2016 BMW 7-Series vs. Its Competition

2016 BMW 7-Series with M Sport Package
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The peer set for the BMW 7-Series includes the Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and among this core of three large German sedans, the S-Class remains the current segment leader.

The A8 is a swift, stable performer, with a light lean feel that translates to the driver’s seat.

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

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

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

2016 BMW 7-Series with M Sport Package2016 BMW 7-Series
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2016 Audi A8 4.0T Sport2016 Audi A8
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2016 Jaguar XJR2016 Jaguar XJ
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2016 Mercedes-Benz S550e Plug-In Hybrid2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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2015 Porsche Panamera2016 Porsche Panamera
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Quick Specs
9.2
Don’t let the conservative wrapper fool you, the 2016 BMW 7-Series charges boldly into a new generation as a sporty big sedan, with new ride-and-handling tech, space-age construction, and a plug-in hybrid version.
8.8
For the 2016 model year, Audi's A8 focuses in on the big, sporty luxury it's good at and jettisons the short-wheelbase versions previously offered.
8.6
The 2016 Jaguar XJ balances extravagant looks with dazzling big-car performance.
9.2
Coupe, Cabriolet, and Maybach versions—and even a Plug-In Hybrid—make the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class far more diverse and adventurous than it used to be; it's now not just a flagship sedan, but a family of flagships.
8.2
The 2016 Porsche Panamera looks like a sports car and drives like one, yet it delivers executive-level ride comfort and cabin appointments.
MSRP From    
$81,300N/A$74,400$95,650$78,100
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 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 3.0T *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan R-Sport 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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