2013 BMW 7-Series vs. Its Competition

2013 BMW 7-Series
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The BMW 7-Series takes on its German rivals, the Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, most readily, but it also matches up against the Jaguar XJ, Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Rapide.

Even though it's near the end of its current generation, the S-Class still looks imposing, especially in hot AMG guise.

The new Audi A8 looks less convincingly different than we were promised, but it's a swift, stable performer with a marvelous interior--despite our serious reservations about its Palm Pilot-like controller for audio and navigation.

The Porsche Panamera has a surprisingly spacious backseat, yet it obliterates all these cars with a 0-60 mph time of about 3.3 seconds for Turbo models.

Perhaps the sexiest entry here is the Jaguar XJ, which has an especially swanky interior, but it's not all that functional as the new shape cuts rear-seat room.

Remove half the backseat room from the XJ, make it even more gorgeous and expensive, and you get the stunning (and stunningly impractical) Aston Martin Rapide.

2013 BMW 7-Series2013 BMW 7-Series
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2013 Audi A8 3.0T2013 Audi A8
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2013 Jaguar XJ2013 Jaguar XJ
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2013 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec 4Matic2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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2013 Porsche Panamera Platinum Edition2013 Porsche Panamera
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2017 Aston Martin Rapide S2013 Aston Martin Rapide
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Quick Specs
The 2013 BMW 7-Series is exceptionally fleet-footed for such a spacious, luxurious, and technologically advanced car.
Peerless cabins, advanced connectivity, and athletic road feel give the 2013 Audi A8 a few weapons in its battle with the luxosedan titans.
Swinging style and newfound traction and gas mileage make the 2013 Jaguar XJ a more complete offering than it's ever been.
Covering its wide range of performance personalities, all with superb comfort and some of the world's top in-car tech, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class is one model you'll be as happy to be in as to be seen in.
The 2013 Porsche Panamera continues the success of the brand's unusual-looking fastback sport sedan.
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Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I6Supercharged Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Electric V6Gas V6N/A
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Large CarsLargeLarge CarLargeLarge CarN/A
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan 3.0L4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD4-Door HBN/A
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/A
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Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftN/A
Detailed Spec Comparison
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