For years, BMW has marketed itself as “The Ultimate Driving Machine.” And, given the German automaker’s reputation for superior handling and that ever-elusive “feel,” they’re certainly worthy claimants to the throne. But with the newest version of their top-of-the-line 7 Series — which made its Canadian debut this week at CIAS 2016 — they’ve made a car that’s arguably more thrilling to be driven in.
In addition to all the usual suspects that come part and parcel with any BMW vehicle — think crisp, elegant lines on the exterior and plush, well-appointed leather within — the 7 Series is now loaded with such an abundance of tech-y conveniences and too-good-to-be-true features you’ll never want to leave the backseat.
Nestled in the console between the two Captain Picard-worthy seats is a touch command tablet that controls virtually every feature in the car. We’re talking everything from seat adjustment, interior lighting (there are three colour options to choose from) and air conditioning to navigation, entertainment and seat massagers.
Now, you might be reading this and thinking, “That’s only six features, how boring!” Well, we’re easing you in. Because the tablet also controls the sunroof, roller blinds and scents. That’s right, scents. There are eight custom aromas to tantalize your nostrils, ranging from a fresh water fragrance to a warm, rich musk.
But our favourite feature by far was the button on the tablet that sends the passenger seat forward and props up a footstool, just in case you’re in need of a quick nap (who isn’t?) and would like your legs fully extended.
All that in mind, this car might single-handedly redefine the game of “Shotgun!” for generations to come. Funnily enough, we’re perfectly OK with that.