2015 BMW 7 Series

What's new for 2015? New to the 2015 BMW 7 Series lineup is the 740Ld xDrive. It features a fuel-sipping diesel-powered engine and standard all-wheel drive. Also, 750 models get LED headlights, automatic high beams and a leather-trimmed dashboard as standard.

If you're shopping for a large luxury sedan, it's pretty much obligatory to check out the 2015 BMW 7 Series. The 7 Series has been a popular choice for decades, thanks to its mix of performance, driver involvement and cosseting luxury. The six-cylinder (740i) and V8 (750i) engines are strong, and BMW has further expanded the 7 Series line for 2015 with the addition of a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel inline-6 engine. Available only in long-wheelbase, all-wheel-drive 740Ld xDrive trim, the diesel is capable of an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined. Another strength is the BMW iDrive infotainment system, which is easy to use, has clear graphics and requires less driver attention than some competing systems. If you plan on spending most of your time in the backseat, there's an optional iDrive system for the rear passengers, too.

Despite weighing well over 2 tons, even the entry-level BMW 7 Series is still a quick car. The gasoline-powered inline-6 provides an impressive swell of midrange torque, and it produces a sub-6-second sprint to 60 mph that's competitive for the segment, even among more recently updated models. The new 740Ld xDrive feels even stronger and provides superior fuel economy to boot.

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Full-size luxury sedan available in 740, 750 and 760 trim levels

The 2015 BMW 7 Series is a full-size luxury sedan. It comes in three trim levels: 740, 750 and 760. The 740 and 750 are available in two wheelbase lengths: "i" for normal and "Li" or "Ld" for long. The 760 is offered only with the long wheelbase.

The 740 comes standard with 18-inch wheels, adaptive dampers, a self-leveling rear air suspension, adjustable drive settings, xenon headlights (automatic, adaptive and self-leveling), LED foglamps, automatic wipers, power-folding and auto-dimming heated mirrors, a sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera and keyless ignition/entry.

Standard interior equipment includes four-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery and heated power front seats with four-way lumbar adjustment and memory functions. Technology features include a digital instrument panel, the iDrive interface with touchpad functionality and a central widescreen display, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a navigation system, voice controls, BMW Assist emergency communications, BMW Apps smartphone integration and a 12-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, an iPod/USB audio interface, HD radio, satellite radio and 20GB of digital music storage.

An optional Lighting package for the 740 adds LED headlights with automatic high beams.

The 750 comes standard with 19-inch wheels (18s are a no-cost option), the Lighting package, power-closing doors, a power trunk lid with a foot sensor, a head-up display, 16-way power multicontour front seats (with adjustable side bolsters and four-way lumbar), upgraded leather upholstery with extended coverage and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system. Both the 740 and 750 are eligible for an Executive package. The 740's version includes most of the 750's extra standard features plus ventilated front seats. The 750's version includes the ventilated seats and adds power rear and manual rear side sunshades, ceramic-trimmed controls and a simulated-suede headliner (all optional on the 740).

There are a couple more packages available on both the 740 and 750. The Cold Weather package includes heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel and a trunk pass-through ski bag. The Driver Assistance Plus package adds blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, a drowsiness monitor, side- and top-view parking cameras and a speed-limit display.

Other options on these trims include an enhanced adaptive suspension (Adaptive Drive with Active Roll Stabilization), rear steering (Integral Active Steering) and massaging front seats.

The 760Li comes standard with all of the above optional equipment except the simulated-suede headliner (don't worry, it's available). It also includes burl walnut trim and power-adjustable rear seats with four-way lumbar adjustment, heating and ventilation (optional on 740Li and 750Li).

Optional on all long-wheelbase 7 Series models is massage functionality for the rear seats.

Every 7 Series can be equipped with an M Sport package that includes 19- or 20-inch wheels, a sport steering wheel, unique exterior styling elements, a faux-suede headliner (included on 760Li M Sport, optional on the others) in a variety of colors and a higher top speed. Other options include the Individual Composition luxury trim package with numerous customization opportunities, a self-parking system (not available with all-wheel drive), adaptive cruise control with a forward collision mitigation system, a night-vision pedestrian-detection system, a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system and a rear seat entertainment system with dual screens and an iDrive controller.

Refined and sophisticated cabin, high-quality materials, comfortable and supportive front seats with a range of adjustments, spacious rear seats

BMW typically resists the latest trends in dashboard design, sticking instead with classic gauges and an understated center stack that cants toward the driver. That's the case with the 2015 7 Series, and it lends a refined, sophisticated character to the cabin.

The 7's supple leather, rich wood accents and other high-quality materials assure a suitably premium feel. Comfort is pretty much beyond reproach, especially if you opt for the multicontour front seats with their incredible support and range of adjustments. The rear seats are plenty spacious by default, but the extra 6 inches of length in the long-wheelbase models comes in handy if you want to cross your legs. Available power rear seats with heating, cooling and massage provide further incentive to let someone else ride up front.

All 2015 BMW 7 Series models come standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, front knee airbags and active front head restraints. Also standard is the BMW Assist emergency communications system, which includes automatic crash notification, an emergency response button, remote door unlock and stolen vehicle recovery. Multiple parking cameras, a blind spot warning system, a lane departure warning system, park assist, a drowsiness monitor and a collision mitigation system with automatic braking are available (mainly via the Driver Assistance Plus package).

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