Drove one at CES and looked again recently. Incredible car, but I just don’t like the front grill.
Hi Aaron ! you too please start reviewing cars, your flowability in those apple stuffs is always amazing ,, i subscribed long ago and been a good follower until when my "XS screen "stopped sensing even without a single scratch.(i still wonder to this day)... anyways am happy meeting you again in this side. be blessed!!
Ugly is the new beautiful
The front grill is an upgrade compared to the i5 though!
Squinting pig, I like that description it fits really well XD
I have a new BMW with the gesture controls like you demonstrated for volume control. It sounds gimmicky, but it is a feature I actually really like. There is a learning curve, but once you learn it, it is actually really easy way to control the radio without ever looking off the road. Most people try to put their fingers too close to the screen (like MKBHD did), but the "sweet spot" is actually just above the center console (where your hand would naturally be). If you are resting on the armrest, you barely need to lift a finger to control the volume or skip tracks and stuff. It is something I find myself doing in our other car and it always takes a few seconds of it not working to remind me that I can't do that. That's how much you grow to rely on it. I feel like everyone always laughs about it, but its actually a really cool feature.
I hate pretty much everything BMW is doing with their new cars but you're right, the gesture control is a really useful feature. I've used it in the last gen 760i. It works flawlessly and it's very natural
I agree. Every vehicle has a learning curve. As an over-the-road driver from 1991 to 2018 every time I changed vehicles I had to learn each one especially so when I was used to one manufacturer and went to a company that used another. My best advice is read the manual before driving.
Ever heard of volume knobs? Even better
@mluu510 That goes without saying. But imo, gesture control is the next best thing (if not just as good). It's better implementation than touch controls or scrolling or whatever
@Muaz Qamar yeah. But seems like an unnecessary solution when physical button/knobs are better
I wonder how will these kind of cars behave in terms of repairability in the future when stuff begins to break apart
they are not and bmw knows this
The target buyer wouldn't care about that
Don't even want to imagine how much of this stuff will be broken after 3 or 4 years.
@Martin Guenther BMW's last forever if maintained. These cars will still be on the road in the 2040s.
The 7 Series has always been that way. The original purchaser gets a new one before that is an issue and the cars are worthless within a decade.
The rear screen would have been even more impressive if it offered the capability to have two movies / shows playing at the same time (split screen) by users connecting to headphone jacks or bluetooth.
I think most people's biggest gripes with almost all new cars are the capacitive buttons, which are prone to accidental touches and having to look at it, instead of just feeling. The UX is always compromised, and I think the removable tablet would work better as a remote control device.
Here me out, how about a joystick like some high end monitors. All the remote is doing is up/down/left/right and select. Put it somewhere on each door(in the back) (it needs to have hand detection or something so you don't accidentally interact with it.) I don't understand how the firestick remote is better than a joystick.
Distracted driver, distracted passenger, distracted backseat... This is a crash waiting to happen.. And Bc its an EV, it will blow up..
@Da Nila Hates Gays Yeah we have EVs blowing up daily. Too bad those engineers didn’t think it through like you did. What a tragedy 🎭
no its cloth (cashmere) material. embarrassing material really
@Kevin Ahearn Really?
It'll be interesting to see how well the newer EV BMWs will hold up. While the i3 ownership experience was considered pretty good (biggest complaints were the costs of maintenance, but it's a BMW after all), the more complex i8 conversely generally wasn't. It could be argued that it's first gen and BMW had a learning curve to work through. But then there's the 800 lb elephant in the room: their petrol cars and how poorly so many of those have fared with regards to reliability and durability over the last 20 to 25 model years. The new i7 is loaded with boatloads of electrical complexity, and even if they don't have a gas motor in the engine bay to bury with mountains of "stuff" as their current dinosaur burners do (which is a HUGE part of the problems of most modern ICE cars in general), I question whether Bayerische actually has the industrial engineering talent to address future issues and fix problems without annoyingly long downtimes...and massive depreciation in the car's future.
Imagine trying to adjust the AC and opening the door on the highway 😅
i dont think the door would open while the car is moving
They definitely thought of that, it wouldn't ( I hope)
@Marlboroplug still...that would be annoying even if you're parked and you keep opening the door
impossible - security procedure - you would need to pull the mechanic opener in the door to overwrite any software like in any other car, like if you want to jump out before the car is going over a cliff
We would love if you could also do a personal drive-on test for each and every car you review, Marques.. A personal drive experience who has already driven many electric cars adds to the video..
Definitely agree with voice assistant review: it is by far the best most accurate voice recognition I have ever used, arguably better than Google. I have the X7 which has a similar system. Only time it makes mistakes is when the windows are open due to back ground noise. Itrecognized weird street names and even ethnic names from my phone list. Miles better than my wife's XC90 which has a voice system that is incredibly frustrating to use
Driver controls are one of the only truly useful use cases that I can think of for voice activation (see: Star Trek, Halo, etc.). I would say, "More auto manufacturers should do this", but with the way pretty much every car manufacturer has delivered their digital UI, it would probably be a catastrophe (I know some cars that have this, but it's usually little more than a passthrough to your phone). I would love to just be able to tell Siri to set the temperature to 70 degrees or set defrosting to maximum or raise the shields.
Not sure why BMW doesn't do a digital rear view mirror. With that back seat screen, it's absolutely needed! Plus, it would make more sense for that screen to be in the X7 since more people can watch it.
Surprisingly, I don't find it ugly. The only bad thing though is the capacitive touch controls. I'd much much prefer physical knobs and buttons
I still think Cadilac dropped the ball by not starting their EV path with the Escalade. This looks incredible inside, but I agree, that front grill is hideous.
Escalade ev comes out this year.
It's going to need 2 tons just for the battery to have any reasonable range as people expect the Escalade to be a massive car to begin with. Probably going to be based on the Hummer EV platform so 200 kwh should do it. It's going to be an 'electricity guzzler' as its gasoline counterpart :))
The hummer has 340 miles in a single charge… the Escalade has better aerodynamic so maybe it can get 370 to 400 miles… all that with 1000+hp
@Manu Sir Lots of escaldes are used to drive people to the airport. Taxi services will be their main customer.
How did they drop the ball by offering a handmade, hyper luxury and completely customizable sedan to compete with Rolls and Bentley?
anyone else remember the 7 series in 2000s Windows CE car that had a ton of issues? lol, i'd be worried about this one being similar, not sure they learned their lesson from that. The BMW owner forums were full of 'normal operation' bugs. My favorite was the one that moved the dash to the tiny radio screen, cranked volume to max, and turned on the heater full blast.
I love your reviews, honestly. I suppose that ONE question when you get into the uber lux comparisons is 1) if A, B, and C were the SAME price which would you choose, then 2) FOR the price what's the value proposition. I think you do the value proposition very well, btw. I find the look, so maligned, to be unique and I kinda like that. I don't like how so many cars in a particular segment would be difficult to differentiate if you just saw them as a cutout, so a standout even IF a bit bulbous on the nose I mean, what the hell, at a distance you can see what it is!
Your reviews are spot on! I am a BMW fan having owed 7 of them. I currently have an M-6 and M-3. This car and your review put this BMW at the top.
I'd say I'm impressed by the design. Those grills are the exact way I love car vents to be designed. Not really a fan of the tech. Rather, I'm interested in how light weight it'll be on the steering and also the chasis. The two biggest downsides for me are the tech - unsurprisingly. 1. The microphones just give me wiretap vibes; 2. The touch screens. I still believe cars should have haptic touches and feeback. That's a different discussion. If I had to pick any car just from the outside. I'd pick this with no hesitation. Also, I really like the placements of speakers all across car seats, dash, etc. Too bad the audio is said to be sub-par.
The most all around luxurious EV currently on the market at a very affordable price thanks for bringing it to us, I can’t wait to see the BMW i7 M70!
Designers: How many parts of this car do you want to electrically fail? BMW: YES
yup unfortunately most buyers of these cars have the financial firepower to not care about long term longevity....
hey nerd if you want a reliable car go get a Camry. This car is $150k, the person buying this has reliability at the bottom of their list.
@Jack Johnson I’ve had a Porsche 911 for 10 years, only thing that has broken has been a window regulator
@You Tube Cool. You're bashing a car that just came out on reliability, it's still odd. The tech is mainly touch and screens, why wouldn't it hold up? iphones are still in use from 10 years ago. And thanks for letting us know you have a 911 lol.
@T R you mean fortunately?
I think it’s worth mentioning too that BMW is the only auto manufacturer that supports Apple car key 2.0! So for IOS users with iPhone 11 or later, your phone can work as a fob with the U1 chip and push to unlock when your within 1m of the car and lock when you walk away. I know many apps do this but with bluetooth it’s not quite as precise vs with U1. Also it makes sharing car keys in the wallet app super easy and you can set driving speeds if your lending the car to a teenager for instance which is pretty cool!
I think the "8K" marketing means it's two 4K screens horizontally, making it "8K". Also, this reminds me of when airplanes started to get capacative touchscreens which were a huge improvement over the previous systems, but literally a decade behind any consumer tech product in terms of responsiveness.
From working at Benz and driving some of these cars after they’ve been owned for a bit and I can confidently say that the people who buy these cars have absolutely no idea how many things you can change and customize. Some people just don’t go through settings or put aside the time to learn about their new car. I don’t remember what exactly but I was talking to a customer and I explained something I thought was fairly common knowledge and when I finished showing her, she looked baffled.
What I really want more than anything else is the i7 to have a 450mi range, like a full gas tank... then I would 100000% go electric.
Just wondering, doesn't all this tech on an electric car like this take up a lot of battery power, especially when on a long distance drive and someone enjoying the comfort and the tech at the back?
really love this car and the design grew on me over time. Different colors make a huge difference in the appearance
It's quite an incredible driving experience, feels like floating over the roads, completely disconnected and quiet. And what I didn't expect: the front actually doesn't look that bad and you get used to it. One thing I think you are missing is the navigation and the hud, i mean i really loved that big heads up display. The only thing I don't get are those automatic doors, i never used them because it was just faster using them by hand. But it's nice that they stop at any position.
Gonna have to disagree with the front not looking "that bad". Every time I see this car or any other BMW with this grill it continues to look like the absolute ugliest thing I've ever seen, lol. Definitely impressive what they've managed to do with the tech tho
It will be interesting to see where the design goes when the dedicated EV platform is complete
It definitely has grown on me from an appearance standpoint, but I still can't get over the low range. To me 250-300 still isn't enough for a car this size. This is coming from someone who had a 2020 Tesla Model 3 base model with 250 mile of range. It was enough for around town, but wasn't nearly the size of this beast.
bigger heavier cars will use more energy if they don't up the battery size and capacity
I would've loved to see it's drive and how actually quiet it is, but this is fine
Yeah, he did drive in the "early days" of this channel. But now it's always just the out and insides pfff
I think the back looks really nice. Ive never had a problem with the grills but idk what they were going for with those headlights
yeah, it's really hard not getting amazed by all the crazy interior of this car but BMW really has to get a new design-language cuz the beaver is strong with these.
BMW is the best selling lux brand. I don't consider Tesla a luxury brand. Have you seen MB electric cars? That's ugly.
You didn't show the ambient light bar in the front. It's beautiful
@Kenyon Guillory bmw is ugly
They actually will get a new Design languages starting with the „neue Klasse“ in 2025. It will be a electric platform only so more range and better spacemanagement. The design will be a bit like the Concept “Dee”
So glad you finally did a somewhat full review on this car. I was waiting to get your perspective. As a previous Tesla Model S owner and now owning one of these i7s, i wondered what your take was. Driving this in sport mode gives me just enough agility to make it responsive and fun to drive. The all wheel steering makes this large Cadillac escalade sized sedan feel small and easy to handle. Parking assist is amazing, which you didnt speak about and the Driving Assistance Professional with highway handsfree driving at up to 85 miles an hour is a game changer and actually something Tesla isnt doing yet. No wheel taps needed to keep it engaged.
Tesla FSD works up to 85 MPH but you’re right about the endless wheel taps. Kinda defeats the purpose.
Always curious as to why this car over a lucid or anything else with more range? Seems like a deal breaker for the price point imo unless you are being driven in one since you don’t really benefit from all that backseat tech if you drive this daily.
@Tayo Adetola I would ask you the opposite question. Why would you even consider a Lucid, which is more expensive and worse in every aspect except the range? Do you drive more than 280 miles frequently? And even if you do, you have Electrify America and other options. I don't understand your point.
@Tayo Adetola to answer your question. I just test drove a Lucid Grand Touring to compare it to my i7. When I say other than the quick acceleration and extended range, the BMW is in all other ways miles better than the Lucid Air. One comfort. BMW has made one of their best seats to date in this car. Steering is day and night to the Lucid. Ride and handling, Lucid is rough and cabin noise is greater, where as the BMW is one of the quietest cabins around. The BMW feels expensive when your sitting in it and driving it. The Lucid is just expensive. I was very underwhelmed by it and finished my test drive early because there really is no comparison
A lot of the luxury tech like the executive back seat is a really old thing. You can find over a decade old S Class models and others that have the same thing, but obviously without some of the nuances, like capacitive buttons and screens. Most of the stuff you showed here had been in these German luxury cars for a really long time. They mostly iterate on what is available, which is okay, but it's pretty familiar to car enthusiasts already. The big screen and the electric drive are new in this case.
The thing to keep in mind about the i7 is that is more a platform than a car. Their is a reason that you are begin to see it now, and it all comes down to Rolls Royce.... you see, about the same time that the i7 is doing the rounds, so is Rolls Royce's Spectre. RR will NEVER come out and say it (being rather committed to saying that the Spectre is built on the "Architecture of Luxury", a marketing phase for all their vehicles) but i7 is something of a cousin to the Spectre being on the same platform.... You see this ALOT in the auto industry, mostly because it saves costs and really the thing that makes each brand differ is the configuration.... VW brands (so Porsche, Lambo, Bentley, Audi and others) are pretty much the kings of doing this, and again they are far from the only ones with the practice.
Imagine if the designers of this car did as good of a job as the rest of the team working on this car.
I would have to drive one to comment on its dynamic capabilities. It definitely has the ultimate "technology" features in the cabin. Almost like the designers had the mandate to add as many features, like multiple door opening functions, as they could stuff into the car. At this level beyond range, drivability, and safety considerations, just about everything is subjective. The design to me is derivative and probably what BMW considers to be what its core customer group wants. The lack of storage space is notable. To me, a car is about the driving experience and this review did not address that most important aspect.
I actually like this car quite a lot and with the right specs and color, it actually can look quite nice.
The i7 seems like a great car despite it being heinously ugly.
Yea I think bmw does that on purpose even if it’s ugly if the car performs you just can’t go wrong honestly and sooner or later the looks will grow hopefully the facelift/LCI they clean up the front bit
@Tommy 1 I’ll admit it has grown on me a bit, it still is ugly though
it looks way better in person..
I really wouldn't call it ugly, unorthodox sure, but def not ugly
@Mihai Nedelcu I’ve seen it in person, I agree it looks better than in photos, still doesn’t look good though.
Going by BMW'S reliability especially with electricals', I'm sure this car will be completely trouble free for many years to come !!
Many of the more recent BMW's with the huge turbo grills have been almost deliberately ugly in a Balenciaga kind of way. This one though, this one isn't. It's well proportioned and I'm even going to say it, kind of beautiful. I absolutely promise you in 15 years ago there will be a Doug Demuro video talking about how gracefully this one has aged and how "It's hard to believe now but when this came out most people hated it."
We've had the i4 EV since October and it's just a fantastic car. Yes, there are a few UI quirks and misses but WOW what a car. You love the car so much the front end totally appeals in short order. We charge at home and during off-peak electricity hours. The first 5,000 mi cost a total of $150 for power. Add in power delivery, taxes, etc it was $340 for 5,000 miles - one quarter of what a ICE powered 4-series BMW would cost. And, we got the $7,500 tax credit, too.
Wow, that’s impressive statistics! How does it compare to other non EV BMW models in terms of reliability (maintenance)?
Test drove one at CES 2023. Awesome vehicle. As I'd seen early previews, I said 'yeah bmw, turn on massage and heated seat'. Worked like a charm.
I love the i7, even it's controversial look. I do not like the leather/cloth seats at all. I would not like to spend premium for a premium Bowers and Wilkins sound system only to get mediocre sound but, I guess I would have to check it out for myself before passing judgment on that issue.
Most people didn't like the look but I actually love it. It looks like a mix between a Rolls Royce and a BMW. Also in a recent episode of Succession Kendall used the black version of this car and that looked much better than the beige/gold color Marques reviewed. The interior on the other hand wasn't really good I didn't like how it looked at all.
Amazing tech. Scared of the cost to repair when it starts breaking down after years of use.
I have two questions: 1. What about rear mirror/ inside mirror view for the driver when TV is being used? 2. What if the back seat person accidentally press leaning back mode and how does it react when a person is already sitting in the front?
ejecto seato cuzz 😂
This car is going to be in a museum in 70 years. People are going to laugh at how primitive the technology is but remark about how it was the crème de la crème of luxury for it's time. This will be a snapshot in the history of the dawn of the EV era. It's one of those weird niche cars that will be super hard to find and super hard to restore. Think about those quirky luxury cars from the 70's with rotary dial phones. This is so freaking cool to see.
I was in this car at the Electrify Expo. Definetly the number one car for anyone rich enough to have a driver. You buy it to sit in the back.
Fabric is nicer than leather tbh. Leather gets way too hot when left in the sun, and way too cold in winter (at least, that's how it feels). I actually decided against one car because the only way to get the higher spec features i wanted required you to get a spec with leather seats, and I really don't like them. They're also much more breathable in warm weather.
I'm just not comfortable unless I'm wrapped in the dead skin of another creature
@oscar7364 higher quality leather still get really hot. It's not a matter of the surface finish/quality, it's the material itself. I've been in cars with very nice leather seats in a Jag and a Merc, and they were miserable when it was hot. It's not even the sustainability argument, I just genuinely prefer cloth, it's just nicer to sit on for me.
@BritishTeaLover I remember Toyota put cloth seats in the Century because it's quieter. That could be a reason BMW did the same.
@oscar7364 Leather is 10x easier to clean wtf
That back seat screen could get even bigger with a rollable tech. Then they could put a screen on the back of it and camera so the driver can still see out the back glass if need be. Definitely throw a 3rd remote in the armrest. All that might take some range but that's for the driver to figure out 😂
This seems like really good value for only about $120k compared to all the other high luxury cars like maybach
I've owned 2 BMWs in the past and they were a headaches requiring frequent and expensive repairs but I like the engine sound and response. I wonder how the electric one is.
Since the giant screen blocks visibility through the rear view mirror, the rear view mirror really should be a rear view screen connected to the back up camera or another camera
Great review! I agree with you that it’s the technology advanced, luxurious EV’s. However when something is amazing or innovative, just say that! Instead saying it’s “kinda good “…it works”. Also love the look!
I really like the i7. I like that BMW just made it a 7 series that happens to be electric instead of a completely different like S class and EQS and having the EV version be the arguably worse car. It's still ugly but not as ugly as the EQS and is a better overall car, no brainer imo.
The eqs is built from the ground up to a full EV architecture. I'd rather have that
The EQS is the best aerodynamic commercial car ever made. It was designed that way for a reason.
I totally agree. Mercedes completely blew it with the design of the EQS. Who cares what the coefficient of drag is if most people find it repulsive 😂
@john richardson I think more people find the bmw more repulsive🐷
@mluu510 Doesn’t mean it’s an automatically better car. The i7 is a better car, look at all the reviews of the EQS, mixed at best, really good reviewers like throttle house hate it. It has an unsettled ride and is super unrefined for an “electric s class”. The i7 is much better.
Seen this reviewed before and the screen still amazes me lol such a wild feature to have. Love all the tech. Super cool
Capacative buttons are legit a dealbreaker. I got the iX3 which has the older BMW interior and that is the perfect sweet spot for me with tech/usability. Physical buttons and knobs for volume/heating. A screen can never, or rather should never replace tactile input imo.
I like the looks of that sedan including the grill. It's not the long buck tooth grill from before. This one looks bold and sporty but still blends in with the rest of the car. Of course, feel free to hate it if you do, it's not likely I'll ever be in one anyway.
If they got rid of the drls on the top and just integrated a drl into the headlights, it would make the front end look so mean. For me personally, it would make the car look significantly better.
I have the car and test-drove most of the others he mentioned (except the flying spur). The car is absolutely amazing and the best out of the others. The front is hideous UNLESS you get the black-on-black., which makes it look vicious. Auto door opening is super annoying, my car doesn't have the cloth, so the car does come that way, I do not have the screen (it's like a 12k option), but I have heard that there is a recall as they have been falling in places that have hot weather (i live in az). The hand motion is a gimmick, just easier to turn the volume up with your finger on the wheel - although there is one where you sort of flick your hand, and it ends a phone call. One of the BEST features is there is a parking assist function, along with parallel parking feature. I like to park in the garage with the front of the car closest to the garage door - and I did it once, recorded it, then it does it all by itself the second i get my driveway, every time perfectly. Overall great review and a great car.
You can name the bmw assistant what ever you want, that can be a little fun too but I still would prefer to just have normal buttons
Faux grills on early electric cars are going to look silly in a few years, but I actually like the overall design language, and this would be my first choice in a luxury sedan, with the Lucid Air a close second.
i'm really liking where the electric car tech is heading to, i really hope they make some breakthrough to double the range of these cars at least to make them suitable for almost every scenario, once that's accomplished, gas cars are done for.
It would’ve been great for the car to have a more expanded version of Apple CarPlay installed for all of the displays. Since Apple and BMW had some good relationships in the past this would’ve been the killer feature!
Yes, I like this version too
Can't remember the last time I've seen Marques be this giddy and excited! :)
The 7 series has always been the ultimate BMW unfortunately it is always the one that has the largest depreciation value. I think it looks great BMW has always been the class leader with styling.
That ASMR moment was just what I needed. Also, classic Marques, keeping the fans temperature at 69 degrees. Nice.
Shocked about the Bowers and Wilkins speakers considering how well they perform in like other Volvos and BMWs of the past
Marques, you should start mentioning things like seat depth and thigh support in the seats of these cars! The long drive comfort in the front and back seats is something I would like to know. Being 6'3" as well, I generally value that more than the leg room itself because my lower back will hurt after an hour or so in too shallow of a seat!
he's about the same size if i remember right, so he'd have a good reference for you
I'll tell you I'm also 6'3 and the seats are what got me first in this car. I fell in love with the seats!! That's what made me buy it. The tech and drive is amazing but the seats are by far the best seats BMW has ever made. They got them right finally! The Cashmere seats he showed I'm not a fan of but the full merino leather are amazing.
I've experienced the new 7-Series in real life and it definitely has the wow factor. H/w this interior color combo is doing this car no justice
I enjoyed your video. The i7 looks amazing. You are right, it would be nice to be chauffeured because it is very luxury, like the Rolls Royce. It would be nice to make car reviews.
The features on this car are super nice. I just feel like the styling is for older men. I could see my dad really liking this.
“Squinting pig”…lol! Love it! That just hits the nail right on the head! As for things I don’t like: apart from the looks, capacitive touch buttons, cloth seats and cheap-looking piano black that you pointed out I also noticed it’s lacking height-adjustable seat belts. Which seems like a weird oversight. MUCH cheaper cars have that feature but BMW decided to cheap out on such a basic feature…I don’t get it.
You just have to get a standard height chauffeur…
@Adam F LOL, true. As Marques pointed out, this is a car where you want to sit in the backseat. So...never mind the fixed height shoulder belts, not my problem ;-)
I was driving beside this car for a while on the highway, it really looks even better in person especially in darker colors. Love how they didn’t try to go overboard with futuristic electric look
I also want to experience it
I keep hearing this push for electric luxury, it feels super coordinated. (auto makers must need those high margins from the luxury segment to amortise the new electric production lines.) Here's why it doesn't work - besides the fact that you're paying 100k for plastic and LCDs with 2006 phone UIs. Luxury cars are not weekend toys, they are for the most part service vehicles. Workhorses. They don't do a lot of miles for days at a time, but then you need them to do thousands when it counts. That's why you buy executive sedans. To do tours of factories, to do cross state work visits, or to do cross country on a budget cheaper than hiring a jet. Electric is not a good enough technology to replace combustion outside of the daily work commute to the office or to the city. And even that, once you realize just how small the lifecycle is of a electric car is - will become apparent that it can't be more than a dealership leasing option.
Looks like Mercedes is bringing their A game to EVs, and I think unfortunately it is a nail in the Lucid coffin because Lucid pretty much was aiming for the luxury experience buyers. But Lucid does have some models starting around $90,000, so it doesn't undercut all of their line.
yeah the front could look luxurier, but yeah the rest of the car looks incredible actually my biggest gripe is the capacitive butons/sliders for the air & door-lock, but that's just me being clumsy enough to know i will open the door trying to blast the cold air every. single. time.
I think this car would look a lot better in the stealth trim package and a darker paint color
Just imagine the efficiency, if BMW would have used a BEV-only platform (they now recognize that and are developing such a platform called "neue Klasse"). Thanks for the great review. Greetings from Berlin/Ger.
I don't buy the hype around dedicated BEV platforms at all. Matt watson tested a bunch of EV SUVs and the iX3 was one of them, it beat many of the other dedicated BEV platforms in the range test. I don't think the difference is as great as people think. I love that BMW just makes an electric version and a gas version of the same car. Also I don't think Neue Klasse is a strict BEV platform, it's just their next generation architecture but I'm going by memory I can't bother to look it up right now so you could be right.
@jamviator But you have to admit, a small apartment can fit under this frunk and you get nothing out of it to store even a small cable (same with the new i5).
@Frederick Spier Yeah they probably could have made a frunk. But I heard that they did a large survey and it turns out most people don't use the frunk, so they just didn't bother with it.
"Now if I can nitpick on the 8K touch screen in the back" is about the funniest thing I've ever heard MKBHD or anyone say ever. And the fact that he found it just as funny made it even better.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but at $119K starting, that’s a very good deal. I was fully expecting the price to be about $175K or so.
Fantastic car for the price. Good content as always. Gotta say the quality of this video given it came from an iPhone 14 Pro is so impressive!
I do wonder about trunk space and does it have a frunk? What’s the driving like? What’s the range? I feel like these cars need to have a very reasonable range for taking passengers on trips without stopping.
The capacitive "buttons" is what would repel me if I was to buy something like this, which I won't. Luxury should never be annoying imo.
think this is the first time i am fully with Marques. i'll hands down want to be driven in this! let the driver worry about rear visibility while i try to skip ads on a widescreen with my feet up IN MY CAR
Luxury at its peak, BMW set a high bar for other auto makers to reach
Could you pair your phone to the tv to act as the remote? Not sure if that’s available but to me that would make the most sense and what I would use the most. Rich people get so much cooler stuff it’s insane
The (right kind) of cloth is way more "friendly" to a suit, which can be get wrinkled by leather. Cloth seats are also often more expensive (on a luxury car) than leather.
those limousine maker have a great future. With autonomous driving almost there, the focus won't be on the driving experience anymore, but how silent, comfy and work/productive of a lounge experience it offer. For exemple they should have put a bluetooth keyboard, a webcam and a powerfull fast enougth cpu in the back to room some basic cloud computing tool like ms office and zoom, and so on. But it's a good first step
I absolutely love my BMW i4 M50. The software is SO GOOD and the wireless android auto is so seamless
An electric 5 series would be great. I’d assume the price would be about 70-80k
Hey Marques, will you review these new Chinese electric vehicles at some point? I have heard a lot of good things about them. Curious to hear what you think once you get a chance to test some.
I actually like the front. It is classy (just like a RR) unique (dual and Crystal lights), well build and there is a lot happening within the space of a rain drop.
Good review. I personally find 90% of the "features" to just be a waste. Button to open/close door? Will it freeze in cold weather? Why the digital displays everywhere? Doesn't seem to have good haptic feedback. And so on. If that's luxury then sure, it's not for me but common, I don't even feel that one of these features is something I'd long for. That said, a good voice assistance with analog buttons would be really cool.
actually find it crazy they have created a car like this in the inside and the centre piece kind of flops when in use. Surely you'd get some sort of physical remote or something if not they'll have to improve that UI.
Honestly it's always fantastic to see a new ev that's not an suv, even more so if its high end
would that self opening door work when parked next to a pillar for example? the system might have blind spots
I actually think that big kidney front design looks ok if not slightly good on the EV version.
The tech in this car is amazing! Not sure about long time ownership though..
I was at one of my properties today and a guy came up in a gorgeous black i7, fully loaded with the TV in the back. That's one of the nicest cars out there right now, bar none. 👏
Totally agree with your assessment that electric drive makes so much sense for giant luxo cars.