The new X7 is BMW’s biggest-ever SUV and it aims squarely at large luxury SUVs such as the Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS.

Unlike some other high-priced models we’ve recently wrote about, the £70,130 X7 feels like it’s worth every penny. The big SUV builds upon much of what makes its little brother X5 such a high-performing model – it uses the same punchy engine and smooth transmission, and has the same comfortable ride, with a roomier interior and first-class seating in all three rows.

BMW’s 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission continue to impress us. The combination delivers immediate power and is seemingly always in tune with the driver’s intentions.

There’s no hesitation when starting from a stop, and there’s always a measured, uninterrupted flow of power. Fuel economy is 22 mpg overall, which is impressive for such a large vehicle.

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