2017 BMW 7-Series Overview
Pros & Cons
- Strong Engines
- Good fuel economy
- More spacious rear seats than rivals
- Abundant trunk space
- Doesn't quite match the S-Class for luxury
Notable for 2017
- All-wheel drive available in base trim
- Display Key now standard
- New 740e xDrive plug-in hybrid
BMW 7-Series Rankings and Research
The 2017 BMW 7-Series ranking is based on its score within the Super Luxury Cars category. Currently the BMW 7-Series has a score of 8.6 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 10 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
- #3 in Super Luxury Cars
2017 BMW 7-Series Pictures
2017 BMW 7-Series Review
There is a lot to love about the 2017 BMW 7 Series. It has a lineup of powerful engines, better gas mileage than many rivals, a spacious trunk, and class-leading rear-seat legroom.
Is the BMW 7 Series a Good Car?
By just about any measure, the 2017 7 Series is an excellent vehicle. Though it's more expensive than some class rivals, it is far from the most expensive car in the class, and there's a lot of value with that middle-tier price tag. The 7 Series features several powerful engine options, including a plug-in hybrid powertrain that's new for 2017. The base 7 Series is more fuel-efficient than rivals, and it has one of the largest trunks in the class. And in a class that's often judged by how luxurious the rear seats are, the 7 Series stands out for providing plenty of rear-seat comfort features and more legroom in the back than pretty much every rival.
Should I Buy the BMW 7 Series?
The 7 Series provides a lot of positives for a decent price. But in a class where every car attempts to provide buyers with everything they dream of having in a vehicle, there are going to be some other outstanding choices. The Audi A8 costs about the same as the 7 Series, and – like its German rival – combines performance and luxury in a stylish manner. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has arguably the nicest interior of any car on the market, and it's worth noting that the few minor complaints about the BMW 7 Series usually take the form of "the 7 Series' isn't quite as nice as the S-Class."
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How Much Does the BMW 7 Series Cost?
The BMW 740i (the base trim) starts at $81,500, which is in the middle of the super luxury car pack, and it's on par with the Audi A8's starting price. There are a few class rivals with lower starting prices, but the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a base price that's roughly $15,000 higher than the 7 Series'.
The 750i features a larger engine and more standard features, though it also has a much higher starting price: $94,600. The 740i and the 750i come standard with rear-wheel drive, but you can get the all-wheel-drive version (xDrive, to use BMW's term) for an extra $3,000. Every other trim comes standard with all-wheel drive.
The 740e xDrive is a plug-in hybrid that's a new addition to the 7 Series lineup for 2017. It starts at $89,100. There are also two high-performance trims: the Alpina B7 xDrive ($137,000) and the M760i xDrive ($153,800).
There are several available option packages that add features and styling upgrades. A fully loaded 750i xDrive will cost you about $130,000. If you spring for a fully loaded M760i xDrive, you're looking at a price tag in the low-$170,000s.
BMW 7 Series Versus the Competition
Which Is Better: BMW 7 Series or Mercedes-Benz S-Class?
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class might not match the athleticism of the 7 Series, but it bests it in the categories that often matter to a luxury buyer. The S-Class has a more comfortable ride, with its available Magic Body Control sensing the surface of the road and adjusting the suspension to coddle you over each bump. It's also the most luxurious vehicle this side of a Rolls Royce, with a beautifully wrought interior and sumptuous comfort features like hot stone massage seats and a built-in refrigerator. Powerful engine options, including a 621-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V12, make the S-Class a force to be reckoned with, even if you can't reach autobahn speeds on your local interstate. The S-Class has a higher base price than the 7 Series, but it comes standard with a V8 engine. The 7 Series comes standard with a six-cylinder. If you compare the base S-Class to the cheapest V8-powered 7 Series, the prices are almost identical. For most luxury buyers, the S-Class is a better choice.
Which Is Better: BMW 7 Series or Audi A8?
The Audi A8 is the 7 Series' doppelganger in this class. They have almost identical starting prices, come standard with six-cylinder engines and are available with V8s, have long wheelbases, and blend a luxurious ride with sporty handling. However, the A8 has a few tricks up its sleeve that the 7 Series does not. For one, it comes standard with all-wheel drive, which makes it a great choice if you live in a wet or wintry area. It also has multiple engine options, including a 605-horsepower, turbocharged V8 in the sporty S8 Plus trim, which offers sharper handling than you'll find in the 7 Series. The A8 may be a little more well-rounded than the 7 Series, but choosing between the two will likely boil down to a matter of personal preference.
7 Series Interior
How Many People Does the 7 Series Seat?
The BMW 7 Series seats five people, and every seat is a good one. The front seats are supportive, and there are several upgrades to make them more comfortable, including massaging front seats and heated armrests.
The rear seats are expansive, providing more legroom than most class rivals. They, too, can be upgraded so that they are heated and ventilated, have heated armrests, and include a massage function.
7 Series and Car Seats
The 7 Series has two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats, so you can ensure that your young ones are safe anytime you need to take them somewhere.
7 Series Interior Quality
There are top-notch materials throughout the 2017 7 Series' well-designed interior. But even though BMW puts a premium on luxury in their flagship sedan, it still doesn't quite reach the levels of luxury you'll find in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Of course, that doesn't mean that the 7 Series' cabin will fail to impress you.
7 Series Cargo Space
Looking for a super luxury car with lots of cargo room? Look no further. The 2017 BMW 7 Series has more than 18 cubic feet of trunk space. That's one of the largest capacities in the class, and it's more than enough room for the golf bags of everyone in your weekly foursome. There's also a pass-through in the center of the rear seat if you need to haul some longer, narrow items that won't quite fit in the trunk.
7 Series Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
The 7 Series features BMW's iDrive infotainment system, which is one of the most intuitive systems on the market. It has a 10.2-inch touch screen, and it also recognizes hand gestures. That means that to adjust the volume or answer phone calls, you don't even have to touch the screen; you can just wave your hand in front of it.
You'll be able to keep your kids (or your friends) in the back seat entertained with the available rear-seat entertainment system. It features two video screens and a removable touch-screen tablet controller located in the center console. One notable feature the 7 Series does not offer is Android Auto smartphone integration, though it is available with Apple CarPlay.
7 Series Performance
7 Series Engine: Plenty of Power and Smooth Shifting Transmission
The BMW 7 Series 740i (the base model) features a turbocharged six-cylinder engine that puts out 320 horsepower and has more than enough power for any of your day-to-day driving maneuvers. There are more-powerful engines in the lineup though. The 750i features a twin-turbocharged V8 with over 440 horsepower, and the high-performance M760i sports a twin-turbo V12 that puts out an obscene 601 horsepower. There's also the Alpina B7, which is another high-performance trim. It features a twin-turbo V8 engine, but with "only" 600 horsepower, the B7 is merely the second-most powerful 7 Series model.
BMW introduces a plug-in hybrid to the 7 Series lineup for 2017: the 740e xDrive. It features a twin-turbo four-cylinder and an electric motor. Don't let the plug-in hybrid tag fool you; the 740e is still quick. It can go zero to 60 mph in just over five seconds.
No matter which engine you select, it will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers smooth, timely shifts.
7 Series Gas Mileage: MPG Ratings Better Than Most Rivals'
The base 2017 BMW 7 Series has some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class: 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Those are better ratings than you'll find in the Audi A8, Porsche Panamera, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. By driving the 7 Series instead of the aforementioned rivals, the average driver will save at least $150 per year in gas money.
The 740e can go 14 miles on all-electric power, and even with the gasoline engine running, it gets better fuel economy than any other 7 Series model. It gets 64 mpg-e on electricity only, and 27 mpg combined with the gasoline engine running.
7 Series Ride and Handling: All-Around Performer
The 7 Series can't quite match the Porsche Panamera's class-leading handling ability, and it can't quite match the Mercedes-Benz S-Class' outstanding ride quality. However, it comes close on both counts, so it delivers a great blend of athleticism and comfort.
Whether in standard rear-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive, the 7 Series has good road grip and is more agile than most class rivals, like the Audi A8. There are also five driving modes to choose from (Eco Pro, Adaptive, Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus) that alter suspension stiffness and throttle response to create a different driving experience.
7 Series Reliability
Is the BMW 7 Series Reliable?
The 2017 BMW 7 Series doesn't have a predicted reliability score, but following its redesign for 2016, this generation so far has an above-average rating. The 7 Series earned a rating of 3.5 out of five, with three considered average. Every super luxury car has at least an average rating, so the 7 Series' above-average score doesn't stand out as much when compared to the rest of the class. The Audi A8 also has a 3.5 rating, and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a four rating.
BMW 7 Series Warranty
The 2017 BMW 7 Series is backed by a four-year/50,000-mile warranty. Those are the same warranty terms you get with rivals like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Audi A8.
7 Series Safety
7 Series Crash Test Results
The BMW 7 Series has not been put through crash tests as of this writing.
7 Series Safety Features
The BMW 7 Series comes standard with a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. Available driver assistance features include a surround-view parking camera system, automatic lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic pre-collision braking, blind spot monitoring, automatic parallel parking assist, adaptive cruise control, semi-autonomous steering, a head-up display, and a night vision camera.
The 7 Series' only has a couple of standard active safety features, and they're found in most other luxury cars. However, some class rivals come standard with helpful features that are optional or entirely unavailable in the 7 Series. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class, for example, comes standard with driver drowsiness monitoring and forward collision warning with automatic braking. Still the 7 Series offers a nice suite of driver assistance features that are helpful whether you're on the highway or just trying to parallel park. The semi-autonomous steering feature is particularly nice while driving down the interstate because it allows you to take your hands entirely off the wheel for very short intervals while the car guides itself.
Which BMW 7 Series Model Is Right for Me?
The BMW 7 Series has a base price of $81,500, which is a higher starting price than some other super luxury cars by a few thousand dollars. However, the Audi A8 costs about the same as the 7 Series, and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class' starting price is about $15,000 more than the 7 Series'.
When it comes to buying a 7 Series, the engine plays a huge factor, as each trim level comes with a different powertrain that's unavailable in other trims. So if you just have to have a certain engine, then you won't have a lot of options with the 7 Series. If you're flexible about your engine choice, then the 750i stands out as the trim that gives you the best value.
The 750i is one of two trims that come standard with rear-wheel drive, meaning you don't have to pay for all-wheel drive if you don't want to. The 750i also has a significantly lower starting price than the two performance trims, and it still offers almost all of the same comfort and convenience features. In other words, the 750i provides you with the most comfort and luxury that a 7 Series can offer for far less than the high-end trims, and it still gives you a powerful engine.
The 740i has a starting price of $81,500 and comes standard with rear-wheel drive – one of only two 7 Series models that don't come standard with all-wheel drive. However, you can get the 740i xDrive (xDrive is BMW's all-wheel-drive system) for an extra $3,000.
There are several option packages offered with the 740i, and they range in price from $400 (Cold Weather package) to more than $4,000 (Executive and Autobahn packages). These packages add a variety of features like upgraded styling, more comfortable seats, and plenty of tech options, including several driver assistance features.
The 740e xDrive is a brand-new addition to the 7 Series lineup for 2017, and it has a starting price of $89,100. Other than the plug-in hybrid powertrain, the 740e has a features list that's nearly identical to the base 740i, and all of the same option packages are available (and at the same price), except for the Autobahn package, which isn't offered with the 740e.
The 750i (starting at $94,600) is the other trim that doesn't come standard with all-wheel drive, though you can get the 750i xDrive for an additional $3,000. The 750i features a twin-turbo V8 engine and adds more standard features, including upgraded leather upholstery and front seats with more power-adjustability.
All of the option packages available with the 740i are offered with the 750i, though some of them differ in price by up to $900. However, the 750i also offers the Rear Executive Lounge Seating package. It costs $5,750 and adds an electric reclining seat and footrest, a rear-seat entertainment system, massaging rear seats, climate-controlled rear seats, and a rear center console.
The Alpina B7 is one of two high-performance trims in the 7 Series lineup, and it marks a big price jump from the 750i trim. The B7 starts at $137,000. The B7 features a 600-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine and a sport suspension for better handling. Other standard features include ventilated and massaging front seats and heated rear seats.
There are five option packages available with the B7. The least expensive is the Driver Assistance Plus II ($1,700), and the most expensive is the Rear Executive Lounge Seating package ($5,750). These packages add the same features that they do in lower trims.
BMW 7 Series M760i xDrive
The M760i is the king of the 7 Series lineup. It starts at $153,800, and it features a twin-turbo V12 engine. Other standard features include ventilated rear seats, park assist, and Apple CarPlay. The M760i comes standard with most features offered in the 7 Series, so there are only three option packages available. The Driver Assistance Plus II package ($1,700), the Luxury Rear Seating package ($1,800), and the Rear Executive Lounge Seating package ($5,750). These packages add the same features that they do in lower trims.
The Final Call
If you're looking to make a splash with your next car purchase, the 2017 BMW 7 Series is a worthy choice. Even when compared against other super luxury cars, the 7 Series delivers energetic engines, good fuel economy, and abundant trunk space and rear-seat legroom. And it does so without dwarfing the starting prices of class rivals. But among such excellent cars, buying decisions often come down to splitting hairs, so it's worth shopping around. Like the 7 Series, the Audi A8 combines performance and luxury to a nearly unparalleled degree, and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has arguably the plushest interior of any car on the market.
Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.
- "The primary rival in this rarified segment is the dignified S-Class, which has hit its stride for the current generation with a veritable smorgasbord of powertrains and options. If you want to enjoy the drive to the fullest, the redesigned Porsche Panamera remains the top athlete of this group. For those who want to ride in unique style, the Jaguar XJ is an unusual but worthy choice, while the Audi A8 still merits consideration ahead of next year's redesign. But if you're looking for a technological tour de force with performance to match, the 2017 BMW 7 Series merits strong consideration." -- Edmunds
- "A sports sedan for the one-percenters, the 2016 7-Series offers an engaging alternative to the calm and comfortable Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Throw in a tech suite that would make a Silicon Valley executive jealous and there is a lot to love about the 7-Series and the future of the automotive industry it ushers in." – Left Lane News (2016)
- "BMW cannot ignore the luxury and technology of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But as it reckons with Mercedes, the new 7 Series at least remembers that it's a BMW. Pass through the anteroom of digital assistants, accept your spa session of wafting perfume and massaging seats, and you'll still be whisked back to the old BMW gym, where muscle still rules and a perspiring workout awaits." – Automobile Magazine (2016)
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