- Packed with protective kit, including the Dynamic Safety System
- Carbon Core underpinnings improve strength
- Laserlights option doubles full-beam reach of conventional headlamps
Previously BMW 7 Series safety was never independently scrutinised by Euro NCAP, and we’d expect the new model to follow suit. Regardless, BMW takes pride in the safety technology installed on its flagship, and uses it to preview kit that will soon filter down on to other models in the firm’s range.
All 7 Series come with eight airbags, covering side, front and head protection with Isofix child-seat mountings in the rear. If a collision is unavoidable, the Dynamic Safety System prepares the car by closing side windows and optimising the position of the occupants (by activating the seatbelt tensions and raising the angle of the backrests) to ensure the best possible outcome.
The BMW 7 Series uses a Carbon Core and lots of high-strength steel, which not only lowers the car’s weight over its predecessor, but makes it safer thanks to enhanced stiffness and strength, while maintaining standard crumple zones.
Bright LED head and tail lights
People will see you coming, or going, thanks to LED headlights and brake lights, with the former turning themselves on automatically and swapping between high and dipped main beam as the situation requires.
A new full width tail light runs across the bootlid too – not only does this look cool but makes the 7 Series distinctive and easy to spot at night.
Of course, just as you can the exterior and interior, the safety kit on your 7 Series can be upgraded too with BMW Laserlights which double conventional lights’ 300-metre high-beam range. Inside drivers may appreciate the head-up display allowing them to keep their eyes on the road, while the night vision with pedestrian detection should help avoid any walkers drivers don’t spot.
Automated parking tech
The standard reversing camera and sensors should help you avoid dinging the bodywork in a car park manoeuvre.
You also get the Parking Assistant Plus aid, which can help you get into a parallel space, plus the Reversing Assistant – a clever feature that offers automated reversing and steering in confined spaces, allowing you to keep an eye out for traffic or pedestrians.
There’s even a remote parking system that allows users to park their 7 Series via the keyfob from outside the car, while the surround view system allows them to see every inch of their 7 Series during low-speed manoeuvring.
Driver assistance gadgets
Those looking for better value within the safety-focused options list should consider the Driving Assistant Package which includes:
- Steering and lane control assistant
- Traffic Jam Assist
- Active Cruise Control
Adaptive cruise control ensures you don’t drive into the car in front – and now uses navigation data to slow to an appropriate speed for bends, junctions or roundabouts.
- Driving Assistant Professional adds:
- Cross Traffic Alert
- Priority warning and wrong-way warning systems
- Evasion aid
- Comfortable for all occupants, especially in long-wheelbase guise
- Ample 515-litre boot, accessible via an electric bootlid
- Park your car while you’re stood outside it using the key
The BMW 7 Series models has grown by 22 millimetres over its predecessor – not exactly a short car - regardless of which wheelbase you pick.
What that does mean is that there’s plenty of legroom for everyone, particularly if you pick a long-wheelbase model where there’s a further 140mm of legroom available, ensuring even the tallest of passengers can stretch out comfortably in the rear.
Stick with the standard car and there are three seats spread out across the rear bench, though the Executive Lounge Console option restricts this to just two chairs.
Otherwise the cabin is conventional luxury car, meaning there are some usefully (rather than generously) sized compartments for odds and ends. There’s also plenty to keep occupants entertained when not on the move, including the option for television reception, rear-seat entertainment or the excellent Bowers & Wilkins audio upgrade.
The BMW 7 Series is a big old unit so it’s worth measuring the size of your garage before assuming it’ll fit, and consider finding a parking space at the empty end of the car park rather than squeezing it between two SUVs, for example.
The good news is if you find parking your 7 Series a struggle, or simply have a garage too narrow for you to open your doors and get in or out easily, the firm has the solution – thanks to the optional Remote Control Parking.
After positioning the vehicle directly in line with the space you want to park in, you can step out and use the electronic key fob to ‘drive’ the car forwards or backwards into the space. It will steer slightly for you, but only by adding up to two degrees of angle, and the car can only travel for up to 1.5 times its own length.
Designed as a luxury car first and foremost, BMW 7 Series practicality isn’t necessarily one of its strongest points. Certainly, if you’re looking for executive transport that can carry a wardrobe or two, then the BMW 5 Series Touring may be a better bet.
The boot measures 515 litres on the diesel and petrol models, and there’s an optional through-loading hatch that measures 20 by 24 centimetres. Choose the Plug-in Hybrid 745e or 745Le xDrive and the total boot space reduces to 420 litres.
New for 2019 is a metal protector plate for the boot lip – customers didn’t like the look of the plastic item it replaces.
The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 7-Series.
Equipment by trim level
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|M Sport optional equipment|
The Next 100 Years equipment
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|The Next 100 Years optional equipment|
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