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BMW redesigned the 7 Series and introduced its first all-electric version the i7. The flagship will still be available with the twin-turbo inline six-cylinder and V8 engines familiar to customers.
The inline six version, the 740i, has a rear-wheel drive powertrain, while the V8-powered 760i xDrive has all-wheel drive. Both models have an eight-speed automatic transmission and a 48-volt mild hybrid system to save fuel and smooth torque delivery. Inside, both the gasoline-powered 7 Series and the EV sedan feature a curved glass display bar that contains the 12.3-inch instrument cluster screen and the 14.9-inch infotainment screen, as well as an optional 31-inch screen for the rear seat theater system. The 7 Series includes a full suite of active safety features, including FCW, AEB, and LDW, in addition to a hands-free highway driver assist feature that works at speeds up to 80 mph.
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2022
Among ultraluxury sedans, the BMW 7 Series has been among the best according to our tests. It has an impressively steady ride, a silky-smooth powertrain, good handling, and a sumptuous cabin.
The base 740i is powered by a 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder engine. Our tested 750i, with the polished and punchy turbocharged V8 and all-wheel drive, was quick and yielded decent fuel economy. Although the controls have a learning curve, they prove to be logical once mastered. The luxurious interior is super-quiet, with impeccable attention to detail and supremely comfortable seats, including a massage feature. Interior quality is superb, with wood, leather, suede, and aluminum trim delivering a modern ambience without looking glitzy. The 8 Series, based on the 7 Series, comes as a luxury two-door coupe, convertible, or four-door sedan. A redesigned 7 Series and an electric i7 arrive as 2023 models.
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2016-2021
2016 Redesign Year
A much improved 2016 redesign brought more agile handling and lots of high-tech gizmos. The big 7's ride is impressively steady.
It also has a silky-smooth powertrain, and a sumptuous cabin. The base 740i is powered by a 3.0-liter, turbo six-cylinder engine. Our tested 750i came with a polished and punchy 445-hp, 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 and all-wheel drive. This combination returned a commendable 21 mpg overall (on premium fuel).Although the controls have a steep learning curve, they prove logical once mastered.
$64,925 - $119,725
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$46,575 - $98,850
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$40,600 - $75,975
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$37,600 - $63,800
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$32,550 - $52,900
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$27,975 - $30,600
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2009-2015
2009 Redesign Year
With the 2009 redesign, BMW's flagship lost its crispness. Handling lacks agility and as a result, the 750Li we tested doesn't shine at its limits.
The ride is steady and supple but not that cushy. The turbo V8 is smooth, refined, and punchy. Gas and diesel six-cylinders are also available, along with a mighty V12. Many of the secondary controls are complex and frustrating to use. On the plus side, the roomy cabin is super-quiet and impeccably finished. Further, seat comfort is tops. The 2011 models brought an optional driver assistance package including lane-departure warning and blind spot detection systems. For 2013, the 7 Series got an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive was made available with the six-cylinder engine. For 2015, models were offered with a 255-hp diesel engine that came standard with all-wheel drive.
$20,475 - $33,850
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$17,400 - $28,275
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$13,400 - $23,425
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$9,650 - $18,150
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$7,725 - $16,325
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$8,100 - $14,275
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$7,375 - $7,700
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2002-2008
2002 Redesign Year
BMW's top-of-the-line sedan has first class accommodations, including comfortable seats and abundant features. The driving position is comfortable and offers many (maybe too many) adjustments.
The steering wheel and driver's seat have a huge range of possible combinations. As a result, finding a comfortable position is a tedious and frustrating endeavor. Handling is characterized by remarkable crispness, particularly considering the size and equipment level of the car. However, model year 2002 brought the frustrating iDrive control system. In fact, BMW introduced the iDrive system in this car. The 2006 models brought a new 4.8-liter V8 and some mild exterior changes to help quiet critics who felt the styling was a bit too radical.
$5,925 - $9,375
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$5,525 - $9,200
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$4,950 - $8,025
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$4,425 - $7,050
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$4,150 - $6,400
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$3,850 - $5,250
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$3,675 - $4,000
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1995-2001
The world's premier luxury sedans are the competition for BMW's rear-wheel-drive 7-Series. Both long- and short-wheelbase versions are available.
The short-wheelbase 740i handles superbly for its size, especially with the sport package. The 4.4-liter V8 is smooth and powerful. The V12 in the 750iL provides gutsy and effortless acceleration and a host of luxury and convenience features to suit heads of states. Nearly all the controls are easy to use once you figure out what they do. Safety items are state-of-the-art. Rear side air bags and an onboard navigation system are optional.
$3,275 - $3,825
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$3,250 - $3,725
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