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2018 BMW 7-Series Review

A capable engine lineup, lively handling, an elegant cabin, and generous rear-seat accommodations all help the 2018 BMW 7 Series rank near the top of the super luxury car class.

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 7.7
Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 4.8
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Supremely comfortable and roomy rear seats
  • Generous list of high-tech features
  • Powerful engine lineup
  • Good fuel economy estimates for the class
  • Most rivals have more standard safety features

Is the 2018 BMW 7 Series a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2018 BMW 7 Series is a good used car. Opulent and refined, fun to drive, and comfortable to ride in, it’s an epitome of what a luxury sedan should be.

The 2018 7 Series’ strengths include:

  • A spacious cabin
  • Comfortable seats
  • Potent engine options
  • An abundance of high-tech features

Among this vehicle’s shortcomings:

  • Fewer standard safety features than some rivals
Why You Can Trust Us

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive BMW 7 Series review. It combines concrete data (like predicted reliability ratings, crash test results, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from the automotive press.

We’ve been reviewing cars since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive experience. We also award the Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands on an annual basis. To ensure our impartiality, a third party handles our advertising, and we don't accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Is the 2018 BMW 7 Series?

Used 2018 models are beginning to appear on dealer lots. Based on listings for the BMW 7 Series on our site, the average price is $64,500. Prices range from $48,900 to $89,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 BMW 7 Series Cost to Own?

The 2018 7 Series’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $41,360, or $8,272 per year. That’s above average among super luxury cars.

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

BMW introduced a few more standard safety features to the 7 Series for 2019, such as adaptive cruise control and the Active Driving Assistance suite of driver aids, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. Many of these were available in older models, so you might be able to get the features you want in a 2018 model for less than the price of a new one.

Read about the new 7 Series »

BMW redesigned the 7 Series for the 2016 model year. A plug-in hybrid variant debuted for 2017, and all-wheel drive became available in the base trim. Otherwise, there have been few major updates to this BMW. That means you could get a nearly identical older model for less money.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 7 Series?

The 2018 7 Series has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 BMW 7 Series Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2018 BMW 7 Series:

  • The 740e's charging cable may cause a shock or start a fire

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used BMW 7 Series Trim Is Right for Me?

The BMW 7 Series sedan comes in several configurations. There are two main trim levels: 740i and 750i. There’s also a plug-in hybrid model called the 740e. Finally, there are two high-performance models: the Alpina B7 and the M760i. Each has its own distinct engine. All-wheel drive, designated xDrive by BMW, comes standard in all but the 740i and 750i, but it is available in those models.

Options abound throughout the lineup, including an in-cabin air filter, Apple CarPlay, a rear-seat entertainment system with two 10-inch displays, and a 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound stereo.

Several safety features are available too, including a night vision camera, a 360-degree parking camera, lane keep assist with side collision prevention, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic braking, pedestrian detection, parallel park assist, semiautonomous steering, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control.

  • BMW 7 Series 740i: The 740i sedan has a 320-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, an adaptive air suspension, the iDrive infotainment system with gesture-based controls, a 10.2-inch touch screen, a navigation system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Qi-compatible wireless phone charging, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon stereo. It also features leather upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, proximity keyless entry, a panoramic moonroof, a rearview camera, rear and front parking sensors, adaptive headlights, automatic high-beam headlights, and alloy wheels.
  • BMW 7 Series 740e: This plug-in hybrid has a nearly identical features list to the base 740i. Its powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that make a combined 322 horsepower. This model also comes standard with all-wheel drive.
  • BMW 7 Series 750i: The 750i reverts to rear-wheel drive and has a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine that puts out 445 horsepower. Nappa leather seats come standard, as do 20-way power-adjustable front seats.
  • BMW 7 Series Alpina B7 xDrive: The Alpina B7 also has a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine, but it makes 600 horsepower. The Alpina is lavishly decorated, with massaging front seats, myrtle wood trim, and distinctive styling.
  • BMW 7 Series M760i xDrive: The top-of-the-line M760i features a 6.6-liter V12 engine rated at 601 horsepower. Some of the options available in other models become standard, including Apple CarPlay, parallel park assist, and power-adjustable rear seats.

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

The BMW CPO program is available on vehicles with more than 300 but less than 60,000 miles on the odometer. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. 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 a road test and 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 has a fairly robust CPO program, though brands like Mercedes-Benz and Audi have more comprehensive programs.

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How Safe Is the 7 Series?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has put the BMW 7 Series through crash tests. That’s common among high-end luxury cars.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • automatic high-beam headlights

Available advanced safety features:

  • night vision assist
  • surround-view parking camera
  • pre-collision warning and braking system
  • pedestrian detection
  • lane keep assist
  • lane departure warning
  • side collision prevention
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • head-up display
  • parallel park assist
  • adaptive cruise control
  • semiautonomous steering
  • Traffic Jam assist

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2018 BMW 7 Series Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 BMW 7 Series or 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is another good super luxury vehicle. It comes in three body types: coupe, cabriolet, and sedan. Both the BMW and the Mercedes-Benz have performance-oriented options, though the two Mercedes AMG models have more horsepower (603 and 621) than the BMW’s closest competitors, the Alpina B7 and M760i (600 and 601). The Mercedes-Benz also has rich cabin materials, a longer list of standard features, and a gentler ride. You’ll pay for that added opulence though. On average, buying the Mercedes costs around $31,900 more than the BMW. Both of these are good vehicles, and choosing one comes down to budget and preference.

Which Is Better: 2018 BMW 7 Series or 2018 Audi A8?

The 2018 Audi A8 is similar to the BMW 7 Series in a lot of ways. Both vehicles have strong engine options, sharp handling, comfortable rides, and similarly upscale interiors. The BMW takes a slight edge though. It has a higher predicted reliability rating and an easier-to-use infotainment system.

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2018 7 Series Performance

How Does the 2018 7 Series Drive?

Whether you pick the four-cylinder hybrid powertrain, the inline-six cylinder engine, or a brawny V8 or V12, you’ll get refined performance and more than enough power to haul this fully loaded sedan along freeway roads or up hills. The standard eight-speed automatic transmission makes smooth shifts.

Despite its size, this large sedan is nimbler than many of its rivals, challenging the 2018 Porsche Panamera for athleticism. A well-tuned air suspension keeps the ride silky smooth, and sharper suspension add-ons are available. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, and xDrive all-wheel drive can be added to the base trims and comes standard in the others.

  • Base engine: 320-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder (740i)
  • Available engines: 
    • 322-horsepower hybrid powertrain with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor (740e)
    • 445-horsepower twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 (750i)
    • 600-horsepower twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 (Alpina B7)
    • 601-horsepower twin-turbo 6.6-liter V12 (M760i)
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive (xDrive)
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 7 Series Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 7 Series is more fuel-efficient than many other super luxury cars.

  • 740i: 21/29 mpg city/highway
  • 750i: 17/25 mpg
  • Alpina B7: 16/25 mpg
  • M760i xDrive: 13/20 mpg

For all-wheel-drive variants of the 740i and 750i (these come standard with rear-wheel drive), subtract 1 mpg from the city figure. We cover the plug-in hybrid version of the 7 Series below.

2018 BMW 7 Series Alternative Fuels and Charging

The 7 Series plug-in hybrid gets EPA estimates of 64 MPGe combined in city and highway driving, and it has 14 miles of all-electric range. This PHEV has a 9.2-kWh lithium-ion battery.

The charging time depends on the method used:

  • 240-volt charging station: about 3 hours
  • Household power outlet: about 5 to 6 hours

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2018 7 Series Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 7 Series Seat?

This BMW seats five people in two rows. Passengers are pampered in both rows, with generous head- and legroom and plenty of seating upgrades designed to maximize comfort, especially in the rear. Interior quality is high-end, with real wood and leather accents with luxurious fit and finish.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • 14-way power-adjustable front seats
  • heated front seats

Available seating features:

  • 20-way power-adjustable front seats
  • multi-contour front seats
  • heated rear seats
  • ventilated front and rear seats
  • massaging front and rear seats
  • power-adjustable rear seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 BMW 7 Series?

This BMW has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. Each of the back seats has an upper tether anchor and a set of lower anchors.

2018 BMW 7 Series Features

This luxury sedan is full of state-of-the-art technology. The iDrive infotainment interface works well. Its touch screen has crisp graphics, and it can be controlled with smartphonelike pinch-and-swipe controls. You can also use the physical buttons and even hand gestures to control the infotainment system. Apple CarPlay is available, but Android Auto is not.

  • Standard infotainment features: the iDrive infotainment system, a 10.2-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless phone charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, HD Radio, and satellite radio
  • Available infotainment features: a rear-seat entertainment system with two 10-inch touch screens, Apple CarPlay, a 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and a head-up display
  • Additional standard features: quad-zone automatic climate control, proximity key, and a panoramic moonroof
  • Other available features: in-cabin air filter

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2018 BMW 7 Series Dimensions

BMW 7 Series Cargo Space

This BMW sedan has an 18.2-cubic-foot trunk, which stands out as one of the largest in the super luxury car class. The standard power trunk lid helps with loading cargo, and the rear seats fold to accommodate larger items.

Plug-in hybrid models have a smaller 14.8 cubic feet of space.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 BMW 7 Series Length and Weight
  • Length: 17 feet, 3 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,195 to 5,128 pounds

Where Was the 2018 BMW 7 Series Built?

BMW built the 7 Series in Germany.

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