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2020 BMW 7-Series Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

The 2020 BMW 7 Series is incredibly spacious, offering more rear-seat legroom and trunk space than almost every other class rival. It has cutting-edge technology, including impressive safety options that help you with troublesome parking and tiresome traffic jams, but some infotainment controls aren't always reactive. Without exception, all materials are high quality.

  • "Interior styling changes are less extensive, with swankier accent stitching and six-color ambient lighting standard on all 2020 7 Series models." -- CNET
  • "The build quality is top-notch and refined, with exceptional-quality materials throughout." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "The 2017 BMW 7 Series sedan's interior features elegant wood veneer, aluminum trim and chrome accents." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Seating

The 7 Series is a long-wheelbase sedan that seats five people in its standard configuration. Models equipped with certain upgrades seat only four.

This sedan has comfortable and roomy front seats, but most passengers may want to draw straws over who gets to sit in the rear. The 7 Series has more rear-seat legroom than you’ll find in any other super luxury car. You can also tack on upgrades to fashion a first-class back seat.

Standard features include Dakota leather upholstery, 20-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a power rear-window sunshade, and soft-close doors.

Available seating options include Nappa leather upholstery, an Alcantara headliner, massaging front and rear seats, heated and ventilated front and rear seats, heated armrests in the front and rear seats, power-adjustable rear seats, power rear side-window sunshades, and a power-adjustable rear-seat footrest.

For securing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the 7 Series’ rear outboard seats. Each of the back seats has an upper tether and a set of lower anchors.

  • "There's massive room front and rear, and the Rear Executive Lounge Seating package is so first class that a tray table even folds out of the center console." -- Car and Driver
  • "This is a comfortable, spacious full-size luxury sedan that would be a pleasure to drive on long roads and offers an effortless way to cover hundreds of miles at a stretch." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 750i and M760i also get slightly thicker acoustic side glass for better sound insulation. I have to say that the stitchwork on the soft leather covering the seats, door panels and armrest in my 750i xDrive test car gave the spacious and cushy cabin a little extra attitude. And as I motored out of Almancil, Portugal … the surroundings were noticeably void of almost any annoying wind and tire noise." -- CNET

Interior Features

The 7 Series’ iDrive infotainment interface has a straightforward menu layout. Its standard voice command and gesture controls are convenient – when they work. Both systems have trouble providing seamless responses to your requests. Even with these hiccups, the system is mostly easy to use.

Standard features include a 10.2-inch touch screen, a 12.3-inch digital driver's display, Apple CarPlay subscription-based smartphone integration, navigation, voice command and gesture controls, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, Bluetooth, two USB ports, satellite radio, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and wireless device charging. A panoramic moonroof with a power sunshade, quad-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and puddle lights also come standard.

Available options include a panoramic dual-pane roof with LED accents, remote start, a 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, a rear-seat entertainment system, and a 7-inch rear-seat touch screen that doubles as a tablet and infotainment controller.

Standard driver assistance features in the 7 Series include a surround-view parking camera system, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. BMW’s Active Driving Assistant is standard, and it consists of forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, speed limit information, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Among the advanced safety options are a head-up display, front cross traffic alert, night vision, remote control parking, and a drive recorder that captures video and vehicle details when activated.

Also available is Evasion Assistant (which helps you avoid a potential collision), lane keep assist with side collision avoidance, adaptive cruise control with full stop-and-go capability, four-wheel active steering, and Traffic Jam Assist, which combines lane centering technology with adaptive cruise control and speed limit info. BMW also offers Emergency Stop Assist, a system that safely brings the car to a stop in the event of a health emergency.

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  • The fully digitized instrument cluster, gesture controls, rear-seat control tablet, and Siri-like Intelligent Personal Assistant are all amusing toys, but none of them is indispensable. … The more intuitive iDrive interface and the driver-facing camera that allows for extended light-touch steering assistance time so long as the driver's eyes stay on the road are far more practical technologies for everyday operation of the vehicle." -- Motor Trend
  • BMW's Intelligent Personal Assistant artificial intelligence system arrives in the 7 Series, too, giving you yet another way to adjust things like climate and entertainment settings. Saying, 'Hey, BMW' activates the AI, which you can then ask to change radio stations, navigate to a destination or give vehicle information such as fuel range and tire pressures. Further refinement is clearly needed, as I found the system on many occasions didn't respond to the voice prompt or understand instructions. It maybe worked half the time throughout my day of testing." -- CNET
  • An Intelligent Personal Assistant can help you find local restaurants and more, and software and navigation upgrades can be done remotely, over the air. Other modern touches: a wireless charging pad for smartphones, and Apple CarPlay, but you have to subscribe after a year. Android Auto compatibility is not offered." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The 7 Series has an 18.2-cubic-foot trunk, which is one of the largest you’ll find in a super luxury car. The trunk measures only 14.8 cubic feet in the 745e, as its battery pack takes up some luggage room. A hands-free power trunk lid and a rear-seat pass-through are standard.

  • There's a generous trunk and sufficient small-item storage, but neither is exceptional. The 7 Series certainly isn't a class leader in this area, especially with the 740e, whose battery pack impinges on the trunk." -- Edmunds (2019)
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