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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
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Equipment

4 out of 5 4.0

As you'd expect of a luxury saloon, the standard equipment list is lengthy and includes all you'd expect such as parking sensors, automatic headlights, rain sensors, cruise control, automatic air conditioning, CD stereo, electric seats with memory, electric steering column adjustment, electric windows, leather upholstery, multi function steering wheel, iDrive control and display, alloy wheels and metallic paint.

Of course there's still plenty on the options list including sat nav, variable suspension, Night Vision, comfort massaging seats in the back and soft close doors. Pretty much all of the usual options on everyday cars come as standard on this luxury liner, but BMW have still reserved some necessary extras (at this level anyway) like sat-nav and CD changers to get you reaching yet deeper into your pocket.

All get parking aid, cruise control, dual zone climate control and leather and wood trim. All post facelift models get Bi-Xenon headlamps and V8 engined cars get heated front seats, sun roof and front lumbar support.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 7-Series (02-08).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Central locking
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Telephone

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Cruise control
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
SE optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Remote locking
  • Telephone

SE Carbon Exclusive Edition equipment

SE Carbon Exclusive Edition standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
SE Carbon Exclusive Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Telephone

SE Stratus Exclusive Edition equipment

SE Stratus Exclusive Edition standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
SE Stratus Exclusive Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Telephone

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Cruise control
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone
Sport optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Remote locking

Safety

4.5 out of 5 4.5

There's no Euro NCAP crash test rating for the 7-Series (they don’t generally test cars this expensive), but protection is a big feature. All cars feature Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), driver and front passenger airbags plus head and side airbags front and back. The stiffened bodyshell has bonded seams while a bullet-proof high security model is also available featuring over a tonne of armour plating.

Interior & boot space

4 out of 5 4.0

At more than five metres long it's little surprise that there's acres of space in the 7-Series and even the tallest of rear passengers will find legroom exceptional. Of course for even more luxury there's the long wheelbase version which has even more cabin room. Boot space on either version is 500 litres which is plenty of room for a couple of large suitcases although the load area is quite narrow.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the BMW 7-Series (02-08) compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Mercedes-Benz S-Class (06-13) 560 litres
Audi A8 Saloon (03-11) 500 litres
BMW 7-Series (02-08) 500 litres
Jaguar XJ Saloon (03-09) 470 litres

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