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Compare the2024 BMW 7 SeriesVS 2023 Porsche Panamera

2024 BMW 7 Series
2023 Porsche Panamera

Safety

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The 7 Series’ pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Panamera doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the 7 Series are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Panamera doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The 7 Series has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Panamera doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The 7 Series has a standard PostCrash iBrake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Panamera doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

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

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the 7 Series xDrive’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Panamera doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The 7 Series has a standard blind spot warning system that uses sensors to alert the driver to objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them and moves the vehicle back into its lane. A system to reveal vehicles in the Panamera’s blind spot costs extra.

To help make backing out of a parking space safer, the 7 Series’ standard Cross Traffic Warning with braking function uses sensors in the rear to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side and automatically engage the brakes. The Panamera doesn’t offer a rear cross-path warning system.

The 7 Series’ driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Panamera doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the 7 Series and the Panamera have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

Warranty

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BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 7 Series for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Porsche pays for maintenance for the Panamera (3/36,000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are over 80 percent more BMW dealers than there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 7 Series’ warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

7 Series

RWD

740i 3.0 turbo 6-cyl. Hybrid

25 city/31 hwy

AWD

740i 3.0 turbo 6-cyl. Hybrid

25 city/31 hwy

4.4 turbo V8 Hybrid

18 city/25 hwy

Panamera Sedan

RWD

2.9 turbo V6

18 city/24 hwy

AWD

4S E-Hybrid 2.9 turbo V6 Hybrid

21 city/23 hwy

Turbo S 4.0 turbo V8

15 city/21 hwy

4 E-Hybrid 2.9 turbo V6 Hybrid

21 city/24 hwy

2.9 turbo V6

18 city/24 hwy

2.9 turbo V6

18 city/24 hwy

4.0 turbo V8 Hybrid

18 city/22 hwy

Executive 2.9 turbo V6

17 city/23 hwy

Executive 2.9 turbo V6

17 city/23 hwy

The 7 Series can travel longer on electricity, only, on a full charge than the Panamera Sedan on electricity, only, on a full charge:

Miles

7 Series

AWD

LWB Electric Motor

35 miles

Panamera Sedan

AWD

4S E-Hybrid Electric Motor

19 miles

E-Hybrid Electric Motor

19 miles

Turbo S E-Hybrid Electric Motor

17 miles

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW 7 Series higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Porsche Panamera (3 to 5). This means the 7 Series produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Panamera every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the 7 Series’ standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Panamera:

7 Series

Panamera

Front Rotors

14.7 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The 7 Series has a standard Brake Assistant to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Panamera doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 7 Series has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Panamera.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the 7 Series uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Panamera, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 7 Series’ wheelbase is 4.6 inches longer than on the Panamera Executive (126.6 inches vs. 122 inches).

Passenger Space

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The 7 Series has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 7.7 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Panamera.

Cargo Capacity

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With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release in the glovebox, the 7 Series offers cargo security. The Panamera’s hatchback body style, non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

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 Panamera doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The 7 Series’ standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Panamera.

If the windows are left open on the 7 Series the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Panamera can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The 7 Series’ power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Panamera’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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 Panamera doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The 7 Series has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the Panamera.

The 7 Series’ Parking Assistant can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling the transmission and speed with the brake pedal. With its available fully controlled system, the driver just activates it and it parks autonomously, 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 Panamera doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the 7 Series first among upper midsize premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Panamera isn’t in the top three in its category.

The BMW 7 Series outsold the Porsche Panamera by over two to one during 2022.

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