The BMW 7 Series doesn’t only have rivals such as the Mercedes S-Class and Audi A8 to worry about – it must also fend off cars such as Land Rover’s Range Rover, too. In a bid to do just that, BMW has opted to construct parts of its 7 Series from carbonfibre, keeping the car’s weight down and therefore improving efficiency and agility.
In 30d diesel form – likely to be the biggest selling version – it is impressively clean and frugal, and a car that is better to drive down a twisting B-road than many of its rivals. There’s also a higher-powered diesel, a V8 petrol and plug-in hybrid version.
Inside, the quality is top notch and there’s lots of standard equipment, including the latest infotainment and safety tech.
Is it a class-leading luxury car, though? Read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions, and to find out how the 7 Series competes with its rivals.