2021 BMW 7-Series vs. Its Competition

2021 BMW 7-Series
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

A new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is here, a momentous occasion certainly studied by rivals since the big Benz has set the stage for luxury sedans for decades.

The Audi A8 is a worthy choice loaded with tech and great road manners, even if its styling may be too subtle for some.

The Lexus LS isn’t shy about its looks, though its driving experience trends far more toward comfort than performance.

The Porsche Panamera goes in the opposite direction, prioritizing handling and acceleration ahead of interior space.

Don’t leave Jaguar’s dated but still desirable XJ off your list, either, especially considering its relative bargain price and the thrust of its engines.

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Quick Specs
7.6
The 2021 BMW 7-Series has brash looks but brims with sophistication from behind the wheel.
7.2
A worthy flagship, the 2021 Audi A8 is thoroughly modern and eminently comfortable.
7.4
Though not perfect, the 2021 Lexus LS is a sublime hauler that’s exceptionally comfortable and thrills with its details.
7.8
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the benchmark for large luxury sedans.
7.2
It’s expensive, but the Porsche Panamera proves that old saw about getting what you pay for.
MSRP From    
$86,800$86,500$76,000$94,250$87,200
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
Large CarsLarge CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsLarge Cars
Style Name    
740i Sedan55 TFSI quattroLS 500 RWDS 450 SedanRWD
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 LWB SedanSedanSedanHatchback
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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