The 7-Series has not been crash-tested by the U.S. safety agencies in its current generation-and it likely won't be-due to its price and relative rarity.
That said, we'll wager a lot on the 7-Series' reputation for wrapping in some of the best safety technology in the world-and say that this is an extremely safe pick.
All models have active headrests, knee airbags, and rear-seat side airbags. A front-end 180-degree camera and a rearview camera also are included, as are parking sensors. AWD models get hill descent control, to make sure slippery hills are handled with care. A coffee-cup icon lights on the dash when a driver-facing camera detects a sleepy pilot, and BMW's latest adaptive cruise control system can bring the car to a complete stop from low speeds, if it detects an imminent impact.
BMW also sells a bundle that includes lane-departure warnings, automatic high beams, and blind-spot monitors. The head-up display is something we'd pass up: its display occupies a big piece of the windshield, and it seems more a distraction than a driving aid.