We imagine that there’s a continuous struggle going on in the 7 Series’ head: am I a dynamic performer, am I a luxury sedan? Fortunately, the car manages to be both. Since we’ve already covered the part which includes going fast in the “Open Road” chapter, let’s see what happens in case of the latter.
This is a car with multiple personalities, managing to achieve this by relying on multiple assets. First of all, it uses the Dynamic Driving Control, which among other, can fiddle with the temper of the shock absorbers. Even though our test car wasn’t fitted with the optional pneumatic suspension, it manages to put a silencer on many kinds of road, when in the Comfort mode of the aforementioned goodie (you can choose between Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus).
The 3-liter twin-turbo diesel, together with the eight-speed automatic ZF gearbox, also form a multi-purpose couple, as the engine can be entirely quiet and the transmission knows how to change gears almost imperceptible if you are gentle with the pedal on the right.
The vehicle we tested welcomed us with the optional comfort seats, which are the choice we recommend. Just as important, the car was a real toff, using the Individual composition, which, for example, brought a leather that almost replicates human touch. The Alcantara headliner and the ceramic surrounding finish for the buttons also do a great job at offering you a sweet state of mind.
However, in the back, things aren’t quite as bright. There is enough space and the seating position is comfortable, but you don’t get that special feeling. In order to fully enjoy the 7 Series, you probably need to order the long wheelbase version, together with the individual rear seats.Continue reading