Although it could be considered a wealthy man's car, it's a delight to drive or just ride as a passenger inside the F01. Mostly because the car comes packed with tons of features, most of them aimed at making the interior as comfortable as your living-room.
The two-tone interior, a nice combination of beige and black, creates a calm and pleasant driving atmosphere. Basically, the whole interior is covered in leather, regardless if we're talking about the dashboard or the seats. There's not even a single inch of plastic, as BMW struggled to keep the quality level of all materials used inside the car at the superior limit. Decorative Fineline natural wood was used on both the dashboard and the center console, making us believe that we're actually controlling a yacht, rather than a car.
In just a few words, everything seems to be in the right place. The driver's door holds the power windows controls along with all the electrical adjustments for both the driver's and the front passenger's seats. The steering wheel comes fitted with cruise control, audio and Bluetooth controls while the center console houses the so-called programmable "favorite" buttons that let you configure a few shortcuts for certain functions of the car.
Then there's the iDrive controller knob mounted on the center console just near the gear stick. Just like on the other Bimmers, the rotating knob allows the driver to browse among the integrated systems such as air conditioning, audio and navigation settings.
At first glance, the 7 Series seems to be extremely spacious, with the four individual seats specially designed for maximum comfort. And although we admit that driving such a model is quite enjoyable, we were surprised to see how fun actually is to travel as a rear passenger. The rear seats are fitted with a massage function that comprises twelve so-called massage bubbles and six rotation bubbles that relax the passenger's thorax, shoulder and lumbar spine.
Our very own test with the 2-meter "dummy" indicated that sitting on the rear seats is a delight, but driving the new 7 Series might cause some problems if nature has gifted you with such a great height.Continue reading