The 2019 BMW X7 brings two of the automakers acclaimed turbocharged powertrains to the full-size segment. Despite its size and weight, these two engines help it to retain many of the driving characteristics found in their smaller crossovers. The end result is an enticing package, that successfully blends excellent interior space with good road manners.
We expect the xDrive40i to be the more popular of the two trims and the 3.0-liter turbo inline-6 produces 335 horsepower 330 lb-ft of torque. This power comes in at a low 1,500 rpm and it allows for a 0-60 mph time of 5.8 seconds according to BMW's estimates. Top speed for this SUV has been capped at 130 mph.
The punchier 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 in the xDrive50i boasts 456 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. Hitting 60 mph takes just 5.2 seconds, which is impressive considering the X7's estimated curb weight of 5,370 pounds. Expect a much more pronounced exhaust note, especially at full throttle. The main sacrifice here is fuel economy, that's on the lower end of the spectrum for this class.
Both engines send power to all four wheels, with a rear bias through an 8 speed automatic. There is also an optional sport differential that makes use of an electric motor to vary power delivery, improving traction through tight corners.
Few will ever take it far off the pavement, but the X7 comes with dedicated driving modes for all terrain types and weather conditions. Each alters the ride height and powertrain tuning with the ability to raise the car, providing up to 8.7 inches of ground clearance. Both models are rated to tow up to 7500 pounds when equipped with the optional factory hitch, which is a significant improvement over the X5.