2019 Lincoln Navigator vs. 2019 BMW X7

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Lincoln Navigator 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.

Both the Navigator 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, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Navigator 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the X7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Navigator’s warranty.

Reliability

The Navigator has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The X7 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 11th.

Engine

The Navigator’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 115 more horsepower (450 vs. 335) and 180 lbs.-ft. more torque (510 vs. 330) than the X7 xDrive40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The Navigator’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (510 vs. 479) than the X7 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Lincoln Navigator is faster than the X7 xDrive40i:

Navigator

X7

Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

97 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lincoln Navigator uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The X7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Navigator has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the X7 (23.2 vs. 21.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Navigator has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The X7 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Lincoln Navigator, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the X7.

Tires and Wheels

The Lincoln Navigator’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The BMW X7 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

The Navigator’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The X7 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Navigator is 1.3 inches wider in the front and .1 inches wider in the rear than on the X7.

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

For greater off-road capability the Navigator has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X7 (9.6 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the Navigator to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Navigator uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The X7 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Navigator offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the X7 can only carry 7.

The Navigator has 4.1 inches more front legroom, 5.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 3.5 inches more rear legroom, 7 inches more rear shoulder room, .3 inches more third row headroom, 2.8 inches more third row legroom and 16.3 inches more third row shoulder room than the X7.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Navigator’s middle and third row seats recline. The X7’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Navigator’s cargo area provides more volume than the X7.

Navigator

X7

Third Seat Folded

57.5 cubic feet

48.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

103.3 cubic feet

90.4 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Navigator easier. The Navigator’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29 inches, while the X7’s liftover is 32.5 inches.

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

Navigator

X7

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

24”/48”/86”

18.5”/45”/81.5”

Max Width

51”

48”

Min Width

51”

43.5”

Height

37”

32”

The Navigator has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The X7 doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

The Navigator’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 Navigator’s 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

Maximum trailer towing in the BMW X7 is limited to 7500 pounds. The Navigator offers up to a 8300 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 18% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Navigator’s exterior PIN entry system. The X7 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its BMW Assist can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Navigator has a standard rear variable 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.

Consumer Reports rated the Navigator’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the X7’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

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

Recommendations

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Navigator as the 2018 North American Truck of the Year. The X7 has never been chosen.

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