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BMW X7

(2019 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

56
%
D

Used car score:

51
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

72
%
B

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

43
%
C

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

17
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

56
%
D

Used car score:

51
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

72
%
B

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

43
%
C

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

17
%
E

Summary


The BMW X7 is a large SUV model that was unveiled in late 2018 before going on sale in the UK in early 2019. It is a new addition to the range that sits above the X5 in the BMW SUV family, and is a rival for luxury SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz GLS and Range Rover.

The X7 has received consistently good scores from the UK motoring media in the first few months since it was launched, although many of these reviews took place at the European launch rather than in the UK. We will keep updating our results as more reviews on local roads are published.

The BMW X7 has received praise for its driving dynamics, refinement and the quality of its engineering. However, it has been widely criticised for its heavy-handed styling and for feeling very little different to the significantly cheaper X5.

A facelift for the X7 arrived in summer 2022, which brought revised styling and upgraded engines, along with BMW’s latest interior infotainment screens.

As of February 2024, the BMW X7 has a New Car Expert Rating of D, with a score of 56%. Its used car rating is even worse, rated E with a score of 51%. This is largely due to its hefty price tag and eye-watering running costs.

X7 highlights

  • Quiet and comfortable
  • Spacious and practical high-quality interior
  • Class-leading infotainment
  • Refined driving experience

X7 lowlights

  • Polarising front-end styling
  • Very bulky
  • Rivals are cheaper
  • Expensive options list

Key specifications


Body style: Large SUV
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £88,145 on-road

Launched: Spring 2019
Last updated: Summer 2022
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

As of January 2024, the BMW X7 has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP. Based on its price and limited sales numbers, we don’t expect it to ever be assessed.

Eco rating


Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the BMW X7 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the BMW X7 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the X7, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models26 mpgE22 – 28 mpgE – E
Diesel models36 mpgD31 – 36 mpgD – E
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models242 g/kmD110 – 291 g/kmA – D
Diesel models204 g/kmD203 – 235 g/kmD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F50 – 50F – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£553D
Year 2£1,154D
Year 3£1,856D
Year 4£2,220D
Year 5£2,887D
Overall£8,670D

The BMW X7 is not a great choice for those looking for an economical vehicle, data exclusively provided by our partner Clear Vehicle Data suggests.

Petrol models have a rather terrible average fuel economy of 26 mpg, and diesel models are markedly more efficient, but still fall below the market standard. This is of no surprise though, considering the SUV’s large size.

The car’s insurance premiums will be very expensive, and the X7 is estimated to be quite expensive to service and maintain over five years of ownership.

Security rating

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Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: Pass

Date: 2019

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the BMW X7 has received

2024

  • What Car? Awards – Best Luxury Car

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Luxury SUV for Big Families

2020

  • What Car? Awards – Best Luxury SUV over £70K

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