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Among ultraluxury sedans, the BMW 7 Series has always played second fiddle to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But the current 7 aced our tests, with an impressively steady ride, silky-smooth powertrain, good handling, and a sumptuous cabin. The base 740i is powered by a 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder. Our typically equipped 750i, with the polished and punchy 445-hp, 4.4-liter turbo V8 and all-wheel drive, rang in at $110,645. Although the controls have a steep learning curve, they prove logical once mastered. The luxurious interior is super-quiet, with impeccable attention to detail and supremely comfortable seats. Interior quality is superb, with the wood, leather, suede, and aluminum trim delivering a modern ambience without looking glitzy.
This vehicle can be outfitted with a semi-autonomous driving package. Consumer Reports believes automakers should take stronger steps to ensure that vehicles with those systems are designed, deployed, and marketed safely. Please heed all warnings, and keep your hands on the wheel.

Road Test

With a serene ride, high-tech features that cater to every whim, thoughtful touches in a comfortable and beyond-impeccable cabin, and impenetrable interior silence, the new BMW 7 Series delivers a first-class travel experience. After years of trailin...


  • Steady and supple ride
  • Earns our highest score in many luxury categories, including seat comfort, fit and finish, and climate features


  • Handling skews luxury over sporty
  • Mercedes S-Class still has the ultimate edge in ride comfort

Best Version to Get

Frustratingly, the rear-wheel drive 750i starts at $94,400, but desirable advanced safety equipment like forward-collision warning and blind-spot monitoring are optional -- part of the Driver Assistance Plus package. We'd get this package for its fantastic surround-view camera system, whi...


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Rust through: 12 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/unlimited
Body Styles
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 hybrid (326 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (320 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (600 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (445 hp)
  • 6.6-liter V12 turbo (600 hp)


Comfort / Convenience
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