2017 BMW 7-Series

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2017 BMW 7-Series Review

The 2017 BMW 7 Series ranks near the top of its class. It has a comfortable and roomy interior, user-friendly tech features, pleasant driving dynamics, and muscular engines.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong engines
  • High fuel economy
  • Great ride and handling
  • Spacious, comfortable interior
  • Short on standard safety features

New for 2017

  • 740e hybrid, Alpina B7, and M760i trims added
  • All-wheel drive became available in base trim

Research & Ratings

Currently, the BMW 7-Series has a score of 7.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 11 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.4
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 BMW 7-Series Overview

Is the 2017 BMW 7 Series a Good Used Car?

The 2017 7 Series is a good pick if you’re shopping for a used super luxury car. The 7 Series rewards passengers with a handsome cabin, an easy-to-use infotainment system, roomy seating, and a smooth ride. It's also a blast to drive, thanks to its brawny turbocharged engines and surprisingly athletic handling. Drawbacks are few and far between, but there are more affordable options in this class like the Lexus LS.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 11 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 Much Is the 2017 BMW 7 Series?

You can expect to pay between $49,000 and $122,900 for a used 2017 7 Series, with the average price landing at around $70,800. These figures are based on used listings for the 2017 BMW 7 Series on our site. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 BMW 7 Series Cost to Own?

The 7 Series’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $37,600 – or around $7,500 per year. That’s about average for the super luxury car class.

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

The 2018 BMW 7 Series starts at $81,100 and can reach $150,000 in top-tier M760i models. You can save thousands of dollars with a used 7 Series, especially if you want a lower trim level with few options. You won’t miss much by sticking with a used model either, as there were no major updates for the 2018 model year.

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For a less expensive new car in the BMW family, consider the 2018 BMW 5 Series, which starts at $52,650. The 5 Series’ cabin is similarly luxurious, and it sports the same user-friendly iDrive infotainment system as the 7 Series. The 5 Series offers comparable engine performance to the 7 Series in all but the top trims, and it boasts a similarly long list of advanced safety features. However, the 5 Series doesn’t offer as much rear-seat space as the 7 Series.

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Which Model Year of the BMW 7 Series Is Best?

The sixth-generation BMW 7 Series debuted for the 2016 model year. BMW added a variety of new trim levels for 2017, including the 740e hybrid, Alpina B7, and M760i. BMW also began offering all-wheel drive for base 7 Series models for 2017. The 2018 model year followed with no major updates to the 7 Series. Models from all three years offer roughly the same tech and safety features, which means you can save money with earlier models from this generation and get a very similar car. That said, you ‘d need to stick with the later 2017 and 2018 models if you want one of the 7 Series’ highest-performance trims.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 BMW 7 Series?

The 2017 7 Series has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 BMW 7 Series Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2017 7 Series.

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Which Used BMW 7 Series Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 BMW 7 Series is available in five trim levels: 740i, 740e, 750i, Alpina B7, and M760i. Regardless of the trim level, all models come packed with standard features. These include a 10.2-inch infotainment screen, navigation system, rearview camera, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB ports, a Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless device charging, keyless entry, a power trunk lid, soft-close doors, leather upholstery, heated front seats, four-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, power rear sunshade, fog lights, adaptive headlights, parking sensors, an air suspension, and alloy wheels.

Since all trims are well-equipped, you should base your used car search on which 7 Series engine you want (dictated by the trim level). Also, consider shopping around for desirable options like massaging seats, rear-seat touch screens, and the Active Driving Assistant suite of safety features.

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What Does BMW's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

The BMW Certified CPO program is available on vehicles no older than five years with between 300 and 60,000 miles on the odometer. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty has expired. This warranty can be renewed for a fee, but there is a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW must pass a road test and a 196-point inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available. This CPO coverage can be transferred to subsequent owners, but some restrictions may apply, so read the BMW warranty page carefully.

BMW has one of the less-attractive CPO programs among luxury car manufacturers, according to our research. You’ll get better warranties from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the 7 Series?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2017 7 Series.

The 7 Series offers many advanced safety features. All models have a rearview camera, adaptive pivoting headlights, and parking sensors. That’s a shorter standard features list than many rivals offer.

However, there is a number of available safety features. The Active Driving Assistant package adds forward collision warning with brake assist, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, parallel park assist, a surround-view camera, and speed limit alerts. The Active Driving Assistant Plus package adds adaptive cruise control and traffic jam assist (a semi-autonomous mode for stop-and-go driving with steering and brake assistance). A night vision camera is also available.

2017 BMW 7 Series Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 BMW 7 Series or 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

One of the common critiques of the 7 Series is that it isn't quite as nice as the Mercedes S-Class. And there’s some merit to that claim. The S-Class outshines every car in this segment with its superb interior quality and silky smooth ride. However, most shoppers will find the 7 Series is plenty luxurious and often more affordable to buy and maintain. It goes toe-to-toe with the Mercedes in some areas; it offers similar safety features, engine performance, seating space, and amenities like massaging seats. It also tops the S-Class with higher fuel economy and an easier-to-use infotainment system.

Which Is Better: 2017 BMW 7 Series or 2017 Audi A8?

The 2017 Audi A8 and the 7 Series are both appealing options. Both of these luxury sedans provide a smooth ride while still delivering agile handling and thrilling engine performance. Both also have roomy interiors, many advanced safety features, and user-friendly infotainment systems. However, the A8 doesn’t feel as up to date as the BMW, and its cabin design looks dated by comparison. The Audi also trails the 7 Series in predicted reliability. Stick with the BMW.

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2017 7 Series Performance

How Does the 2017 BMW 7 Series Drive?

The BMW 7 Series has five turbocharged engine options. These include a six-cylinder with 322 horsepower (740i), a four-cylinder hybrid with 322 horsepower (740e iPerformance), a V8 with 443- or 600-horsepower (750i and Alpina B7, respectively), and a V12 with 601 horsepower (M760i). An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive (xDrive) is available.

Most drivers will be more than happy with the standard 740i and 740e models. These sedans zip up to speed with confidence, and – thanks to BMW’s slick eight-speed automatic – each supplies ample punch for climbing hills or passing other vehicles. The brawny 750i turns up the heat even more, but it’s the Alpina B7 and M760i models that deliver true supercar speed. Both can hit 60 mph in under four seconds, albeit at the cost of poor fuel economy.

While the 7 Series’ engines are quite impressive, its driving dynamics deserve even more praise. All 7 Series models come standard with an adaptive air suspension, which helps keep the sedan stable around turns while still soaking up bumps and dips in the pavement. It results in a pleasant driving experience, no matter the road surface. The available Autobahn package adds Integral Active Steering (rear-wheel steering), which improves low-speed maneuverability and high-speed stability. It also adds Active Comfort Drive, a system that uses satellite navigation to predict road conditions and adjust the suspension accordingly.

Does the 2017 BMW 7 Series Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 7 Series’ gets great fuel economy in its lower trim levels, but it returns terrible gas mileage in its high-performance models. The 740e plug-in hybrid is the most efficient. It has an all-electric driving range of 14 miles, and it can net 27 mpg (combined city/highway) when running in hybrid mode. The standard 740i returns an efficient 21/29 mpg, and the 750i can deliver 17/26 mpg. The BMW Alpina B7 offers 16/24 mpg, and the M760i manages a poor rating of 13/20 mpg.

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2017 7 Series Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 7 Series Seat?

The 7 Series sedan has seating for up to five. The front seats are supple and provide excellent support for long-distance cruising. The rear seats are similarly cozy, and they offer generous head- and legroom, even for taller passengers. An optional Executive Lounge Seating package lowers the sedan’s seating capacity to four, but you get a center console and two individual rear seats with footrests, folding tables, and dual infotainment screens. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard in all models. Heated, ventilated, and massaging front and rear seats are available. Even in the base model, the 7 Series’ interior looks great. It sports quality materials like wood and aluminum accents, along with many soft padded surfaces.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 BMW 7 Series?

The 7 Series sedan has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats in the rear outboard seats.

2017 BMW 7 Series Features

The 7 Series comes standard with a 10.2-inch infotainment screen, navigation, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and satellite radio. Available features include Apple CarPlay, a head-up display, and rear-seat touch screens.

BMW’s iDrive infotainment system is one of the easiest to use in this segment, thanks to its simple controls and straightforward on-screen menus. You make adjustments with a knob and touchpad on the center console, and there are also buttons on the dashboard and steering wheel.

The system can recognize hand gestures too. You can point or swipe in the space in front of the screen to accept or decline a phone call, as well as twirl your finger to adjust the radio volume.

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2017 BMW 7 Series Dimensions

BMW 7 Series Cargo Space

The 7 Series sedan has a roomy 18.2 cubic feet of trunk space. The 740e hybrid model has 14.8 cubic feet of space, due to the placement of its lithium-ion battery pack.

2017 7 Series Length and Weight

The 7 Series sedan measures 17.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,195 to 5,128 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 BMW 7 Series Built?

The 2017 BMW 7 Series was built in Germany.


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