2013 BMW 7-Series

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2013 BMW 7-Series Review

Note: This review was created when the 2013 BMW 7-Series was new.

Composed handling and a range of powerful engine choices make the 2013 BMW 7-Series a well-rounded performer, critics say, but its interior lacks the panache of rival luxury cars. 

Pros & Cons

  • Balanced handling
  • Powerful engine choices
  • Interior isn’t as luxurious as some rivals’
  • iDrive system can be confusing

New for 2013

  • New eight-speed automatic transmission
  • 750i and 750Li models gain 45 horsepower
  • Improved fuel economy 

Research & Ratings

Currently, the BMW 7-Series has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 28 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2013 BMW 7-Series Overview

The 7-Series is available with five different engines, which range from a turbocharged six-cylinder in the 740i, to a twin-turbo V12 in 760Li models. Reviewers say that even the base BMW 7-Series offers plenty of power, while higher trims are quicker still. The 7-Series is also available in hybrid and high-performance trims, known as the ActiveHybrid 7 and Alpina B7, respectively. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, which earns praise from one test driver for its quick shifts. The 2013 740i gets 19/28 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class. Some reviewers write that the 7-Series offers balanced handling and a comfortable ride. However, others note that rivals like the Jaguar XJ and Porsche Panamera are more nimble.

The BMW 740i features an attractive cabin that’s built with premium materials. Most test drivers agree that the 7-Series offers plenty of head- and legroom up front, though some think that the seats could be more comfortable. For 2013, BMW has updated its iDrive infotainment system, which controls many audio, navigation and vehicle settings. Many reviewers note that the latest iDrive system responds more quickly to inputs and is easier to use than previous versions. However, they also write that the infotainment systems in vehicles built by Lexus and Mercedes-Benz are easier to use. The 2013 7-Series comes standard with front and rear parking sensors, a backup camera, four-zone automatic climate control, navigation, Bluetooth and a 10-speaker stereo with satellite and HD Radio and a USB port. Options and features available on higher trims include a Bang & Olufsen sound system, adaptive cruise control, night vision with pedestrian detection, side- and top-view cameras, a power trunk lid, soft-closing automatic doors and blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning systems.

  • "The 2013 7-Series is well worth your consideration, with the Alpina B7 being an especially attractive option for those who value exclusivity and sporty driving dynamics." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "In a way, the 2013 BMW 7 Series now seems like a sound middle-ground choice, straddling the lines of sportiness, comfort, opulence and restraint." -- Edmunds 
  • "I hope it goes without saying that every single luxury bell and whistle in existence is also tossed in. Put simply, that new Mercedes-Benz S-Class had better be excellent because BMW has a winner on its hands." -- Motor Trend 
  • "The upper-echelon of the automotive realm is a demanding arena, particularly when faced with competition from such segment stalwarts as the iconic Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8 and the new Lexus LS 460. But with the help from several key refinements, the 2013 7 Series' exclusive mix of dynamism and elegance remains stronger than ever." -- Kelley Blue Book 

Other Cars to Consider

Reviewers say that the Audi A8 combines nimble handling with a comfortable ride, just like the 7-Series. The A8 also comes standard with all-wheel drive, and critics love its opulent, high-quality interior.

The Lexus LS can’t match the 7-Series’ driving dynamics, but test drivers appreciate its comfort-tuned ride and finely-crafted interior. Additionally, a few reviewers think that the LS’ electronic features are easier to use.

Compare the 7-Series, A8 and LS »

Details: 2013 BMW 7-Series

The 2013 BMW 7-Series seats five and has standard rear-wheel drive. Regular and long-wheelbase models are available, the latter of which offers more back-seat legroom. A total of seven trims are offered: 740i, 740Li, 750i, 750Li and 760Li, as well as the ActiveHybrid 7 and high-performance Alpina B7. All-wheel drive is optional on certain trim levels. The base 2013 740i comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Higher trims offer upgraded powertrains, as well as some additional standard features. For 2013, the 7-Series gets a new transmission and fuel economy improves across the model lineup. The engines in 750i and 750Li models also produce more horsepower than last year, and BMW has updated its iDrive infotainment system for 2013. Aside from these updates, the 2013 7-Series is basically unchanged. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2008 through the current model year.

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