- The BMW i7 is the electric version of BMW's flagship 7 Series sedan
- Our long-term Lucid Air Grand Touring is fast, but is it enough to overcome the BMW's opulence?
- Both vehicles come with sky-high price tags, so which one feels truly worth the spend?
- Watch to find out!
BMW i7 vs. Lucid Air Grand Touring: Which Big Electric Luxury Sedan Is Worth Your Dollars?
The quietest battle you'll (n)ever hear
Our long-term Lucid Air Grand Touring's size, speed and $140,500 price tag mean that it competes against a number of well-regarded super-EVs. These include the excellent Porsche Taycan, Mercedes-Benz EQS, Tesla Model S and BMW i7. The latter is one of the newest electron-infused flagship sedans on the block, so we thought it was an opportune time to pit this electric 7 Series against the Air.
Yes, the i7 does cost a little bit more in the configuration we tested ($151,995) but at this level, that price gap isn't all that wide. And it makes for a compelling study: What's the tangible difference between a big electric sedan from an established automaker versus one from an upstart?
As we came to find out in our comparison test, the BMW, perhaps unsurprisingly, is far more refined than the Lucid. But the Air still holds undeniable advantages in terms of range, performance and charging speed. Are those highlights enough to claw the Lucid back into contention? You'll have to watch to find out.
The whipcrack performance and range of the Lucid Air impress, but there's still a massive gulf between the upstart and the BMW i7 when it comes to the latter's superior materials quality, technology and overall refinement.