BMW 7-Series Interior
Reviewers praise the 2014 BMW 7-Series' cabin for its premium construction and use of top-notch leather and wood trim throughout. According to test drivers, the BMW 7-Series offers supreme seat comfort in both the front and rear, with especially generous rear legroom in long-wheelbase models. The standard iDrive infotainment controller is fairly straightforward and the trunk is usefully sized, reviewers add.
- "The 7's supple leather, rich wood accents and other high-quality materials assure a suitably premium feel." -- Edmunds
- "The cabin continues to follow in the BMW tradition of understated elegance coupled with simple, easily decipherable instruments and controls." -- Left Lane News
- "The quality of the interior materials is outstanding, and the tastefully understated dashboard design incorporates a subtly driverward-canted center stack in a nod to BMW tradition." -- AutoTrader
- "We've not seen the lower-end 7-Series models, but the B7 and 760Li have appropriately high-end interiors. The wood and leather trims don't quite have the 'wow' factor of some other large luxury sedans, but nothing looks or feels out of place." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
The 7-Series comes standard with leather seating and heated, power-adjustable front seats. Upper trims get upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated, massaging front seats with greater adjustability, a heated steering wheel and heated, ventilated, power-adjustable and massaging rear seats. Long-wheelbase models, including the 740Li, 740Ld, 750Li and 760Li, feature greater rear-seat legroom over regular-wheelbase 7-Series models.
According to automotive journalists, the front seats offer ample comfort and the available massaging seats are extremely supportive and gloriously comfortable. They say that although the rear roof pillars are a bit large, outward visibility is generally good. The rear seats in regular wheelbase models offer plenty of space, reviewers write, but the added legroom of the long-wheelbase variants makes it easy to sit with your legs crossed.
- "Comfort is pretty much beyond reproach, especially if you opt for the multicontour front seats with their incredible support and range of adjustments. The rear seats are plenty spacious by default, but the extra 6 inches of length in the Li models comes in handy if you want to cross your legs. Available power rear seats with heating, cooling and massage provide further incentive to let someone else ride shotgun." -- Edmunds
- "The standard 7 Series back seat is roomy enough for all but chauffeur-driven shoppers, who might plausibly want more legroom while they're kicking back with their iPads -- and the extended-wheelbase Li models certainly satisfy that desire." -- AutoTrader
- "The back seat, a major selling point for cars of this class, is suitably commodious, especially in extended wheelbase 'L' form." -- Left Lane News
- "Visibility is decent all around, though the rear roof pillars are on the thick side." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Standard features on the base 740i include four-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, BMW's iDrive infotainment system, navigation, a USB port, a rearview camera and a 12-speaker stereo system with HD Radio. Options and features available on upper trims include a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo system, power-adjustable side and rear sunshades, power soft-closing doors, a rear-seat entertainment system, side- and top-view cameras and night vision with pedestrian detection.
Most auto journalists focus their attention on iDrive, saying the system is fairly straightforward and easy to use.
- "The iDrive system includes a beautiful 10.2-in wide-screen display and incredible feature depth." -- AutoTrader
- "And while it may not be the most intuitive infotainment system on the market, the latest iteration of BMW's iDrive is light-years ahead of the 1st-generation system when it comes to ease of use." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The one control that provided a great deal of controversy when it made its debut in the last 7-Series - iDrive - has received a host of updates over the years that make it a relatively intuitive and user-friendly device." -- Left Lane News
Both regular- and long-wheelbase variants of the 7-Series have 14 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a bit low for the class. Test drivers write that the 7-Series’ trunk seems spacious, but some note that the opening is a bit small.
- "The regular 7 Series' trunk officially measures a modest 14 cu ft, but the Germans clearly have a funny way of translating their trunk sizes to our measurements, because this trunk is huge." -- AutoTrader
- "The trunk is spacious and nicely trimmed but the opening isn't particularly large." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
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