What's the used BMW 7 Series like?
This BMW 7 Series was the first model to usher in the brand's new-age styling. Some praised its boldness but to others it just looked weird. BMW responded by softening its lines for the 2005 model year.
It's a very big car, particularly if you go for a long-wheelbase version. In both, the interior is huge and lavishly equipped, and the boot is enormous but awkwardly shaped.
Many of the gadgets are controlled using BMW's iDrive infotainment system, which is operated by twirling and clicking a big silver dial between the front seats and following menus on a screen set into the dash. BMW improved it on subsequent models, but here it's overly complicated.
The speed-sensitive steering is accurate and body lean is well controlled without impinging on comfort. It makes the 7 Series a refined cruiser, but it can be jerky in stop-start traffic and there's some mechanical clatter at speed.