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2020 BMW X7 M50i SUV Reliability, JD Power Report, Recalls and Warranty

Updated on: October 31, 2020

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A. Nigam

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The BMW X7 is a full-size luxury SUV developed and manufactured by BMW and the M50i is the top of the line variant that's been fine-tuned by BMW's M division. It is bigger and roomier than the X5 and is the flagship SUV in their line-up. Rather than calling it an SUV, BMW refers to it as an SAV or Sports Activity Vehicle. The X7 is a recent addition to BMW’s line-up of luxury SUVs which was announced by BMW in March 2014 and was officially unveiled in March 2019. The high-performance M50i model was introduced for the 2020 model year of the X7. 

German cars typically have a good reputation in terms of quality and reliability and the X7 should live up to the quality standards that we have come to expect from BMW and with a pricing upwards of $99,600 for the M50i model, it competes with other full-size luxury SUVs in the market like the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, the Audi Q7, and similar other SUVs.

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The Germans are synonymous with their precision build quality and tremendous attention to detail which translates to unmatched reliability. But it is a surprise that no German automaker’s car was featured in Consumer Reports top 10 list of most reliable cars of 2019. The 2020 BMW X7 is a recently unveiled car, due to which there aren’t many consumer reviews of the car that would help paint a clear picture of the reliability of the car. 

Nonetheless, from the few consumer reviews that it has along with reviews from the previous 2019 model of the X7, which is very similar to the 2020 model only with minor refreshes, we could find quite a few reports of major reliability issues that led to the car being sent to the workshop to get it fixed. So there is a slight doubt about the reliability quotient of the car, which could be addressed by BMW for its future model years.

J D Power Report

J.D. Power ratings, for those who don’t know, are based on feedback from customers on parameters like quality, durability, depreciation and dealership experiences.

2020 BMW X7 M50i three quarter view

The 2019 BMW X7 hasn’t yet been rated by J.D. Power yet, let alone the 2020 X7. So, as of now, there’s no way to assess the reliability of the car based on the J.D. Power report.

As for the competition goes, both the 2020 Audi Q7 and the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class hasn’t been rated by J.D. Power yet.


As mentioned earlier, the German automakers are known for their precision engineering and reliable build quality. Still, there are times when some minor issues could creep in which could be easily fixed and there are times some major issues occur that require the car to be recalled by the manufacturer. 

Till now, the 2020 BMW X7 has been recalled three times by the manufacturer, even though it is a fairly new car. The first recall was due to a risk of steering rack failure, followed by an issue in the back-up camera, with the latest issue in the rear reflex reflectors where inadequate reflection decreases the vehicle’s visibility to other drivers. On top of these, there’s also one complaint in nhtsa.gov by a consumer related to a structural issue in the vehicle. Nonetheless, three recalls in such a short span of time is not a good sign, especially for a flagship luxury SUV with such an impressive price tag. BMW should definitely take note and try to avoid such issues in the future model years of the vehicle.


A Warranty from the manufacturer is an indication that your car is protected against the unexpected, like breakdowns, components malfunctioning, mechanical failures, manufacturing defects, etc. If you own the 2020 BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid, you’ll be covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, 12-year unlimited mileage rust perforation limited warranty, and a 4-year unlimited mileage Roadside Assistance Program.

Final Verdict

The 2020 BMW X7 M50i should have been a great luxury SUV backed up by German reliable build quality, but as from a number of reports, there are some minor as well as major issues in some of the cars, that could become a headache in the future. Being said all these; you should definitely give a second thought if you are concerned about the reliability of the X7 and you should also definitely check out similarly priced and similarly specced German rivals like the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class and the 2020 Audi Q7 if you are in the market looking for a full-fledged luxury SUV.


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Does the BMW X7 get Adaptive Cruise Control?

Yes, there is Adaptive Cruise Control in the BMW X7 as well as other helpful driving features like the 360-degree camera, lane keep assist, automatic parallel parking, the BMW Extended Traffic Jam Assistant, and much more.

What are the top variants of the BMW X7?

The BMW X7 SAV comes in two core models, the BMW X7 xDrive40i and the BMW X7 xDrive50i. Drivers can also opt for the BMW X7 M50i, which contains the M power and design.

What is BMW Assist?

BMW Assist is a subscription-based emergency services system that puts the driver in contact with a response specialist in the event of an accident or other emergency.