North Georgia Ford Compares 2020 Ford Explorer VS 2020 BMW X7 Near Calhoun, GA

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2020 Ford Explorer

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2020 BMW X7

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Explorer 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 Explorer and X7 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Explorer has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The X7’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Explorer ST/Platinum has standard Reverse Brake Assist that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The X7 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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

Warranty Comparison

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Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Explorer 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 9 times as many Ford dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Explorer’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The Explorer 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 run on only half of its cylinders at a time, 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’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Explorer V6 hybrid 4WD gets better fuel mileage than the X7 xDrive40i with its standard engine (23 city/26 hwy vs. 20 city/25 hwy).

The Explorer 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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Explorer stops shorter than the X7:

Explorer

X7

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

169 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

141 feet

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Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Explorer’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.

The Explorer ST 4WD handles at .86 G’s, while the X7 xDrive50i pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Explorer’s turning circle is 4.1 feet tighter than the X7’s (38.7 feet vs. 42.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Ford Explorer may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 1050 pounds less than the BMW X7.

The Explorer is 4.5 inches shorter than the X7, making the Explorer easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Explorer Hybrid 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 Comparison

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The Explorer has 3.2 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, 1.4 inches more rear legroom, 3.8 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.9 inches more third row headroom and 6.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the X7.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Explorer easier. The Explorer’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 31.1 inches, while the X7’s liftover is 32.5 inches.

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

Explorer

X7

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

20.8”/49.8”/83.9”

18.5”/45”/81.5”

Max Width

59”

48”

Min Width

48.1”

43.5”

Height

33.7”

32”

The Explorer’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.

Ergonomics Comparison

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In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Explorer’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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Explorer’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 Explorer 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 Explorer Limited/ST/Platinum 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.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Ford Explorer outsold the BMW X7 by almost 15 to one during the 2019 model year.

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