Three-row luxury SUVs have become a top choice for consumers across the country, bringing the refinement and luxury of their smaller counterparts, as well as the expanded seating and cargo capacity of larger vehicles. Two of the top choices among Dayton shoppers are the BMW X7 and the Volvo XC90.

Both of these SUVs have long feature lists, impressive interior design, and more capability than most luxury SUVs. But which one is best for you? We're going to be comparing the BMW X7 vs Volvo XC90, so that buyers can make an informed decision between these two three-row luxury vehicles.

If you've been shopping for a luxury SUV that can transport the whole family in true luxury, you'll want to read this comparison of two of the industry leaders.


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BMW X7 vs Volvo XC90 - Design & Features

Both the BMW X7 and Volvo XC90 have distinct European luxury styling, and seamlessly combine form and function. Though both offer three rows of comfortable seating, they look smaller and sleeker than the three-row SUVs most drivers are used to.

Looking at the new BMW X7's feature list, Dayton shoppers will find that it is packed with technology and comfort options as standard. Some of the highlights include LED headlights, heated power-folding mirrors, front & rear parking sensors, automatic tailgate, panoramic sunroof, trailer hitch receiver, self-leveling air suspension, selectable drive modes, keyless entry and ignition, four-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, and heated power front seats.

The X7's standard tech and safety features include a digital gauge cluster, 12.3-inch touchscreen with navigation & Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, 10-speaker sound system, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitor, and lane departure warning. This is an impressive list for a base BMW, and shows that the BMW X7 will provide plenty of luxury across its trim levels.

Meanwhile, the Volvo XC90 also sports a long list of standard features. These include LED lights, panoramic sunroof, power tailgate, rearview camera, rear parking sensors, keyless entry & ignition, simulated leather interior, four-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, driver-seat memory settings, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

On the tech front, the Volvo XC90 offers some additional features over the X7, including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, oncoming-traffic lane mitigation system, 9-inch central touchscreen, navigation, voice controls, Bluetooth, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite radio and two USB ports.

As you can see, both the BMW X7 and Volvo XC90 are extremely well-equipped, even in their base trim levels. Both offer many of the same features, but each has its distinct advantages. The BMW will offer greater towing capacity with its advanced air suspension, and also has the larger touchscreen. Meanwhile, the Volvo offers Android Auto & Apple CarPlay as standard, and comes with additional safety features.

BMW X7 vs Volvo XC90 - Engines & Driving

Both the BMW X7 and Volvo XC90 offer several engine options, depending on how much power you want from your luxury SUV. However, Volvo and BMW have taken different approaches when it comes to choosing your engine.

The BMW X7 is essentially available in two trims, the xDrive40i and xDrive50i, and which one you choose will determine your engine as well as other features like leather interior. Meanwhile, Volvo's trim levels are completely independent of its powertrains, meaning you can mix and max trims and engines to best suit your needs.

The standard engine on the BMW X7 is a 3.0l turbo inline-six producing 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. This should be plenty of power for most Dayton buyers, but the xDrive50i upgrades the X7's engine to a 4.4l turbo V8 producing 456 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. As we mentioned, that upgrade also brings several other features, including leather upholstery, multicontour front seats, surround-view camera, 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, and additional safety/autonomous driving features.

When it comes to the Volvo XC90, there are three available powertrains. The base T5 engine is a turbocharged 2.0l producing 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. While this is certainly less power than the X7's base engine, the benefit is improved gas mileage. Upgrading to the T6 adds supercharging to the 2.0l engine, upping output to 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.

Topping out the XC90's powertrain lineup is the T8, which is the same turbo- and supercharged 2.0l from the T6, but with a plug-in electric motor added. This brings total output to 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque.

Driving experience is a strong point for both the BMW X7 and Volvo XC90, but for the ultimate in smoothness it's hard to beat the X7's standard air suspension. And due to BMW's performance-oriented legacy, the X7's greater power and suspension tuning make for a more exciting driving experience than the XC90.


The BMW X7 and Volvo XC90 are without a doubt two of the best offerings in the three-row luxury SUV market. If you're looking for a three-row luxury SUV that also has a high tow rating and exciting driving experience, it's hard to beat the X7. Meanwhile, the XC90 excels when it comes to interior comfort, standard features, and value.

One big difference that Dayton shoppers will notice between the BMW X7 and Volvo XC90 is starting price. While the BMW X7 has a higher base MSRP, things even out when you look at XC90 models with more powerful engines and other competing performance features. After comparing the BMW X7 vs Volvo XC90, we can safely say that both vehicles offer an impressive luxury driving experience, and don't feel nearly as big to drive as some competing luxury SUVs. We highly recommend test driving both, and have linked to both the BMW X7 and Volvo XC90 so you can compare and schedule your test drives.

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