Used BMW 7-Series (2002 - 2008) Comfort

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 12 Feb 2013
3.5
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.
4 out of 5

Comfort

As you'd expect, this is an area where the 7-Series excels and thanks to minimal road and wind noise, excellent engine noise insulation and a smooth ride it is a wonderfully comfortable place for long journeys. It's not quiet as cosseting as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class but it's not far behind. Rear legroom is excellent and for limousine-like amounts of space there's always the long wheelbase version, available with all engines.

Sumptuous leather seats are standard on all models and there are numerous options for both front and rear seats including ventilated and massaging options. Automatic air conditioning with individual driver and passenger controls is also standard.

4 out of 5

Practicality

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.

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560 litres
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BMW 7-Series (02-08)
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3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

Thanks to the iDrive system, which is controlled via a centrally-mounted dial, the 7-Series console is uncluttered with only a few buttons on display. The layout isn't as stylish as the Mercedes S-Class and the slabby dash looks very prominent with wood trim but the driving position is good and there's plenty of adjustment in both the seat and steering column.

One of the quirks of the BMW is the column-mounted gear lever which is more like a large button than a gearshift, while an electronic, button-operated parking brake frees up room between the driver and front passenger.