2016 BMW 7-Series

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2016 BMW 7-Series Review

The 2016 BMW 7 Series has lively handling, potent engines, and a spacious cabin. However, it ranks in the middle of the class because many rivals have lower costs of ownership and higher reliability ratings.

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Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.1
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Athletic handling
  • Generous back-seat and trunk room
  • Potent engines
  • Above-average fuel economy
  • High ownership costs

2016 BMW 7-Series Overview

Is the 2016 BMW 7 Series a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2016 BMW 7 Series is a good used car. This sedan has no trouble weaving through winding roads, and all its available engines provide quick acceleration from a standstill. The 7 Series has plenty of trunk space and more rear-seat legroom than most of its competitors. Additionally, it’s well-equipped when it comes to technology. Every model comes with gesture control, which allows you to operate the infotainment system with simple hand movements. This BMW has some of the highest ownership costs among its rivals, however.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 14 BMW 7 Series reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2016 BMW 7 Series?

Our site has nearly 200 listings for the 2016 BMW 7 Series, with an average list price of about $58,500. Prices range from roughly $47,000 to around $70,000, and they vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 BMW 7 Series Cost to Own?

The 2016 BMW 7 Series’ five-year costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are projected to be $41,330 – or nearly $8,270 per year. These estimates are higher than most rivals'.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New 7 Series?

Starting at $83,100, the 2018 BMW 7 Series is significantly more expensive than the 2016 BMW 7 Series. The 2018 model has available all-wheel drive in the base trim and offers three trims not available in the 2016 model year: a hybrid trim, the 740e, and two sporty trims with aggressively potent engines – the M760i and the Alpina B7. These trims come at a steep price, however: The 740e starts at $91,250, the Alpina B7 at $139,350, and the M760i at $156,700.

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You most likely won't be able to find a new super luxury car that’s comparable in price to the 2016 7 Series. However, there are some luxury large cars within the used 7 Series' price range.

The 2018 Cadillac CT6's starting price is similar to the 2016 BMW 7 Series' average list price, and the 2018 Audi A7 and 2018 Genesis G90 are priced near the top of the 7 Series' price range. All three models feature potent engines, fun driving dynamics, and numerous standard features.

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Which Model Year of the BMW 7 Series Is Best?

The 7 Series was fully redesigned for the 2016 model year, launching a new generation of this sedan. BMW added three new trims for the 2017 model year – the 740e hybrid, as well as the potent Alpina B7 and M760i – and made all-wheel drive available in the base trim. If you’re looking for the base level 740i, you can save a lot of money by purchasing a 2016 model. For the other trims, you’ll need to shop 2017 or 2018 models. Models from the previous generation are vastly different and come with a different engine lineup, different trim levels, and either a short or long wheelbase model. Stick with the 2016 7 Series.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 BMW 7 Series?

J.D. Power gives the 2016 BMW 7 Series a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, which is above average for the industry but only average among rivals.

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BMW 7 Series Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2016 BMW 7 Series.

Which Used BMW 7 Series Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 BMW 7 Series has two trim levels: 740i and 750i. The base BMW 7 Series 740i is a great pick for most shoppers. Standard features include leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and an iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, gesture control, and navigation. A 16-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, satellite radio, a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, wireless charging, a power tailgate, a panoramic moonroof, a power rear sunshade, a sport leather steering wheel, four-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, LED fog lights, automatic high beams, adaptive LED headlights, and an air suspension system are also standard.

The 750i swaps the 740i’s standard six-cylinder engine for a more powerful V8 engine. The 750i features multi-contour seats and a head-up display. It’s the only trim to offer BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive.

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Certified Pre-Owned BMW 7 Series Warranty

BMW offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five model years old or less. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. The BMW CPO program is available on vehicles with less than 60,000 miles on the odometer. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the expiration of the four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty for passenger cars and SUVs for a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW undergoes an inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available. Restrictions apply on transferring certified pre-owned coverage to subsequent owners. Read the BMW warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, BMW’s CPO program is good. However, Lexus, Infiniti, and Mercedes-Benz offer more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the 7 Series?

The standard 2016 BMW 7 Series has few standard active safety features. It comes with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. However, it’s available with a head-up display, a surround-view camera, blind spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, city collision mitigation, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist.

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2016 BMW 7 Series Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 BMW 7 Series or 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sets the standard for what a super luxury car should be. Beyond its sumptuous interior refinement and extensive list of features, including more standard advanced safety tech than the 7 Series, the S-Class also delivers outstanding performance. It has more horsepower in its standard and available engines, and it delivers a cushioned, composed ride. The S-Class is a superior choice overall. The 7 Series, however, is the better option for performance-minded shoppers or those reluctant to splurge on the more-expensive S-Class.

Which Is Better: 2016 BMW 7 Series or 2016 Audi A8?

The 2016 Audi A8 is a nice super luxury car, but the 7 Series is the winner here. Both cars feature potent engines and agile handling. The A8 has a more refined interior, standard all-wheel drive, and lower ownership costs, but the 7 Series features a more up-to-date infotainment system and a larger trunk. Also, the BMW’s reliability rating is far superior to the A8’s below-average rating. Go for the 7 Series.

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2016 7 Series Performance

How Does the 2016 BMW 7 Series Drive?

A 320-horsepower twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine powers the base 2016 BMW 7 Series. This engine provides quick acceleration from a stop and should satisfy most drivers. If you want more power, however, consider the 750i trim. It comes with a 445-horsepower twin-turbo V8. Both models feature a smooth-shifting, eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available in the 750i xDrive trim.

With athletic handling and a comfortable ride, the 7 Series has some of the best driving dynamics among its rivals. Its standard suspension system has five driving modes that you can use to tailor driving dynamics to your personal driving style. The 7 Series' brakes are strong, but the accelerator is rather soft.

Does the 2016 BMW 7 Series Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2016 BMW 7 Series delivers 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which are better estimates than many rivals'. With the V8 engine, numbers drop to 17/25 mpg city/highway.

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2016 7 Series Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 7 Series Seat?

There's seating for five in the 7 Series. The sedan has both a spacious front and back row, and its cabin has a pleasing, modern design. Leather seats, heated front seats, and 10-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Some models may include multi-contour seats, premium leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, massaging seats, and reclining rear seats with extendable foot rests.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 BMW 7 Series?

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats of the 2016 BMW 7 Series.

2016 BMW 7 Series Features

Standard features include a 16-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, satellite radio, a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, wireless charging, a power trunk lid, a panoramic moonroof, a power rear sunshade, four-zone automatic climate control, and the iDrive 5.0 infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, gesture control, and navigation. The infotainment system is user-friendly and intuitive. Some models may feature a 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system and a rear-seat entertainment system.

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2016 BMW 7 Series Dimensions

BMW 7 Series Cargo Space

The 2016 7 Series has 18.2 cubic feet of trunk space, making it more spacious than most competitors’. A cargo pass-through is standard, and it’s useful for loading long, slim objects. Some models come with a hands-free power trunk lid.

2016 7 Series Length and Weight

The 2016 7 Series is roughly 17.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from about 4,225 to 4,610 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 BMW 7 Series Built?

The 2016 BMW 7 Series was built in Germany.

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