We’ve already mentioned some of our test car’s fitted options, which are priced at a level that would make most of us wince. However, anyone used to spending upwards of £60,000 on a car these days will be used to being shaken down to the tune of another five figures on options and probably won’t consider it much of an imposition to splash the necessary cash to configure their car as they choose. 

We would recommend anybody investing in a 7 Series to opt for the Integral Active Steering to cut down on the turning circle of the BMW, along with the Executive Package and Rear Seat Comfort packs. For those looking to add a tad more luxury to their big BMW, there is the Pure Excellence interior option, which lavishly attires the cabin with deep-pile carpets.

BMW’s surround-view camera system looks as if it was taken from a 360deg periscope just above the roof

Those same 7 Series owners will be pleased that their cars beat their competitors on CO2 emissions by enough to fall a couple of percentage points lower on benefit-in-kind taxation – and a couple of per cent of list price on a £70k car is plenty.

However, they may be less impressed by the BMW’s projected residual values, which may lag behind those of the soundest buys in the class, according to our sources, in turn unavoidably impacting upon business contract hire rates.

The 7 Series hits back with very creditable real-world fuel economy, returning almost 40mpg over our road test procedure – including the usual punishing track session. 

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