When looking for a full-size sedan to meet the needs of a growing family, work obligations, or just for fun, the 2005 BMW 7 Series deserves a look. This car comes in four distinct trim levels, two engine sizes, and offers a lot of style and distinction. Even the lower trim levels come equipped with plenty of comfort in the cabin, good looks on the outside, and power under the hood. Whatever faults the 7 Series may have, it impresses in terms of driving performance and handling. Overall, it makes a good choice for anyone looking to own a quality sedan.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.4-liter V-8, 6.0-liter V-12
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: BMW 7 Series 745i, BMW 7 Series 745Li, BMW 7 Series 760i, BMW 7 Series 760Li
BMW makes some changes made to the 7 Series for the 2005 model year. It offers adaptive headlights and park distance control on all models. A rear entertainment package remains available for this model year as well. It includes a trunk-mounted, six-disc DVD player and an iDrive screen and controller. Also new for the 2005 model year, BMW offers the 7 Series with Comfort Access. This new feature allows the driver to unlock and lock the car’s doors without using any remote buttons.
While the 7 Series in the past has been known to raise a few eyebrows due to its rather controversial design, overall the sedan remains the largest car BMW offers and earns popularity for its impressive size and styling. The designers at BMW use some rather interesting curves and accents especially for the back end of these cars. It remains a matter of opinion if the look works or if one prefers a more traditionally designed sedan for his needs. The 2005 7 Series offers several different color choices. Whether you love or hate it, no one can deny that these cars attract quite a bit of attention.
BMW has always tried to ensure comfort in the cabins of its cars, along with easy-to-use features. The 2005 7 Series comes equipped with the first generation of iDrive, a system that should make handling the controls in the BMW cars easier. It controls the car’s audio, climate control, and navigation systems. As it turns out, the feature proves awkward and difficult to use for many test drivers. That doesn’t mean that the 7 Series’ entire interior is bad. It features ventilated and heated seats, as well as a heated steering wheel, and power sunshades for the sides and rear of the car. The 7 Series also features wood trim accents, a beverage cooler, and some alloy trim in the cabin.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 BMW 7 Series remains much like the other products from this company. It has been designed and engineered to offer the driver a worthwhile driving experience. This car comes equipped with a powerful V-8 engine in the lower trim levels and a V-12 in the two upper trim options. Both engines perform well, though as can be expected, the V-12 option provides more power and performance. Paired with a six-speed transmission, the driver can expect any of the 7 Series options to handle highway and city driving well. Even with its rather large size, the 7 Series feels light on the road and offers a comfortable, smooth ride.
Safety marks a priority at BMW, and it shows in the 7 Series. This car boasts a long list of safety features including front and side-mounted airbags, as well as rear airbags. This car also comes equipped with emergency braking assist, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and child seat anchors. Stability and traction control come standard on all models of this series. The post-collision safety system remains a popular feature offered by BMW, as does the engine immobilizer. Pretensioning seat belts come standard on the sedan, as well.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW 7 Series 4.4-liter V-8: 16/24 mpg city/highway
BMW 7 Series 6.0-liter V-12: 13/21 mpg city/highway
- Lots of features in the cabin
- Amazing driving dynamics
- Advanced safety features and systems
- Impressive interior design
- Exciting powertrain
You Won't Like
- Unusual styling
- Features can be distracting
- Confusing secondary controls
A really good sedan held back by awkward styling and complicated gauges and controls.
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