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The X7 has standard Post-Crash Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The QX60 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the X7. But it costs extra on the QX60.
When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X7’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The QX60 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.
The X7’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The QX60 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the X7 and the QX60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available around view monitors.
The BMW X7 weighs 805 to 1220 pounds more than the Infiniti QX60. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The X7’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the QX60’s (12 vs. 7 years).
BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X7 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the QX60.
There are over 62 percent more BMW dealers than there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X7’s warranty.
The battery on the X7 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the X7’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The QX60’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 14th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 11th.
The X7 xDrive40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 40 more horsepower (335 vs. 295) and 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (330 vs. 270) than the QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6. The X7 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 161 more horsepower (456 vs. 295) and 209 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 270) than the QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6.
Regenerative brakes improve the X7’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The QX60 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X7’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The QX60 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The X7 has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX60 (21.9 vs. 19.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The X7’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The QX60 doesn’t offer launch control.
For better stopping power the X7’s brake rotors are larger than those on the QX60:
X7 M Sport
For better traction, the X7 has larger standard tires than the QX60 (285/45R21 vs. 235/65R18). The X7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX60 (F:275/40R22 & R:315/35R22 vs. 235/65R18).
The X7’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the QX60’s standard 65 series tires. The X7’s optional 275/40R22 front and 315/35R22 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the QX60 Luxe’s optional 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X7 has standard 21-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the QX60. The X7’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the QX60 Luxe.
Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X7 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The QX60 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
The front and rear suspension of the X7 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the QX60, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
The X7 has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The QX60’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The X7 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The X7’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The QX60 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X7’s wheelbase is 8 inches longer than on the QX60 (122.2 inches vs. 114.2 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the X7 is .6 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the QX60.
For greater off-road capability the X7 has a 2.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the QX60 (8.7 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the X7 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The front grille of the X7 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The QX60 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The X7 has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more rear headroom, .5 inches more third row headroom and 2.5 inches more third row legroom than the QX60.
The X7’s cargo area provides more volume than the QX60.
Third Seat Folded
48.6 cubic feet
40.5 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
90.4 cubic feet
76.2 cubic feet
Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the X7’s second and third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The QX60 doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.
The X7’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The QX60’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.
The X7’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the QX60’s (7500 vs. 5000 pounds).
The engine in the X7 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the QX60. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the QX60 Luxe, the X7 offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
The X7 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The QX60 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The power windows standard on both the X7 and the QX60 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the X7 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX60 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.
The X7’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The QX60’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.
The X7 has standard heated front and optional heated second and third row seats, which keep the driver and passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. The QX60 doesn’t offer a third-row heated seat.
Standard smartphone integration for the X7 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, tagging songs to buy them later, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The QX60 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.
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