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We evaluated BMW’s biggest SUV to see if its tech features are practical or gimmicky– here’s the decision

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Matt DeBord: Make certain that the wheel is turning. The wheel is turning. Wow, OK, it’s an act of faith here.

Today, we’re evaluating out BMW’s biggest SUV ever, the X7. I’m Matt DeBord. I support the wheel of the most popular vehicles and test them in real-world scenarios. Today, I’m evaluating all of the tech and driver-assistance functions in the BMW X7 to see what’s really valuable and what’s a trick. This is “Real Reviews” from Cars INSIDER.

BMW has actually added a seven-seater to its widely known lineup of SUVs. The newcomer is a huge kid. It’s an SUV variation of the 7 Series Sedan, and what that suggests is that it’s packed with premium features and lots of technology to assist in driving the ultimate driving device. But before we struck the roadway, let’s speak about the styling of the X7 and everything it needs to use.

The BMW X7 is, quite honestly, huge. It weighs in at nearly 3 lots and is 17 feet long. For the a lot of part, it appears like what it’s supposed to be: a mashup of the flagship 7 Series Sedan and a really beefed-up X5 SUV, but you can’t neglect the most apparent feature: that ridiculously massive kidney grill. It looks like it was borrowed from a 1920 s Bentley. Love it or dislike it, I sorta love it, there’s no question that it’s big and in charge. Inside the X7 is a den of luxury, much like the 7 Series. Everywhere you look, there’s abundant leather and gorgeous information, consisting of a three-pane moonroof that floods the cabin with natural light. For the motorist, a few of the more hardcore sport-driving elements have been compromised for outrageous comfort. You’re surrounded by shiny black surface areas, brushed metal, and a lot of knobs, buttons, and shimmery screens. It’s absolutely over the top, and it needs to be for a $108,000 price. When it comes to that third row, well, it’s comfortable, and if you have kids, they may like it way back there. But enough talking, let’s put the X7 to the test.

I’m gon na take the X7 on a one-hour journey from downtown Manhattan to Montclair, New Jersey. Along the method, I’ll evaluate driving semi-autonomously with its dynamic cruise-control and lane-keep functions, I’ll utilize my hands and voice to control the infotainment system, and I’ll see if it can park and back up by itself.

OK, so now we’re out on the highway in stop-and-go traffic, and I was able to activate the semi-self-driving feature that we were utilizing in the city. So I’ve set the speed at20 I’m gon na take it up to 50, and I set the following range quite far, which is the method I like it, and what will happen now is the adaptive cruise control and the lane-keep assist will keep the vehicle in its lane. So I’m not using any brakes or accelerator here, I’m gon na just see if it’ll whip me around the automobile that’s in front of me, which it does. So this is this the experience I had driving it a few days ago, it’s a little bit, it can be a little bit tentative sometimes. I think it’s erring on the side of care. This vehicle wants to be real cautious about it speeding up when the system is on. So that’s intriguing, it ought to’ve alerted me that man was coming over into my lane, and I did not get a caution from the system, so you got ta be taking note. You absolutely have to be paying attention. But overall, I think lane keep and dynamic cruise control are helpful functions, not gimmicks.

So there’s various gestures you can apparently use within various functions on the infotainment system. So now we’re in full-on nav, you see if I wave my hand like that, it tosses up the menu, and if I sweep it back like that, it’s expected to go back to, see it’s supposed to go back to being, to being not like it with these menus, but it doesn’t always work. So if you do this, it turns the volume up. It’s expected to anyhow. See, and then if you do that, it turns it pull back. It’s just, it’s extremely complicated, y’ understand? There’s a series of gestures that you ought to have the ability to use, sweeping gestures like that, OK, that wiped it tidy, and now it’s back. These gestures are a cool idea that do not constantly work along with marketed, so I think this is a little bit of an operate in development for BMW. I’ve had this experience on every BMW I’ve tested out that has this function. The greatest trick is the gesture-control aspect of the infotainment system. Sounds good, never truly works the way it’s supposed to, and sometimes, due to the fact that you’re waving your hands around, it alters something that you don’t want to change.

All right, let’s attempt some voice-command functions. You push this button on the guiding wheel, the microphone button. Tune to 91.1 FM.

BMW: I’m playing the frequency 91.1.

Matt: That was a little slower than what I’m utilized to. I use this system a lot to tune the radio nowadays, and it’s respectable for navigation, but it won’t do things like … raise the temperature level.

BMW: What temperature should I set?

Matt: Oh, wait, take a look at that! 72 degrees.

BMW: I’m setting the temperature on the chauffeur’s side to 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

Matt: Ah, look at that, it does work! I was doubtful about that. I do not use it to alter the temperature level extremely much, however it will do it. Increase the fan.

BMW: The fan intensity can be set by voice only in automatic mode.

Matt: Oh, I don’t understand what that means. So as you can see, there’s a couple of things you can do with it that are rather helpful. You can somewhat handle the climate-control system, you can change the radio station or the SiriusXM station, and you can handle the navigation system.

OK, we’ve come to the end of our mini roadway journey, and we’re going to check out the automated-parking feature to see if the BMW X7 can locate and parallel park itself. All right, it has not located the area. Let’s try it again. Oh, there we go, it discovered that spot. It’s just refraining from doing it, see? That’s gon na crash into that car. OK, stop working. Sorry, didn’t work. It’s sort of a gimmick, what do you believe? Trick? I believe it’s a gimmick.

OK, now that our parking assistant, the automated-parking feature, has actually stopped working, we’re gon na provide the backup assistant a shot. Now we’re gon na see if the cars and truck can back up. Seventy-six feet seems to know what it’s doing. Does it ensure that the wheel is turning? The wheel is turning. And … It … Wow, OK, it’s an act of faith here. That was a. That worked. That worked. Did you see the wheel spinning like crazy there though?

So there you have it, the BMW X7. As far as driving performance goes, it measures up to BMW’s credibility. Now, as far as the things inside that we checked out, the features, I didn’t like the gesture control in the infotainment system, and I think the parking-assist functions either don’t work very well or are downright frightening when they do work. So the huge question is, is it worth $108,000? And I think the response is: yes. It’s worth $108,000 BMW has actually done a great job with its largest-ever SUV.

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