BMW 7 Series Review

By   |  March 4, 2016

Overview

BMW has revamped its full-size luxury barge, the 7 Series to enable it to take on the ever-strengthening rivalry from vehicles such the S-Class from Mercedes-Benz, the XJ from Jaguar and the A8 from Audi. Starting from the nose to tail, changes have been incorporated in the interior, exterior and the powertrain of the vehicle. The BMW 7 Series is now more stylish and packed with more techno-wizardry than ever before. Read on to know more.

The BMW 7 Series is available in five variants in the Indian market. There are multiple paint colour options available for this saloon, some of which are Black Sapphire, Sophisto Grey Brilliant Effect, Havana, Midnight Blue, Space Grey, Mineral White, Cashmere Silver, Imperial Blue Brilliant Effect, Glacier Silver, Milano Beige, Alpine White and Black.


Powertrain & Performance

The new 7 Series is available with 2 different engines options, which include both petrol and diesel units. The first is a 3.0 litre, in-line 6 cylinder, turbocharged diesel motor that pumps out 262 bhp and 620 Nm of torque. This engine can help the 730Ld dispatch the 0-100 kph run in 6.2 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 250 kph. The fuel efficiency figure for this motor is a respectable 16.77 kpl. The other engine that BMW provides for this car is a 4.4 litre V8 petrol motor that develops 443 bhp and 650 Nm of torque. Thanks to its higher power and torque outputs, this motor can propel the 750Li from rest to 100 kph in 4.7 seconds and return a fuel economy figure of 12.05 kpl. The top speed for this variant is also electronically limited to 250 kph. Both these engines have also been tuned to be more environment-friendly than their predecessors.

Both the 750Li and 730Ld comes equipped with Driving Experience Control system which enables the driver to toggle between different driving modes for the car. The modes that are available are Comfort, Comfort+, Sport, Sport+, Eco Pro and Adaptive. The optional Integral Active Steering package makes steering an easier job by reducing the effort of steering when car is moving at lower speeds and increasing stability when moving at high speeds. The 8 peed automatic transmission is state-of-art and comes standard in all variants of the new 7 Series.


Build & Styling

BMW has altered quite a bit in the styling department and, as a result, the new 7 Series saloon looks much more alluring than before. The car seems to have lost some of its earlier bulk and now looks much tauter and more lithe than it ever has. The new LED headlamp clusters look classy and the kidney grille has been refreshed as well. All this rides on top of an updated suspension setup with 2-axle air suspension, Dynamic Damper Control and Executive Drive Pro chassis control that reduces body roll and makes the ride quality in this car sublime.

The interior of the new BMW 7 Series has been given a massive overhaul and the results can leave even someone who has no interest in cars at all speechless. The quality, fit and finish are sensational and the entire passenger cabin looks like it belongs a few years in the future. You get gesture control, the BMW display key, premium leather seats that come with a Vitality Package with 8 massage functions, BMW Touch Command that offers a fully integrated control option for entertainment and comfort functions for the rear seat occupants with a 7 inch tablet, ambient interior lighting with 6 dimmable designs, a panoramic sunroof with over 15,000 fibre-optic light elements embedded in it that generates 6 different light patterns to mimic a starry night sky, 4-zone automatic climate control, a high end sound system from Bang & Olufsen, wireless charging for mobile devices, a panoramic sunroof with more than 15,000 light elements embedded in it that generates six different light patterns to mimic a starry night sky and much, much more.

Apart from basic safety features like airbags, ABS, Cornering Brake Control, Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Traction Control, BMW has incorporated advanced features such as an HUD that is almost double the size of the previous generation 7 Series, Park Distance Control, a surround view camera, active side collision warning, Driving Assistant Plus that includes steering and lane control assistant, rear collision prevention, front cross-traffic warning and active cruise control with stop & go function, amongst others.


Verdict

Clearly, BMW has put in a ton of effort to making their new 7 Series more than capable of taking on the competition and the results speak for themselves. This new big 7 is as fresh and up to date as automobiles could possibly be. It has everything that the luxury car buyer of today could want and more. If you are in the market for a luxo-barge, this car should definitely be on the top of your shortlist.