2015 BMW 7-Series

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2015 BMW 7-Series Review

The BMW 7 Series has a comfortable and elegant cabin, user-friendly features, balanced handling, and an array of potent engines. It’s a well-rounded sedan, but its reliability – though good – lags behind class leaders.

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.3
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable, spacious cabin
  • Refined ride and handling
  • Potent engine options
  • Not as sporty as class rivals

2015 BMW 7-Series Overview

Is the 2015 BMW 7 Series a Good Used Car?

The BMW 7 Series is a great option if you’re shopping for a used super luxury car. It rewards drivers with its poised handling and punchy turbocharged engines, yet comforts with a smooth ride, ample seating space, quality materials, and easy-to-use features. There are more focused cars in its class, such as the racy Porsche Panamera and smooth-riding Lexus LS. But all in all, the 7 Series remains a strong contender.

Used 2015 BMW 7 Series Performance and Interior

BMW offers the 7 Series with multiple engine options. The 740i and 740Li (L signifies a long-wheelbase model) are powered by a turbocharged six-cylinder with 315 horsepower. The ActiveHybrid 7 pairs this engine with an electric motor to produce 335 horsepower. The 740Ld has a turbodiesel six-cylinder with 255 horsepower. The 750i and 750Li have a twin-turbocharged V8 with 445 horsepower. The Alpina B7 shares this V8 but raises it to 540 horsepower. Lastly, the 760Li has a V12 with 535 horsepower. All models feature an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (xDrive) are available.

Regardless of engine, the 7 Series gets up to speed confidently and offers robust passing power. The 740Ld strikes the best balance in the lineup. It offers the muscle of the V8s but with far better fuel economy (23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway). The ActiveHybrid 7 and base model 740i get 22/30 and 19/28 mpg, respectively. The 750i and Alpina B7 lower these ratings to 17/25 and 16/24 mpg, respectively. The 760Li returns a poor 13/20 mpg.

The 7 Series is fun to drive, yet it still comforts occupants with a smooth and refined ride. The steering is accurate and nicely weighted. The brakes provide strong stopping power, and the sedan’s body motions are well-controlled around turns.

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The BMW 7 Series seats five and has a spacious and well-dressed interior. Material quality is excellent, even in base models, which receive rich wood trim and plush leather seats. The 7 Series’ front seats are very comfortable and supportive. BMW’s multi-contour seats are an option worth looking for: These seats feature 20-way adjustments for exceptionally tailored support. Additional seating features include heat, ventilation, and massage functions. Both rows offer generous head- and legroom in the standard short-wheelbase models. The long-wheelbase L models add an extra 5.4 inches of rear-seat legroom. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The 7 Series has a roomy 18 cubic feet of trunk space, though ActiveHybrid 7 models offer just under 13 cubic feet due to the placement of their battery pack.

The 7 Series’ dashboard features a simple layout centered around the iDrive infotainment system's large 10.2-inch screen. The screen displays the navigation system, the rearview camera, the radio, and a variety of apps. It’s controlled by a knob and buttons located on the center console. iDrive works better than most systems in its class and features a touchpad that can detect handwriting, which is helpful when inputting addresses or phone numbers. Models equipped with the optional Rear Entertainment package feature an additional iDrive controller in the rear seats that controls a pair of 9.2-inch DVD screens.

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Used 2015 BMW 7 Series Prices

The price of a used 2015 7 Series ranges from about $41,400 for base 740i models to around $63,700 for 760Li models. The price will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 38 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve researched 38 BMW 7 Series reviews – as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates – to help you make the best car buying decision possible.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 BMW 7 Series?

The 7 Series has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the 7 Series?

Neither the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted crash tests on the 2015 7 Series.

The 7 Series is available with many advanced safety features. BMW equips all models with a rearview camera and parking sensors. The optional Driver Assistance Plus package adds adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, a 360-degree camera system, and forward collision warning with brake assist. Additional features include parallel parking assist, adaptive headlights, and a night vision camera.

Should I Consider Another Used 7 Series?

The 2015 BMW 7 Series marked the seventh and final model year of the vehicle’s fifth generation. A fully redesigned 7 Series arrived for the 2016 model year. The only major update for 2015 was the addition of a diesel model (740Ld). As a result, you may find similarly equipped 2014 models at lower prices.

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Which Used BMW 7 Series Is Right for Me?

BMW offers the 2015 7 Series in eight trim levels: 740i, 740Li, 740Ld, ActiveHybrid 7, 750i, 750Li, Alpina B7, and 760Li. Standard equipment in all trims includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, quad-zone climate control, parking sensors, a rearview camera, and the iDrive infotainment system, which includes navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port.

Available features include a head-up display, a Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen sound system, a suite of active safety features, ventilated and massaging front seats, and rear seats with heating, ventilating, and massaging features.

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned 7 Series. The BMW CPO program offers three levels of coverage based on the vehicle’s age and mileage. Each vehicle receives the balance of the original new-car warranty, while some may receive an additional two-year/50,000-mile warranty. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the BMW warranty page carefully.

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2015 BMW 7 Series and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW 7 Series or 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The Mercedes S-Class has long been the mark that other super luxury carmakers shoot for. It has a superior mix of interior quality, ride comfort, and advanced safety and convenience features. It's also the priciest car in its class by far. The 7 Series delivers much of the refinement, luxury, and technology of the S-Class for a lot less money.

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW 7 Series or 2015 Audi A8?

The Audi A8 and 7 Series are fine options but not class leaders. Both sedans provide athletic driving dynamics, smooth ride comfort, luxe interiors, spirited engine performance, and great safety features. The BMW has a slight edge in reliability, but the Audi is often more affordably priced.

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