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Compare the2022 BMW 7 SeriesVS 2021 Rolls-Royce Phantom

2022 BMW 7 Series
2021 Rolls-Royce Phantom

Safety

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The BMW 7 Series has standard driver and front passenger side knee airbags mounted low on the dashboard. These airbags helps prevent the driver and front passenger from sliding under their seatbelts or the main frontal airbags; this keeps them better positioned during a collision for maximum protection. Knee airbags also help keep the legs from striking the dashboard, preventing knee and leg injuries in the case of a serious frontal collision. The Phantom doesn’t offer a front passenger side knee airbag.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The 7 Series has standard Active Park Distance Control that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Phantom doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The 7 Series offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Phantom doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the 7 Series and the Phantom have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available night vision systems.

Warranty

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The 7 Series’ corrosion warranty is 8 years longer than the Phantom’s (12 vs. 4 years).

There are over 9 times as many BMW dealers as there are Rolls-Royce dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 7 Series’ warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the 7 Series second among large premium cars in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Phantom isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

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The Alpina B7’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 37 more horsepower (600 vs. 563) than the Phantom’s 6.8 turbo V12. The M760i’s standard 6.6 turbo V12 produces 38 more horsepower (601 vs. 563) than the Phantom’s 6.8 turbo V12.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the 745e Electric Motor xDrive running on electricity gets better mileage than the Phantom (52 city/61 hwy MPGe vs. 12 city/20 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the 7 Series running its gasoline engine gets better mileage than the Phantom:

MPG

7 Series

RWD

3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

3.0 turbo 6-cyl. Hybrid

19 city/26 hwy

50i 4.4 turbo V8

17 city/24 hwy

Alpina B7 4.4 turbo V8

17 city/24 hwy

6.6 turbo V12

13 city/20 hwy

Phantom

6.8 turbo V12

12 city/20 hwy

The 745e can drive on battery power alone for up to 17 miles. The Phantom must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the 7 Series’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Phantom doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stop lights the 7 Series’ engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. If the conditions warrant or the driver wishes, the system can be manually disabled at any time for the duration of a trip. The Phantom doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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For more complete vehicle control the 7 Series has a manually controlled automatic, with the available convenience of an automatic transmission and the complete gear control of a manual transmission without the inconvenience of a clutch. A manually controlled automatic allows the driver to eliminate unwanted shifts and maximize engine braking by down shifting while cornering. The Phantom doesn’t offer a transmission that allows complete gear control.

The 7 Series’ launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Phantom doesn’t offer launch control.

Tires and Wheels

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The 7 Series’ optional 245/40R20 front and 275/35R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Phantom’s optional 45 series tires.

The 7 Series offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Phantom; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the 740i’s turning circle is 3.2 feet tighter than the Phantom EWB’s (42 feet vs. 45.2 feet).

Chassis

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The BMW 7 Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 1500 pounds less than the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

The 7 Series is 2 feet, 5.1 inches shorter than the Phantom EWB, making the 7 Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the 7 Series has standard flush composite headlights. The Phantom has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The front grille of the 7 Series uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Phantom doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the 7 Series’ trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Phantom doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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The 7 Series has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Phantom doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The 7 Series’ instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Phantom does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the 7 Series has standard extendable sun visors. The Phantom doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The 7 Series’ Parking Assistant Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. Optional Remote Control Parking will park and retrieve your car remotely: press a button and watch it park itself. This is ideal for tight locations. The Phantom doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW 7 Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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