2017 BMW 7-Series


2017 BMW 7-Series Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 BMW 7-Series was new.


Interior: 8.6

The 2017 BMW 7 Series wants to make its cabin your home away from home. There are premium materials throughout, and the smart cabin design combines a copious amount of modern technology with the classy feel of high-end luxury. But as nice as the 7 Series' interior is, most people think the Mercedes-Benz S-Class still sets the bar with regard to interior quality.

There's plenty of technology to choose from in the 2017 7 Series. It has a long list of standard and available features headlined by an excellent infotainment system, and the list includes many active safety options.

The 7 Series' seats are among the most spacious in the class, particularly the rear seats, and there are many available seating upgrades. The trunk is also larger than most rivals' trunks.

  • "The 7 Series' standard long wheelbase affords truly copious rear legroom and is complemented by an unprecedented array of rear-seat luxuries, including the optional and very cool tablet-based infotainment system that'll have you feeling as if you're in a sci-fi movie. Bespoke touches like wood-trimmed seatbelts suggest that a page has been taken from Porsche's highly successful ultra-luxury playbook. Of course, it's not a bad thing to be up front, either, what with the sublime available multicontour seats and nifty heated armrests. No matter where you are in the 2017 7 Series' cabin, it's a privileged place to be." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)


The 2017 7 Series seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, driver position memory, and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.

Available features include upgraded Nappa leather upholstery, 20-way power-adjustable multicontour front seats, power-adjustable rear seats, ventilated front seats, heated and ventilated rear seats, massaging front and rear seats, heated front and rear armrests, a heated steering wheel, and power rear-window shades. The optional Executive Seating package adds a center console in the back seat that reduces seating capacity to four.

As you'd expect from a car in the super luxury class, the 7 Series offers extremely comfortable front seats, and there are a host of available seating upgrades that aim to cater to every seating-related need you might have.

Super luxury cars are maybe the only vehicles where the rear seats are expected to be as comfortable (or more) as the front seats, and the 7 Series' back seats don't disappoint. The rear seats are spacious even by the lofty standards of this class, and they have more legroom than most competitors. Little ones won't be left out, either; the 7 Series features two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

  • "There's plenty of room in the rear seat thanks to the car's long-wheelbase design." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)

Interior Features

The BMW 7 Series comes standard with a ton of features, including a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, automatic windshield wipers and headlights, a panoramic dual-panel moonroof, 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 proximity key with a built-in touch screen, a personalized key that can remember your seat and radio settings, a 12.3-inch screen in the gauge cluster, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and BMW's iDrive 5.0 infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touch screen, a touchpad controller, and hand gesture recognition. Other telematics services also come standard, including emergency crash notification, stolen vehicle notification, and remote vehicle unlocking on your smartphone.

Available features include a larger moonroof with built-in LED lights in the glass, a built-in perfume dispenser, 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. Apple CarPlay is also available, but Android Auto is not.

Available driver assistance 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, and a night vision camera.

BMW's iDrive infotainment system is regarded as one of the best on the market, and in the 7 Series, iDrive has a large touch screen and responds to hand gestures, so you can adjust radio volume or answer/ignore incoming calls just by twirling or waving your hand in front of the touch screen. The gesture system works well, and the entire system is responsive and intuitive.

The 7 Series also has a plethora of standard and available driver assistance features, all of which work well. When using these features in tandem – especially functions like adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, and semi-autonomous steering – it seems like the 7 Series can almost drive itself.

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  • "While the previous 7 Series' cabin design was rather conservative, the new- generation model goes all-in on the latest technology. A standard LED 'light carpet' illuminates your entry as you approach the car, while you're greeted upon entry by ambient LED lighting and the latest version of iDrive, which notably adds touchscreen functionality and the Gesture Control system. The latter strikes us as more of a gimmick than anything else, but you'll certainly impress your passengers when you turn up the volume by moving your fingers through the air." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)


The 7 Series has outstanding trunk space, even for a car of its size. There is 18.2 cubic feet of cargo room in the trunk. That's plenty of room to put all of your bags from a grocery or shopping trip with room to spare (the average grocery bag takes up about 1.3 cubic feet of space). There is a pass-through in the center of the rear seat that lets you haul long, narrow items like skis. A power trunk lid comes standard.

  • "The 7's trunk is suitably grand, measuring 18.2 cubic feet. Additionally, a standard cargo pass-through allows longer items to poke into the rear seat via an opening in the rear seatback measuring 8 inches wide and 9.5 inches high." -- Edmunds

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