2019 BMW X7 Is Serene, Swift, and Mushy


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It isn’t that we expect the world desires a seven-passenger Nürburgring shuttle, however we did anticipate the BMW X7 to drive just like the nine-inch-longer, 2.1-inch-taller, heavier, and more-expensive X5 that it’s. As an alternative, it behaves extra like a lifted and softened 7-series. Wallow and roll this dramatic present simply how far BMW’s North Star has drifted.

HIGHS: Fiercely fast, terribly quiet, cosseting seats.

This was with the usual 21-inch low-grip all-season tires on the V-8–powered 50i that may ­muster solely 0.80 g—that is pickup-truck territory—slightly than the optionally available summer season tires or the Dynamic Dealing with bundle. It provides bigger brakes, rear-wheel steering, lively anti-roll bars, and, on V-8 fashions, the electronically managed rear differential. The 40i on all-season rubber was equally unimpressive, circling the pad with 0.81 g of lateral stick. Similar to the 7-series sedan’s, the X7’s Sport mode stiffens the usual adaptive dampers and trims a lot of the surplus slop, and it looks like a wonderfully applicable default setup.

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Underhood is all excellence, nonetheless. We discovered the acquainted and candy 335-hp turbocharged inline-six within the xDrive40i to be greater than enough, nevertheless it’s the 456-hp twin-turbo V-8 engine within the xDrive50i that gives splendidly extreme thrust and a lusty (however appropriately muted) bellow for a near-$20,000 upcharge. It is laborious to get a repair earlier than the speeds get ­reckless, although, as 60 mph arrives in a mere 4.6 seconds. That is the identical time we measured within the final Porsche 718 Boxster we examined, with the quarter-mile flashing by in 13.2 seconds. Each information factors are 0.9 second faster than the xDrive40i. Rounding out the superlatives, each engines exceeded their EPA freeway fuel-economy scores in our 75-mph take a look at by 3 mpg, the 50i averaging 24 mpg and the 40i, 28 mpg.

LOWS: Sloppy physique management, sluggish power-folding seats, much less house than the GLS.

Second-row house is sufficient however barely bigger than the X5’s until the seat is motored again, which eats into third-row legroom. If adult-size second- and third-row house is your precedence, know that the Mercedes-Benz GLS has extra. It’d sound luxurious that each one three rows of seats are energy operated, however the second row takes 15 seconds to dawdle ahead if you need to entry the third. In a automobile that so needs to pamper homeowners that the doorways mechanically unlock and the lights activate as you method, that is unacceptably sluggish.

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The $3700 blue-and-ivory inside in our 50i take a look at automobile was the largest contributor to its $106,995 backside line, however it’s an impressively upscale combo. The 20-way-adjustable multicontour entrance seats, with that all-­essential articulating backrest to dial within the excellent match, are among the many greatest within the enterprise. However whereas consumers of lower-series automobiles may respect that theirs have the identical digital gauge cluster, HVAC controls, and center-console switchgear as automobiles costing $80,000 extra in BMW’s lineup, in these dearer automobiles, the bits do not feel sufficiently particular.

The M Sport brakes will deliver the 5650 pound 50i to a halt from 70 mph in simply 169 ft, however we would skip the $650 binders that are sensitive and make it troublesome to be clean in stop-and-go commuting. The lighter 40i outfitted with the usual brakes required 15 extra ft to finish the duty. However if you’re cruising, the X7’s insanely hushed inside makes the miles move peacefully. At 70 mph, the skin world intrudes upon the cabin with only a 64-decibel whisper, which is quieter than the final Mercedes-Benz S-class and Lexus LS we examined. Watch out for the aggressive steering of the driver-assist system, although, which is especially unnerving when making an attempt to cozy as much as the skin of a two-lane street (the system is optionally available on the 40i and normal on the 50i). Efforts to provide a large berth to an imposing oncoming automobile resulted within the X7 swerving towards it as a substitute, nearly as if it to say, “Who you calling smooth now?”

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Specs

Specs

2019 BMW X7 xDrive40i

VEHICLE TYPE

front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED

$85,445 (base worth: $75,895)

ENGINE TYPE

turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, aluminum block and head, direct gas injection
Displacement

183 cu in, 2998 cc
Energy

335 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque

330 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

TRANSMISSION

8-speed automated with guide shifting mode

CHASSIS

Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink

Brakes (F/R): 15.6-in vented disc/14.6-in vented disc

Tires: Bridgestone Alenza Sport A/S RFT, 285/45R-21 113H M+S ★

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 122.2 in

Size: 203.3 in

Width: 78.7 in

Peak: 71.1 in

Passenger quantity: 142 cu ft

Cargo quantity: 12 cu ft

Curb weight: 5337 lb

C/D
TEST RESULTS

Zero to 60 mph: 5.5 sec

Zero to 100 mph: 14.5 sec

Zero to 120 mph: 22.6 sec

Rolling begin, 5–60 mph: 6.2 sec

Prime gear, 30–50 mph: 3.3 sec

Prime gear, 50–70 mph: 4.0 sec

Standing ¼-mile: 14.1 sec @ 99 mph

Prime pace (governor restricted): 129 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 184 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.81 g

*stability-control-inhibited

C/D
FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 20 mpg

75-mph freeway driving: 28 mpg

Freeway vary: 610 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/metropolis/freeway: 22/20/25 mpg

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2019 BMW X7 xDrive50i

VEHICLE TYPE

front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED

$106,995 (base worth: $93,595)

ENGINE TYPE

twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct gas injection
Displacement

268 cu in, 4395 cc
Energy

456 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque

479 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

TRANSMISSION

8-speed automated with guide shifting mode

CHASSIS

Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink

Brakes (F/R): 15.6-in vented disc/14.6-in vented disc

Tires: Continental CrossContact LX Sport SSR, 285/45R-21 113H M+S ★

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 122.2 in

Size: 203.3 in

Width: 78.7 in

Peak: 71.1 in

Passenger quantity: 142 cu ft

Cargo quantity: 12 cu ft

Curb weight: 5650 lb

C/D
TEST RESULTS

Zero to 60 mph: 4.6 sec

Zero to 100 mph: 11.3 sec

Zero to 120 mph: 16.9 sec

Rolling begin, 5–60 mph: 5.6 sec

Prime gear, 30–50 mph: 2.9 sec

Prime gear, 50–70 mph: 3.5 sec

Standing ¼-mile: 13.2 sec @ 107 mph

Prime pace (governor restricted): 127 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 169 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.80 g

*stability-control-inhibited

C/D
FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 17 mpg

75-mph freeway driving: 24 mpg

Freeway vary: 520 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/metropolis/freeway: 17/15/21 mpg

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