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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Takes what was right about its predecessor-its stunning proportions-and rids it of the ugly details
its style still polarizes
The most luxurious-feeling interior yet from BMW
Handsome, spacious interior.
Stately, substantial and with a hint of aggression.
Only a couple of years ago, the BMW 7-Series was refreshed with several new details -- although its shape has remained the same.
The last refresh of the 7-Series, two years ago, brought a new front fascia that adds more interest below--with a long, horizontal lower intake that runs across the nose of the vehicle. The familiar kidney grille was opened up just a bit, with fewer slats, and the front-end surfacing was changed.
The proportions of the current 7-Series have always been right on the mark. If you even remember the multi-level decklid (the Bangle butt) that got the previous-generation model in trouble with BMW fans, try to forget that. As the current 7-Series is a knockout with a great stance and silhouette.
There's a lot of elegance in stance and shape (always hard to achieve in a long flagship) of the 2015 7-Series, and a nice kick in its tail. Whether you go for the standard or long-wheelbase versions (adding another 5.5 inches of back-seat legroom), the look is just as attention-getting.
At that time, the taillights also became more finely detailed, while a long chrome strip was added across the bumper.
The design of the cockpit is straightforward -- not chaotic and cluttered, as luxury cars can be -- with streamlined dash shapes and densely grained wood trim and ceramic-finished knobs. In the center of the dash is a new version of iDrive, which this year adds a touch-pad controller.
With the new reconfigurable info display introduced last year, it's much better coordinating and intuitive--as well as better-looking. Plus, models at the V-8 level and above now include the leather-wrapped dash.
Trim, athletic, and elegant are all ways to describe the 2015 BMW 7-Series, which takes somewhat different proportions than the 3-Series and 5-Series sedans.