No matter which model you choose from the 2014 BMW 7-Series lineup-whether it's a standard 'i' or extended-wheelbase 'Li' model, or whether it has a five-digit or six-digit price tag-what you get is a plush, restrained big sedan with a plush yet restrained ambiance and an abundance of space and comfort.
Unlike Benz, BMW still offers its big sedan in two lengths. The long-wheelbase car has 5.5 inches more between its front and back wheels, and it devotes all of it to rear-seat leg room. It's the difference between an executive sedan and a chauffered car. All passengers have better seats this year, regardless of body length, as BMW adopted thinner front seats with deeper contours. The 7-Series is one of our picks for very tall drivers, thanks to all of these thoughtful touches.
As the flagship of the BMW lineup, the 7-Series can be fitted with a long list of luxury accommodations. The back seat can be optioned up from bench to buckets with ventilation and massage control.
No matter where you sit, the 7-Seres has a remarkably calm interior, for something with so many features. Excess switchgear is avoided where possible; iDrive takes over some of the controls, and with its touchpad surface it's easier to use, though it still requires lots of learning and practice.
Base 740i sedans can seem stark, but spending up into the option list grants this sedan some of the glamour BMW generously applies to its Rolls-Royce cars. Beautiful wood and leather are just the start; the 7er has ambient lighting, lots of sound insulation, and touches like a flip-out tray table for the back seat.