Like many high-end luxury vehicles, BMW packed the X7 full of all kinds of cool and interesting features. Not all of these are unique to X7, but if you’re in the market for a three-row luxury SUV, they definitely make the X7 a more attractive option. Keep reading to find out what stood out to us on the X7’s attributes list, and don’t miss our review of BMW’s full-size crossover right here.
BMW has come a long way since it begrudgingly added the world’s saddest excuse for cupholders to its American automobiles. The X7 has real cupholders up front, and even better, they’re heated and chilled –the lukewarm bottle of water we pulled in the door pocket was noticeably colder when we opened it about 20 minutes later.
A decade ago, it was rare to find a car with a head-up screen, but they’ve become more prevalent over the last several decades. The issue is, they don’t always display enough information to be helpful. The discretionary HUD on the X7, however, is large enough that it can reveal more than just the speed limit. Additionally, it shows a very clear map with navigation directions that almost make looking at the infotainment screen unnecessary.
Rear Sunroof Controls
BMW made a panoramic sunroof standard on the X7. Retract the sunshade, and the entire car instantly feels more open. But what happens if the family can’t agree on whether the color ought to be open or closed? Since it’s a three-panel sunroof, that doesn’t have to be a problem. What really stood out to us is how the third row gets its own controls so back occupants don’t need to ask the driver to open or close their sunshade.
Multiple Rear Seat Controls
Since passengers aren’t all the exact same size, we appreciate BMW adding 5.7 inches of travel to its second-row seats. And as it can be awkward to manually lift the third-row seats when they’re wanted, it’s also good that every seat has power controllers. But BMW went even further, putting multiple controls throughout the car. That the driver can move the second-row seats with a door control might be the most suitable, but you can also adjust the second and third row in the back doors.
Split tailgates may seem cool, but they’re also practical. In addition to providing an occasionally useful seat, the lower section can help prevent cargo from falling out when you open the liftgate. Since the X7 has a standard air suspension, the SUV’s split tailgate also has a button that lowers the suspension to make it easier to load cargo.
Optional Rear Locking Differential
The X7 could be big and heavy, but as it’s a BMW, it has to be at least a little sporty. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that the X7 xDrive50i can be fitted with an optional electronically controlled M game rear differential. But because it’s an SUV, BMW also added a locking function in case you ever find yourself off-roading in an X7. BMW knows few owners will use it, but you could if you wanted to.
You can find a pretty cool touchscreen key fob for the X7 that’s borrowed from the 7 Series (pictured here), but BMW has also borrowed a page from Tesla’s book and programmed in a digital key option. In case you have an NFC-capable Samsung Galaxy, the BMW Connected program provides you the option of leaving the fob at home and just using your phone as a key.
Remote Software Updates
In another Tesla-inspired move, the X7 doesn’t need to be taken to the dealer to receive software updates. Instead, if you connect your car to your house ’s WiFi network, those updates can be sent over the air. That means less time spent at the dealer getting a recall mended, and in theory, it might allow BMW to add attributes to the infotainment system in the future.
As with the head-up screen, rear entertainment screens are rather common these days. Although it’s not surprising that you can add a rear-seat entertainment package to the X7, it’s interesting that the map in the navigation system can be considered on those screens. That means passengers can stay informed without having to ask the driver how much longer the drive will require.
Emergency Stop Assistant
If you include the Driving Assistant Professional package to the X7, it includes something called an Emergency Stop Assistant. If the driver ever has a medical emergency or becomes incapacitated, the driver or a passenger can pull on the handbrake button to trigger the ESA. When that happens, the vehicle will activate the hazard lights, utilize its driver-assistance systems to deliver the car to a stop either in its own lane or on the shoulder, and place a call to the BMW Assist Response Center so emergency services can be sent.
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