2013 BMW 7-Series Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

Whether you you're considering the standard-length 2013 BMW 7-Series or one of the long-wheelbase (iL) forms like the 750Li, you'll get a very spacious, comfortable large sedan, one with a super-refined cabin that's restrained but plush.

Unlike the Benz S-Class, which comes only in long-wheelbase form here, the 7-Series gains 5.5 inches in iL form, and most of that length goes right to rear legroom, where it also aids exit and entry.

Luxury comes first in the 2013 BMW 7-Series, with excellent seats, vast rear-seat room, and top-notch fit and finish.

The 7er's front seats have been redesigned this year. They're more contoured and thinner, but most versions do without extending thigh cushions. The 7-Series has traditionally offered superb, multi-adjustable seats good for keeping you ache-free for hours, over long stretches of smooth and rough roads. The 7-Series is one of the best cars we know of for tall drivers.

Rear seats have also been redesigned for 2013; you can still choose from the standard bench seat or the individual bucket-type seats included with the Luxury Rear Seating Package, and their integrated ventilation and massage functions. With 4-zone climate control, there's no reason backseat passengers won't be exceptionally comfortable.

For 2013, all 7-Series cars now have air suspension, as well as adaptive damping, which allows the driver to fine-tune the ride (and handling responsiveness) depending on the road and the passengers. Also for 2013, ambient lighting is new, and BMW's dropped in more sound insulation to make it a more comfortable, engaging place to travel.

While we've found some of the 7-Series cabin to be a bit too futuristic and techno-driven (it is, after all, a tech flagship for the lineup), spend for some of the nicer options and you'll get top-notch materials, including gorgeous leather and wood. Fit and finish is easily on par with BMW's own Rolls-Royce brand.

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