BMW 7-Series

#3 in Super Luxury Cars Overall Score: 8.7 / 10
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2018 BMW 7-Series Overview

The 2018 BMW 7-Series ranks 3 out of 6 Super Luxury Cars.

If you want to feel truly pampered on every journey, the 2018 BMW 7 Series will not let you down. Inside, this luxury sedan is lavish, roomy, and high-tech. Drivers will also appreciate its wide range of authoritative engines and unexpectedly nimble demeanor. 

SEATING


5

MPG


13-21

  CITY


20-29

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


AWD, RWD

HP


320-601
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Pros & Cons

  • Exceptionally comfortable and roomy rear seats
  • Abundance of high-tech features
  • Compelling selection of engines
  • Outstanding fuel economy

  • Few standard safety features

Notable for 2018

  • No major changes

BMW 7-Series Rankings and Research

The 2018 BMW 7-Series ranking is based on its score within the Super Luxury Cars category. Currently the BMW 7-Series has a score of 8.7 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 13 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 8.7
Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.8
Safety: N/A
Reliability: N/A

Rankings

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2018 BMW 7-Series Review

By Sarah Shelton July 14, 2017

If you want to feel truly pampered on every journey, the 2018 BMW 7 Series will not let you down. Inside, this luxury sedan is lavish, roomy, and high-tech. Drivers will also appreciate its wide range of authoritative engines and unexpectedly nimble demeanor. 

Is the BMW 7 Series a Good Car?

With its refined performance and opulent interior, the 7 Series is an excellent luxury sedan through and through. Even the tallest of passengers will be able to get comfortable, thanks to the back seat's ample legroom. The driver isn't left to feel like a hired chauffer, either. They'll be too busy enjoying the gesture-controlled infotainment system, the turbocharged engines, and the fun-to-drive handling.

Should I Buy the BMW 7 Series?

If the real estate in the rear seats is your primary focus, the BMW 7 Series is one of the best you can buy. Its mix of lavish back-seat upgrades, wealth of legroom, and oversized trunk make for a limousine-like experience. If you enjoy a spirited drive, this may also be your cup of tea. Standard components impart a nimble, yet smooth, ride quality. Potent upgrades include engines that make up to 601 horsepower and a camera system that can read the road to prep the suspension for what lies ahead.

There's little to complain about here, but there are a couple of areas where the 7 Series comes up short against its top competitors. Some may find the auto stop-start feature (built-in to improve fuel economy) to be a crude distraction at every stoplight. Thankfully, this feature can be turned off. Also, the list of standard safety technology is much shorter than what you'll get with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. You can add a variety of advanced driver assistance features and even some semiautonomous systems, but keep an eye on your total cost when adding these pricey packages. Sports car enthusiasts should also take a spin in the Porsche Panamera, which handles more like one of the brand's smaller cars than a large luxury sedan.

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We Did the Research for You: 13 Reviews Analyzed

We've sourced 13 different expert evaluations for our 2018 BMW 7 Series review. We then combined these viewpoints with BMW 7 Series price information, performance specs, fuel economy ratings, and more. Our comparisons with rivals from Mercedes-Benz and Audi serve to help you find the best luxury sedan for your lifestyle.

BMW launched the current 7 Series generation for the 2016 model year. Since no major changes were introduced in the last few years, this overview includes applicable reviews and data from the 2016 through 2018 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our team of writers, editors, and analysts has more than 75 years of combined automotive experience. To keep our analyses unbiased, we don't accept any expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and a separate team handles our advertising. 

How Much Does the BMW 7 Series Cost?

Pricing for the base BMW 740i starts at $83,100, which is in the ballpark of the average price tag for a super luxury car. From there, you can step up to the 750i for $96,400. BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive is available in both trims for $3,000. MSRP for the 740e iPerformance plug-in hybrid starts at $90,700, though you may be able to slim this down if you can take advantage of available federal tax credits.

Prices jump dramatically when you move to the high-performance models. The Alpina B7 xDrive comes with a $138,800 retail price, and the M706i xDrive rings up at $156,700.

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BMW 7 Series Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: BMW 7 Series or Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

As fabulous as the BMW 7 Series is, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class seems to be able to do everything just a little bit better. The Mercedes can seat up to five people, comes with far more standard safety features, and has a more powerful base engine. That said, the infotainment system seems easier to use in the 7 Series, and buying the Bimmer instead will save you almost $14,000.  

Which Is Better: BMW 7 Series or Porsche Panamera?

For Porsche, the focus is often all about performance. The Porsche Panamera certainly serves this up with flare (no one's going to challenge the on-road props of this robust, agile sedan), but there's one other key area where the Panamera beats the 7 Series: reliability. The current Panamera generation has one of the highest predicted reliability scores in the class, and the brand was the winner of our 2017 Best Luxury Brand award.

Which Is Better: BMW 7 Series or Audi A8?

Not every suitable alternative breaches $90,000. Prices for the Audi A8 start just a shade under the 7 Series, while fit and finish remain on-par. Many of its specs are similar, including horsepower and fuel economy in the base engine, and the standard amenity list. Your best bet is to sort these two out is to see which performance style and interior design you like best.

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7 Series Interior                                                                

How Many People Does the 7 Series Seat?

With its executive-style back seat, the 7 Series holds up to four people. Its front seats give you 14 different power adjustments (20 in upgraded models), making it easy to get cozy. But the back seat is where the magic really happens. Thanks to its long-wheelbase design, you get 44.4 inches of rear-seat legroom, which is far more space than the Lexus LS and Jaguar XJ offer. If you want a more lavish ride, some unexpected options are available for the back seat, such as power-adjustable seats, a power footrest, infotainment controls, and a massage feature.

7 Series and Car Seats

Both back seats have an upper tether anchor and a set of lower anchors, and there's enough room to clip in two car seats at the same time.

7 Series Interior Quality

The quality of materials in this luxury sedan are top-shelf. For no extra cost, you get to choose from five different Dakota leather colors and real wood veneers made of poplar, oak, and chestnut. BMW gives you seemingly endless customization choices, presenting you with a dozen different Nappa and Merino leather options, and trimmings out of Alcantara and anthracite. Bespoke elements like the in-cabin air fragrance system, controls made of black ceramic, and hand-finished wood trim ensure that no one will confuse your 7 Series for a commonplace sedan.

7 Series Cargo Space

Whether you are traveling to the airport for an overseas vacation or hitting the highway for a road trip, you won't have to worry about leaving anything behind. The 7 Series' 18.2-cubic-foot trunk is one of the largest in the class, and the standard power trunk lid makes loading in luggage convenient. Come winter, the cargo pass-through lets you slide in longer objects, so you can take your favorite set of skis to the mountain.

7 Series Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Just about any state-of-the-art piece of technology you desire can be had in the 7 Series. Even more importantly, the technology works well. Infotainment settings are controlled using the BMW iDrive interface. While the crisp graphics on the 10.2-inch touch screen are impressive, users will be most pleased with how you operate the system. You can change settings by using the display screen's smartphone-like pinch and swipe gestures, the touchpad controller in between the front seats, or buttons on the steering wheel. The Gesture Control even understands hand movements to turn up the radio or accept a phone call. The system is user-friendly and features entertaining treats like a Wi-Fi hot spot, a navigation system, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system.

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7 Series Performance

7 Series Engine: Every Engine Size Imaginable

Five different engines are available for the 2018 7 Series, and there's no wrong answer among them. They run the full gamut, from a four-cylinder plug-in hybrid powertrain to a V12 powerhouse. Most people will likely look at either the 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder or the 4.4-liter V8, standard issue for the 740i and 750i trims, respectively. Each pairs with twin turbochargers and an eight-speed automatic transmission. While the V8 is certainly the more muscular of the two, both lay down power with authority. You'll get an even bigger wallop with either the 600-horsepower V8 in the Alpina B7 or the 601-horsepower V12 in the M760i. Both high-performance editions are capable of reaching 60 mph in as little as 3.6 seconds.

7 Series Gas Mileage: Excellent Fuel Economy

Though it's hardly a fuel sipper, the 7 Series is one of the thriftiest super luxury cars. It gets 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway with the base engine, which is better fuel economy than the Audi A8, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and Jaguar XJ. Of course, your fuel savings start to dwindle with the more powerful engines. The V8 in the 750i trim, for example, has a rating of 17 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway.

The 7 Series is also available as a plug-in hybrid – the 740e. With this model, you can drive about 14 miles on all-electric power. You’ll get 64 mpg-e when using both the electric motor and the gasoline engine. On gasoline power alone, you’ll get a combined 27 mpg.

7 Series Ride and Handling: Agile and Serene

You wouldn't think an extra-long sedan that's pushing 4,200 pounds could be agile, but the 7 Series is. It feels poised in corners and spryer than many other vehicles this size. Many test drivers liken its handling to the Porsche Panamera. All-wheel drive (which BMW titles xDrive) is included in almost every edition and can be added for $3,000 to the rear-wheel-drive 740i and 750i. A well-tuned air suspension system is standard, keeping the ride as smooth as a luxury sedan should be. For more precise suspension adjustments, add the available Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview (part of the Autobahn package). This uses a camera system to read the road ahead, anticipating any needed suspension adjustments before they arise.

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7 Series Reliability

Is the BMW 7 Series Reliable?

The current 7 Series generation has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. That's a little above average across the industry, but not stellar for a super luxury car. The Lexus LS, for example, has a perfect five, and the Porsche Panamera ranks just below with a score of 4.5.

BMW 7 Series Warranty

The 2018 BMW 7 Series comes with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty. The Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class have the same coverage.

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7 Series Safety

7 Series Crash Test Results

Super high-end cars like the 7 Series typically don't undergo the same crash test analysis as other passenger cars. The lack of crash test results leaves this BMW with a blank safety score in our rankings, but that is no indication of whether or not this is a safe car.

7 Series Safety Features

A rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors come standard in the 7 Series. Through several packages, BMW also offers a rich array of advanced safety technology. Garnering most of the attention are a handful of self-driving systems. These take over tedious tasks, like small steering adjustments in stop-and-go traffic or navigating into a parallel parking space.

Systems like a surround-view parking camera, a night vision camera, and pedestrian detection will help you keep an eye on all sides of the car. Other available features include a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic pre-collision braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and automatic lane keep assist with side collision prevention.

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Which BMW 7 Series Model Is Right for Me?

For 2018, you can get the 7 Series in two principal trims (740i and 750i), as a plug-in hybrid (740e), or in two high-end, high-performance versions (Alpina B7 and M760i). Each iteration brings along its own engine and horsepower rating, and all come with either standard or available all-wheel drive.  

With the midlevel BMW 750i, you can achieve an ideal blend of performance and sumptuousness without having to step up to the pricier Alpina B7 and M760i editions. Its twin-turbocharged V8 engine will thrill most adrenaline junkies. Luxury shoppers who can afford this level of opulence will also favor the higher quality of leather used for the upholstery and the extra adjustments for the front seats.

BMW 7 Series 740i

Two versions of the base 7 Series are available: the rear-wheel-drive 740i ($83,100) and the all-wheel-drive 740i xDrive ($86,100). Under the hood is a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine with a 320-horsepower rating. Standard luxury appointments of the 740i include quad-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic moonroof with power sunshade, leather upholstery, a navigation system, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system.

BMW 7 Series 740e xDrive iPerformance Plug-in Hybrid

The 740e ($90,700) swaps out the base powertrain for a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a single electric motor, which make a combined 322 horsepower. Besides the addition of standard all-wheel drive, this plug-in hybrid’s features list is almost identical to the 740i’s.

BMW 7 Series 750i

Like the entry-level 7 Series, you can get the BMW 750i as either a rear-wheel-drive sedan ($96,400) or an all-wheel-drive 750i xDrive for an extra $3,000. The biggest difference between the 740i and 750i models is the engine. Horsepower ratchets up to 445 with the 750i, which employs a TwinPower 4.4-liter V8 engine. Among the additional goodies added are Nappa leather upholstery, front seats with 20-way adjustments, and 19-inch wheels.

BMW 7 Series Alpina B7 xDrive

As you shift to the high-performance 7 Series models, pricing jumps to the six-figure range. The sticker price for the BMW Alpina B7 xDrive starts at $138,800, partly because so few cars will be produced, and partly because much of the car is built by hand. Lavish touches include hand-finished myrtle wood trim, Nappa leather seats with 20-way adjustments and a massage feature for the front seats, and Alpina emblems throughout. Not to be overlooked is the 600-horsepower 4.4-liter V8 engine with twin turbochargers.

BMW 7 Series M760i xDrive

The M760i xDrive is the most powerful in the 7 Series lineup, but only by a fraction. Its TwinPower 6.6-liter V12 engine has a 601-horsepower rating. Hallmarks of this trim include power-adjustable rear seats, Apple CarPlay, active park assist, and the renowned M badging. At $156,700, The M760i almost doubles the 7 Series' base price.

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The Final Call

The BMW 7 Series is one of the best super luxury cars in its price range, and it competes squarely with even more expensive cars in many ways. Part of its triumph is that this sedan can satiate all travelers. Anyone riding in the executive-style back seat will want to make this their new home office, with a generous amount of legroom and lavish seating upgrades among the best traits. Meanwhile, the driver is treated to dynamic handling, and aided by an array of high-tech infotainment and safety features.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The Mercedes Benz S-Class is unquestionably an automotive institution in its own right, and the Audi A8 has a full redesign on the way, but buyers in this segment owe it to themselves to check out the BMW 7 Series. In our time with the latest 7 Series, it has impressed us with its quiet and comfortable cabin, high-quality materials, potent acceleration (yes, even the plug-in hybrid model), excellent driving dynamics, extensive technology options, and, of course, a spacious rear seat." -- Edmunds
  • "Totally revamped for its sixth generation just two years ago, BMW's largest and most expensive sedan enters 2018 with a variety of engines choices and just about every creature comfort you can imagine – and some you might not even have known existed. … The 7 Series maintains the performance bent that has long distinguished it from rivals like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Lexus LS and Audi A8, all while packing the commendable ride quality and superb craftsmanship expected in a sedan with a starting price around $85,000." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2017 BMW 7 Series is more than a full-size flagship sedan – it's a technological masterpiece. To recline in the back is to be pampered, to stretch out and enjoy more rear legroom than in the regular Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Or you could sit in the driver's seat and have a surprising amount of fun." -- Autotrader (2017) 

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