MailOnline takes a ride on BMW’s new £110,000 smart car with 32in cinema screen

The days of front-seat shooting may soon be over thanks to BMW, which has taken back-seat luxury to new levels in its £110,000 smart, high-tech car.

MailOnline has taken off the all-new BMW i7 electric car, which has 5G connectivityand mood interior lighting and the ultra-wide ‘stage screen’ at the rear.

The 8K screen, which measures 32 by 9 inches, folds out of the sunroof with the touch of a button and streams video from Netflix, YouTube, and more.

BMW gave me a ride during my morning commute through West London – a welcome alternative to the crowded and moody Underground.

BMW i7, part of the legendary 7 Series range, features 5G connectivity, interior mood lighting and a rear-seat theater screen

The proudest feature of the new car is the theater screen, which measures 32 by 9 inches and is truly super wide

The proudest feature of the new car is the theater screen, which measures 32 by 9 inches and is truly super wide

BMW i7 series: specifications

price: 110 thousand pounds sterling

Power: fully electric

Shipping time: 34 min

ranges: 374 miles

maximum speed: 149 mph

acceleration: 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds

The BMW i7 is a new electric version of the BMW 7 Series, which the German automaker has been producing since 1977.

According to the company, the new car redefines luxury with “new levels of electrification, sustainability and digitalization.”

It says: “The new BMW 7 Series represents a significant step up from its iconic predecessor, with innovative specifications designed to deliver incredible driving pleasure, unprecedented long-distance comfort and an advanced digital experience.”

Its proudest feature is the theater screen, which at 32 by 9 inches is really super wide, almost like a slide of wood or a surfboard.

As I sat in the back and watched her lean in front of me, at first it seemed a little too close to my face—maybe about three feet away—but I soon got used to it.

Fortunately, travelers can change the aspect ratio from taking up the entire screen (32:9) to 21:9 or 16:9, closer to traditional television.

The 8K screen, which measures 32 inches by 9 inches, folds out of the sunroof with the touch of a button and streams video from Netflix, YouTube, and more

The 8K screen, which measures 32 inches by 9 inches, folds out of the sunroof with the touch of a button and streams video from Netflix, YouTube, and more

Passengers can change the aspect ratio from occupying the entire screen (32:9) to 21:9 or 16:9, closer to traditional TV.

Passengers can change the aspect ratio from occupying the entire screen (32:9) to 21:9 or 16:9, closer to traditional TV.

When passengers finish off the screen, it turns 90 degrees and nestles snugly into the roof, which is made of glass and lets in more natural light than a normal car.

When passengers finish off the screen, it turns 90 degrees and nestles snugly into the roof, which is made of glass and lets in more natural light than a normal car.

BMW stirs controversy over £15 a month heated seat subscription

BMW stirred controversy in 2022 when it introduced subscription heated seats.

Service BMW charges £15 per month to operate the heated front seats, plus an additional £10 per month to operate the heated steering wheel.

One Twitter user noted: “It’s like buying a laptop with a built-in camera and having to pay the PC company every month to use that camera.”

Another added: “BMW has started selling subscriptions for heated seats on its luxury models. I don’t care how rich you are, you’re a fool if you go along with this.”

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For safety reasons, the theater screen will not activate unless the curtain covering the rear window is lowered.

Rightly so, BMW says seeing videos through a window would be a dangerous distraction for drivers in the car behind.

But this means that the driver cannot see the rear, so the rearview mirror becomes useless when theater mode is activated and they have to rely only on the two side mirrors.

This made me wonder: Is my flight less safe because I’m watching movies?

I asked the driver about this and he said that any new car he had to drive required a little adjusting. I think truck drivers have the same problem.

This is all legal of course – UK law states that all vehicles must have at least two mirrors to give a view of the rear of the vehicle.

The huge “theater” screen is touch screen, but it can also be controlled using a small screen the size of a smartphone This is built into my passenger door handle (there is one on the other passenger side as well).

From here I can pause the theater screen and choose apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, ITVX and more – just like a Smart TV at home.

Even though my flight was early in the day, I’m sure a night flight when it’s dark outside would make it more cinematic, especially with a bucket of popcorn, like a cinema on wheels.

I can only imagine pounding along the highway with a bagel of fast food from a service station while watching the latest movie on Amazon Prime – Bliss.

When I’m done, the screen rotates 90 degrees and rests firmly in the roof, which is made of glass and lets in significantly more natural light than the average car.

Touch screens to control vehicle features are integrated into the passenger door handles

Touch screens to control vehicle features are integrated into the passenger door handles

From the back seat, passengers can change the radio station, hook up a phone to take calls, close the blinds, and more

From the back seat, passengers can change the radio station, hook up a phone to take calls, close the blinds, and more

The passenger door control screen also let me choose different ambient settings, each glowing in pleasant colors and making soothing noises.

I notice a blast of noise every time my driver puts his foot on the accelerator – again, something I think must be very annoying to him after a while, though he didn’t seem to mind.

From the back seat I can change the radio station, hook up my phone to take calls, and close the blinds without activating the theater screen.

The center armrest holds a smartphone charging pad, so I can give my phone a boost of power while watching a little YouTube.

My seat is squishy soft and heated from below. I can also control the overall temperature with “climate mode”.

The BMW i7 can accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds thanks to two electric motors – one that powers the front wheels and one that powers the rear wheels.

I’ve never been in an all-electric car before, and the ride is incredibly quiet and smooth (too quiet for comfort, some might say, perhaps).

At £110,000 the car is clearly designed for the wealthy who would love to be chauffeured to work

At £110,000 the car is clearly designed for the wealthy who would love to be chauffeured to work

I’ve been to the MailOnline offices too soon and I have to leave my cozy backseat to the chilly London street.

I can definitely get used to pushing to work every morning. Unfortunately, at £110,000 the car was clearly designed for very wealthy people so it’s back on the tube for me.

BMW clearly pushes the boundaries of what a car does, and the i7 seems designed mostly for passenger comfort, but does that come at the expense of driver comfort?

I hope not, because driver comfort is part of passenger comfort, too.

Otherwise, the next step for BMW is definitely to offer a full bar and table service and perhaps a team of chefs in the trunk for fine dining on the go.

BMW revealed a color-changing car at CES 2023 — but says it won’t go on sale

At CES 2023 in January, BMW revealed a new concept car flashing different colours.

The BMW i Vision Dee was revealed in BMW’s headline, which featured none other than the Terminator character himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The electric sports sedan uses electronic ink to transition between 32 colors, including purple, pink, yellow, white and red.

The body of the BMW i Vision Dee is divided into ‘microcapsules’ – tiny spherical particles with a diameter equivalent to the thickness of a human hair.

The electric sports sedan uses electronic ink to transition between 32 colors, including purple, pink, yellow, white and red.

The electric sports sedan uses electronic ink to transition between 32 colors, including purple, pink, yellow, white and red.

These microcapsules contain colored pigments that are stimulated by an electric field, depending on the preparation chosen.

This causes certain color pigments to collect on the surface of each microcapsule, giving the car body the desired shade.

The BMW i Vision Dee can also display an avatar of the driver on the side window, so it can be seen by people outside.

Dimmable windows can also be used for a “reality fade”, although this is designed for use when a vehicle is not being driven.

However, BMW told MailOnline that the car is just a prototype and that it will not be released to the market.

When asked about the purpose of the car’s color change, BMW said it was “a vision of the distant future.”

“At BMW we are always trying to push things further, which also means exploring all aspects of innovative materials,” said a BMW spokesperson.

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