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BMW X7 review – performance and 0-60

More than just an X5 XL, the X7 adds luxury, a little more space and a satisfying driving experience

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from £72,195
  • Space, quality, strong engine range, still drives like a BMW
  • A large car to live with, looks divide opinion

With almost 2.4 tons to pull it’s tempting to think that the most humble xDrive30d version of the X7 will be something of a sluggard, but the 3-litre diesel makes good work of the task. With 451lb ft of torque available from as low as 2000rpm, the X7 is more than quick enough – 0-62mph is dispatched in 7.0sec, and whether you are in a hurry or just getting around, there is never any doubt a slug of torque is available with a small squeeze of the throttle. That the X7 is capable of 147mph just underlines the point, and although there are quicker versions to choose from, the X7 xDrive30d should not be dismissed as a compromise. 

Compared to its key rivals, like the Mercedes-Benz GLS400d or the latest Range Rover D350 though, the X7 does feel a little behind the curve, lacking the ultimate refinement of the Range Rover or outstanding punch of the Mercedes. With a car-full of passengers on board, plus some luggage, this might well make all the difference on the inevitable ski trip to the French Alps.

If more grunt is required though, BMW's quad-turbocharged M50d will do the job however, and while performance is appreciably more impressive, thanks to its complicated turbocharger layout response or linearity isn't compromised. 

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