2020 BMW X7 M50i SUV Infotainment,Seating and Interior Features
Updated on: October 7, 2020
BMW’s was extremely late to the three-row full-size luxury SUV segment as the Bavarian car manufacturer didn’t have an offering up until last year when they unveiled the brand spanking new, BMW X7. The BMW X7 is the pinnacle of BMW’s engineering department amalgamating the best of the BMW X5 and their flagship sedan-The BMW 7 Series.
If you could look past the questionable front kidney grills, you would be pleasantly surprised to see what all BMW has been able to achieve with the X7 as it certainly blows the competition out of the water in terms of the level of detail that has been paid attention to while crafting such a machine.
Seating and Comfort
The BMW X7 marks BMW’s first venture into the full-size three-row luxury SUV space and boy they have made a splash! The BMW X7 features one of the prettiest as well as the coziest looking cabin in the segment. The X7 is available in a three-row seven-seat configuration, but if you so desire, you can switch out the middle bench for an even more comfortable captain seat setup that brings down the total accommodation to 6 passengers. The front seats on the X7 come in as standard with 16-way power adjustment and heating which can be upgraded to a “why would you even need it” 20-way power adjustability, seat ventilation, and massage ability.
The seats on the X7 are one of the comfiest set of lounge chairs that one can experience as they are bathed in exquisite materials and the attention to detail even to the contrasting stitching and seat piping is phenomenal.
The rear two rows of seats offer plenty of adjustments for people to get comfortable no matter their build, so much so, that even the last row of seats is actually useable for adults if one needs them. All the seats in the new BMW X7 are fully power-operated for each and every function such as even lowering and raising both rear rows if one wishes to increase boot space. The one small gripe though comes in the form of the speed of the electronic movement when one needs to access the last row of seats as the second row moves painfully slow.
Cargo, Luggage and Utility
Upon reaching the fat rear end of the BMW X7, one notices the iconic BMW SUV element of a split clamshell tailgate that is power operated. The power-operated tailgate helps provide a no-load lip opening that makes storing away of larger items a fuss-free experience. With all three rows of seats up.
The BMW X7 has a total of 12.8 cubic feet of space whereas if you fold down both rows of seats electronically, you get 48.6 cubic feet and 90.4 cubic feet of space chronologically. The BMW X7, therefore, is definitely up to the task for the family getaways!
Infotainment and Interior Features
The BMW X7 features an exquisite looking cabin that doesn’t look out of place in a six-figure uber-luxurious SUV. The materials and fit and finish are something to rave about, with special attention to details in the form of contrast stitching and some very interesting color palette choices.
The interior of the BMW X7 is one of the most lavish interiors you can find in the segment as anything and everything that you touch is covered in leather and soft-touch finishes. The X7 has an option to upgrade to a Glass Controls package that costs a hefty $750 dollars but is something that we would definitely spec in a car worth buying. The Glass controls package dresses up the gear stalk, i-Drive controller, engine start button, and the volume knob in a diamond-cut glass finish that sparkles just like a diamond when it is hit at just the right spot by the sun rays, which is just “WOW”.
The $750 Optional Panoramic Sky Lounge LED Roof is a two-panel sunroof option that turns two out of the available three sunroofs in the X7 into an LED light show which is a little reminiscent of the Starlit roof in a Rolls Royce, but not quite. The Sky Lounge can illuminate the roof in a total of 6 colors but misses out on the option to cycle through them.
The I-Drive infotainment system has long been the gold standard of automobile infotainments and the setup used in the X7 is no exception. The crystal rotary dial and touch inputs work flawlessly together to provide the end-user with a seamless surfing experience and prove to be quite intuitive even for first-time users. The X7 comes equipped with the latest I-Drive software that is a breeze to use and also enables gesture controls such as changing track and managing volume output, all without even touching the display. It is also refreshing to note that BMW has finally done away with their subscription plans for Wireless Apple CarPlay and made it a standard feature, Android Auto though is still not available but BMW has announced that Wireless Android Auto will make it’s way to future BMW cars and we have our fingers crossed that the X7 does get it via OTA.
Small touches like the presence of a Wireless Charging Pad, USB Type C ports, heated and cooled drink holders in the car also help aid daily liveability. The X7 can also be had with a pretty fabulous 20 Speaker Harman Kardon audio system that can output up to 1500 watts and also features illuminated speaker grilles that do look rather “disco-ey”.
The BMW X7 in all practical scenarios has two major rivals in the form of the Mercedes Benz GLS and the Cadillac Escalade and straight of the bat, you can just throw away the Escalade in the bin because the interior on the Escalade is nothing more than an embarrassment and should not even be available for people to spend so much on so little. General Motors has really slacked when it comes to the Cadillac and that shows in the decade-old RCA input abled rear entertainment screens that just stuff the argument.
BMW X7 FAQs
What is the tire size of BMW X7?
The size of the BMW X7s factory-fitted tires is 285/45 R21.
Does the BMW X7 get Apple Car Play and Android Auto?
While the BMW X7 does have Apple CarPlay® available to keep your iPhone connected to your SAV, it does not have Android Auto™ as an option.
What are the colors available in BMW X7?
BMW X7 is available in 6 colors:
- Vermont Bronze
- Sunstone Metallic
- Mineral White
- Black Sapphire
- Alpine White
- Arctic Grey Brilliant effect