The post-2016 BMW 7 Series are extremely spacious luxury sedans with ample legroom and comfortable driver’s seats, even for taller drivers. A sixth-generation BMW 7 Series G11 can be a good fit for a taller driver. With a length of 207 inches and a width of 75 inches, this vehicle provides more than enough space for all its passengers, including the driver.
The BMW 7 Series G11
The BMW G11 was the first BMW vehicle to adopt a CLAR platform (Cluster architecture). With a carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer chassis, the G11 is extremely durable and solid, despite its length, width, and weight of almost 5,000 lbs, which is actually much lighter than expected for such a huge vehicle, thanks to the carbon fibers that are used.
The G11 is a full-size luxury 4-door sedan, available in rear-wheel drive and an all-wheel xDrive. It is a vehicle that screams status and importance in every event and many see it as the equivalent of stepping out of a limousine.
Unfortunately for some, you need to be in an exceedingly fortunate position finance-wise in order to be able to afford this beauty. This limo is a car for business people, who do not enjoy being driven around but instead love to take the wheel and have some fun with the vehicle themselves.
The BMW 7 series rides slightly more sensitively than one would expect. At slower speeds, you will most likely feel manhole covers all over the road. But the 7 Series is designed to move fast. At higher speeds, the air suspension helps the car and it feels like floating over imperfect surfaces, especially when it’s in Comfort mode.
Sport mode is available to those, who want more control over the vehicle and it keeps the car’s body down, without reducing your comfort too much. It is a decent long-distance cruiser that almost nobody would turn down, given the opportunity.
BMW G11 Engine options
The most popular engine choice is the 4.4 L V8 engine, for a reason. The 4.4 L N63 BMW gasoline engines have a bulletproof reputation of reliability and performance. Aside from that one, there are 6 more gasoline options available and 4 diesel ones. All engine options come with an automatic 8-speed transmission.
There is an optional all-wheel xDrive upgrade available for all models in the 7 Series, as well as an electric motor, to be paired with the 2.0L B48 gasoline engine. With its 523 horsepower, the 4.4 L V8 reaches from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 4.1 seconds.
Gasoline engine options:
- 2.0 L B488 l4 Turbo, 255 hp
- Electric motor with 2.0 L B48 l4 Turbo, 389 hp
- 3.0 L B58 l6 turbo, 322 hp
- 4.4 L N63 V8 twin-turbo, 523 hp (Editor’s choice)
- 6.6 L N74 V12 twin-turbo, 577 hp
- 4.4 L N63 twin-turbo Alpina, 599 hp
Diesel engine options:
- 2.0 L B47 l4 turbo, 228 hp
- 3.0 L B57 l6 turbo, 261 hp
- 3.0 L B57 l6 turbo, 315 hp
- 3.0 L B57 l6 turbo, 394 hp
BMW 7 Series G11 interior & features
The BMW 7 Series G11’s interior is all about the driver. There are electric seat and electric steering-wheel adjustments, which make it easy for a taller driver to set up his or her perfect driving position. Not only that but the seat setting can be saved in the memory of your vehicle, so you do not need to readjust it after someone else has driven it. It goes back to your preferred settings after simply pressing a button.
The interior is all plush and leather, with wood and metal elements. It is everything you would expect from a beautiful high-end BMW.
With a 207-inch vehicle (over 5 meters), you might need all the help you get to when it comes to parking, unless you are a rather experienced driver. But worry not, all models come with a standard BMW Parking assistant with rear parking sensors, a reversing assistant, a self-parking system, and a surrounding camera view.
The infotainment system is amazing. BMW takes it one step further by having implemented an AI personal assistant that gets turned on just like Siri, if you say “Hey BMW”. Of course, you can rename your car and use another name to wake up the personal assistant. It is a great feature that allows you to command the infotainment, controls, GPS, all without moving a finger off the steering wheel, which is quite safe and comfortable.
There are monitors on the rear seats as well, allowing passengers to enjoy a movie or a broadcast. And with the wi-fi package available, this makes it a great family vehicle, since it can keep the children busy, while you enjoy the road with your spouse in the front seats.
Frequent questions about the 7 Series
What are other BMW models suitable for taller drivers?
The high-end BMW SUVs like BMW X5 and X7 also provide ample leg and headroom for the driver. Aside from that, all BMW models in the 5 and 7 Series come with an electronically adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat that allow the driver to adjust his or her space according to their needs.
Can the new BMW 7-Series drive themselves autonomously?
In 2019, BMW revealed their level 4 autonomous tech, that allows the BMW 7 Series to drive itself under almost all conditions, without the help and attention of a driver. The system allows the car to arrive on its own where the driver is and later on the driver needs to authenticate himself through a mobile app.
Is the BMW 7 Series very expensive to maintain?
The BMW 7 Series is one of the most expensive BMWs to maintain. If you haven’t taken proper care of the vehicle a repair might average more than $8,000, and if it is a major drivetrain component that needs fixing, it might go even further.
Are the new BMW 7 Series better than the Mercedes-Benz S class?
In the segment of ultra-luxury sedans, BMW 7 Series has always been the silver medalist to Mercedes-Benz S-class coupe. The new models, however, aced all tests and are impressively steady and smooth, despite the enormous power under the hood. In the end of the day, it’s the driver’s choice and preference that matters.