If you’re looking for the last word in luxury, a long-wheelbase limousine need to still be top of your list, despite the boom in high-end SUVs. These extended executive cars are simply that bit much more discreet compared to an upmarket 4×4, yet feature lavish interiors loaded along with technology – and the most recent firm saloon to strike the market is the brand-new BMW 7 Series.
The 7 Collection isn’t restricted to advances in equipment, though, as this brand-new model boasts improved safety, much more comfort and, for a firm individual along with their eye on the bottom line, added efficiency.
However, it’s not cheap, and neither are its rivals. For years, the Mercedes S-Class has actually been the model to beat, combining cutting-edge equipment along with amazing luxury. The exact same is real of the most recent car, so BMW’s newcomer has actually a solid task on its hands.
The 7 Collection has actually constantly been excellent to drive, too, and it faces a challenge from the sharp-handling Jaguar XJ – the British brand facelifted its flagship last year, along with improvements across the board. yet which of these cars reigns ultimate in the super luxury saloon class?
The 7 Series’ Essential along with its colour display resembles a mini smartphone. It lets you set the climate regulate remotely, plus examine the fuel range and the security status.
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A smartphone app would certainly do the task simply as well, yet it reinforces the car’s hi-tech feel, along with features enjoy gesture regulate letting you adjust the volume along with a basic swish of your finger.
BMW’s £1,100 advanced parking group makes manoeuvring a breeze. Not only does it feature a 360-degree camera, it allows you to park the saloon remotely. You can easily climb from the vehicle and just permit it park itself using the Essential – an additional brilliant innovation on this sixth-generation 7 Series.
The S-Class feels slightly roomier in the rear, helped by its greater roofline, yet the 7 Collection is close behind. The 2 grab selections for multi-means seat adjustment and plenty of hi-tech kit. The Jaguar isn’t as spacious, despite the fact that it’s cosy fairly compared to cramped.
First place: Mercedes S-Class
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The S-Class cements its placement at the top. While BMW’s brand-new 7 Collection comes close, rivalling it for technology, the Mercedes much better mixes its futuristic feel along with exquisite ride quality. It’s not fairly as fast, yet performance is much more compared to adequate, plus it feels much more special compared to its rivals in this test. On top of that, it’s the cheapest vehicle right here and comes along with much more equipment.
Second place: BMW 7 Series
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Low emissions and inclusive servicing will certainly tips cut operating costs, yet while the 7 Series is likewise fantastic to drive, it isn’t fairly as special inside as the S-Class. There’s no faulting the gadgets on offer, despite the fact that it feels much more enjoy an enlarged, expensive 5 Series compared to a bespoke flagship saloon. Still, excellent agility and comfort, plus numerous space, make it a wise firm limousine.
Third place: Jaguar XJ
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Despite its striking design, the XJ feels compromised in this company. There’s not as a lot space in the cabin or the boot, while the ride is just also firm for a luxury saloon. It’s likewise the least efficient vehicle right here and falls short on cutting-edge kit. Yet the XJ is packed along with old-school, upmarket charm and is fantastic to drive.
Is it worth waiting for this model?
Audi A8L SE Executive 3.0 TDI LWB
Price: £73,000 (est)
Engine: 3.0 V6, 300bhp (est)
An all-brand-new Audi A8 is due next year, along with electric turbos for much better response, much more energy and higher efficiency. It will certainly debut the Piloted Drive autonomous tech, plus Audi’s latest design language.
|Mercedes S 350d AMG Line L||BMW 730Ld M Sport||Jaguar XJ 3.0 V6 D Portfolio LWB|
|On the road price/total as tested||£71,955/£115,140||£72,260/£101,305||£72,075/£88,220|
|Residual value (after 3yrs/36,000)||£32,301/44.9%||£28,499/39.4%||£28,772/39.9%|
|Annual tax liability std/greater rate||£3,875/£7,750||£3,460/£6,919||£4,630/£9,206|
|Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles)||£1,487/£2,479||£1,747/£2,912||£1,580/£2,633|
|Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost||46/£1,420/F/£145||46/£1,153/E/£130||50/£1,243/F/£185|
|Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service||£41pm (3yrs)||5yrs/50k (included)||£229/£329/£229|
|Peak power/revs||254/3,600 bhp/rpm||261/4,000 bhp/rpm||296/4,000 bhp/rpm|
|Peak torque/revs||620/1,600 Nm/rpm||620/2,000 Nm/rpm||700/2,000 Nm/rpm|
|Transmission||9-spd auto/rwd||8-spd auto/rwd||8-spd auto/rwd|
|Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel||70 litres/repair kit||78 litres/run-flats||80 litres/space saver|
|Boot capacity||510 litres||515 litres||479 litres|
|Turning circle/drag coefficient||12.3 metres/N/A||12.8 metres/N/A||12.3 metres/N/A|
|Basic warranty (miles)/recovery||3yrs (unltd)/4yrs||3yrs (unltd)/3yrs||3yrs (unltd)/3yrs|
|Service intervals/UK dealers||15,500 miles (1yr)/136||Variable (2yrs)/153||16,000 miles (1yr)/97|
|Driver energy manufacturer/dealer pos.||11th/21st||14th/23rd||2nd/3rd|
|0-60/30-70mph||6.5/5.8 secs||6.2/5.3 secs||6.6/5.6 secs|
|30-50mph in 3rd/4th||2.6/3.4 secs||2.4/2.9 secs||2.4/2.9 secs|
|50-70mph in 5th/6th/7th/8th||4.4/5.4/7.2/11.4 secs||3.7/5.0/6.7/12.8 secs||3.8/4.8/6.5 secs/N/A|
|Top speed/rpm at 70mph||155mph*/1,200rpm||155mph*/1,350rpm||155mph/1,400rpm|
|Auto Express econ (mpg/mpl)/range||37.6/8.3/579 miles||32.0/7.0/549 miles||35.4/7.8/623 miles|
|Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket||201/148g/km/27%||237/132g/km/24%||214/155g/km/29%|
|Auto box/stability/adapt cruise/AEB**||Yes/yes/£2,300/yes||Yes/yes/£2,960/£985||Y/y/y/£1,575^|
|Climate control/leather/heated seats||Yes/yes/yes||Yes/yes/yes||Yes/yes/yes|
|Metallic paint/LED lights/keyless go||Yes/yes/£1,490||Yes/yes/yes||Yes/yes/yes|