- Better to drive than most of its rivals
- Spacious and luxurious interior
- Lots of easy to use technology
- Running costs can be high
- It is a long car so may be difficult to park
- Boot space not as good as some rivals
The 7 Series is spacious throughout. In the front, you’ll find armchair-like seats and soothing ambient lighting, though the best seats are in the back, where you can relax in real comfort. The 7 Series is great to drive with a range of quiet, powerful engines to suit those seeking economy or performance.
It’s packed with technology, from gesture control for the audio system - so at the wave of a hand you can turn the volume up or down - to an app on the key fob which you can use to park the car remotely.
The 7 Series has received a number of awards, including one as World Luxury Car of the Year and Professional Driver Car of the Year.
An update in 2019 saw changes to the design including a much larger grille and changes to the interior trim.
Inside, the luxury and technology is impressive. The seats feature the best quality leather, providing excellent comfort on all journeys. The dashboard is well designed with easy to use controls and BMW’s Personal Assistant which responds to voice commands. There are lots of ambient lighting options and some models will automatically adjust things like the audio and climate control when you tell the car what mood you are in.
Passengers in the back are very well looked-after by the 7 Series, and have lots of space to stretch out on a long journey. Standard versions have three back seats but on those with two there’s the option of partially reclining Executive Lounge seating. There’s a removable Bluetooth connected tablet, and you can make use of the in-car wi-fi.
There's loads of storage areas and the option of a table that folds out from the centre armrest in the back for those who want to work. Boot space is superb with a capacity of 420-litres which is enough room for three medium sized suitcases or a couple of sets of golf clubs.
The 7 Series is great to drive. It feels smaller and lighter than it actually is thanks to a great driving position and lightweight carbon fibre being used in its construction. Despite being a big car, it can get round tight corners and is easy to drive in the city where parking systems such as sensors, 360-degree cameras and a remote parking app on the key fob will come in useful. It cruises effortlessly on the motorway providing great comfort thanks to excellent air suspension.
There’s a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive, the latter providing better grip in slippery conditions while using only slightly more fuel. There’s a choice of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid versions, all of which deliver lots of power and are efficient for their size.
Like most luxury models, the 7 Series depreciates significantly from new, which means you get good value when buying used. Prices are comparable to rivals the Audi A8 and Mercedes S-Class.
Running costs are on the high side, with insurance in the top bracket and high road tax due on all cars costing over £40,000 if registered after April 2017. Service and maintenance costs are similar to its luxury rivals.
Diesel versions are the most efficient when it comes to fuel economy and there is also a plug-in hybrid that can provide up to 36 miles of electric-only driving.
There are few reliability issues reported which is impressive given all the technology in the car.
Safety is excellent and there are several safety systems such as the ability for the car to perform emergency braking and adaptive cruise control so the car manages your speed and the distance between you and the car ahead on the motorway.
Best for economy - 745e
Best for family - 730d
Best for fun - M760Li
Diesel versions are the most popular, particularly the efficient 730d. Standard models have luxurious Nappa leather seats, a great infotainment system and lots of systems to help with parking. Exclusive versions have massaging back seats and an upgraded audio system. M-Sport models have sporty looks inside and out. You get lots of equipment in all 7 Series models but there were lots of options when it was new, including extras like rear seat entertainment, so choose one that’s best for you and your passengers.