Composed handling and a range of powerful engine choices make the 2013 BMW 7-Series a well-rounded performer, but some reviewers say its interior lacks the panache of rival luxury cars.
The 2013 BMW 7-Series is available with five different engines, which range from a turbocharged six-cylinder in the 740i, to a twin-turbo V12 in 760Li models. Reviewers say that even the base 740i offers plenty of power, while higher trims are quicker still. The 7-Series is also available in hybrid and high-performance trims, known as the ActiveHybrid 7 and Alpina B7, respectively. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, which earns praise from one test driver for its quick shifts. The 2013 740i gets 19/28 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class. Some test drivers write that the 7-Series offers balanced handling and a comfortable ride. However, others note that rivals like the Jaguar XJ and Porsche Panamera are more nimble.