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 one that is better to drive down a twisting B-road than many of its rivals. Inside, the quality is top notch and there’s lots of standard equipment including the latest infotainment and safety tech. However, as with many luxury cars, the options list is extremely long and features some even more intriguing technology.
Even in its standard wheelbase form, the 7 Series has more than enough space for four adults, and the long wheelbase version takes things to the next level. The boot is comparable with rivals and big enough for two or three large suitcases.
So, the 7 Series is powerful yet frugal, good to drive, luxurious and loaded with tech but where it doesn’t quite match the class-leading Mercedes S-Class is in its ride quality. At high speeds it lopes along without much fuss, but at low speeds over broken roads it’s a tad busier for those on board.