Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Interior is vast with room for seven
  • Two seating options available
  • Electric adjustment for all seats and boot

That upright bodywork liberates a considerable amount of interior space, but it’s unlikely you’ll feel inclined to risk damaging the high-quality interior furnishings by turning it into a makeshift van.

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All X7s have three rows of seats, just like the similarly sized Audi Q7, Land Rover Discovery and Mercedes-Benz GLS, but BMW offers the option of specifying two individual middle-row captain's chairs instead of a bench with a trio seats to customers wanting a bit more comfort. With these captain’s chairs, which turns the X7 into a six-seater, you get a much wider range of adjustment and a pair of armrests to feel more like a seat found in the front of the car.

In either configuration, the middle-row seats are electrically adjustable making them exceptionally comfortable, but while having them move forwards out of the way to access the third-row seats is also electrically powered, they operate at such a pace that you’ll get wet on a rainy day waiting to climb aboard.

Passengers in row two can slide the bench back or forth by up to 14.5cm, as well as tilt the backrest, and foot-space is generous with an almost flat floor.

2019 BMW X7 second- and third-row seats

Climbing back to row three is a bit tight, but there’s generous room for fully grown adults once seated (as long as the middle is moved forwards slightly), with armrests, cupholders, heated seats and, optionally, air vents and a climate-control panel.

Although the side windows are rather small for the rearmost row, it still feels airy thanks to an elevated view ahead and high roof, a separate glazed roof panel overhead, third-row-specific climate control buttons and ambient lighting strips just like the rest of the cabin.

There are Isofix child-seat anchors too, so you’re not forced to clip small kids into the middle row, which also makes accessing the third row harder.

The more opulent six-seat version is more comfortable and spacious for six, and the gap between the seats makes it easier to walk through to the back row - just.

2019 BMW X7 boot with seven seats and parcel shelf in place

The boot area is spacious, well-trimmed and peppered with electrically powered conveniences. The tailgate is horizontally split – both sections operate electrically – while the lower portion can be used as a seat, able to hold a combined weight of 150kg.

As you would expect, the boot volume is limited (326 litres) when all seven seats are upright with enough space for a couple of squashy overnight bags, but with all rear seats folded, total capacity is a cavernous 2,120 litres. In five-seat mode, it offers 750 litres of space.

2019 BMW X7 with all five rear seats electrically folded over

Should you need to load some heavy cargo into the boot, you can also lower the car by 40mm to help slide it in thanks to standard-fit air suspension.

If you’d like to use your X7 for towing, then there’s further good news: factory-fitted tow bars are available and all versions can haul up to 3.5 tonnes where trailers are fitted with brakes.

BMW X7 safety

  • Yet to be tested by Euro NCAP
  • Plenty of driver assistance tech available
  • Smaller X5 achieved five stars

The X7 hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP as yet, but the latest X5 has and received a five-star rating, so there’s little reason why the larger, more expensive X7 should fare any differently. A suite of airbags throughout the car should ensure the occupants are kept safe in the event of an accident, while a wide array of safety and driver assistance tech is available.

Bright LED headlights come as standard (with an upgrade to Laserlights available), as do runflat tyres and a tyre pressure monitoring system. There’s also a Parking Assistant Plus system that also comes as standard, and features 360-degree cameras, active park distance control, automatic parking and a remote 3D view so you can see all around the car. It also features Reversing Assistant which is capable of reversing the car for the last 50m travelled on its own.

2019 dark blue BMW X7 M Sport with optional Laserlight headlamps

At extra cost, you can add the Driving Assistant Professional package, which includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Approach control with pedestrian detection and autonomous emergency braking
  • Crossroads warning
  • Evasion aid
  • Lane-change warning
  • Lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Steering and lane control assistant

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW X7 SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Central locking
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • TV

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • DVD
  • TV

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
M Sport optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • TV

M50d equipment

M50d standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • DVD
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • TV
M50d optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support

M50i equipment

M50i standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • DVD
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • TV
M50i optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support