While it’s true that the BMX X7 comes with high-quality tires from the factory, there are several aftermarket tires that can take its performance to the next level.
Take the Michelin Pilot Sport All-Season 4. Class-leading dry braking distances, superb grip and traction on wet and snowy roads, and a 45,000-mile treadwear warranty make them the best choice for X7 owners who are reluctant about swapping their OE tires.
Want to enjoy the X7’s quiet and comfortable cabin? The Michelin Primacy MXM4 tires deserve your attention. These all-purpose tires won’t lay a glove on what are this SUV’s gratifying driving manners, while also helping it hit its EPA-estimated mileage.
However, if you want reliable performance on snow and ice, dedicated winter tires are your best bet. Want me to name names? The Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10 SUV is a great option, showing why its manufacturer is the market leader in the snow tire category.
Read on for more recommendations.
#1. Michelin Pilot Sport All-Season 4
Since the BMW X7 has the most sure-footed handling in its class, pairing it with the Pilot Sport AS 4 makes sense for several reasons.
The first of which is that this tire offers incredible stability in various driving conditions, something which the X7 is also famous for. As such, combining the tire with the SUV will allow you to drive confidently regardless of the prevailing weather conditions.
Need proof? Tests carried out by the publication Tyre Reviews offer plenty.
Besides finishing 1st in the dry handling and grip tests, the PS AS4 led the class in snow traction and handling. Its wet braking distances were joint-class-leading, sharing the top spot. All these results point to a tire that can be safely driven 365 days a year.
Yet the PS AS4 is much more than an all-purpose tire. Many drivers I have spoken to also sing praises of its ride comfort. Its ability to soak up road disturbances is also celebrated, meaning you can expect a quiet ride no matter where you live or drive.
Want to hear more good news? The PS4 are backed with a 45,000-mile treadwear warranty, almost the highest of any tire in this category.
- Can be safely used year-round
- Offers a quiet and comfortable ride
- Backed by a 45,000-mile treadwear warranty
- May wear quickly if repeatedly pushed to the limits
#2. Bridgestone Alenza Sport AS
If you live in an area where snow routinely falls and you cannot afford to buy dedicated winter tires, the Alenza Sport AS is your next best bet.
The Alenza Sport AS has all the features to be an excellent winter tire. Grip levels on ice are much higher than those of rivals, letting you accelerate, corner and brake harder than you would be able to on your average all-season tire.
Next comes its ribbed tread pattern, which enables this tire to maintain its road contact at all times. At the same time, it boosts its driving stability and steering responsiveness, meaning you’d be able to execute quick lane changes with confidence.
Another thing the tread pattern does is generate a sound-canceling frequency, making sure that the noise created by road contact is negated at the source. As a result, you’d be able to enjoy the cloud-like ride which the X7 is rightly praised for.
To further sweeten the deal, Bridgestone backs this tire with a 40,000-mile treadwear warranty. True, treadwear grades aren’t a guarantee for the exact mileage. But they are an excellent indicator of how long the tire will last under normal driving conditions.
- Can be used in mild wintry conditions
- Offers superb driving stability and steering responsiveness
- Cancels out road noise for a quiet ride
- Not the best for harsh wintry conditions
#3. Michelin Primacy MXM4
Tires like the Primacy MXM4 show why touring tires have become all the rage of late.
Not only does it stay useful 365 days a year, the MXM4, thanks to its asymmetric tread pattern, stays stable at higher speeds. It can handle twisty roads pretty well too, thanks to rounded shoulders which give its handling an edge vis-à-vis other all-season tires.
However, if you ask me, it’s on wet roads that this tire performs at its best. Want to know why? Thanks to the four circumferential grooves and sipes in its tread. The pair provides this tire with high aquaplaning resistance, reducing the risk of slippage.
For comfort, the MXM4 relies on Michelin’s Comfort Control Technology. This technology uses the tread design to cancel out road noise and absorb vibrations. Reportedly, it’s so good at it that you won’t hear the majority of road noise inside the cabin.
Unfortunately, there’s one area where this tire falls short of its competitors. Its treadwear warranty (45,000 to 55,000 miles depending on size) is on the smaller side. Yet, if reviews are anything to go by, this tire should last you much longer.
- Super quiet and comfortable
- Excellent grip and traction on dry and wet roads
- Gives a sporty driving feel
- Lacks in the warranty department
#4. Hankook Ventus V12 Evo2
With a remarkably comfortable drive, superb driving dynamics, and decent wet performance, the Ventus V12 Evo2 promises to be an excellent pick for the X7.
Start with the quiet drive. Unlike many summer performance tires, the V12 Evo2 doesn’t get noisy as you push your vehicle to its limits. Instead, it doubles down on canceling road noise, letting you enjoy the quiet ride which makes the X7 a sought-after family hauler.
Next comes its high-speed stability. A high-silica tread compound makes sure that its contact patch – the part of the tire that comes into contact with the road – expands at higher speeds. The result? The kind of road grip that would push you to press the accelerator.
Then there is the traction it demonstrates on wet roads. Part of which owes it to grooves on its tread, which help with water evacuation to lower the risk of aquaplaning. This, in turn, keeps the contact patch dry, fulfilling a key requirement for decent wet performance.
- Best-in-class dry traction
- Noiseless and comfortable drive
- Decent performance on wet roads
- Relatively high rolling resistance
#5. Bridgestone Potenza RE71R
The Potenza RE71R shows why Bridgestone is the favorite tire manufacturer of adrenaline junkies.
A directional tread design, featuring massive shoulder blocks, helps this tire offer the kind of cornering grip you associate from premium summer tires. Plus, with massive blocks running through the center of the tread, you can expect strong steering response.
From the inside, a spirally wound nylon belt strengthens the two inner steel belts keeping this tire together. The result is superior resistance to premature deformation, the number one nemesis of summer tires.
You may also find it good to note that this tire performs decently on wet roads. How is that so? Thanks to the 2 circumferential and 5 lateral grooves in its tread. Both water channels do their job superb, thereby letting you drive confidently in slippery conditions.
Another thing I like about this tire is that it isn’t temperature sensitive. This means you won’t have to heat it to get the best out of it, promising right out of the box utility.
- Isn’t temperature sensitive
- Above-average cornering grip
- Brilliant steering response
- Comes with no wear warranty
#6. Continental ExtremeContact DWS06+
If you own the 2023 or 2024 X7 model and are seeking an upgrade from the stock Conti’s, the ExtremeContact DWS 06+ offers a compelling solution.
For daily driving, these tires will make you question why you didn’t make the switch earlier. They are much softer and quieter than their stock counterparts on your X7. Also, they are much better at softening out road imperfections, thereby ensuring a smooth ride.
The DWS06+ also deserve plaudits for their fuel economy. Many X7 drivers who have made the switch credit it for improving this SUV’s mileage. Which seems believable, considering that these tires’ rolling resistance is among the lowest in their category.
Their dry cornering grip is also pretty high for an all-season high-performance tire. You can throw them into a bend at full speed and there would be minimal oversteering or understeering. This means that the risk of skidding or slipping will be minimal.
Want to hear more good news? The DWS06+ come with a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty, almost as high as you get on some premium all-season touring tires.
- Softens out road imperfections
- Offers superb mileage
- Comes with a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Doesn’t come cheap
#7. Pirelli P Zero PZ4 RFT
In manufacturing this tire, Pirelli opted for a tread compound containing silica and carbon black in equal measure. That is great news. While silica helps improve this tire’s dry grip, carbon black gives it the flexibility needed for safe driving on wet roads.
Another thing Pirelli did really well with this tire is providing its asymmetric tread pattern with wide shoulder blocks. Besides boosting cornering grip, the shoulder blocks have enhanced this model’s responsiveness and handling, making it a capable UHP tire.
Its internal construction also gives plenty of clues that Pirelli knows its stuff.
For many other manufacturers, it would have been enough to wrap the steel belts with nylon. Not for Pirelli, which added Kevlar on top to give the tire the stiffness many other UHP tires lack. The result? Improved handling and responsiveness, especially in high-speed situations.
- Direct and responsive handling
- Excellent dry and wet performance
- Decent refinement for daily driving
- May begin to lose traction if it gets too hot
#8. Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10 SUV
Do you live in an area where winters bring heavy snowfall? Are the local laws permit the use of studded tires on public roads? If so, the Hakkapeliitta 10 SUV is your best bet to stay safe out there.
As the successor of the Hakkapeliitta 9, one of the market’s leading winter tires, this model has everything you expect from top-of-the-line snow tires. Think of added traction on snow, better grip on icy roads, and the kind of wet grip that will eliminate the risk of aquaplaning.
That is not all. Many drivers complain that the main reason they don’t use studded tires is because the metal inserts fall off after a few winters. To solve this problem, Nokian added more rubber at the base of this tire’s studs, thereby helping them from falling off.
Another reason that puts off people from buying studded tires is noise. While studs definitely improve grip, they do so at the cost of louder noise. Luckily, Nokian has resolved this problem by attaching foam at the base of this tire’s tread to help it absorb noise.
All in all, if you want to safely go from point A to point B on snow-laden roads, the Hakkapeliitta 10 SUV won’t make you regret your choice.
- Offers remarkable snow and ice traction
- Incredibly quiet for a studded snow tire
- Offers better fuel economy than its predecessor
#9. Michelin X-Ice Snow SUV
If studded winter tires aren’t your thing and you are unafraid of spending big bucks on premium studless tires, go for the X-Ice Snow SUV.
Of all the snow tires that can go on the X7, the X-Ice Snow SUV covers the most trims of this SUV. This means that you won’t have to worry too much about finding the right size.
Superb fuel economy is another thing you’d get from this tire. Plus, the X-Ice Snow SUV fares better than many of its rivals in the handling department. Even on wet roads, its acceleration is a little quicker and steering response notably livelier. You can thus expect a perky ride.
Need more reasons to believe in this tire? What about the fact that it comes with a 40,000-mile treadwear warranty? That should move the needle for you, considering that most (if not all) snow tires don’t come with any sort of mileage guarantee whatsoever.
- Comes with a 40,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Offers amazing handling and traction
- Delivers better fuel economy than rivals
- Dry grip could be better