2011 BMW 7-Series vs. Its Competition

2011 BMW 7-Series 4-door Sedan 750Li RWD Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The BMW 7-Series has its biggest beefs with the likes of the Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but the Jaguar XJ, Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Rapide are all legitimate prey, too.

The S-Class still looks imposing in its last years of life, and its AMG-gone-wild editions are numerically superior to BMW's Alpina-tuned 7er.

The new Audi A8 looks less convincingly different than we were promised, but it's a swift, stable performer with a marvelous interior--despite our serious reservations about its Palm Pilot-like controller for audio and navigation.

The Jaguar XJ sexes up the class with an aero body and a swinging interior, but the new shape zaps rear-seat room and not all of the new interior bits feel rich and expensive.

Remove half the backseat room from the XJ, make it even more gorgeous and expensive, and you have the utterly fantastic but impractical Aston Martin Rapide.

Double the rear-seat room, and add on impossible amounts of tire-smoking performance, and you arrive at the rather lumpy-looking Porsche Panamera, which obliterates all these cars with a 0-60 mph time of about 3.3 seconds for Turbo models.

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Quick Specs
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Call us converts: The latest BMW 7-Series turns our eyes more than ever and drives with real big-guy brio.
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Suave styling, an impeccable cabin, innovative cabin tech, and a lean, athletic driving feel earn the 2011 Audi A8 a spot in the top tier.
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The 2011 Jaguar XJ severs ties with its past, and rocks a mod new look that suits its dynamic personality.
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From earth-friendly to exclusive and exotically fast, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class does it all in superb comfort.
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There's not much ordinary or traditional about this phenomenal fastback, and that's mostly a good thing.
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MSRP From     
$70,650$78,050$72,700$91,000$74,400$207,895
Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V8Gas V8Gas/Electric V6Gas V6Gas V12
EPA Class     
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Style Name     
4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan S400 Hybrid RWD4-Door HB4-Door Sedan Automatic
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555544
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4-Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanSedan4 Door Hatchback4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/manual shift