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RM700k German SUV Battle – BMW X7 VS Porsche Cayenne

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BMW Group Malaysia just introduced the locally assembled X7 xDrive40i Pure Excellence last week with an estimated asking price of RM708,000. Believe it or not, the CKD version is actually about RM150,000 cheaper than the previous fully imported X7.

Interestingly, the new price tag actually makes the X7 about RM10,000 cheaper than a fully loaded Porsche Cayenne which now comes with the Enhanced Premium Package and a few options which can be had for a total of RM718,702.

In case you’re wondering what we mean by a “fully loaded” Cayenne, below is the list of the standard and optional features which can be had for the aforementioned price:

What you get in a standard Cayenne
Additional goodies that bring the price to RM718k

Therefore, if you have a budget of slightly above RM700,000, you actually have two solid options here, so let us dive into what these premium German SUVs have to offer.  

Dimensions

The X7 is essentially a seven-seater SUV which sits right on top of BMW’s SUV range. Measuring 5,151 mm in length, 2,000 mm in width, 1,805 mm in height with a wheelbase length of 3,105 mm, the X7 is a behemoth that actually makes the 7-Series look small.

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The 2021 Porsche Cayenne on the other hand, is a five-seater SUV that measures 4,919 mm in length, 1,983 mm in width, 1,696 mm in height, with a 2,895 mm-long wheelbase.

bmw x7 vs porsche cayenne

Obviously, the X7 is the bigger model here due to the two additional seats. So, if a seven-seater is what you need, look no further than the X7, but if you are alright with five seats and want something slightly smaller and easier to manoeuvre than the X7, the Cayenne may tickle you in the right places.

Powertrain

Powering the X7 is a turbocharged straight-six petrol engine making 340 PS and 450 Nm of torque, which is sent to all four wheels via a an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. The powertrain package enables the X7 to accelerate from naught to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds while hitting a top speed of 245 km/h.

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Further complementing the powertrain are features like air suspension, the Executive Drive Pro package with active anti-roll stabilisation, Dynamic Damper Control, Integral Active Steering, and BMW’s rear-wheel steering system.

As for the Porsche Cayenne, power comes courtesy of a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine making 340 PS and 450 Nm of torque which is actually identical with the X7’s outputs. Mated with an 8-speed Tiptronic S automatic gearbox, the Cayenne which is equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in less than six seconds.

bmw x7 vs porsche cayenne

Fitted with mixed tyres and rear-axle steering for the first time, the Cayenne’s on-road capabilities are further improved by active all-wheel drive as standard, Porsche 4D Chassis Control, three-chamber air suspension and the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) electronic roll stabilisation system. For the first time, the Cayenne is also available with electric rear-axle steering.

Features

On the exterior, the BMW X7 features a generous dose of chrome, 21-inch wheels, BMW Laser lights, LED fog lamps, anti-dazzle side mirrors, as well as hands-free tailgate opening function.

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As for the interior, the X7 is all about the “Taukay” life, with leather upholstery everywhere, screens for the second row occupants, soft-closing doors, powered window blinds, BMW Connected Package Professional, a 12.3-inch BMW Live Cockpit Professional digital speedometer, and Parking Assistant Plus with Reversing Assist and an around-view monitor.

bmw x7 vs porsche cayenne

The BMW Live Cockpit Professional with BMW Operating System 7.0 combines the fully digital, user-configurable 12.3-inch instrument cluster with an equally large central Control Display with touchscreen functionality.

The X7 is also fitted with the voice-controlled BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant and BMW Gesture Control. Other highlights include the Welcome Light Carpet feature, five-zone air conditioning, a Harman Kardon Surround Sound System with 16 loudspeakers and electric roller blinds for side windows.

While there is 325 litres of luggage space with all the seats up, it can be maximised up to 2,120 litres with the backrests folded down. Last but not least, driver assistance gizmos include Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function and Integral Active Steering, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning, Front Collision Warning with brake intervention, Parking Assistance Plus, and Reverse Assistant.

bmw x7 vs porsche cayenne

Meanwhile, the Porsche Cayenne is not as “bling” as the Beemer. In fact, things quite the opposite with the Porsche’s exterior, with key features being the 21-inch RS Spyder wheels, body-coloured wheel arch extensions, and LED lights with Porsche Dynamic Lighting System (PDLS).

What about the Cayenne?

Inside, there is a Bose premium audio system, Porsche emblems on the seat headrests, electric roll-up sun blinds, four-zone air conditioning, ambient lighting, 14-way powered front seats, an ioniser, soft-close doors, as well as a two-tone leather interior.

Porsche Cayenne vs BMW X7

Those who want more sportiness can opt for the black tailpipes, LED Matrix lights with PDLS, matte black Porsche emblems, black wheel arch extensions, as well as black roof rails. With all of these features installed, the on the road price of the fully loaded Porsche Cayenne stands at RM718,702.

Warranty and Road Tax

The BMW X7 xDrive40i comes with a five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty and a free scheduled service programme, along with other services like roadside assistance and accident hotline, the BMW Group Loyalty+ mobile app with privileges card, and BMW Service Online.

The Porsche Cayenne on the other hand, comes with a four-year warranty program and free maintenance package, which includes complimentary service, labour and parts.

If we are to compare both the SUVs’ warranty programs, BMW actually covers you for a longer duration versus the Porsche, but Porsche’s free maintenance package for four years is a major plus point which somewhat makes it up for the one year difference between both models.

Since both models are powered by 3.0-litre turbocharged engines, the road tax price should be the same due to the similarity in the displacement level.

bmw x7 vs porsche cayenne

While both are undeniably quick and well equipped, the X7 will clearly appeal more to those who are all about luxury and want more attention. Just look at that grille.

The Porsche however looks stealthier, drives quicker, and is more performance oriented. That being said, if money was no issue, which one would you go for?

Is it top-notch luxury, or is it downright sportiness?  

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BMW X7 xDrive40i CKD Arrives – RM708k

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BMW Group Malaysia today previewed the locally assembled variant of the BMW X7 xDrive40i Pure Excellence, priced at an estimated RM708,000. The fully imported version of the model was previously priced at RM888,000.

After the extensive introduction of many high-profile locally assembled vehicles in the past year – including the BMW 218i Gran Coupé, the BMW 330e M Sport, and the BMW M340i xDrive – the move to localise the assembly of the largest model in the BMW X range further demonstrates the premium automaker’s longstanding confidence in Malaysia’s potential as a regional hub for the luxury automobile segment.

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Features

The massive front with the imposing kidney grille lends an exceptional road presence to the vehicle, along with the slender BMW Laserlight headlights that can illuminate up to 600 metres ahead. Available as standard also are the LED fog lights and high-beam assistant.

From the side, the near-vertical shoulder line visually elongates the All-New BMW X7 xDrive40i Pure Excellence from the front to rear – with large windows and a long, dynamically flowing roofline that hints at a spacious interior. Equally striking are the 21-inch light alloy wheels in Y-spoke style 753 Bicolour with run-flat tyres, available as standard.

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The variant also features a fully-electric tailgate in the rear with the Comfort Access feature, and two large, rectangular tailpipes – one on each side, conveying its immense power.

Powertrain

The All-New BMW X7 xDrive40i Pure Excellence also retains the powerful six-cylinder in-line petrol engine capable of a maximum power of 340hp and a peak torque of 450Nm.

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This results in a century sprint completed in 6.1 seconds. All of these are achieved with a combined fuel consumption of 9.5l/100km and a combined carbon emission of 218g/km.

Power is channelled to all four wheels via an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission. The xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system of the luxury SAV maximises traction, agility and handling stability which links up with the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) feature.

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Included in the sophisticated chassis design of the variant is a two-axle air suspension. With the DSC system, the vehicle load registered by the air suspension sensors can also be factored into braking modulation.

CBU VS CKD

Like the imported variant, the locally assembled variant of the All-New BMW X7 xDrive40i Pure Excellence is offered with the innovative Executive Drive Pro with active roll stabilisation. Ride comfort is further enhanced by the Dynamic Damper Control system, which is able to process data from the navigation system and front camera.

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The interior of the All-New BMW X7 xDrive40i Pure Excellence also features the opulent “Crafted Clarity” handmade diamond-cut trim element and a range of standard equipment including a sport leather steering wheel and electrically adjustable comfort seats with active seat ventilation in front.

The BMW Live Cockpit Professional with BMW Operating System 7.0 combines the fully digital, user-configurable 12.3-inch instrument cluster with an equally large central Control Display with touchscreen functionality.

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The BMW Head-Up Display is also located within field of vision. The variant is also fitted with the voice-controlled BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant and BMW Gesture Control.

Other highlights include the Welcome Light Carpet feature, five-zone air conditioning, a Harman Kardon Surround Sound System with 16 loudspeakers and electric roller blinds for side windows.

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The Rear Entertainment Professional system is also available within the locally assembled variant, while the sheer spaciousness is further enhanced by the large Panorama Roof Sky Lounge.

The All-New BMW X7 xDrive40i Pure Excellence also features soft-close function for doors. Space is offered to the luxury SAV via a versatile 325-litre luggage compartment that can be maximised up to 2,120 litres with the backrests folded down.

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The All-New BMW X7 xDrive40i Pure Excellence is equipped with the BMW Personal CoPilot technology that includes the Parking Assistant Plus with automatic manoeuvring in and out of parallel parking spaces, along with the Reversing Assistant to assist in safely manoeuvring out of a tight parking space.

Driver Assistance

The Driving Assistant has been outfitted with a comprehensive range of functions, tailored to allow full ease of mind when on the drive. They include Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning and front collision warning with brake intervention.

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As a welcome addition, the All-New BMW X7 xDrive40i Pure Excellence also comes with Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function and Integral Active Steering, further enhancing the safety and comfort of the drive.

Other innovative features include the BMW Digital Key, wireless charging for mobile phones, as well as smartphone integration that are available as standard equipment for the locally assembled variant.

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The All-New BMW X7 xDrive40i Pure Excellence is offered in five exterior finishes to complement its sophisticated stature, with selected interior colour combinations.

The exterior colours of Black Sapphire and Sophisto Grey come in Cognac Leather Vernasca upholstery with Black design perforations, while Phytonic Blue and Manhattan Metallic exteriors come complete with an all-Black design-perforated Leather Vernasca interior.

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Lastly, Leather Vernasca in Coffee with Black design perforations comes exclusively with the Mineral White model.

Customers can register their interest for the All-New BMW X7 xDrive40i Pure Excellence starting 26th February 2021 on BMW Shop Online.

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