2011 BMW 7-Series Hybrid Interior

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2011 BMW 7-Series Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 BMW 7-Series Hybrid was new.


Interior: 9.0

The automotive press is pleased with the roominess inside both regular and long-wheelbase versions of the 2011 BMW 7-Series Hybrid. They also like the high-quality materials and impressive list of standard cabin tech features. Navigation, Bluetooth, heated and ventilated front seats, four-zone climate control and a 16-speaker stereo all come as standard equipment. Reviewers also like BMW’s iDrive interface, which controls navigation and entertainment functions. They say that iDrive has become much easier to use that it was in older models, and one reviewer particularly likes the navigation system with Google integration, which allows you to search for destinations using a keyword rather than an address. 

  • "As BMW's flagship, the 7 Series represents the company's pinnacle of luxury, comfort and cutting-edge technology. Supple leather and rich wood accents adorn almost every surface, and the highly adjustable front seats ensure comfort for virtually any body type." -- Edmunds 
  • "With it all comes BMW 7-Series comfort, elegance and opulence -- four-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with plush leather seats, rich wood-grain accents, ambient interior lighting for night driving, onboard navigation with a high-definition backup camera, and myriad active and passive safety technologies." -- Cars.com 
  • "BMW pushes all the boundaries, integrating Google with the navigation system, creating good phone integration, and designing a high-quality audio system. Add to that the available rear-seat entertainment system and a raft of driver assistance features, and the ActiveHybrid 7 earns an outstanding score." -- CNET 


Inside, the 7-Series Hybrid offers impressive room for its passengers, both in the front and rear. Reviewers generally like the seats, which are comfortable and supportive. Up front, the 20-way power-adjustable seats feature massage, as well as ventilation and heat. Adding the $800 Cold Weather Package will also add heated rear seats. If you choose an extended-wheelbase model, the $3,200 Luxury Rear Seating Package will improve passenger comfort with more comfortable seats that are ventilated, heated and feature massage.

  • "The rear seats are similarly accommodating for taller adults, and the extended-wheelbase versions offer even more legroom (by about 6 inches) and slightly increased headroom. Available rear seat heating and even a massage feature should satisfy the most demanding of passengers. " -- Edmunds 

Interior Features

The electronics inside the BMW 7-Series were once loathed by reviewers for being counterintuitive. However, BMW’s iDrive system, which controls most navigation and entertainment functions, has come a long way in terms of user-friendliness. Reviewers generally like the system in the 7-Series Hybrid, which uses a single knob to adjust settings, although one reviewer notes that screens for browsing points of interest or the music library are still not the best. The interior is basically the same as what you’d find in the current gas-only 7-Series, but also includes displays that monitor the hybrid system. Materials are top notch, but if you’re looking for an even more impressive interior don’t overlook the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Hybrid and the Lexus LS Hybrid.

Tech features in the 7-Series Hybrid are slightly better than the standard equipment in its gas-only siblings. All models come equipped with four-zone climate control, push button start, leather, navigation, Bluetooth, backup camera and a 16-speaker surround sound stereo with a 12GB hard drive to store your mp3s.

  • "One, a bar graph, shows how active the hybrid system has been for the past 15 minutes, and the other shows the usual hybrid energy flow in beautiful high definition. Otherwise, it’s the same old 7-series, which is to say it is attractive, spacious, and comfortable (especially in long-wheelbase form)." -- Car and Driver 
  • "The iDrive system has evolved to become one of the best of its breed, employing a controller knob along with several physical buttons to simplify commonly used functions." -- Edmunds 
  • "A weak point in BMW cabin tech has always been the screens for finding points of interest or browsing a music library, and that problem remains in this new hybrid. The screens look like they were designed by a computer programmer rather than an interface expert." -- CNET 


Most hybrids sacrifice some storage space to make room for their hybrid batteries, and the 7-Series Hybrid is no different. Luckily, however, the lithium-ion battery takes up much less space than it does in rivals such as the Lexus LS Hybrid. The 7-Series Hybrid loses just one cubic foot of trunk space of the gas-only model, taking cargo capacity down to 13 cubic feet.

  • "A hybrid setup like this car’s requires a smaller battery than more-advanced systems, and the 7 hides its lithium-ion pack under the trunk floor. It deals a meager one-cubic-foot blow to trunk volume -- dropping it from 14 to 13 -- leaving BMW with a one-cube advantage over the LS600hL." -- Car and Driver 
  • "Impressively, the trunk-mounted lithium-ion battery subtracts just 1 cubic foot from the standard 7's 14-cubic-foot cargo capacity." -- Edmunds 

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