2021 BMW X7

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BMW X7 highlights

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  • Strong standard engine
  • Smooth ride quality
  • Top-quality interior


  • Climate controls can be confusing and busy
  • Some features can be unintuitive to operate

Mileage (EPA estimate)

15 city, 21 highway, 17 combined

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The 2021 BMW X7 loses mid-range V8 trim

BMWs don’t come bigger than the X7. This is BMW’s largest SUV, with three rows of seating in its impeccably appointed interior. On top of an extensive list of luxury and technology features, the 2021 BMW X7 also offers two strong engines to choose from. For 2021, BMW dropped the xDrive50i trim level from the lineup, leaving the entry-level xDrive40i with its six-cylinder and the sportier M50i with a raucous V8. We still think the six-cylinder engine provides ample acceleration for most shoppers, and it can even tow up to 5,400 pounds when equipped with the optional tow hitch.

Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.

The X7 has a tighter third row than some competitors, and some of its features are less than intuitive to use. The climate controls in particular can be frustrating. But the BMW has power and presence to spare, and a plethora of advanced technology features. The optional suite of advanced driver aids in particular can help take the edge off any commute.

All BMW X7 years

What is new for the 2021 BMW X7?

  • The X7 is available in a new trim called the Alpina.
  • The XDrive50i trim has been discontinued for 2021.
  • X7 trims have been upgraded with Panoramic Sunroof, Heated Steering Wheel, Fold-Away Third Row, Automated Parking, Rear Seat Heaters, A/C Seat(s), Automated Cruise Control, Android Auto, and CD Audio as standard equipment this year.
  • Quad Seats, Adjustable Suspension, and DVD Video System features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The xDrive40i trim now comes with Rear Sunshade, Remote Start, Head Up Display, and Harman Kardon Sound as standard equipment.

2021 BMW X7 trims

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  • 335-hp, 330-lb-ft of torque 3.0L
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Memory Seats
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Power Seats
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Remote Start
  • Rear View Camera


  • Includes all features available on the xDrive40i
  • 523-hp, 553-lb-ft of torque 4.4L


  • Includes all features available on the M50i
  • 612-hp, 590-lb-ft of torque 4.4L
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • A/C Seats
  • Seat Massagers
  • Automated Cruise Control

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 BMW X7

What’s We Like

Ample power: Sometimes luxury vehicles can have underwhelming standard engines, but the base 6-cylinder in the xDrive40i has plenty of power to move even the big X7. For more spice, the M50i comes with a 523-horsepower V8 that makes the X7 a shockingly fast large SUV.

Luxurious ride: The standard adaptive air suspension on the 2021 X7 provides a plush ride to begin with, but adding the Dynamic Handling package gets you a system that uses sensors to read the road ahead to anticipate bumps for maximum ride comfort.

Quality interior: The X7’s interior is impeccably made, using high-quality leather and trim materials. It’s packed with technology and comfort features, but the sense of luxury it conveys extends into all the little details as well.

What Needs Improvement

Confusing controls: Not all of the X7’s systems are particularly easy to operate, and there’s a definite learning curve to the controls. In particular, the climate controls can be confusing and busy. Even in automatic mode, there are a lot of adjustments available, so you never really stop having to fiddle with the settings.

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BMW X7 features and specs

Alpina 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • 4WD/AWD
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Folding Third Row
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Run Flat Tires
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Seat Massagers
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Adjustable Suspension
  • Bowers & Wilkins Audio
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Leather Seats
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Quad Seats
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Run Flat Tires
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

All Wheel (4WD/AWD)

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Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 39.8"/M 37.6"/R 33.3"

Head room

F 41.9"/M 39.9"/R 36.6"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

595/5950 lbs.



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