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2020 BMW 7-Series Review

The 2020 BMW 7 Series strikes a nice balance between luxurious indulgences and driver enjoyment, pairing an exceptionally roomy cabin with powerful engine options. But technology shortcomings keep this BMW from the top tier our super luxury car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Sumptuous cabin and comfortable ride
  • Lively, responsive driving dynamics
  • Array of high-tech standard and optional features
  • Good fuel economy
  • Unreliable voice and gesture commands
  • No Android Auto

New for 2020

  • Substantial exterior styling changes
  • Infotainment system upgrades
  • All-new 745e plug-in hybrid replaces 740e
  • 740i and 750i models get boost in horsepower

Rankings & Research

The 2020 BMW 7-Series's #4 ranking is based on its score within the Super Luxury Cars category. Currently the BMW 7-Series has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 22 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Is the BMW 7 Series a Good Car?

Yes, the 7 Series is a superb vehicle. In BMW's lineup, this super luxury car represents the best seats in the house. The 7 Series is stately, sumptuous, and serene. Its long-wheelbase body style yields more rear-seat legroom than rivals, and the cabin is brimming with top-notch materials and high-tech features.

This BMW doesn't ignore the driver though. Between its selection of energetic engines and balanced handling, motorists should enjoy their time behind the wheel.

Should I Buy the BMW 7 Series?

Each vehicle in our super luxury car rankings has a distinct personality. With this much money on the line, it's worth meeting the top players to find out which one best meshes with your tastes and preferences. The BMW 7 Series fuses a luxurious cabin with relatively lively performance. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class offers the ultimate level of opulence and elegance. The Porsche Panamera bests the 7 Series for athleticism, but it comes with far fewer standard features.

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Should I Buy a New or Used BMW 7 Series?

The 7 Series receives a number of updates for 2020. The kidney-shaped grille has grown considerably, and combined with new headlights, the front end looks dramatically different from the previous model. Additionally, BMW bumps up the horsepower in several models and replaces the plug-in-hybrid 740e with the 745e. The infotainment system gets standard enhanced voice command and gesture controls.

If the upgrades for the 2020 7 Series don’t strike you as all that special, you can probably save money bypassing a new BMW in favor of a used model.

If you're considering an older BMW model, be sure to read our 2018 and 2019 7 Series reviews to help make your decision. Read about the previous generation – which includes short-wheelbase body styles of the 740i and 750i and long-wheelbase editions of the rear-wheel-drive BMW 750Li and the all-wheel-drive BMW 750Li xDrive – in our 2015 7 Series review. You can also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 22 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the BMW 7 Series in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 22 professional BMW 7 Series reviews.

This 2020 BMW 7 Series review incorporates applicable research for all vehicles in this generation, which includes the 2016 through 2020 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Does the BMW 7 Series Cost?

Base prices for the BMW 7 Series range from about $86,000 to almost $158,000. See our Which BMW 7 Series Is Right for Me? section below for full details on pricing, standard features, trim levels, and options.

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BMW 7 Series Versus the Competition

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

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the most opulent choices in the super luxury car class. In addition to top-quality materials, this Mercedes will spoil you with its high-tech standard features. Examples include crisp 12.3-inch dual displays, as well as a system that coordinates the cabin temperature, ambient lighting, sound system, and air fragrance to create the environment you want. This sedan is no snoozer, though, with models that range from the 362-horsepower base trim to the 621-horsepower Mercedes-AMG S 65. The BMW offers a suite-sized back seat, and it's a few thousand dollars less expensive, but it's hard to argue against the S-Class.

Which Is Better: BMW 7 Series or Audi A8?

If your favorite seat tends to be in the back – rather than behind the wheel – the Audi A8 is a superb choice. It's the only other rival that comes close to matching the amount of rear-seat legroom you get in the 7 Series, and you can outfit it with many of the same executive-level options, such as massaging rear seats and a power footrest. The A8 has a silky, serene ride, but it's stingy when it comes to excitement. Heavy-footed drivers may find its single engine choice to be a bit sleepy and should stick with the 7 Series instead.

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7 Series Interior

How Many People Does the 7 Series Seat?

The 7 Series has five seats in its standard configuration. Some upgrades eliminate the back row's middle seat, reducing capacity to four. The front seats are spacious and comfortable and come standard with heat and 20-way power adjustments. The executive-style rear seat offers more legroom than any other super luxury car. You can outfit this zone with a variety of first-class treats, including a power footrest and power-adjustable seats that can massage, heat, and cool. Uplevel models come with acoustic glass that leads to an exceptionally quiet cabin.

7 Series and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the 7 Series’ rear outboard seats. Each of the back seats has an upper tether and a set of lower anchors.

7 Series Interior Quality

The 7 Series is spacious and quiet, and the optional acoustic side glass does a good job of blocking outside noise. Every model comes with high-quality leather upholstery and ambient lighting. You can also select from uncommon upgrades such as ceramic controls, a built-in air fragrance system, an Anthracite Alcantara headliner, and wood inlays made of gray poplar or eucalyptus.

7 Series Cargo Space        

With 18.2 cubic feet of cargo room, the 7 Series has an excellent amount of trunk space for a full-size luxury car. It's convenient, with a standard hands-free power trunk lid and a pass-through for longer items. Because of its lithium-ion battery pack, the plug-in-hybrid 745e has a smaller 14.8-cubic-foot trunk.

7 Series Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

For 2020, BMW enhanced the standard voice controls in its iDrive infotainment system, making a user-friendly interface even more convenient. Through simple voice commands you can ask the standard navigation system to set a new route, change the radio station, and find out how long you can drive until you need to refuel. The voice controls add a dose of convenience, but they aren't as responsive as test drivers would like them to be.

The standard gesture controls let you interact with the infotainment system by waving your hand in front of the 10.2-inch touch screen. Wireless device charging, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, a panoramic moonroof with a power sunshade, and quad-zone automatic climate control are also standard. Apple CarPlay smartphone integration comes standard, but Android Auto isn't offered at all.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay?

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7 Series Performance

7 Series Engine: 5 Feisty Choices

A different powertrain is paired with each of the five trim levels, and all of them can get this large car up to speed swiftly. Accompanying each engine is a slick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

The base engine in the 740i gets a boost in horsepower for 2020. This turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine now produces 335 horsepower. The 750i is also more powerful. It now comes with a 523-horsepower turbocharged 4.4-liter V8, and many reviewers prefer it over the 740i.

The 745e is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) that replaces the outgoing 740e. Its hybrid power unit includes a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine and an electric motor that combine to produce 389 horsepower.

If you want your large luxury car to launch like a rocket, consider the 600-horsepower Alpina B7 or the M760i.

For more details on the components of each powertrain, see our Which BMW 7 Series Model Is Right for Me? section below.

7 Series Gas Mileage: Good for a Full-Size Car

The 740i has one of the best fuel economy ratings in the super luxury car class, earning 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Those numbers drop to 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with the 750i.

You'll save about $200 a year, on average, by choosing the plug-in-hybrid 745e over the base trim. When its lithium-ion battery pack is fully charged, it can drive about 16 miles on all-electric power and gets 56 MPGe and 22 mpg combined city/highway. You can recharge this battery in about four hours with a 240-volt outlet.

7 Series Ride and Handling: Smooth as Glass

The standard adaptive suspension in the 7 Series artfully absorbs imperfections in the road for a ride that is silky smooth. This large sedan is surprisingly responsive and agile for its size. Don't mistake it for a longer version of the BMW 5 Series though, as the 7 Series can’t keep up with its more athletic sibling. The base trim comes standard with rear-wheel drive, and you can add BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system for $3,000. All-wheel drive is standard in all other models.

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7 Series Reliability

Is the BMW 7 Series Reliable?

The 2020 BMW 7 Series has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

BMW 7 Series Warranty

BMW covers its vehicles with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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7 Series Safety

7 Series Crash Test Results

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2020 BMW 7 Series. That's common for high-end luxury vehicles.

7 Series Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features in the 7 Series include a surround-view parking camera system, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The standard Active Driving Assistant consists of forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, speed limit information, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Among the advanced safety options are a head-up display, front cross traffic alert, night vision, remote control parking, and a drive recorder that captures video and vehicle details when activated.

Also available is Evasion Assistant (which helps you avoid a potential collision), lane keep assist with side collision avoidance, adaptive cruise control with full stop-and-go capability, four-wheel active steering, and Traffic Jam Assist, which combines lane centering technology with adaptive cruise control and speed limit info. BMW also offers Emergency Stop Assist, a system that safely brings the car to a stop in the event of a health emergency.

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7 Series Dimensions and Weight

The 7 Series is about 17.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,244 to 5,159 pounds. Its maximum gross vehicle weight rating is 6,261 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 BMW 7 Series Built?

BMW builds the 2020 7 Series in Germany.

Which BMW 7 Series Model Is Right for Me?

For 2020, the 7 Series comes in five main trims: 740i, 745e, 750i, Alpina B7, and M760i. Each model features a distinct power plant paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and there are slight differences in standard features.

The base trim comes standard with rear-wheel drive. BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system is available, and it comes standard in all other models. This car comes only as a long-wheelbase sedan, as BWM doesn't offer its short-wheelbase body type in the U.S.

As you move up the trim ladder, prices jump significantly. Shoppers who want to keep costs in the five-figure range will find a lot to love about the base 740i. Its turbocharged straight-six engine has enough gusto to move this full-size car with ease. It comes with many of the same standard features as the more expensive 7 Series models, including 20-way power-adjustable front seats and a well-equipped infotainment system.

For those who want to upgrade their 740i, BMW offers options that include remote control parking, front seats with ventilation and massage, and a Bower & Wilkins surround-sound audio system.

2020 BMW 7 Series 740i

The entry-level 7 Series comes with a 335-horsepower turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that’s more potent than the one it replaces. The rear-wheel-drive 740i sedan starts at $86,450, and the all-wheel-drive 740i xDrive has a base price of $89,450.

The 740i comes with Dakota leather upholstery, 20-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a power rear-window sunshade, a panoramic moonroof with a power sunshade, and quad-zone automatic climate control.

Its base infotainment system features a 12.3-inch digital driver's display, a 10.2-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, gesture control, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and wireless device charging.

A hands-free power trunk lid, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and 18-inch light alloy wheels are included. The 7 Series’ comprehensive set of advanced safety features includes adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking camera system, forward collision warning, and pedestrian detection.

2020 BMW 7 Series 745e xDrive

The 745e xDrive iPerformance is a plug-in hybrid. Its powertrain consists of a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combine to produce 389 horsepower. The 10.3-kilowatt-hours lithium-ion battery pack provides an all-electric driving range of around 16 miles, and it can be recharged in about four hours with a 240-volt outlet.

Most features mirror what you get with the 740i. Pricing for the 745e starts at $95,550, but shoppers should check for possible federal and local tax incentives that may lower the overall cost.

2020 BMW 7 Series 750i xDrive

Starting at $102,650, the 750i xDrive sedan has a 523-horsepower turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine. Standard features include Nappa leather upholstery, a head-up display, and 19-inch light alloy wheels.

2020 BMW 7 Series Alpina B7 xDrive

Under the hood of the meaty Alpina B7 is a 600-horsepower turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine. An extra Sport+ drive mode, an upgraded sport suspension system, 20-inch wheels, and a distinct exhaust system are added to this performance-oriented model. It also gets Nappa leather upholstery, exclusive trim and badging, massaging front seats, heated seats in the front and rear, and ventilated front seats.

Added driver assistance features include lane keep assist with side collision avoidance, adaptive cruise control with full stop-and-go capability, and Evasion Assistant, which helps you avoid a potential collision. Prices for the Alpina start at $142,800.

2020 BMW 7 Series M760i xDrive

The M760i and the Alpina B7 are the most powerful models in the 7 Series fleet. The M760i boasts a 600-horsepower 6.6-liter turbocharged V12 engine. This $157,700 model also comes with an M Sport exhaust system, a Sport+ drive mode, an aerodynamic kit, and a rear spoiler. Comfort features include Nappa leather upholstery, an Alcantara headliner, power rear side-window sunshades, ventilated and heated seats all around, and massaging front seats.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local BMW dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our BMW deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 BMW 7 Series is a well-rounded sedan that bridges opulence with driving enjoyment. Unlike many super luxury cars, the 7 Series is a treat to drive, thanks to its powerful engines and balanced handling.

This BMW boasts an enormous, executive-style back seat and an appealing selection of rear-seat upgrades. You won't have to worry about packing light, as the spacious trunk provides ample space for all your luggage. An array of high-tech toys are sprinkled throughout the cabin, though the infotainment system has a few hiccups.

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

  • "But there's more to this BMW flagship sedan than polarizing new looks. It also benefits from an expanded roster of luxury and convenience amenities, which makes it more competitive in a posh, highly technologically savvy segment. Each rival has its own personality: While the Audi A8 specializes in advanced technology, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is arguably the most luxurious car in the segment, and the Lexus LS brings fine craftsmanship and reliability, the BMW aims to provide a balance between luxury and sportiness." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "It's not the ultimate luxury sedan, either, riding too stiffly and offering a 3 Series-evoking interior to the S-Class' tour de force. It's not the ultimate technology showcase, either, not with the Audi A8 replacing every touch point with a touchscreen. The 7 tries to compete with both, or at least offer a middle ground, and ends up seemingly confused about what it wants to be." -- Motor Trend
  • "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 (2018)
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