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What a BabyDrive!! The BMW X7 is a fantastic family SUV and as far as seven-seaters go BMW, has managed to tick off most of the must-haves and are only missing one obvious detail… built-in window blinds!! Apart from that, it is a VERY good family SUV.

The X7 has an excellent media system, it is easy to navigate and use and you can add Apple CarPlay and for an additional $600.

There are some fantastic features within the system like the weather forecast read out! Fantastic for information but also for entertaining the little ones in the car! They LOVE it when the car talks to them!!

There is also this GREAT feature in the X7 where you can alter the volume by rotating your hand in front of the media screen, this was also in the BMW X5 I tested previously.

The reversing camera image is fantastically clear and crisp with a lovely big image, as well as camera views from multiple directions you can choose from.

There are also some great controls in the driver door control panel that allow you to bring the second-row seats forward and backwards individually to allow distribution of legroom. It even works while you are driving and we had a bit of a giggle with it during our family week with the X7 moving passengers around while driving!!

The front headrests are electronically adjustable, AMAZING mum feature!!! Using the controls at the side of the seat base, you can move them up/down and forward/back giving you headrests for ANY size ponytail!

I had spent hours styling my hair this morning to get it just right too… said no new mum ever!!!

With seven seats, four ISOFix and five top tether anchorages, I was super excited to see how many child seats I would be able to fit in the back of this BMW X7!

There are two ISOFix points in the outer second-row seats within plastic guides and nice and easy to connect to. The three top tether anchorages across the back of the seats were easy to connect to as well.

And there's room across the second row for three child seats that were nice and easy to install.

In the third row there is ISOFix in both seats, not within plastic guides but nice and easy to connect to. And there are top tether anchorages on the back of both seatbacks.

Two full-size child seats fit easily in the back; I only tried forward facing because it would be too hard to reach in and fasten rear-facing harnesses in there.

With a forward-facing child seat in the third-row and a rear-facing child seat in the second-row, we could fit 180cm driver in front.

The X7 has a great mechanism for accessing the third-row seats I that with forward-facing child seats installed in the second row, I could bring the seatbacks forward and have enough room to climb through to the third row.

The third-row seats are ample for adult seating. I could fit with good head and legroom and I’m 162cm.

There are so many great family features in the X7, like the double sunroof that means even the third-row passengers get their own Skyview! 

There are great air-vents in all three rows of seating too, with ceiling-mounted vents in the third row.

And side pillar vents too, YES!

Also, on the back of the central console box are air vents and controls for the second-row passengers.

There are also USB ports and DVD mounts on the back of both front seats for rear passengers.

Storage is great throughout all three rows of seats, with ample cup holders and storage compartments in the rear two rows.

A good size glove box, central console box, two cup holders and large door bins are provided in the front too.

The boot of the BMW X7 is a good size and even when using all seven seats we could fit seven shopping bags in there.

The compact stroller fitted here with three shopping bags but the single, double and side-by-side strollers would not fit in the boot when using all seven seats.

When using only five seats the boot of the BMW X7 is enormous and will hold eighteen shopping bags which is huge!

It's the same as the Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series and the Land Rover Discovery, two less than the Lexus LX450D and four less than the Infiniti QX80 that fits a massive twenty-two bags! I did find I couldn't reach to the back of the boot without going in through the second-row seats, though.

All types of stroller and pram easily fitted in the boot with good-sized family food shop!

One of the best features of the BMW X7 is the automatic lock and unlock feature. With the key in my pocket or bag, I can walk up to the car and it will automatically unlock and the same when I walk away.

This is the ultimate hands-free mum's car! It was so good for when my arms were full of sleeping child or daycare bags I didn't have to struggle for my keys as I could rely on the X7 to lock and unlock itself!

The BMW X7 is a surprisingly light car to drive. I found the X5 to have hard almost brutish steering but the X7 feels light and nimble for such a large seven-seat SUV.

The BMW X7 is yet to be given an ANCAP Safety Rating.

Eight airbags come as standard in the BMW X7.

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