All new BMW 7 series Vs 3 year old Kia K900
I am sure this will seem quite blasphemous to all BMW fans (AKA BMW snobs)
But still. I am just really underwhelmed by the all new, yet quite old looking, 7 series.
(I mean doesn’t that rear view look more like an Acura??)
And sure, of course, a Kia is not a BMW. (…)
But I think the K900 design still holds its own pretty well. Considering the car was introduced exactly 3 years ago.
What do you think?
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BMW continues to go nowhere in respect of car design, not only the exterior looks outdated, the dashboard looks like the ones of the big American cars of the 80's and 90's. I really miss Chris Bangle days…
Ahahaha! I've bought 2 new BMW's in the past 7 years. I love both, but couldn't agree more with your assessment of the new 7 series: It sucks. Although the Kia looks better, admittedly it looks derivative of about 3 cars on the market at the time it was designed.
You can definitely see similarities in the overall shape of the two cars especially in the greenhouse. There are also some details like the exhaust outlets that are very close. Although the new 7 series isn't a bad looking car, BMWs haven't really done much for me in recent years with respect to their overall design language.
To be fair, the new 7 series looks near identical to the old car, presented 2009. Of this 7 series, the Kia was quite a rip off. That said, the new BMW is still very disappointing, given it looks like an uglifying facelift of the previous model…
June 11, 2015 at 4:21 PM & June 11, 2015 at 5:00 PM
As a BMW owner….I agree completely. The upcoming 9 series should have been the new 7. The upcoming Continental is better. The Rolls Pheaton is better. The big Jag and Carrera 4-dr are better. The Quatroporte is better. They really missed the mark by a mile. When I trade in my current Bimmer…it may very well be on a CT6.
It's more about driving dynamics, technology and build quality. All areas in which the BMW would be superior.
"It's more about driving dynamics, technology and build quality. All areas in which the BMW would be superior."
What a crock! I've replaced more parts on my BMW than I ever have on any of my Japanese cars! German engineering = myth!
The K900 was made to look like a BMW 5-Series so since the new 7-Series is also a BMW, the 7-Series looking like a BMW means the K900 just so happens to look like the new 7-Series which looks like a 5-Series.
Germans are conservative. Mercedes until recently had the same problem. It's all about preserving the grille. That's what the sell and have build their reputation around them. At the same time, BMW is under great scrutiny every time it introduces a "new" product. Personally I am more interested in a complete consumer package. The reliability is not only average, but repairs at their dealerships are more expensive than other pedestrian brands. Think of it this way, getting a more reliable brand at a 20% discount, you get what you need for your daily needs and your gas bill paid for 5-6 years. But, when you valet park, you will not measure up, unless you have a big weenie.
June 12, 2015 at 9:52 AM
Build Quality??? Hardly. I love the way my BMW handles and accelerates–but to be perfectly honest, the SRT Dodge handles just as well and accelelrates even quicker–for $20k LESS. And a Dodge is BY FAR MUCH more reliable (vastly superior build quality) than even the 5-series (BMW's most reliable model). And the Challenger & Charger are undeniably the equal of BMW or Mercedes in the area of interior fit & finish. The only thing they lack is the $80,000+ price. Is it justified that a 5-quart synthetic oil change on my Dodge is $60 while the same oil change on my Bimmers is well over $100? Of course not! Let's be totally honest here–buying a Bimmer, Cadillac, or Mercedes (or if you're cheap–a cheaper Lexus or Audi) is ALL about status. Nothing else. The smart money is on the Dodge, Ford, Nissan, Volkswagen, etc. Any of these will give you the feel of something much more expensive–without the "plastic cheapness" of a Subaru/Kia/Toyota (or low-end Chevy) generic. Even (the High-end) Chevy's and Hondas are pretty close these days–lacking only in options, features and all-out performance. (And I admit–I personally haven't always taken the fiscally smart road–but I've certainly paid for that on my "German Luxury Cars"