2018 BMW 7-Series

Interior


$67,211 - $129,972

2018 BMW 7-Series Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.8

Inside, the 2018 BMW 7 Series is both modern (replete with high-tech entertainment and safety technology) and classic (nothing says timeless like real wood and leather). All four travelers will have no problem getting comfortable, with individual climate controls and ample space for everyone. This car also has one of the largest trunks among super luxury cars. 

  • "Build quality is top-notch and refined, with high-quality materials throughout. There's incredible interior space, and the extra-long doors make it easy to get in and out of this big sedan. Controls are easy to locate and use, and the iDrive technology interface continues to improve." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2017 BMW 7 Series sedan's interior features elegant wood veneer, aluminum trim and chrome accents. On 740i models, buyers choose from five colors of Dakota leather with Nappa leather as an option, while 750i models are all equipped with the latter." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "Luxury might be hard to pin down, but if you measure it by the length of the list of features and choices available, the new BMW 7-series definitely delivers it in spades." -- Car and Driver (2016)

Seating

The four-person 7 Series comes standard with leather upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable front seats (with memory settings), and two full sets of rear-seat LATCH anchors. BMW offers the typical list of seating options, like heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. But there are also numerous standout upgrades not often seen, even in luxury sedans. Most pamper back-seat passengers, adding heat, ventilation, massage, and power adjustments to the rear seats. Also available are rear-seat iDrive infotainment controls, a power rear sunshade, and power rear side-window sunshades.

All-around, the seats are comfortable and offer a good view out of the windows. The 7 Series' long wheelbase benefits back-seat passengers the most, supplying a class-leading 44.4 inches of legroom.

  • "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 (2017)
  • "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. It also helps that there are eight massage functions to choose from, in addition to heated and cooled seating functions." -- Left Lane News (2017)
  • "Rear seat room is, as you'd expect, excellent, and BMW's stadium seating arrangement means passengers get a decent view out the windshield." -- Motor Trend (2016)

Interior Features

The 7 Series comes with an infotainment system that is both innovative and easy to use. At the heart is the iDrive interface, which gets the most attention for its Gesture Controls. This recognizes different in-air hand movements to perform a handful of functions, like adjusting the stereo volume and answering or dismissing a call. If this feels too foreign, the 10.2-inch touch screen understands swipe and pinch gestures, and there's a touchpad controller mounted in between the front seats. Navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system are also part of the base system.

Additional standard features on the 7 Series include quad-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic moonroof with a power sunshade, a proximity key with a built-in touch screen, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and automatic windshield wipers and headlights.

A variety of interior options are available, mostly through add-on packages. These include an in-cabin air fragrance system, a larger moonroof with built-in LED lights in the glass, and a 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system. The optional rear-seat entertainment system comes with two 10-inch screens and wireless charging for devices. You can also add Apple CarPlay (but not Android Auto).

Advanced driver assistance features available in the 7 Series include a surround-view parking camera system, a night vision camera, a head-up display, automatic parallel parking assist, adaptive cruise control, semiautonomous steering, forward collision warning, automatic pre-collision braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and automatic lane keep assist with side collision prevention.

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  • "The 7 Series offers an impressive array of technology, especially once you dip into the options menu. There's plenty of connectivity, although lack of Android Auto is a bit disappointing. There are numerous optional driver aids and they work well." -- Edmunds
  • "Instead of the usual dials in the instrument cluster, the 7 Series has a configurable 12.3-in display with pin-sharp graphics. Gesture control is another cool feature: To answer a phone call, point to a certain spot; to decline the call, make a swiping action. To turn up the audio, spin a finger clockwise; counter-clockwise turns it down. There's also the ability to save a gesture for a specific command, like telling the navigation to calculate the route home." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "If you're concerned about fingers prints mucking up the look of your new 7-Series, you can also interact with BMW's latest iDrive 5.0 infotainment system via the console-mounted dial or voice commands. But the coolest way to interact with the 2016 7-Series is with its new gesture control interface. As of now the number of gestures recognized by the system is fairly limited, but what's there is useful and generally seamless to use." -- Left Lane News (2016)

Cargo

The 7 Series has an 18.2-cubic-foot trunk, which is one of the largest in the class. The rear seats can be folded when you need to haul oversized items, while the trunk's pass-through can accommodate long, skinny items (like skis). A power trunk lid is 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 (2017)

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