Buyer's Guide

2022 BMW X7
Select a Different Model (3 Available): Alpina XB7
Fuel Economy $ 15 / 21 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 49/90 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 7/6
Horsepower 612@5,500
See All Specs
Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer
2022 BMW X7 MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Potent powertrains
  • High-quality luxury interior
  • Head-turning design

Cons

  • Cabin space falls short of rivals
  • Too much body roll
  • Slow-folding third-row seats

Purists be warned: The BMW X7 isn't an old-school BMW sport sedan oozing with understated sophistication and driver engagement. This is a new BMW—the three-row SUV is the largest vehicle BMW makes. The X7 was introduced as a 2019 model, and this year brings only mild changes. Unlike the brand's revered sport sedans, the X7 isn't great in the corners, but it sure makes a statement when it arrives.

What's New

  • Improved Bluetooth and USB connectivity
  • Optional side window shades are now electric
  • Wireless charging and Harman Kardon sound are no longer available
  • Glass controls are now an individual option
  • The Dynamic Handling package is no longer available on six-cylinder 40i models

What We Think

If you can get on board with the idea of a three-row BMW, the X7 offers a lot to like. All three rows are comfortable, and the cabin ranges from pleasant to palatial depending on options (which are plentiful). The cabin is full of useful storage, although total cargo space falls short of giants like the Lincoln Navigator or Cadillac Escalade.

The sweeping hood hides plenty of muscle. In a straight line, the X7 is one of the quickest full-size SUVs on the road. Dial up to the M50i or the Alpina XB7, and it can embarrass sports cars. The ride is calibrated for comfort rather than cornering, which suits the X7's family-hauling mission.

The X7's price starts a hair under competitors, including the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. At over $75,000, it's still far from cheap. If you're a BMW loyalist, the X7 finally offers the kind of space an X5 never could. But if you're shopping around, keep in mind that the X7 finished last in a comparison against the GLS, Escalade, and Navigator.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Like last year's model, the 2022 X7 is available in three trims with increasingly powerful engines. All three come with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The base X7 xDrive40i gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder unit making 335 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque. It's surprisingly quick—in 2019, MotorTrend clocked a 0-60-mph time of 5.4 seconds, which is excellent for such a large vehicle. Fuel economy checks in at a mediocre 19/24 mpg city/highway.

For a V-8 soundtrack, buyers will need to bump up to the X7 M50i. Its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 cranks out 523 hp and 553 lb-ft. The extra power is enough to bring the 0-60 sprint under 5 seconds, but it also brings combined city/highway fuel economy below 20 mpg.

The Alpina XB7 is the top of the heap. It uses the same V-8 architecture as the M50i, but a performance tune brings total output to 612 hp and 590 lb-ft. According to BMW, the XB7 goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4 seconds flat. The EPA rates the M50i and the XB7 at an identical 15/21 mpg city/highway.

BMW vs. Audi and Porsche: Alpina's Competition

For those who want to be first in line for school pickup, many of the quickest SUVs on the road come from Germany. The Alpina XB7 faces stiff competition from the likes of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, the Audi SQ7, and the Mercedes-AMG GLS63.

The Cayenne Turbo is the quickest of the lot, hitting 60 mph in a shocking 3.2 seconds in our testing. If you can live with a coupelike SUV body, you can now get one in track-ready GT form. The Cayenne isn't available with a third row, which may be a dealbreaker for family buyers.

Audi's three-row SQ7 is cheaper than the XB7, but it's smaller and less powerful than its adversaries. The AMG GLS63 is the XB7's stiffest competition—a mighty performer with enough interior space to rival the BMW's.

Even among this crowd, the Alpina XB7 makes a strong case for itself. Not only is it more powerful than the Mercedes, but it comes with dignified interior touches like a crystal shift knob and myrtle burled wood trim. It's a tourer as much as a performance maniac, and it walks the line impressively well.

Safety Ratings and Features

Standard active safety features on the 2022 BMW X7 include automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warnings, and automatic high-beams. Adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist are optional on the xDrive40i but standard everywhere else.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The X7 is spacious by most standards, but it has less room than the Cadillac Escalade or Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class.

Cargo space (behind first/second/third rows):

  • 2022 X7: 90.4/48.6/12.8 cubic feet
  • 2022 GLS-Class: 84.7/48.7/17.4 cubic feet

Legroom (first/second/third rows):

  • 2022 X7: 39.8/37.6/33.3 inches
  • 2022 GLS-Class: 40.3/41.9/34.6 inches

Technology

The X7's dashboard is dominated by a 12.3-inch infotainment screen. BMW's iDrive system can be controlled in three ways: the touchscreen, a rotary dial on the center console, or optional gesture control. For 2022, standard functionality includes the ability to pair with multiple phones, and it makes apps and features more accessible via Bluetooth and USB. Wireless charging, which was previously a standard feature, is no longer available.

The driver gets another 12.3-inch screen for a digital gauge cluster. A head-up display is optional on xDrive40i models and standard on higher trims.

Recommended Trim

Although we appreciate the M50i's performance, shaving a few tenths off the 0-60 time won't make a difference to most buyers. Even without a V-8, the xDrive40i is all the performance we need.

Besides, upgrading to the M50i costs nearly $25,000. Aside from a few tech features, the trim adds little in the way of luxury. Those features can easily be added à-la-carte to the xDrive40i, which is what we suggest. After adding the head-up display and remaining safety features, the X7 xDrive40i remains a relatively sane $80,000.

Other Three-Row Luxury SUVs:

2022 BMW X7 SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V8 Turbo 4.4 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (8HP76)
Trim
Alpina XB7
Class
Luxury Utility
Horsepower
612@5,500
Standard MPG
15/21
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
7/6
Package Invoice Retail
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
144
Powertrain Warranty Miles
50,000
Full Warranty Miles
50,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
48
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 1.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - BMW announces APR rates on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$2000 BMW announces a Military Program for cash customers. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$500 BMW announces a Military Program for customers who Lease/OwnersChoice/Retail Finance/Select Finance through BMW Financial Services that is good towards a purchase or lease of select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$250 BMW announces a Military Program for customers who Lease/OwnersChoice through BMW Financial Services that is good towards a lease of select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$1500 BMW announces a Military Program for customers who Retail Finance/Select through BMW Financial Services that is good towards a purchase of select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022