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BMW 7 Series review

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BMW 7 Series
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10 Oct 2016 09:37 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 12:56

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Considered alongside rivals such as the Mercedes S-Class and Jaguar XJ, the 7 Series looks competitively priced, but against the Audi A8 it starts to look more expensive. That said, next to a Range Rover, all of these cars look cheap. The cheapest conventionally powered 7 Series to buy and run is the 730d. It offers the best fuel economy and lowest CO2 emissions, making it the diesel of choice for both private and company car drivers. However, the 740e plug-in hybrid is only marginally more expensive to buy and has range-best emissions of 49g/km making it easily the best company car choice - if you’re lucky enough to have a 7 Series on your list of options, that is. The V8 and V12 petrols will prove expensive to run for any buyer.

All 7 Series models should hold their value relatively well, though, meaning any finance deals will be competitive.

There are three main trim levels in the range. Of course they are all well appointed, with the standard trim getting a 10.25in infotainment screen with BMW Professional Navigation, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, four-zone climate control, Nappa-leather seats with heating all round, a massaging function in the front seats and a rear-view camera. Exclusive trim adds BMW Gesture Control to operate the infotainment with a swipe of your hand, soft-close doors and massaging seats in the rear. M Sport models just offer a sportier look with bigger alloy wheels, more aggressively styled bumpers and darker wood on the inside, so unless this is important to you, we’d recommend you stick to the standard trim.

Euro NCAP hasn’t tested the 7 Series but it comes with six airbags and city braking as standard. Security firm Thatcham has run its tests and awarded the 7 top marks for its resistance to being driven away, and good marks for resisting being broken into in the first place.

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Verdict

A powerful, refined, high-tech statement

  • Strong engines
  • High quality interior
  • Sharp drive
  • Busy low speed ride
  • Slightly restricted driving position
  • Options are expensive
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