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BMW 7-Series Interior

Reviewers agree that the 2015 BMW 7-Series has first-rate interior materials, but some think its design is too low-key compared with its rivals’. A few also note that the cabin shares many styling elements with the less-expensive BMW 5-Series, so it doesn’t feel as special as it could. The 7-Series’ iDrive infotainment system receives praise for its user-friendly controls, crisp screen and numerous features.

  • "The cabin continues to follow in the BMW tradition of understated elegance coupled with simple, easily decipherable instruments and controls." -- Left Lane News
  • "Lately, though, the 7 Series has started to seem a bit dated. The cabin may be exquisitely trimmed and generously equipped, but its design is hardly groundbreaking by current standards. Also, most of the 7's interior touches can be found in the smaller, less expensive BMW 5 Series, which takes a bite out of the bigger car's exclusivity." -- Edmunds
  • "Buyers of the 2015 BMW 7 Series will quickly discover that this flagship sedan is a rolling showcase for BMW's in-vehicle technology and design." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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)

Seating

The 2015 BMW 7-Series seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Available features include upgraded leather upholstery, 20-way power-adjustable front seats, ventilated and massaging front seats, a heated steering wheel and power side and rear sunshades. Long-wheelbase (L) models are available with power-adjustable rear seats with heating, ventilating and massaging features.

Auto writers note that the front seats are comfortable, adding that the 20-way power-adjustable seats are particularly supportive. Reviewers think the standard-wheelbase 7-Series has plenty of rear-seat room, and they say the long-wheelbase models offer limousine-like space.

  • "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 long-wheelbase models comes in handy if you want to cross your legs." -- Edmunds
  • "The back seat, a major selling point for cars of this class, is suitably commodious, especially in extended wheelbase ‘L’ form." -- Left Lane News
  • "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 (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 BMW 740i include a moonroof, quad-zone automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, push-button start, driver drowsiness monitoring and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, which includes a central display screen, navigation, a touchpad controller that lets you write out numbers and addresses with your fingertip, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, smartphone app integration and a 12-speaker audio system. Available features include a Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system, a head-up display, a six-disc DVD changer, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, power soft-closing doors, forward collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, a surround-view parking camera system, parallel park assist and night vision with pedestrian detection.

Test drivers note that the 2015 7-Series’ iDrive infotainment system is easy to use and offers plenty of features and has a sharp display.

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  • "The latest iteration of BMW's iDrive is easier to use than ever before." -- 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
  • "The iDrive system includes a beautiful 10.2-in wide-screen display and incredible feature depth." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Cargo

The 2015 BMW 7-Series has 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space in both standard- and long-wheelbase models, which is typical for the class. The 7-Series is available with a hands-free power trunk lid that opens when you wave your foot under the rear bumper. Automotive journalists write that the 7-Series’ trunk seems spacious, but some note that the opening could be bigger.

  • "… this trunk is huge." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "The trunk is spacious and nicely trimmed but the opening isn't particularly large." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 3/23/15

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