2018 BMW 7-Series vs. Its Competition

2018 BMW 7-Series
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

Congratulations to making it to life’s boss battle of luxury sedans: You probably can’t lose.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is heavier on the tech and style than the 7-Series, and it features the wide number of powertrains too.

Comparatively, the XJ is all style (very little tech), but doesn’t have the road chops of the 7-Series.

Porsche’s Panamera is all new and heaps on massive amounts of speed and versatility (in wagon form).

Aston Martin’s Rapide is due for an electric version in 2019, and Audi’s A8 will be completely new by then too.

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2018 Jaguar XJR5752018 Jaguar XJ
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2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo2018 Porsche Panamera
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2017 Aston Martin Rapide S2017 Aston Martin Rapide
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The 2018 BMW 7-Series is a plush ride with plenty of powertrain options and customizable features that places it among the full-size greats.
7.8
The 2018 Audi A8 is a luxurious full-size new car that's decidedly old school. It's comfortable and quiet, but lacking new self-driving features.
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The 2018 Jaguar XJ swaddles its occupants in leather, delivers them in style, and offers sporty road manners for a large car due to its lightweight construction.
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The 2018 Mercedes-Benz continues to push the envelope for comfort. safety, and autonomous driving aids, while improving upon its effortless power and dignified road manners.
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The 2018 Porsche Panamera is a worthy four-seater for the vaunted Porsche badge.
The 2017 Aston Martin Rapide S is a stunning sedan and a relative rarity on U.S. roads compared to rivals from Porsche and Mercedes-Benz.
MSRP From     
$83,100N/A$75,400$89,900$85,000$204,950
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740i SedanN/AXJ R-Sport RWDS 450 SedanRWDShadow Edition 4 Door
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