Especially in long-wheelbase versions, the 2011 BMW 7-Series has an astounding amount of space, only rivaled by the luxurious fittings and finishes applied to it.
The cabin has far more room than you might expect, based on the overall sizes of previous 7-Series cars. This one's so vast, it's closer in size to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in interior room--and the S-Class only comes to the States in its long-wheelbase form.
With all that space, only a badly scuplted set of seats would make the 7er uncomfortable. They're not. We've sat in the 7er's multi-adjustable front seats for hours, on long stretches of smooth and rough roads. Every time, with just a few clicks and nudges of the seat controls, we've always found a soothing seating position with plenty of headroom, shoulder room, and legroom. That stands true for most of our editors, all of whom are more than six feet tall.
In the long-wheelbase 7-Series, there's even more room in the back seat, though the standard car is no slouch. Whether you're riding in back in the "base" car or in the version that adds 5.5 inches of rear-seat legroom, you'll be able to ride behind a tall passenger sitting in front--and still cross your legs at the knee in back. Depending on the model and the options packages, the rear seats can be a bench or a pair of buckets, and they can be fitted with ventilation, heating, a massaging function, or bathed in warm or cool air via a four-zone climate control system.
The 7-Series' fit and finish is easily the equal of a Rolls-Royce, with high-quality materials--beautiful leathers and woods--melded for a low-gloss, high-content sheen. We do think the techno-driven styling of some controls draws down the cabin's serene statement, but wind and engine noise are extremely low, and all cars we've examined up close had faultless build quality.