In the year 1999, BMW drove in the X5 SUV in the market for the very first time. Until then, BMW didn’t make any SUVs. 21 years down the line, BMW has 7 SUVs in its stable for sale. It’s interesting to see how the market has grown over the years and how buyers have been compelled to develop products that they never built. The full-size 7 seater luxury SUV market too initially had only a few players like the Lincoln Navigator & the Cadillac Escalade but later caught the eye of German automakers who came up with cars like the Audi Q7 or the Mercedes Benz GLS. However, BMW never entered the 7 passenger luxury SUV market and the X5 was their largest offering for a long time. But that changed when BMW drove in the X7- BMW’s very own big brawny full size 7 seater luxury SUV. BMW finally entered the market in 2019 and it sent jitters through it. The 2020 BMW X7 MSRP is of about $73900 and it is the 7 Series of SUVs and is one of the most luxurious & sophisticated cars in the market your money can buy. In this article, we shall have a quick tour of the 2020 BMW X7 and see what it has got on board.
What’s new for 2020?
The X7 was just launched in 2019 and so it doesn’t get any major tweaks for 2020. However, there’s a new trim level that comes in for the year. The X7 gets a new M50i model for 2020 which is a high-performance version of the regular X7. The BMW X7 MSRP for the M50i is about $99600 and gets a high performance 4.4-liter V8 engine that makes 523 horsepower. Yes, 523 horses for a full size 7 seater luxury SUV is absolutely insane. Most performance and sports cars don’t get that kind of numbers but here you have it on a full-size luxury SUV.
How does the 2020 BMW X7 perform?
The 2020 BMW X7 comes with 3 engine options. You can choose from either a 3 liter, inline 6 pot, 335 HP unit offered with the xDrive40i trim, a 4.4 liter, V8, 456 HP unit offered with the xDrive50i trim and a 4.4 liter, V8, 523 HP engine that comes with the M50i trim level. All the engines come mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and power is sent to all the four wheels. All the three engines on offer are punchy and combine torBMWque power perfectly to up your driving experience. The smaller xDrive40i’s smaller engine helps it attain good fuel economy numbers while the M50i is just about raw performance. The xDrive50i strikes the right balance between the two in terms of performance and is the one we suggest you should opt for.
The 2020 BMW X7 xDrive50i does a 0-60 mph in just 5.2 seconds while on the drag strip it hits the quarter-mile mark in about 13.8 seconds. These acceleration timings are too good for a 7 passenger luxury SUV and resemble some of the sports cars that are there in the market although hardly any X7 owner ever would take it to the race track to check its performance.
The 2020 BMW X7 comes with 3 drives modes-Eco Pro, Comfort & Sport. Put the car into the Comfort mode & the air suspensions soften a bit and glide over the roads absorbing all the bumps and potholes. Power delivery in this mode is also linear and is best suited for casual drives around the city and the highway. As the name suggests the Comfort mode is designed to offer the passengers a comfortable in-ride experience. The ride remains pretty calm and composed in this mode.
The Eco Pro mode is designed to maximum miles out of every single gallon of fuel. The Eco Pro deactivates cylinders at low speeds to offer better fuel economy & curb emissions. The car is a bit lazy to react and feels a little bit unenthusiastic to drive but that’s a little sacrifice you make for your environment.
The sports-mode of the X7 takes the performance of the car to the next level. The engine reacts to throttle inputs quickly and the suspension too stiffens up to minimize body roll. The exhaust grunts a bit louder and you have instant torque at the top of the pedal. This mode enables you to take the car off-roading and take on all the undulations and swamps you come across.
In-a-nutshell, the 2020 BMW X7 is an exquisite performer and there’s no scope to complain whatsoever.
Trims and Features
The BMW X7 is offered across three trim levels with the base spec xDrive40i coming at an MSRP of $73900. The xDrive40i gets a 3 litre, inline 6 cylinder engine that churns out 335 horses. Other standard features offered with this trim level include 21″ bi-colour light-alloy wheels, SensaTec upholstery for seats, Fineline stripe brown high-gloss wood trim, 205 watts, 10 speaker HiFi audio system, 16-way power-adjustable front seats with 3 stage heating and automatic 4 zone climate control.
The BMW X7 MSRP for the next trims, the xDrive50i & M50i is $92600 & $99600 respectively. Both of them get the same 4.4-liter V8 engine but in a different state of tunes. The xDrive50i makes 456 horses while the M50i makes 523 horses. Common features on both the trims include Vernasca leather upholstery, 20-way power-adjustable multi-contour front seats, 464 watts, 16 speakers, Harman/Kardon audio system, 5 zones automatic climate control, BMW extended ambient lighting, fully automatic 2 piece sunroof and the list goes on and on and on.
2020 BMW X7 Safety Features
BMW sure does know that an important person would be driving in the car and hence given safety a great priority. Sharing its platform with the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the X7 is indeed one of the safest cars your money can buy. Some of the advanced safety features offered with the 2020 BMW X7 are listed below:
- Parking assist plus with surround 3D view camera with distance control.
- Active driving assistant with daytime pedestrian protection, frontal collision warning, active blind-spot detection, and cross-traffic alert.
- Active Protection System that detects imminent accidents, then prepares by automatically pre-tensioning safety belts, closing windows and moonroof, and activating post-crash braking.
- Icon adaptive headlights with laser lights.
The 2020 BMW X7 comes with a warranty package for 4 years/50000 miles. Along with that you also get a 12-year unlimited miles rust perforation warranty.
Should you buy the 2020 BMW X7?
The 2020 BMW X7 is an amazing vehicle. It is big and powerful and extremely practical and also offers a ton load of creature comfort. It is one of the hottest 7 seater luxury SUV in the market and you should seriously consider the BMW X7 if you’re in the market hunting for something like this. It won’t disappoint you.
BMW joined the 7 passenger luxury SUV party a bit late. But nonetheless, the X7 has already grabbed many eyeballs. The 2020 BMW X7 MSRP is very competitive and offers a very tough competition to its rivals who already have a pretty stronghold on the market. The car looks strong and aggressive, packs a good amount of power, is fast, and is extremely luxurious. We can certainly say that BMW did not haste to respond to the market demands, took its time, and ultimately delivered an excellent product in the form of the X7.
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