The BMW 7-Series keeps close with its peer set, which includes the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Audi A8.
But both of those models are quite different.
The S-Class remains the segment leader for comfort, tech—and likely prestige.
The Audi A8 is a swift and stable car, with a light-and-lean driving feel translating to the driver's seat; yet the A8 is starting to look dated in some respects and it's due to be replaced next year.
The Jaguar XJ is a very attractive alternative; it satisfies all your aesthetic expectations although it could come up short on functionality.
Finally, the Porsche Panamera isn't a sports car, but its sports-car-like snout might be just enough to convince others that you're driving something racier than a sedan; the Panemera is very fast in Turbo S guise.
The Aston Martin Rapide is one unusual left-field pick in this class, although it's a particularly stunning one from the outside; it carries cachet in a way that's hard to compete with—although its compromised rear seat and alone may be enough of a disqualifier.
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|2017 BMW 7-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2017 Mercedes-Benz S ClassBrowse Used Listings||2017 Porsche PanameraBrowse Used Listings||2016 Jaguar XJBrowse Used Listings|
|13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6||Twin Turbo Gas/Electric V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6|
|Large Cars||Large Cars||Large Cars||Large Cars|
|740i Sedan||S 550e Plug-In Hybrid Sedan||RWD||4-Door Sedan R-Sport RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2017 BMW 7-Series vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz S Class||2017 BMW 7-Series vs. 2017 Porsche Panamera||2017 BMW 7-Series vs. 2016 Jaguar XJ|