2019 BMW 7-Series


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2019 BMW 7-Series Review

The 2019 BMW 7 Series ranks in the middle of the super luxury car class. It fares well across the board, with a cossetting ride, sporty handling, strong engines, and a high-class cabin. However, this is a class of great cars, and some fare better in terms of performance or interior opulence.

Pros & Cons

  • Blissful ride
  • Agile handling
  • Energetic engines
  • Great fuel economy estimates
  • Extravagant and spacious cabin
  • High ownership costs
  • No Android Auto

Research & Ratings

Currently, the BMW 7-Series has a score of 7.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 17 pieces of research and data.

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.4
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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Is the 2019 BMW 7 Series a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2019 7 Series is a good used super luxury car. It has a lavishly adorned cabin, engaging handling, and a lineup of brutish engine options. Its infotainment system lets you answer calls or adjust the volume with a wave of your hand, and the seats in both rows pamper occupants with an abundance of space and comfort upgrades, such as massaging and ventilation.

Outside of its high ownership costs and some missing tech features, the main thing holding this BMW back is the nature of the super luxury class. It’s full of great vehicles, and some simply outclass this Bimmer.

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 the 7 Series in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data like fuel economy estimates and predicted reliability ratings with professional evaluations from 17 automotive sources.

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 2019 BMW 7-Series?

Based on listings for the 2019 BMW 7-Series, the average list price is $48,756. Prices range from $48,756 to $84,726 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 BMW 7 Series Cost to Own?

The 2019 7 Series’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $46,530, or $9,306 per year. Those are among the highest costs in the class.

2018 vs. 2019 BMW 7 Series: What's the Difference?

BMW made several driver aids standard in the 2019 7 Series, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. However, all of these features were available in older models.

Compare the 2018 and 2019 7 Series »

Here are key changes for the BMW 7 Series since it was redesigned for 2016:

  • 2016: fully redesigned with enhanced styling, additional trunk space, and a revamped suspension system; short-wheelbase body type discontinued
  • 2017: Alpina B7, M760i, and plug-in-hybrid 740e models debuted; all-wheel drive became available in base trim
  • 2018: no major changes
  • 2019: more driver assistance features became standard

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 BMW 7 Series, 2017 BMW 7 Series, and 2018 BMW 7 Series reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 BMW 7 Series?

The 2019 7 Series has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

Read more about 7 Series reliability »

2019 BMW 7-Series Recalls

There have been 2 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

BACK OVER PREVENTION: SENSING SYSTEM: CAMERA Recall Date: 09/26/2019
  • Summary: BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018 540d, 2018-2020 530i, 530i xDrive, 540i, 540i xDrive, M550i xDrive, M5, 530e, 530e xDrive, X3 sDrive, X3 xDrive, X3 M40i, X3 M, and 2019-2020 X4 xDrive, X4 M40i, X4 M, X7 xDrive, X7 M50i, 740Li, 740Li xDrive, 750Li, 750Li xDrive, 8 Series Convertible and Coupe 840i, 840i xDrive, M850i xDrive, X5 sDrive, X5 xDrive, X5 M50i, X6 xDrive, X6 M50i, 330i, 330i xDrive, M340i, M340i xDrive, Z4 sDrive, Z4 M40i, 740Le xDrive and 745Le xDrive, 2018-2019 640i xDrive Gran Turismo and Rolls-Royce Phantom, 2019 M850i xDrive Gran Coupe and Rolls-Royce Cullinan and 2020 Toyota Supra vehicles. The back-up camera and display settings can be adjusted such that the rear view image is no longer visible and the system will retain that setting the next time the vehicle is placed in reverse. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 111, "Rearview Mirrors."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 257473
  • Consequence: The lack of an image in the back-up camera display increases the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will update the back-up camera software, free of charge. The recall began November 8, 2019. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or Rolls-Royce at 1-877-877-3735. Toyota owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371.
  • Dates of Manufacture: MAY 01, 2018 to SEP 01, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: Toyota: 19TA19
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V684000
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE Recall Date: 07/10/2018
  • Summary: BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018 BMW 540d xDrive vehicles. The crankshaft sensor may be equipped with incorrect firmware, preventing the sensor from properly processing input from the crankshaft reluctor ring, possibly resulting in a vehicle stall. On September 12, 2018, BMW expanded the recall to a total of 5,309 vehicles including certain 2018-2019 BMW 540d xDrive, 230i M240i, M240i xDrive, X2 sDrive28i, X2 xDrive28i, X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i, 330i, 330i xDrive, 340i, 340i xDrive, 330i xDrive Gran Turismo, 530i, 530i xDrive, 540i, 540i xDrive, 530e, 530e xDrive, 640i xDrive Gran Turismo, 330e, 2019 430i Gran Coupe, 430i xDrive Gran Coupe, 440i Gran Coupe, 440i xDrive Gran Coupe, 430i, 430i xDrive, 440i, 440i xDrive, 740i, 740i xDrive, MINI Cooper, Cooper S, JCW, MINI Countryman (Cooper, Cooper All4, Cooper S, Cooper S All4, JCW All4), and MINI Clubman (Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper All4, Cooper S All4, JCW All4) vehicles.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 5309
  • Consequence: A vehicle stall can increase the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the crankshaft sensor, free of charge. The recall began September 6, 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
  • Dates of Manufacture: MAY 16, 2018 to JUN 05, 2018
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V465000

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Which Used BMW 7 Series Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 BMW 7 Series comes in five trim levels: 740i, 740e iPerformance, 750i, Alpina B7, and M760i. The base trim is richly equipped, so the main reason to look at other trims relates to performance.

The powertrain varies with each model. The base 740i has a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine. The 740e is a plug-in hybrid, pairing an electric motor with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The 750i has a turbocharged V8 engine. The two high-performance models are even stronger. The Alpina B7 features a 600-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine, and the M760i boasts a 6.6-liter V12 that makes a whopping 601 horsepower.

BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system is optional in the 740i and 750i and standard in all other trims.

  • BMW 740i: The BMW 740i comes equipped with a 10.2-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, quad-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, heated front seats, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, and a panoramic moonroof. Also standard is BMW’s Active Driving Assistant. This package bundles driver assistance features such as blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning.
  • BMW 740e iPerformance: Other than its plug-in-hybrid powertrain, the 740e has the same standard and optional features as the 740i.
  • BMW 750i: The 750i gains Nappa leather upholstery, 20-way power-adjustable front seats, and larger alloy wheels. The 750i is the first trim to offer rear-seat features such as a power-adjustable seat and footrest, a foldable table with cupholders, and a 7-inch command tablet for a rear-seat entertainment system.
  • BMW Alpina B7: In addition to the stronger engine listed above, the Alpina picks up a few lavish interior elements, such as massaging front seats and hand-finished myrtle wood trim.
  • BMW M760i: Alongside the Alpina B7, the M760i is the other performance-oriented sedan in this BMW’s lineup. It gets M badging and power-adjustable rear seats.

See 2019 BMW 7 Series trims and specs »

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

The BMW Certified CPO program is available on vehicles 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. Restrictions apply on transferring CPO coverage to subsequent owners. 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 2019 7 Series. That’s common among luxury vehicles.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control

Available advanced safety features:

  • Lane keep assist
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Night vision camera
  • Front cross traffic alert
  • Head-up display
  • Parallel and perpendicular park assist
  • Semiautonomous steering with Traffic Jam Assistant

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2019 BMW 7 Series Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 BMW 7 Series or 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a great super luxury car. It can be had in several body styles, including a sedan, coupe, and convertible. Regardless of body style, the Mercedes-Benz has an opulent cabin and a lineup of brawny powertrains. Unlike the BMW, though, it doesn’t offer a plug-in-hybrid variant. Unless getting the hybrid is what you really want, the S-Class is the better vehicle. It has even nicer cabin materials and a stronger base engine than the 7 Series.

Which Is Better: 2019 BMW 7 Series or 2019 Audi A8?

The redesigned 2019 Audi A8 is another good sedan in the class. It has state-of-the-art tech features, such as an available 12.3-inch virtual cockpit and two touch screens that operate most of the cabin controls. It also has a sumptuous interior with cushy seats. However, the BMW is the better sedan. It has more energetic engines and sharper handling than the Audi. The BMW has a bigger trunk too.

Compare the 7 Series, S-Class, and A8 »

2019 7 Series Performance

How Does the 2019 BMW 7 Series Drive?

Each engine in this sedan is turbocharged. The inline-six in the base 740i trim is capable of handling most driving scenarios, but the available V8s and V12 should please those interested in more potent performance. The Alpina B7 and range-topping M760i both accelerate from zero to 60 mph in under four seconds.

All engines come with a smart, prompt-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

Road flaws are smoothed out with ease by the standard air suspension, allowing for a serene ride. The well-insulated cabin keeps out wind and road noise. Despite its size and weight, this full-size sedan exhibits nimble handling.

  • Base engine: 320-horsepower 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder (740i)
  • Available engines:
    • 445-horsepower turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 (750i)
    • 600-horsepower turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 (Alpina B7)
    • 601-horsepower twin-turbo 6.6-liter V12 (M760i)
  • Available powertrain: 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor with a combined 322 horsepower (740e PHEV)
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive (xDrive)
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2019 BMW 7 Series Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 7 Series gets some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class, easily surpassing the 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the 2019 Jaguar XJ.

  • 740i, RWD: 21/29 mpg city/highway
  • 750i, RWD: 18/26 mpg
  • Alpine B7, AWD: 17/25 mpg
  • M760i, AWD: 13/20 mpg
2019 BMW 7 Series Alternative Fuels and Charging

The plug-in-hybrid 740e has a 9.2-kWh lithium-ion battery. It has an all-electric range of 14 miles and gets an EPA-estimated 64 MPG-equivalent. With the gas engine, it gets 27 mpg in combined city/highway driving.

The charging time depends on the method used:

  • 240-volt charging station: about 3 hours for a full charge
  • Household-style power outlet: around 5 to 6 hours

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2019 7 Series Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 7 Series Seat?

The 2019 7 Series is a four-door sedan that seats five people in two rows. Getting the executive-style package lowers occupancy to four. The seats are exceptionally comfortable and supportive, and both rows can be had with several comfort enhancements. Passengers in the back even get a class-leading amount of legroom. Additionally, the stadium-style seats boost visibility, and the large doors make it easy to enter or exit the vehicle.

This BMW does not disappoint on the luxury front. Wood and chrome accents, as well as leather surfaces, all highlight the opulence of this vehicle.

Standard seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • 14-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Heated front seats

Available seating features:

  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Ventilated front seats
  • 20-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Massaging front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Ventilated rear seats
  • Massaging rear seats
  • Rear-seat power-adjustable footrest
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 BMW 7 Series?

This sedan has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats.

2019 BMW 7 Series Features

There are numerous ways of controlling this BMW’s iDrive interface, and it’s easy to use. In addition to a touchpad, you can use the touch screen or steering-wheel-mounted buttons. You can even use gesture-based controls, such as using hand movements to raise or lower stereo volume.

On the downside, BMW offers Apple CarPlay on a subscription basis, so it may be missing from some used models. Android Auto is unavailable.

  • Standard infotainment features: the iDrive infotainment system, a 10.2-inch touch screen, voice and gesture controls, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, HD Radio, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, two USB ports, and Bluetooth
  • Available infotainment features: a Bowers and Wilkins Diamond surround-sound stereo and a rear-seat entertainment system with a 7-inch tablet
  • Additional standard features: push-button start, proximity keyless entry, quad-zone automatic climate control, and a panoramic moonroof
  • Other available features: an in-cabin air purifier

See 2019 BMW 7 Series specs »

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2019 BMW 7 Series Dimensions

BMW 7 Series Cargo Space

With 18.2 cubic feet, this BMW sedan has one of the largest trunks among super luxury cars, surpassing both the 2019 Audi A8 and 2019 Jaguar XJ. The plug-in-hybrid model has a smaller 14.8 cubic feet of space because of the placement of its battery pack.

2019 BMW 7 Series Length and Weight
  • Length: 17 feet, 3 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,195 to 5,128 pounds

Where Was the 2019 BMW 7 Series Built?

BMW built the 2019 7 Series sedan in Germany.

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