Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW 7 SERIES VS 2016 Hyundai Equus Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Hyundai Equus

Safety Comparison

The 7 Series offers optional City Collision Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Equus doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The 7 Series offers an optional backup collision prevention system which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Equus doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The 7 Series offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Equus doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the 7 Series helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then projects the image on the windshield, near the driver’s line of sight. The Equus doesn’t offer a night vision 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 Equus doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the 7 Series and the Equus have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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 lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The 7 Series’ corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Equus’ (12 vs. 7 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 7 Series for 1 year and 14,000 miles longer than Hyundai pays for maintenance for the Equus (4/50,000 vs. 3/36,000).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 18th in reliability, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 24th.

Engine Comparison

The 750i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 16 more horsepower (445 vs. 429) and 104 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 376) than the Equus’ 5.0 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the 750i 4.4 turbo V8 is faster than the Hyundai Equus:

7 Series


Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.7 sec

13.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

111.9 MPH

102.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the 740i RWD gets better fuel mileage than the Equus (21 city/29 hwy vs. 15 city/23 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the 7 Series’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Equus doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the 7 Series’ engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Equus doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the 750i’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Equus:



Front Rotors

15.5 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

14.5 inches

12.4 inches

The 7 Series stops much shorter than the Equus:

7 Series


60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 7 Series offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Equus’ largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 Equus doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The 7 Series offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Equus doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The 7 Series offers an available active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Hyundai doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Equus.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 7 Series’ wheelbase is 6.5 inches longer than on the Equus (126.4 inches vs. 119.9 inches).

The 750i xDrive handles at .88 G’s, while the Equus Ultimate pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The 750i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.6 seconds quicker than the Equus Ultimate (25.4 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 28 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The BMW 7 Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the Hyundai Equus.

The front grille of the 7 Series uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Equus doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The 7 Series has 2.1 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom and 5.6 inches more rear legroom than the Equus.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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 Equus’ liftover is 31.1 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Equus doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Equus, the 7 Series has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The power windows standard on both the 7 Series and the Equus have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the 7 Series is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Equus prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

If the windows are left down on the 7 Series the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Equus can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the 7 Series detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Equus doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Standard BMW Apps for the 7 Series allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, tagging songs to buy them later, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Equus doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The 7 Series’ optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Equus doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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