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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
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BMW 7-Series (02-08) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

Supremely refined and comfortable, handles well for a large saloon, huge rear legroom

CONS

Ungainly styling, Mercedes S-Class more cosseting and sophisticated inside

PROS

Supremely refined and comfortable, handles well for a large saloon, huge rear legroom

CONS

Ungainly styling, Mercedes S-Class more cosseting and sophisticated inside

Verdict

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying this 7-Series was a clean break from its conservative predecessor. A 2005 facelift toned the looks toned down and improved the engines and suspension, but styling aside, the large saloon is a wonderfully comfortable long distance cruiser with a range of refined powerplants and pleasing handling. There's a good choice of engines available but it's the 3.0-litre diesel which makes the most sense in terms of running costs.

It's also packed full of technology and is available with infra-red Night Vision and Digital television but it's rear passengers who will enjoy the 7-Series most thanks to its sumptuous seats and acres of legroom. A long wheelbase version is available for even more room.