The 2014 BMW 7-Series ranks 6 out of 12 Super Luxury Cars available on the market- this ranking is based on reviews and test drives.
Test drivers agree that the 2014 BMW 7-Series has powerful engine choices, a luxurious interior and comfortable ride, but rival luxury sedans are more engaging to drive.Motor writers say that the turbocharged six-cylinder engine in the base 740i has ample power in all situations, though many prefer the added thrust of the 750i's twin-turbo V8.B7 have sports car-like acceleration, according to test drivers.A diesel engine and hybrid powertrain are also available in the 2014 7-Series.All trims come with an eight-speed automatic transmission praised for its smooth, fast shifts.According to specifications the 740i returns 14.9 litres/100 kms mpg city driving, which is fairly good for the class, and the ActiveHybrid 7 is rated at 12.8 litres/100 kms.Reviewers say that the 7-Series has a comfortable, serene ride quality. Critics agree that the 7-Series is more comfort-oriented than handling-focused and although they say it feels fairly composed through turns, some rivals are more engaging to drive. Some say its steering is precise, but others mention that it feels a bit numb.
Reviewers say the 2014 BMW 7-Series' cabin is lined with luxurious materials and high-quality trim.
They write that the 7-Series' front seats are very comfortable and supportive, especially models fitted with the available massaging seats.
Test drivers add that regular-wheelbase models have ample rear space and long-wheelbase models offer very generous legroom.
The 7-Series has a bit less trunk space than some rivals, though most reviewers still find it useful.
Test drivers say that the standard iDrive system, which controls most navigation and stereo functions, is fairly intuitive to use.
Standard features include four-zone automatic climate control, a 12-speaker stereo system, a rear-view camera, navigation and adaptive cruise control.
Available features include a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo system, a rear-seat entertainment system, top and side-view cameras and power soft-closing doors, as well as heated, ventilated, power-adjustable and massaging rear seats.
The following comments have been made by various car websites:
“Overall, the 2014 7 Series is the best-yet version of what was already a nearly faultless car. BMW easily could have stood pat over the past couple of years, but instead it has put the 7 Series right back in the conversation about the best sedan in the world." -- AutoTrader"In other words, the 'gotta-have-it' force isn't particularly strong with this one, at least not anymore. Still, we can see how a rational shopper might identify the 7 Series as a compelling choice. After all, the engines really are great, the seats are stellar and the technology offerings are both comprehensive and clever." -- Edmunds"Comfort and convenience features on BMW's flagship exceed the norm - almost to the point of excess - yet the 7 Series offers more than just plush accommodations for five. ... Whether you choose the standard model or long-wheelbase 'Li' trim with six inches of additional rear legroom, you'll be getting a big sedan that loves to drive as much as it does impress." -- Kelley Blue Book
The 2014 BMW 7-Series seats five and has standard rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available (designated xDrive).
Regular- and long-wheelbase models are available, the latter of which offers more back-seat legroom.
Trim levels range from the base 740i with a turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine to the 760Li with a turbocharged 6.0-liter V12.
Also available are the hybrid ActiveHybrid7 and high-performance Alpina B7 models.
A diesel trim, the 740Ld, is new for 2014. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on all trims. Aside from some minor updates, the 7-Series is largely unchanged from the 2009 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 to 2014 model years.