2016 BMW 7-Series

Interior


$47,431 - $57,118

2016 BMW 7-Series Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 BMW 7-Series was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.4

Test drivers agree that the redesigned 2016 BMW 7-Series surrounds its high-tech cabin, which includes a user-friendly infotainment system and advanced driver assistance features, with opulent materials. They note that it has a contemporary design, though some think the Mercedes-Benz S-Class' interior is still more appealing. Rear-seat space in the 7-Series is generous, as is trunk space.

  • "The 7-Series contrasts its cutting edge technology with old school luxury. High-quality leather and wood accents abound in the car's interior, even in places where you might not expect it, like on the inside of the C-pillar. Knobs are covered in galvanized metal to give an extra feeling of quality." -- Left Lane News
  • "The obsession paid off, and the new cabin feels like it's at the forefront of modern design compared to the one in the aged fifth-generation 7 Series." -- Autoblog
  • "Inside, the new 7 Series looks richer, plusher than any recent BMW. What looks like metal is metal, the wood veneers are beautifully finished, the leathers rich and colorful, and the 7's showy ambient lighting and perfume dispenser suggest these features are now de riguer for German luxury sedans." -- Motor Trend
  • Overall, the redesigned cabin doesn't quite match the flowing, Matisse-like artistry of the Mercedes S-Class', but it flatters several senses and brings its own one-upping technology to bear." -- Automobile Magazine

Seating

The 2016 BMW 7-Series comes standard with seating for five, leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, driver position memory and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The optional Executive Seating Package adds a center console in the back seat that reduces seating capacity to four. Beginning this model year, the 7-Series comes only in the long-wheelbase model, which provides extra legroom.

Reviewers agree that the 7-Series' front and back seats are very pleasant places to be. They note that the back seat is particularly spacious for the class, offering more legroom than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Available features include upgraded Nappa leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, 20-way power-adjustable multi-contour front seats, massaging front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated rear seats, heated front and rear armrests, power-adjustable rear seats and power rear window shades.

  • "With back-seat perspective so critical to these cars, BMW has stretched the 7 Series about an inch longer than the last long-wheelbase model to offer the most rear-seat legroom in the class." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "There isn't a bad seat in the house with the 7-Series, with each of the four outboard thrones providing plenty of comfort and support." -- Left Lane News
  • "Following the lead of Mercedes-Benz, BMW won't even offer a short-wheelbase version of its executive cruiser in the U.S., so every 2016 7 Series comes standard with a stretched platform that measures 126.4 inches between the wheels - nearly 2 inches more than even the S-Class provides. That translates into copious rear legroom that makes the 7 Series fit for chauffeur duty right out of the box." -- Edmunds
  • "There's plenty of room in the rear seat thanks to the car's long wheelbase design." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 BMW 7-Series include a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth, navigation, voice command recognition, quad-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic dual-panel moonroof, automatic windshield wipers and headlights, a proximity key, a personalized key that can remember your seat and radio settings, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, a 12.3-inch screen in the gauge cluster and BMW's iDrive 5.0 infotainment system, which comes with a 10.2-inch touch screen, a touchpad controller and hand gesture recognition, which lets you perform certain tasks, such as turning up the stereo or ignoring an incoming call, by twirling or waving your hand in the air. Other telematics services also come standard, including emergency crash notification, stolen vehicle notification and remote vehicle unlocking on your smartphone.

Available features include a surround-view parking camera system, automatic lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic pre-collision braking, blind spot monitoring, automatic parallel parking assist, adaptive cruise control, semi-autonomous steering, a head-up display, a key with a built-in touch screen, a larger moonroof with built-in LED lights in the glass, a built-in perfume dispenser, a night vision camera, a 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system and a rear-seat entertainment system with two video screens and a removable touch-screen tablet controller in the center console.

The 7-Series is loaded with semi-autonomous driver assistance features, putting it on par with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Auto writers think the iDrive infotainment system's touch screen is intuitive, like an Apple iPad, and the new gesture recognition feature is impressive and easy to use.

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  • "The 7 Series can now steer itself at speeds up to 130 mph (you can keep your hands off the wheel for 15 seconds at a time). … In short, this car can do pretty much anything and everything you can think of, and importantly, pretty much anything the Mercedes S-Class can do." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Gesture control is a cool addition." -- AutoTrader
  • "Even the infotainment system is better, with a pinch-to-zoom feature that makes iDrive less confusing and more like the user-friendly iPad. … The gesture control is easy to activate while driving, and with a twirl of a finger we turn up the silky-sounding Bowers & Wilkins system. Gestures actually work as advertised." -- Autoblog
  • "The 2016 7-Series comes with all the latest driving aids, including adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist. All work as well as advertised and put the 7-Series just one step away from fully autonomous driving." -- Left Lane News

Cargo

The 2016 BMW 7-Series has 18.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is best in the super luxury car class. The 7-Series comes standard with a pass-through in the center of the rear seat that lets you place long, narrow items, like skis, into the trunk. A hands-free power trunk lid is standard.

  • "The 7's trunk is suitably grand for an executive sedan, measuring 18.2 cubic feet." -- Edmunds

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