With an astounding amount of space--especially in long-wheelbase versions--along with luxurious trims and materials, the 2012 BMW 7-Series cossets occupants, whether they're in front or in back.
The interior of the current 7-Series is vast, especially in its long-wheelbase (iL) forms, and it's become very close to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in interior room. And unlike S-Class, which only comes to the U.S. in its long-wheelbase forms, the 7-Series still offers a choice.
Front seats in the 7-Series are superb; they're multi-adjustable, and good for keeping you ache-free for hours, over long stretches of smooth and rough roads. And we've been able to get comfortable with a wide range of heights and sizes; as you might expect, the 7-Series is an especially strong pick for some of the tallest drivers.
You'll find almost limo-like legroom (an extra 5.5 inches) in the long-wheelbase 7-Series, letting you truly sprawl out in the back seat. The standard-length versions don't have that, but they're no slouch. 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.
Some of the controls in the 7-Series are a little too techno-driven, we think, but the cabin is positively serene, with fit and finish easily on par with that of a Rolls-Royce--including high-quality materials, beautiful leathers, and woods.