2021 BMW X5 vs. 2021 BMW X7

2021 BMW X5


2021 BMW X7

Starting MSRP

3.0L TwinPower Turbo Inline-6

Base Engine

3.0L TwinPower Turbo Inline-6
4.4L BMW M TwinPower Turbo V-8

Top Engine

4.4L BMW ALPINA Bi-Turbo V8
5-7 passengers


6-7 passengers
BMW sDrive

Base Drivetrain

BMW xDrive
7,200 pounds

Towing Capacity

7,500 pounds


Looking into a new high-performance SUV? Many Chicago drivers approach us with the same question: should they get the BMW X5 or X7? There’s a lot to love about the 2021 models of these vehicles, and your choice ultimately depends on your priorities in Chicago. Perillo BMW covers the BMW X5 vs. X7 matchup below! 

2021 BMW X5 vs. X7: Engines and Performance 

The BMW X5 is a smaller SUV than the X7, but both are powered by the same base engine: the 3.0L TwinPower Turbo Inline-6. Park Ridge drivers will have the option to upgrade to a more powerful engine on both models, with the bigger X7 providing you with the most robust option. Let’s check out further details on the performance of these BMW SUVs: 

  • Base Engine Specs: The 3.0L TwinPower Turbo Inline-6 comes with 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. 
  • Gas Mileage: The BMW X5 and X7 come with the same starter engine, but the X5 is smaller, so that gives Oak Park drivers better fuel economy: 23 combined mpg compared to the 21 combined mpg on the X7. 
  • Engine Upgrades: The V8 M Series option on both vehicles is remarkably powerful, but the X7 has the best engine option with its 612-hp ALPINA engine, truly a marvel of design.

2021 BMW X5 vs. X7: Interior Dimensions and Utility

In many ways, your decision on where to fall on the 2021 BMW X5 vs. X7 matchup is what size vehicle you want. But what really is the difference in dimensions? Let’s check it out:

  • Cargo Space: With the seats up, the X5 actually has more trunk space than the X7, 56.5 cubic feet to 48.6 cubic feet on the X7. But if you add a third row on the X5, or decide to lower the seats to maximize cargo capacity, the X7 has much more cargo space available. 
  • Interior Amenities: One big reason to get the X7 is the luxurious second-row captain’s chairs. These are comfortable and flexible seats that’ll make long trips all the more fun.
  • Towing: Yes, you can tow with both of these vehicles — over 7,000 pounds! The X7 has the most towing capacity, with 7,500 pounds of trailering at your disposal. 

Keep in mind that these bonuses for the X7 come with a heftier price tag. But you may find that worth it, as the X7 also has standard features that you’d have to pay more for on the X5 anyway, like: 

  • Hands-free liftgate
  • 12-way power front seats 
  • xDrive all-wheel drive

Test Drive BMW SUVs at Perillo BMW

So, have you decided which you prefer in the BMW X5 vs. X7 matchup? We’ve got a lot of great BMW SUVs at Perillo BMW, including the compact X1 and more! Contact us today to get inside one of these vehicles and explore your options!

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