2020 BMW 7 Series vs. 2019 Porsche Panamera

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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.

The 7 Series has standard Post-Crash Braking, which automatically apply 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 standard Active Park Distance Control that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Panamera doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the 7 Series’ cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Panamera doesn’t offer a 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and night vision systems.

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 82 percent more BMW dealers than there are Porsche 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 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Panamera isn’t in the top three in its category.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Porsche vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 3 places higher in reliability than Porsche.

Engine

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The 7 Series has more powerful engines than the Panamera:

Horsepower

740i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

335 HP

745e 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid

389 HP

750i 4.4 turbo V8

523 HP

M760i 6.6 turbo V12

600 HP

Panamera 3.0 turbo V6

330 HP

Panamera 4S 2.9 turbo V6

440 HP

Panamera GTS 4.0 turbo V8

453 HP

Panamera 4 E-Hybrid 2.9 turbo V6

462 HP

Panamera Turbo 4.0 turbo V8

550 HP

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the 745e running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid running on electricity (52 city/61 hwy vs. 48 city/54 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the 745e running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid running its gasoline engine (19 city/26 hwy vs. 21 city/24 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the 745e running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid running on electricity (52 city/61 hwy vs. 46 city/51 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the 745e running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid running on gasoline (19 city/26 hwy vs. 19 city/22 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the 7 Series gets better fuel mileage than the Panamera:

MPG

7 Series

RWD

740i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

740i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

750i 4.4 turbo V8

17 city/25 hwy

Panamera

RWD

3.0 turbo V6

21 city/28 hwy

AWD

3.0 turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

4S 2.9 turbo V6

18 city/26 hwy

GTS 4.0 turbo V8

16 city/23 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the 7 Series gets better fuel mileage than the Panamera Sport Turismo:

MPG

7 Series

RWD

740i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

740i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

750i 4.4 turbo V8

17 city/25 hwy

Panamera Sport Turismo

AWD

3.0 turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

4S 2.9 turbo V6

18 city/24 hwy

Turbo 4.0 turbo V8

18 city/23 hwy

GTS 4.0 turbo V8

15 city/22 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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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.

The 7 Series stops shorter than the Panamera:

7 Series

Panamera

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

156 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 7 Series can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Panamera doesn’t offer run-flat 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 Panamera; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

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 4.4 inches longer than on the Panamera Executive (126.4 inches vs. 122 inches).

The Alpina B7 handles at .97 G’s, while the Panamera Turbo pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space

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The 7 Series has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Panamera can only carry 4.

The 7 Series has 6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Panamera (114 vs. 108).

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the 7 Series easier. The 7 Series’ trunk lift-over height is 27.2 inches, while the Panamera’s liftover is 29.7 inches.

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 and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics

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The 7 Series offers a 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, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Panamera.

The 7 Series offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Panamera doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the 7 Series the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. 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.

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.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the BMW 7 Series has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Panamera doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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 Panamera 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.

The BMW 7 Series outsold the Porsche Panamera by 229 units during 2018.

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