Auto Review: 2019 BMW X7 xDrive30d

THE 2019 BMW X7 xDrive30d can best be described as a majestic SUV, a full-sized wagon with all the trimmings, that’s quite frankly something of divine beauty to behold. If you’re a fan of that big front grille, strap in, because things only get better from there.

From those BMW led headlights to the curve of those front bulging flares, and the sharp lines all the way to the rear of the vehicle, the X7 makes you feel a little more important when you drive it.

There’s splashes of chrome everywhere, just to add to that feeling of pure class. Step inside though, and it’s something else. After your rear end meets the plush leather and suede seats you’ll be struggling to leave them.

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You’ll find it even harder if you are in the second-row, with a mind blowing amount of leg room. But back to the front, where there’s plenty of goodies to be had. You might need to visit the owner’s manual though, there’s so many gadgets and buttons to choose from.

If you can get past all that, you will be graced with an impressive, responsive, and dynamic SUV. The X7 xDrive30d has a 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel motor which pushes out 195kW of power and 620Nm of torque. It’s also found in the X5 xDrive30d.

It’s mated to an 8-speed Steptronic auto transmission, and loaded with a bunch of drive modes, including Sport. Push the go pedal in Sport mode, and it definitely feels like its big on power, so much so it almost feels like the wagon is about to lift both front wheels.

The 0-100km/h sprint comes in around 7.0 seconds. That’s pretty impressive straight line speed for a big SUV. But Australia has corners, and before you wonder, it handles them like a dream, thanks to air suspension and super-duper responsive steering.

Living day to day with the X7 would be easy, especially since it’s a seven seater, and there’s more than enough room to take the kids to their basketball game. It wouldn’t look out of place at Crown Casino either.

There’s very nice ambient lighting throughout the vehicle at night too, and one thing that impressed this reviewer is the fact the ambient lighting turns red when you open a door. This allows other road users to spot your open door. A very neat feature.

The X7 comes with all the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect from BMW, including a digital key (using your smart phone), digital dashboard/instrument cluster, parking assistant and parking space assistant. Basically it comes with a digital co-pilot.

It’s packed to the luxurious rafters with cool stuff, like the suede roof-lining, or if you jump into the second row, the headrest movie screens. It’d be a great place to work actually, if you could find a volunteer to drive you around. It’s just that kind of car.

Drive away pricing for this model variant, which comes with the M Sport package as standard, starts at around $135,000. There’s a couple of additional options too, including the xOffRoad package, Comfort package and an Indulgence package.

Before you add anything though, you have some choices to make, starting with colours, including Alpine White, Carbon Black, Black Sapphire, Mineral White, Phytonic Blue, Sunstone, Sophisto Grey, Terra Brown, Vermont Bronze and Arctic Grey.

Then there’s the two choices of alloy wheels and the 10 different upholstery options, and seven different trim choices. Once you’ve made those important decisions, you can add some packages before you buy your shiny new 2019 BMW X7 xDrive30d.

It comes with a 3-year unlimited kilometre warranty.

Our test vehicle was supplied by BMW Australia. To find out more about the 2019 BMW X7 xDrive30d, contact your local BMW dealer. Pictures courtesy of Cameron Cooke Photography.


Driving experience
Exterior styling
Interior look and feel
Technology and connectivity
Family friendliness
Value for money


Pros - full sized family SUV; seven seats with more room than you can poke a stick at; dynamic looks, plenty of torque.
Cons - poor towing capacity at 2,200kg braked; missing a chauffeur; too many buttons and gadgets.
Cameron Cooke
Cameron Cooke
Cameron Cooke is a professional photographer and writer with extensive automotive industry experience. He's living the dream as far as he's concerned, working in a career in digital photography and penning automotive content.


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<strong>Pros -</strong> full sized family SUV; seven seats with more room than you can poke a stick at; dynamic looks, plenty of torque.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> poor towing capacity at 2,200kg braked; missing a chauffeur; too many buttons and gadgets.Auto Review: 2019 BMW X7 xDrive30d