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Car of the Year Awards 2023: Best luxury car electric option

Saloons and SUVs both compete in this class, with the best examples combining sumptuous materials with fantastic refinement and ride comfort worthy of a magic carpet...

Best luxury car electric option

BMW i7 xDrive60 Excellence Pro

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Silence is golden, they say, and the BMW i7 is quiet enough to make the average seance seem rowdy. Electric power is its secret; the i7 is powered by two electric motors for a colossal 536bhp in total – enough to show most versions of its Mercedes EQS rival a clean set of heels, with a 0-62mph time of just 4.7sec.

BMW i7 2022 interior front seats

But the i7 is more about effortlessness than acceleration, like executive jet travel. Its innate quietness (there’s only the odd whisper of wind noise and a faint murmur of rumble from the road) combines with a superb ride, and its ability to stay upright in fast corners (it leans less than an Audi A8) means there’s no discomfort when the road turns twisty.

You needn’t worry about your journey being cut short, either. The i7’s enormous battery means a 372-mile official range. The plug-in hybrid Range Rover Sport is more affordable and versatile, but the i7 is now the best luxury saloon you can buy.

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