious honor of being the heaviest BMW ever produced (I can’t find specs on the E38 L7, which may be more). This warthog-nosed monstrosity weighs 5115-5423lb, or two whole E30s.

    German electronics grabbing the steering wheel out of your hands while you’re hustling backroads in what in many countries requires a CDL? What could possibly go wrong?


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