For how much you are paying, it goes without question that the interior is death by decadence. The build quality is flawless, the materials used are all lavish, and there is plenty of space to really enjoy it. The overall design is not too extravagant, but it is classy in its simplicity. Where it is not simple, though, is its extensive array of features and the comprehensive infotainment suite. The layout of all this is carefully planned, meaning that interaction with the tech is easier in comparison to the complexity found in competitors like the Porsche Panamera. Naturally, the Alpina stands out from the base series with emblazoned carpets, Piano Black interior trim, and bespoke door sills. The Live Cockpit Professional is a 'love it or hate it' modernization that helps to bring the BMW in line with its competition.
Space is never lacking, no matter where you are seated inside the prestigious vehicle. Headroom is very good across both rows, and while it is not exceptional, it should be more than enough to accommodate even tall adults. Legroom is far more generous, especially for those in the back seats, who can sprawl out without worrying about digging their knees into the backs of those in front. Power-adjustable comfort seats with heating front and back are a given, with functions like ventilation and massage included for the front seats. These can be added to the rear seats, too, as part of the available Luxury Rear Seating Package.
|BMW Alpina B7 Trims
|ALPINA B7 xDrive
|Headroom Front Seat
|Headroom Back Seat
|Legroom Front Seat
|Legroom Back Seat
|Shoulder Room Front
|Shoulder Room Rear
Several choices of leather and interior trim are offered to dress the cabin, but every option is of the finest quality. Nappa leather is the bare minimum, which gives you an idea of just how plush the interior is, and no hard plastics are to be found anywhere. The color palette comprises Ivory White and Black, Zagora Beige, Mocha, Cognac, and classic Black, but you can spend an extra $500 to opt for Mocha or Cognac with extended quilting. However, both these options require the Luxury Rear Seating Package, which hikes the total price up to $4,400. Merino leather with an anthracite headliner is available too, at a cost of $4,000, while color options include Tartufo, Smoke White/Black, Amarone Brown/Black, Fiona Red/Black, or plain Black.
Beyond the seating surfaces, a choice of nine trim inlays are offered. Individual Piano Black is an elegantly simple option, while multiple wood trims create a more natural-feeling environment. Buyers can opt for Grey Poplar, Chestnut, Ash Grain Black and Red, Fineline Black, Fineline High Gloss, and Fine Wood American Dark Oak, which includes metal inlay. Custom Alpina options comprise Myrtle Wood and Piano Black.
Many performance-oriented vehicles treat the trunk as more of an afterthought, even within the luxury segment, but the Alpina B7 refuses to fall short in any area. Open the trunk lid and you are presented with a more-than-respectable 18.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than enough space for a set of golf clubs or several suitcases. Access is easy thanks to the hands-free power lid, and the aperture makes loading or unloading a simple affair. However, the lack of rear folding seats means that you will never have access to more than the stated capacity.
Around the plush cabin, there are a variety of small-item storage solutions. Each of the four doors features a sizable pocket, while the center armrest cubby and glovebox are large enough to store quite a bit. The rear seat has a fold-down armrest, too, which hosts cupholders that complement those up front.
|BMW Alpina B7 Trims
|ALPINA B7 xDrive
|18.2 cu. ft.
As the only model in the range, the B7 is outfitted with just about everything BMW has to offer. Plush upholstery dresses the interior, and the 20-way power front seats offer heating, ventilation, and massage functions, which can be added to the rear seats via the available packages. The cabin is regulated by the quad-zone climate control and a panoramic moonroof is installed. Conveniences include full power accessories, soft-close automatic doors, remote engine start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and power sunshades for the rear windows. The sunroof can be upgraded to a Panoramic Sky Lounge LED roof for an additional $900.
BMW's iDrive 7.0 infotainment system comes equipped on the B7, offering Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, and Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, along with SiriusXM satellite radio. All this is operated via the large 10.25-inch central touchscreen interface, which also allows for voice command or gesture controls. The sound system is a 16-speaker Harman Kardon setup, as standard, but a resplendent 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system is available for $3,400. A pair of USB ports come standard. Of course, besides the central display, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with Alpina-specific coloring is included.
If you choose to spec on the Luxury Rear Seating Package, passengers in the back get access to a seven-inch command tablet that allows them to operate the infotainment. There is also the option of a rear-seat entertainment system, which adds ten-inch screens to that back of the front seats.