2014 BMW 7-Series vs. Its Competition

2014 BMW 7-Series
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Traditionalist German ultra-luxury sedans like the Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class are the 7-Series' main rivals; although it also takes on the Porsche Panamera, Jaguar XJ, and Aston Martin Rapide.

An all-new S-Class that's arriving this year looks more luxury- and technology-oriented than ever before, and it takes a big step forward in interior design.

The new Audi A8 looks less convincingly different today than it did a few years ago, but it's a swift, stable performer with a marvelous interior.

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.

Finally, the Aston Martin Rapide has been better-focused for performance this year.

Enter the Rapide S, which is even more stunning from the driver's seat, yet still just as compromised for back-seat space.

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Quick Specs
The 2014 BMW 7-Series is not just luxurious and comfortable, but exceptionally quick and technologically advanced.
With TDI range and captivating connectivity, the 2014 Audi A8 adds very long-distance touring to its considerable portfolio of talents.
Had enough with the stoicism and tech overload of German flagships? The 2014 Jaguar XJ is a completely different kind of luxury car, with swinging style, a light, lean driving character, and a wide range of engines--including a new high-performance 550-hp XJR
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class makes an emotional appeal for its claim as the best sedan in the world, and we're feeling it.
The 2014 Porsche Panamera adds to the desirability of an already heady mix of performance, style, and functionality.
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13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Premium Unleaded V-6
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4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan 3.0T4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan S 550 RWD4-Door HB
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Sedanquattro SedanSedanSedanHatchback
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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