2019 Dodge Durango vs. 2019 BMW X7

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Dodge Durango are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X7 doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

The Durango has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The X7 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Durango and the X7 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Durango 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 7 times as many Dodge dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Durango’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Durango V8’s fuel efficiency. The X7 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Dodge Durango uses regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade octane recommended with the 5.7 V8 engine for maximum performance). The X7 requires premium, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Durango has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the X7 (24.6 vs. 21.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The Durango stops shorter than the X7:

Durango

X7

60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Durango offers an optional 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

For better maneuverability, the Durango’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the X7’s (41 feet vs. 42.8 feet).

Chassis

The Dodge Durango may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 700 pounds less than the BMW X7.

Passenger Space

The Durango has .5 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom, .8 inches more third row headroom, .2 inches more third row legroom and 2.5 inches more third row shoulder room than the X7.

Cargo Capacity

The Durango’s cargo area is larger than the X7’s in almost every dimension:

Durango

X7

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

20”/50”/83”

18.5”/45”/81.5”

Max Width

49”

48”

Min Width

42.5”

43.5”

Height

36”

32”

The Durango’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.

Payload

The Durango has a higher standard payload capacity than the X7 (1380 vs. 1202 lbs.).

The Durango has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the X7 (1460 vs. 1202 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The Durango’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The X7 does not have a temperature gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Durango has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the X7 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Durango (except SXT) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Durango is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The X7 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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