BMW 7 Series 2021 - What's the Verdict?
BMW’s flagship car has had a facelift, and with its goddess-like looks, it’s bound to get you noticed. With a stunning exterior appearance and exquisite interior cabin, the BMW 7 Series has everything you’d expect from this highly regarded car brand - and a whole lot more besides.
Offering a smooth, comfortable ride, this luxury saloon takes driving pleasure to new heights and adds a touch of class to every journey.
This car packs a punch when it comes to presence. With its sleek, clean lines and iconic BMW front grille, the 7 series is sporty and sophisticated in equal measure. It’s available in a range of beautiful colours, from Metallic Bernina Grey to Frozen Blue Stone. Choose from ten different wheel designs, with an 18-inch multispoke as standard. For an even sportier look, opt for the M sport trim.
Drivers can choose between long or short wheelbase versions of the 7 series, depending how much legroom is needed in the back. That said, the short wheelbase version can comfortably accommodate two adult passengers in the back.
There’s plenty of room here, including a generous boot, glove compartment and other useful storage spaces. Plus, there’s more than enough headroom and legroom - even in the shorter model. The driver’s seat features electric controls, including four-way lumbar adjustment and electric steering wheel movement as standard.
Only the finest materials and highest quality craftsmanship have been used here - think chrome accents, leather seats and ceramic-effect switches. The result? An interior cabin that oozes luxury and style.
Nappa leather seats are included as standard, available in five colour options. For added luxury, upgrade to merino leather or choose a different wood-trim finish. Ambient lighting makes this car look even better at night - choose from a range of different colours to suit your mood.
If the standard model isn’t quite luxurious enough, choose from a multitude of bespoke options to personalise the 7 series to your requirements. Want to make the rear seats even more comfortable for your passengers? Opt for BMWs Executive Lounge seating, which transforms the three rear seats to two, adding an electric footrest, electric adjustment, luxury floor mats and a front passenger seat that can be laid pretty much flat. You can also add rear screens mounted to the front seats or a tablet, allowing passengers to control the infotainment system.
On the Road
This automatic car hits all the right notes when it comes to performance. It’s quiet on the motorway and has a high-quality cabin that’s kitted out with all the latest tech.
The 7 series is available in petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid. The most versatile option for most drivers is the 730D diesel. Fast, smooth and pretty quiet for a diesel, it can officially handle more than 40mpg. If you make lots of short journeys, the 745E plug-in will probably suit you better. Totally silent when travelling at low speeds, it can manage about 30 miles powered only by electricity. Switch to sport drive mode for an exhilarating drive on country roads.
All models are equipped with air suspension, ensuring a comfortable ride for all occupants, regardless of road conditions. Sensors and cameras are fitted as standard, making tight manoeuvres and parking a breeze. For an improved turning circle, add rear-wheel steering.
The 7 series is equipped with the latest version of BMW's fantastic iDrive infotainment system. Including WiFi, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, DAB radio and wireless charging, it offers a simple interface, meaning it’s incredibly user-friendly. The car features a huge 10-inch touch screen which sits high on the dashboard. As well as touch activation, it can be operated using the rotary dial, menu shortcut buttons by the front seats, or your voice. You can even wave your hand in front of the dashboard to change the volume.
Just say ‘Hey BMW’ to access a variety of helpful functions, whether you want to adjust the climate control settings, find the nearest fuel station or get directions to the closest Starbucks.
Considering its size, this impressive car is unexpectedly fun to drive. Powerful and responsive, it has a surprisingly quiet engine, making it a joy to drive on long distance journeys. Competing with the likes of the Jaguar XJ, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Audi A8, top-notch technology and luxurious comfort make this the ideal choice, whether you're travelling for business or leisure.
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