2019 Bentley Bentayga vs. 2019 BMW X7

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Safety

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A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Bentayga helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then projects the image on the windshield, near the driver’s line of sight. The X7 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the Bentayga and the X7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Bentayga comes with a full 3-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The X7’s 50,000-mile basic warranty expires sooner.

Engine

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The Bentayga V8’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 207 more horsepower (542 vs. 335) and 238 lbs.-ft. more torque (568 vs. 330) than the X7 xDrive40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The Bentayga V8’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 86 more horsepower (542 vs. 456) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (568 vs. 479) than the X7 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8. The Bentayga’s standard 6.0 turbo 12 cyl. produces 144 more horsepower (600 vs. 456) and 185 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 479) than the X7 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Bentayga’s fuel efficiency. The X7 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Bentayga offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The X7 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

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The Bentayga has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the X7, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.

Suspension and Handling

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The Bentayga offers an available active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. BMW doesn’t offer an active suspension on the X7.

For better maneuverability, the Bentayga’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the X7’s (40.6 feet vs. 42.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Bentayga has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X7 (9.7 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the Bentayga to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The Bentayga has 1.9 inches more front legroom and 3.3 inches more rear legroom than the X7.

Cargo Capacity

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The Bentayga’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X7’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Bentayga’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The X7 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its tailgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

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The Bentayga’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the X7’s (7716 vs. 7500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Bentayga offers optional dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The X7 doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

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