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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The 7-Series has an elegant and refined interior that's far more user-friendly than before. It's easy to get comfortable with large, supportive seats that can be specified with a massager function. The layout of the dash is logical and it's fitted with a vastly upgraded 'i-Drive' system, following intensive research on how owners of the previous model used theirs.

There's now a much simpler menu system and - vitally - a back button. The latest sat-nav system gives more of a bird's-eye view, can be customised to show petrol stations or Golf clubs and can even be hooked-up to Google maps for bespoke routes.

The rear seats can seat three, though it's far more comfortable with two in the back, with plenty of head, leg and shoulder room. Those who choose the long-wheelbase version can really stretch out. The seats in the rear are all-new and specially designed for the 7-Series. It's possible to specify them with electronic adjustment, heating and massaging functions for the ultimate in luxury.

There's also the option of a separate i-Drive controller in the rear (for controlling ventilation and entertainment) with two 9.2-inch seatback screens for DVD and TV on the move. The screens are independent of each other, so one can be tuned to the TV, while the other plays a DVD. The rear is very well insulated against wind and road noise, making it ideal for those being chauffeured to work or rest in comfort.

Four-zone climate control means that the four quarters of the car can be set to separate temperatures.