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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest BMW 7-Series review.

Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
BMW 7-Series (94-02) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

Performance, refinement.

CONS

Running costs.

At a glance

New price £38,675 - £75,580
Used price £780 - £3,695
Fuel economy 20 - 26 mpg
Road tax cost £265 - £325
Insurance group 45 - 50 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Performance, refinement.

CONS

Running costs.

BMW 7-Series rivals

Mercedes-Benz
S-Class
2.5 out of 5 2.5
Audi
A8
3 out of 5 3.0
Lexus
LS
3 out of 5 3.0

Not taken with the looks of the current 7-Series? Then try this. It's all the car anyone could possibly need, although it does not exude the same kind of imposing opulence as an S-Class. Despite its size, it looks lean, lithe and purposeful, even elegant. It's the luxury car for bosses who like to do the driving themselves, rather than sit back and let the chauffeur take over.

There is, however, a long-wheelbase version with extra rear legroom if sitting back is your thing, but that misses the point of the 7. Luxury, after all, doesn't mean that a car can't be enjoyable to drive. If all Europe's plutocrats owned a 7-Series, the chauffeur would be an endangered species.

BMW 7-Series rivals

Mercedes-Benz
S-Class
2.5 out of 5 2.5
Audi
A8
3 out of 5 3.0
Lexus
LS
3 out of 5 3.0