2015 BMW 7-Series vs. Its Competition

2015 BMW 7-Series
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The BMW 7-Series goes head-to-head with the Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but each of these vehicles has a different personality.

The all-new S-Class leads the segment in luxury and technology now more than ever.

The Audi A8 is a swift, stable performer, though it has begun to look increasingly anonymous as years pass.

The Porsche Panamera is slightly smaller than the BMW, but it's significantly faster, especially in Turbo S guise.

Perhaps the most attractive vehicle in the segment is the Jaguar XJ, though its a little less functional inside than the 7er.

Finally the Aston Martin Rapide carries cachet in a way that's hard to compete with, despite its compromised rear seat.

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Quick Specs
9.2
The 2015 BMW 7-Series is exceptionally quick and technologically advanced, but also very luxurious and wonderfully comfortable.
9.0
The Audi A8 gains standard LED headlamps, a more powerful twin-turbo V-8, and a more efficient diesel engine for 2015.
8.6
The 2015 Jaguar XJR is an interesting alternative to the usual German large sedans, mixing old world charm with fantastic handling and powertrains.
9.4
With the addition of a beautiful, expressive new Coupe, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is no longer just the best sedan in the world; it's now a family of flagship models.
8.4
The 2015 Porsche Panamera keeps delivering its phenomenal balance of utility, luxury, and performance.
MSRP From    
$74,000$77,400$74,200$94,400$78,100
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
Large CarsMid-Size CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan 3.0T4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan S 550 RWD4-Door HB
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55554
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sedanquattro SedanSedanSedanHatchback
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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