2019 BMW X7 vs X5: G07 and G05 differences compared side by side

The 2019 BMW X7 (G07) was launched just four months after the (G05) 2019 X5. We compare the two SUVs to see just how similar (or not) they are.

2019 BMW X7X7
2019 BMW X5 - front, whiteX5
The two cars were developed alongside one another, ride on the CLAR platform, and are built side by side at BMW's Spartanburg, SC, factory. Stylistically, BMW has tried to give each crossover its own personality.
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2019 BMW X5 - side, whiteX5
The new X5 and first-ever X7 only seem to share the same front doors, every other panel is different.
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2019 BMW X5 - rear, whiteX5
BMW has given the X5 a more athletic look, especially with the stepped shoulder line. The X7 has a formal appearance with a squarer and more upright appearance. Note how the X5 has slightly squared off wheel arches, while the X7's are round.
2019 BMW X7X7
2019 BMW X5X5
The 4,922mm (193.8 inch) X5 is big, but the 5,151mm (202.8 inch) X7 is 229mm (9 inches) longer. The wheelbase has grown from 2,975mm (117.1 inch) in the X5 to 3,105mm (122.2 inch) in the X7 — an increase of 130mm (5.1 inches). Just check out how much bigger the X7's rear doors are compared to its front set.
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2019 BMW X5 - front fasciaX5
When the X5 was first released, we didn't think it looked particularly sporty, but next to the X7 it's practically the M1. This X5's M body kit certainly helps in that regard. The X7, again, is being pitched as more formal and stately.
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2019 BMW X5 - new grilleX5
Both crossovers have a big chrome double-kidney grille with conjoined halves.
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2019 BMW X5 - Laserlight headlampsX5
The X7's thin headlight units make the its larger-than-large grille seem gigantic.
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2019 BMW X5 - new taillampsX5
Their tail-light shapes are similar, but the graphics are different. The X5 misses out on a chrome garnish joining the left and right units, but is more sculpted and three dimensional.
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2019 BMW X5 - wheel articulationX5
That chrome bar on the X7 is desperately trying to link the biggest BMW crossover yet with the 7-Series sedan.
2019 BMW X7X7
2019 BMW X5 - dashboard, tan leather, interiorX5
While BMW has gone to some length to make the exteriors different. It hasn't expended the same effort in the cabin.
2019 BMW X7X7
2019 BMW X5X5
The two cars share the same dashboard, and most interior fittings. The biggest differences will likely come down to trim and options.
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2019 BMW X5X5
The infotainment and climate control systems are the same, but the X7 does have satin chrome spears heading out of the central vent pod.
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2019 BMW X5X5
The X7's longer wheelbase will benefit those sitting in the second row, which is available with either two or three seats.
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2019 BMW X5 - wheel articulationX5
The biggest benefit, obviously, will be for the boot/trunk, and the third row, which goes from unpleasant for everyone in the old X5 7-seater to habitable for some in the new 3-row X7.
2019 BMW X7X7
2019 BMW X5X5
Both the X5 and X7 have split tailgates. The X5's boot/trunk is rated at between 645 and 1,860 litres (22.8 to 65.7 cu-ft), and the X7's at between 326 and 2,210L (11.5 to 78.1 cu-ft). The new X5, it should be noted, is only available with two rows of seats for now.


2019 X7 Dimensions

Length: 5,151mm | 202.8″
Width: 2,000mm | 78.7″
Height: 1,805mm | 71.1″
Wheelbase: 3,105mm | 122.2″

2019 X5 Dimensions

Length: 4,922mm | 193.8″
Width: 2,004mm | 78.9″
Height: 1,745mm | 68.7″
Wheelbase: 2,975mm | 117.1″


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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Editor-at-large — Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]


2019 BMW X7 vs X5: G07 and G05 differences compared side by side