BMW 7 Series: The Pinnacle of Everyday Luxury
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Jumping from a Rolls-Royce into a BMW 7 series comes as a seamless experience. After all, BMW owns Rolls-Royce, so aside from the iconic umbrella inside the door, the night sky illuminating the roof, or the ultra-luxury finishes of the finest car in the world, if you close your eyes, you almost couldn’t tell the difference between the two brands. Of course, nothing comes near the elevated experience of driving a Rolls-Royce, but for a luxury everyday drive, nothing comes close to a BMW 7 Series. That’s why I have made BMW my personal choice since the 733 in the mid-’80s.
The BMW 7 Series has been the flagship sedan of the brand for decades, and is one of LUXCIOR’s top-ranked luxury sedans. It is loaded with all the latest technology BMW has to offer and is impressively spacious and comfortable. The 7 Series competes with the Audi A8, Genesis G90, Mercedes-Benz S Class, and Porsche Panamera. All of these vehicles represent the pinnacle of their respective brand’s luxury and technology.
Overall, we’re impressed with the 7 Series’ powerful engines, technology, and roomy cabin.
There’s an astonishing amount of power and acceleration here. Right when you think you’re really hauling, the 7 series has another gear that vaults it into triple digits with ease. This car is built for the autobahn after all. It’s a shame it’ll only ever use a fraction of its power on Houston highways. The big sedan brakes with similar power and consistency, arrow-straight, and free of drama during panic-stop tests.
Gear changes are seamless, and the steering is nicely weighted at highway speeds and properly assisted in parking lots. Handling is a mixed bag. It’s laser-quick to turn into a corner, but loads of body roll amazingly never seem to affect the car’s stability.
It’s a big car with a big cabin that’s nearly impervious to any sound or feeling that would indicate there’s a world outside the windows.
The adaptive suspension possesses a nearly impeccable ability to absorb and separate the regular road rash of daily life from the passengers. The seats are exceptionally comfortable, with loads of adjustability and quick heating and cooling, although our rear passengers weren’t as impressed with the massage function. This experience is world-class luxury cruising all day.
This new 7 Series received subtle upgrades from the former model, but its tech and driver assistance features represent its largest leap. The latest voice assistant, summoned by a “Hey, BMW” wake-up phrase, can set navigation points and control cabin temps in a conversational style. And the new gauge cluster boasts sharp graphics and customizable data screens, such as an inset navigation display, freeing up the center console display for other duties. The optional Bowers & Wilkins system is exceptional and probably the most affordable way to own a Bowers & Wilkins system.
The semi-automated driving features are a boon for commuters, although the lane-keeping assist makes pretty aggressive steering corrections even when you are paying attention.
The 2022 7 Series is available in a variety of trims and configurations. While the base 740i and its turbocharged inline-six offer solid performance and plenty of features, we think it’s worth stepping up to the V8-powered 750i xDrive for the additional performance, useful head-up display, and standard all-wheel drive.
The BMW 7 Series is available in five trim levels: 740i, 740i xDrive, 750i xDrive, 745e xDrive and M760i xDrive. The major difference between the trims comes down to the engine and the presence or not of all-wheel drive (called xDrive), though some features and options further separate the trims.
Standard feature highlights for the 7 Series include:
Adaptive air suspension, LED headlights, 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, digital instrument cluster, 10.25-inch infotainment screen with navigation, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration (late availability for Android Auto), Heated front seats, armrests and steering wheel, 16-way power-adjustable front seats, Keyless entry and ignition, Four-zone automatic climate control, Power-sliding panoramic glass roof, Parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking), Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the 7 Series and its surroundings for tight parking situations), Blind-spot monitoring (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot), Lane departure warning (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn’t used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position). I found this feature to be a little annoying as you have to stay focused in the center of your lane at all times, Forward collision mitigation (applies the brakes automatically to stop the vehicle to avoid or minimize a collision).
The 7 Series is an amazing vehicle combining the driving experience of a luxury sedan for a night in the town, with the performance of a fast and aggressive sports car.
I bought my last 7 Series with Jasmyn Guerrero at Advantage BMW Midtown, for a very pleasant experience. Lourdes at their service department has provided me an experience just as VIP as you would expect from BMW. They got my 5-star review.