Crash testing parties, regardless of their organization that throws them, are incredibly select events. This means that there is a strict VIC (Very Important Car) list, with the names on it receiving special attention. However, in this acceptance, the attention is translated to not being invited. Thus, vehicles that belong to certain elites, do not attend such parties. The BMW 7 Series is a car that can be found on that list.
However, the car is always ready to embrace the role of a bodyguard in the event of an impact, being fitted with an array of safety systems. The example we tested had been gifted with an automatic cruise control system that uses the Stop&Go function, a Head-Up display (we haven’t placed these two close by accident - together, they really allow to focus on what happens on the road), adaptive headlights, Dynamic Stability Control, which includes Dynamic Traction Control, as well as Dynamic Driving Control (this lets you play with the suspension, among others) and Dynamic Drive, which brings active stabilizer bars.
Of course, since we’re mentioning active safety feature, we also have to include the xDrive, which keeps you on the road... and with a smile on your face.
BMW’s all-wheel-drive system, together with the Dynamic Drive really manage to keep the large saloon in a short leash. Actually, all the aforementioned features are enough to keep you from transforming the 7 Series into a flawed gem.
However, in case you do, here’s what the car can do to minimize the consequences. First of all, if the impact happens at less than 9 mph (15 km/h), the bumpers should absorb the energy and then return to their original shape. Should things get nastier, you can rely on an army of airbags, which includes two frontal ones, two side ones for the driver and front passenger, as well as curtain ones and active headrests.Continue reading