30,000-Mile Replace

After simply shy of a 12 months, our 2020 BMW X7 M50i continues to rack up the miles with a relentless haste. And with 523 horsepower on faucet, an opulent cabin, and three rows of seating, it is easy to know why. The X7 is in style with staffers for a lot of totally different causes. For some it is simply a big three-row ute to ferry their households, whereas others get pleasure from it for the opulence of its inside trappings or the growl of its highly effective V-8. It even works nice as a tow automobile. With so many abilities, it is no thriller why the X7 M50i is in excessive demand amongst our workers.

The X7 by no means stays parked for lengthy. In simply two months, we managed to place greater than 10,000 miles on the odometer. It ferried our photograph crew to Virginia Worldwide Raceway for our Lightning Lap occasion, explored as far south as Georgia, and took one editor to a distant Airbnb within the mountains of North Carolina by way of the twisty, scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Whereas traversing the winding mountain passages, we had been impressed with the X7’s sure-footed grip and shocking agility. Regardless of weighing almost three tons, the stiff suspension (in Sport mode), huge tires, and rear-wheel steering assist ship a convincingly carlike expertise.

Marc UrbanoAutomotive and Driver

All of that driving ultimately prompted the X7 to ask for its third computer-indicated service because it neared 30,000 miles on the way in which residence from North Carolina. This made for good timing, since we additionally wanted to switch the windshield—a number of small chips collected out West ultimately grew to cowl almost half the windshield. This service go to (the ultimate one included in BMW’s three-year/36,000-mile complimentary upkeep program) known as for simply an oil change and some inspections, however we weren’t getting out of the dealership that straightforward. After confirming that there are not any aftermarket windshields or perhaps a store exterior of a BMW dealership that’s licensed to switch one, we begrudgingly forked over the $2808 to switch our fractured windshield.

In our final replace, a number of editors commented about experiencing intermittent points with the haptic buttons that encompass the elegant crystal shifter protruding from the X7’s middle console. When current, this difficulty would render each the haptic suggestions and the precise perform of the buttons (be it auto stop-start, drive modes, traction management, or the auto maintain for the parking brake) inoperable. So, generally Sport mode was unavailable, which was a disgrace, however different occasions the auto parking brake would refuse to launch, which is greater than a minor peccadillo while you’re in a automobile wash. Fortunately, we additionally had the vendor look at that drawback whereas the X7 was in for service. In response to them, the offender was a little bit of particles beneath the panel that holds the haptic buttons, and we have had no points since. With the arrival of winter, we have reinstalled our Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 winter tires and hope to have extra alternatives to see how this massive ute handles snow-filled environs within the close to future.

Marc UrbanoAutomotive and Driver

Feedback proceed to roll in, too. One staffer praised the adaptive cruise management’s easy braking, a high quality that she found whereas utilizing the system to rein in her velocity after realizing that 90 mph can simply really feel like 70 in such a well-isolated area. She additionally identified {that a} bigger gas tank could be a welcome addition, and whereas that is not unfaithful—a Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class holds almost two gallons extra—we have discovered that one of the simplest ways to stretch the vary of the X7 is to take it straightforward on the gasoline pedal. Because the X7 nears the tip of its stick with us, we’re struggling to search out a lot unhealthy to say about it. Sure, the massive BMW’s gas economic system is subpar, and sure, its cargo area with the third row upright is on the small facet given its exterior proportions. However judged as an entire, the X7 M50i is essentially uncompromised and is about as versatile as an SUV might be. Our plan for the ultimate 10,000 miles? Preserve utilizing these 523 horsepower to cross something which may kick a rock towards that $2,800 windshield.

Months in Fleet: 10 months Present Mileage: 30,182 miles

Common Gas Economic system: 17 mpg

Gas Tank Dimension: 21.9 gal Noticed Gas Vary: 370 miles

Service: $0 Regular Put on: $0 Restore: $0

Harm and Destruction: $2808

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20,000-Mile Replace

Dave VanderWerpAutomotive and Driver

When a BMW X7 M50i joined our long-term fleet some eight months in the past, we had been relieved to realize one other tow-capable automobile in our fleet, particularly since lots of our resident beasts of burden had been nearing the tip of their exams. This was considerably sullied once we discovered from our native BMW dealership that the one option to get the manufacturing facility tow package deal is to have ordered it that method; they will not add it on after the actual fact. That left us scratching our heads in marvel as to why BMW would not make it simpler for purchasers so as to add OEM towing tools. We nonetheless wanted to discover a method—manufacturing facility or not—to outfit our Bavarian workhorse with a hitch receiver.

Dave VanderWerpAutomotive and Driver

After a little bit of analysis, we settled on the aftermarket firm Stealth Hitches. True to the corporate’s identify, when not in use the hitch is totally hidden. The trick is its vertical receptacle, which is tucked simply behind the bumper, that the ball mount (for towing) or a sq. receiver tube (for bike racks or different equipment) plugs into. The hitch system itself works with nice ease, mounts immediately into the X7’s body (the identical factors used for the manufacturing facility hitch), would not intervene with the foot-operated liftgate function, and the receiver might be shortly disconnected when not in use for full concealment and no aesthetic compromise. Sadly, our respected German-import store in Ann Arbor struggled with what ought to have been a easy set up, and it ended up taking them extra time than anticipated, setting us again almost $500 in labor. The issues did not cease there, both. On a 4600-mile, cross-country journey from Ann Arbor to Washington state to accumulate a new-to-him 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Dave VanderWerp, director of auto testing, spent some two hours on the bottom at a gasoline station in Bellevue, Washington, diagnosing after which remedying a miswiring of the seven-pin connector. (Annoyingly, the putting in store did not comply with Stealth Hitch’s very clear directions.) After correcting the wiring snafu, U-Haul allowed him to depart with the trailer, and the remainder of the journey was a breeze. VanderWerp recommended the M50i’s twin-turbo V-8 for its accelerative authority returning to cruising velocity, even when loaded with some 5800 kilos in tow.

Dave VanderWerpAutomotive and Driver

There have been some niggles that proceed to frequent the logbook remark part. VanderWerp and different editors have opined that the bolstering on the decrease seat cushions is a bit too aggressive, notably for taller drivers who are likely to splay their legs whereas driving, inflicting thigh discomfort after just a few hours within the saddle. Although we had been capable of set up a hitch after being unable to go for it from the manufacturing facility, we nonetheless cannot entry the manufacturing facility tow mode that comes with the tow package deal, which adjusts among the security programs to cooperate with a load in tow (and an ever-present object being there). Whereas that is principally a nonissue, it did imply the rear sensors would sometimes set off alerts, inflicting the steering help to cease working. Unusually, that solely occurred a few occasions over the course of the 4600-mile journey. We’re nonetheless experiencing some glitches with the drive-mode buttons randomly shedding performance, though it solely appears to occur when the automobile has been sitting for some time or within the morning on first startup. The newest occasion, with the auto-hold function on, prevented us from switching the automated parking brake off within the automobile wash, which resulted in 30 seconds of disgrace because the rollers continued to push previous the X7 whereas it remained stationary on the monitor. Fortunately, biking the ignition did the trick, and we had been capable of efficiently go away with some dignity. We’ll be getting our X7 into our native BMW vendor shortly to analyze this difficulty.

Dave VanderWerpAutomotive and Driver

Because the final replace, we have seen the M50i’s gas economic system rise one mpg to 17, principally attributable to all the freeway driving it is seen as issues slowly start to reopen. Gas effectivity within the X7 is essentially reliant on self-control. Dip into the throttle too usually and your mpg will look just like our towing determine, the place we noticed a mean of 14 mpg. The best any staffer has been capable of attain on the freeway unladen is 22 mpg. Nevertheless, in our managed 75-mph freeway fuel-economy check we achieved a formidable 25 mpg. Now that we have acquired a hitch, the X7 will proceed to pack on the miles and, greater than doubtless, proceed to impress us.

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Months in Fleet: 8 months Present Mileage: 24,337 miles

Common Gas Economic system: 17 mpg

Gas Tank Dimension: 21.9 gal Noticed Gas Vary: 370 miles

Service: $0 Regular Put on: $0 Restore: $0

Harm and Destruction: $40


10,000-Mile Replace

Marc UrbanoAutomotive and Driver

Regardless of coming into our possession simply earlier than the shutdown of almost all the things attributable to COVID-19, our BMW X7 M50i has confirmed itself a workhorse over the previous few months. Its solely current journeys had been quick drives to the grocery retailer and freeway jaunts between our numerous houses and the Ann Arbor workplace, however every time we climb into the X7, we’re reminded of how quiet and isolating it feels—like a hyperbaric chamber on wheels.

We managed to take the X7 down south simply earlier than states began locking down, touring by means of Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina to the gorgeous Cherohala Skyway. Although we’ve not taken any lengthy highway journeys since then, we nonetheless managed so as to add one other 6600 miles to the odometer over the previous 4 months. Our winter lingered longer than normal—or perhaps it simply appeared that method, since we hardly left the home—however we ultimately received the M50i again on its huge Pirelli P Zero PZ4-shod 22-inch wheels.

Marc UrbanoAutomotive and Driver

The X7 hasn’t generated many points since becoming a member of our long-term fleet, and the few that cropped up had been minor inconveniences. Throughout testing, we had a small mishap the place the motive force—in his quest for the quickest time—slammed the accelerator pedal down with a bit an excessive amount of gusto, inflicting it to interrupt free from the plastic floor-mounted pivot. BMW coated that below guarantee, however our native vendor famous they’ve by no means seen this difficulty earlier than. (Praise accepted.) We have additionally skilled glitches with the buttons that management drive modes, the auto stop-start system, and traction management, seeing them go utterly inoperable upon startup. In every case, biking the ignition fastened the issue. Some staffers complained in regards to the steering feeling numb and missing in suggestions, parroting complaints we have additionally had with our long-term BMW M340i. Apart from that, the facility third-row seats netted some complaints for his or her lack of urgency when folding, and the infotainment system is sometimes unwilling to reconnect to a beforehand paired telephone, prompting a reset. We’ll ask about our iDrive quibbles at our subsequent service go to or sooner if signs worsen.

Marc UrbanoAutomotive and Driver

After all, these had been all minor or non permanent issues, and there was loads of reward to offset the gripes. Many logbook feedback included point out of the ZF eight-speed’s smoothness and its unobtrusive nature in all drive modes. Others praised the X7’s spectacular acceleration and thunderous growth of the twin-turbo V-8’s exhaust. The inside continues to obtain excessive marks for its almost Rolls-Royce degree of hush, its supremely snug leather-based seats, and ambient lighting that prompted one staffer’s buddy to exclaim, “This automobile makes me need to be wealthy!”

After greater than 10,000 miles, our X7 prompted us to schedule its first service for an oil change and a few inspections. That go to incurred no out-of-pocket value as a result of BMW covers all upkeep as much as 36,000 miles. Assuming that our summer time journey objectives are appropriate with the epidemiological outlook, we anticipate that the X7 will proceed to rack up the miles. Its mixture of velocity, consolation, and utility proceed to make it a high-demand road-tripping favourite.

Months in Fleet: 5 months Present Mileage: 10,504 miles

Common Gas Economic system: 16 mpg

Gas Tank Dimension: 21.9 gal Noticed Gas Vary: 350 miles

Service: $0 Regular Put on: $0 Restore: $0


Introduction

Marc UrbanoAutomotive and Driver

The X5 sat on the prime of the BMW SUV lineup for almost 20 years, after which final 12 months, the bigger X7 arrived and have become the model’s greatest and most luxurious SUV. We’ve beforehand examined the X7 40i and the X7 50i, however to correctly shake the X7 down, we invited BMW’s luxurious three-row SUV for an prolonged keep to see how its measurement would match into our lives and garages. To ensure the X7 match our expectations for efficiency, we opted for the highest twin-turbo V-8 mannequin, the 523-hp M50i model that begins at a lofty $100,595.

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To that six-figure sum, we added the $1200 Chilly Climate package deal, which provides five-zone automated local weather management, heated entrance and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and heating for the front-seat armrests. We additionally opted for the $1300 Govt package deal, which equips the cabin with heated and cooled cupholders, laser-cut glass on the gear selector and a few switchgear, and a Panoramic Sky Lounge LED roof, which enlarges the usual panoramic moonroof and enhances it with LED accent lighting. After which we selected some standalone choices, together with entrance ventilated seats ($500), a leather-based dashboard ($850), second-row captain’s chairs with electrical sunshades ($850), and a very good 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system ($3,400). Our M50i arrived with an as-tested worth of $113,845, making it probably the most costly vehicles to run our 40,000-mile check.

Marc UrbanoAutomotive and Driver

Earlier than you choose our decadent methods, this is not precisely how we would order an X7 M50i. To get into an X7 as shortly as potential, we agreed to a long-term check of a extremely optioned instance. We may stay with out the non-obligatory extras (particularly the Govt package deal) contemplating the X7 M50i comes very effectively outfitted with leather-based seats, soft-close doorways, heated 20-way energy entrance seats, a wi-fi telephone charger, and a panoramic moonroof.

Different commonplace tools on the M50i mannequin contains 22-inch wheels with Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer time tires. Whereas nice for cornering grip and for brief, 152-foot stops from 70 mph, these Pirellis are positively not designed for a Michigan winter. In looking for tires higher suited to the chilly, we determined to downsize the wheels to twenty inches as a result of that opens up a bigger number of winter tires and since just a little further sidewall provides a bit extra safety from the craggy paths that Michigan calls roads. A day after a name to Tire Rack and $3045 later, a set of OZ Racing Cortina wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 winter tires arrived. Because the swap, the all-wheel drive and rear-wheel steering don’t have any drawback accelerating and rotating the massive X7’s mass by means of the white stuff.

Marc UrbanoAutomotive and Driver

On a dry day on the check monitor, the M50i blasted to 60 mph in an eye-popping 4.1 seconds and handed the quarter-mile in 12.6 seconds at 110 mph. That is a mere two-tenths slower to 60 and thru the quarter than the smaller, lighter X5 M50i with the identical twin-turbo V-8. Talking of that engine, regardless of the M badging and M Sport exhaust, the 523-hp N63 V-8 isn’t intrusive, and the X7’s cabin is all the time insulated and quiet. At 70 mph, simply 66 decibels of sound makes its option to the motive force’s ear, which is as silent because the final Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan we examined.

When spring and summer time lastly come, we anticipate that the X7 will probably be a road-trip favourite. For these of us who tow race vehicles and make impulsive automobile purchases, we wished our X7 had the Tow Hitch Receiver ($665) choice that means that you can tow as much as 7500 kilos. BMW instructed us it wasn’t but obtainable when our automobile was ordered, so we’ll add it as quickly because it arrives to our vendor’s components division. As soon as that occurs, the X7’s twin-turbo V-8 shouldn’t have any drawback hauling our family members and making certain that the X7 is faster than the toys we haul with it.

Months in Fleet: 1 month Present Mileage: 3888 miles

Common Gas Economic system: 17 mpg

Gas Tank Dimension: 21.9 gal Noticed Gas Vary: 370 miles

Service: $0 Regular Put on: $0 Restore: $0

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