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2019 BMW 7 Series

$83,650 - $156,700
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2019 BMW 7 Series Review

by Roger Biermann

The 7 Series sits at the top of BMW's luxury sedan range. But it occupies a class shared with some of the most advanced rivals out there like the Mercedes S-Class, Jaguar XJ, Audi A8, and the Lexus LS. The current model has been in production since 2016 and is due for a facelift soon. It comes in three standard models; the 740i has a 320 horsepower, 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, the 750i has a 445 hp turbocharged 4.4-liter V8, and finally, the M760i has an incredible 601 horsepower 6.6-liter V12. Both the 740i and 750i are available with either rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive, while the M760i is only available in all-wheel drive. They all come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. In a segment focusing on comfort, BMW promises to bring high levels of tech and enticing driving dynamics to the table, but does the latest iteration of the 7 Series succeed?

2019 BMW 7 Series Changes: What’s the difference vs 2018 7 Series?

The current model was first introduced in 2016 and saw minor updates to the 2018 model. There are no major changes to the 2019 model, but BMW has already unveiled the facelifted 2020 model with completely redesigned exterior styling and a massive grille.

Pros and Cons

  • Brilliant engine options
  • Abundant rear space
  • Packed with technology features
  • Opulent and luxurious interior
  • Excellent ride and handling
  • Apple CarPlay only available on an annual subscription
  • Expensive options
  • Available in extended-wheelbase only

7 Series Exterior

Mercedes-Benz likes to release an S-Class and let the design trickle down to other models, but for BMW it starts with the 3 Series and works its way up, giving even the most luxurious 7 Series an approachable design. The front of the 7 Series is dominated by the BMW kidney grille which has vents that can open and close to enhance aerodynamics. The grille is flanked by the sleek LED headlights and optional laser lights, which have double the distance of normal headlights. The subtle air intakes complete the front end. Thanks to the extended wheelbase and abundant rear space it has a long side profile, which ends with stylish wraparound LED tail light clusters. There is a chrome accent running across the enormous trunk, which contrasts well with the chrome on the double tailpipes below. 19-inch wheels are standard on the 740i which can be optioned in a variety of styles and sizes, with more aggressive M-inspired items on the M760i xDrive. The range-topper also boasts standard M-Sport design elements for added aggression.

2019 BMW 7 Series Front View
2019 BMW 7 Series Front Angle View
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Dimensions

There are no two ways about it, the 7 Series is massive. It has a length of 206.6 inches sitting on a 126.4-inch wheelbase. It has a height of 58.2 inches and a width of 74.9 inches. The 740i has a curb weight of 4,195 lbs in rear-wheel-drive guise, and 4,361 on the AWD model, while the larger engine in the 750i sees curb weights of 4,502 and 4,623 respectively. At the top end, the M760i has a curb weight of 5,128 lbs. All the models have a ground clearance of 5.3 inches.

Exterior Colors

Apart from the white and silver colors, the 7 series is only available in an array of mainly dark colors, with all 17 hues from the 2018 model carried over to the 2019 model. The only two non-metallic colors available are Jet Black and Alpine White. All the other colors such as Singapore Grey, Black Sapphire, Glacier Silver, and Jatoba Brown amongst others are in the metallic range. For a more bespoke customer experience, BMW also offers Moonstone, Amaldine Brown, Ruby Black, and Azurite Black at a cost of $1,950 as part of its BMW Individual program.

  • Azurite Black Metallic, Priority 1
  • Ruby Black Metallic, Priority 1
  • Moonstone Metallic, Priority 1
  • Almandine Brown Metallic, Priority 1
  • Alpine White
  • Carbon Black Metallic
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Glacier Silver Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Singapore Gray Metallic
  • Magellan Gray Metallic
  • Jet Black
  • Cashmere Silver Metallic
  • Dark Graphite Metallic
  • Imperial Blue Metallic
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7 Series Performance

Full-size luxury sedans are expected to deliver the ultimate in comfort and luxury, but they also have to deliver performance to match. The entry-level 740i comes in either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive and comes with a 320 horsepower 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder and eight-speed transmission. Thanks to its great balance of comfort and performance, it's probably the most popular choice in the range. The midrange 750i ups the ante with a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8, which should be enough for most people with a respectable 0 to 60 mph in a time of 3.8 seconds, but for the best performance in the range, the M760i xDrive packs a mighty punch with its turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 developing a massive 601 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Even with its heavy curb weight, the M760i is no slouch, managing a 0 to 60 mph sprint of just 3.6 seconds with the help of its all-wheel-drive system, but is electronically governed to 190 mph. There's no doubt that all the engines deliver great performance, but the M760i can easily go toe to toe with the top of the range Mercedes S65 AMG and Audi S8.

2019 BMW 7 Series Front View Driving
2019 BMW 7 Series Rear View Driving
2019 BMW 7 Series 4.4L V8 Turbo Engine

Engine and Transmission

There are three different engines in the 7 Series lineup matched to each trim. The 740i comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder, which makes 320 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, while the 750i gets a 4.4-liter V8 which makes 445 hp and 479 lb-ft. The crown jewel in the lineup is, of course, the M760i xDrive, which gets the turbocharged V12 churning out 601 hp and 590 lb-ft. All the models use the same quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission to tame their powerful engines and provide a smooth drive.

Thanks to the use of carbon fiber, which has reduced the car's weight by 286 pounds, even the 740i feels agile and powerful and will probably be the most popular option. The V8 in the middle of the range will satisfy those who want a phenomenal sound and more power but are hesitant to fork out an extra $56,750 for the M760i. For those who want nothing less than the best, the V12 in the M760i delivers enough thrills to rival many of the smaller BMW sports coupes, while providing the ultimate in luxury.

  • Engines
    3.0-liter Turbo Inline-6 Gas, 4.4-liter Twin-Turbo V8 Gas, 6.6-liter Twin-Turbo V12 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Thanks to modern technology and engineering techniques the 7 Series handles with the deftness of a much lighter car. The air suspension does a terrific job of keeping the car in check, even at high speeds and on bendy roads. Comfort mode balances power and efficiency to make the 7 Series a pleasant cruiser, while Sport mode removes the shackles and unleashes the full performance potential. In either mode, the 7 series never loses its composure and the brakes do a brilliant job of reeling in the car's immense weight.

Like most other cars in its class, the 7 Series makes the driver feel special, locked in a cocoon of wood and leather together with the latest tech gizmos. Unlike its fierce rival the S-class, the 7 Series tips the scale towards driver dynamics and performance rather than all-out luxury.

There are few better ways to enjoy a long drive than locked away in one of the most luxurious and capable driving machines out there, especially if it's the M760i.

7 Series Gas Mileage

These days, even luxury car buyers appreciate great fuel economy and BMW offers a variety of engines to accommodate them. As expected the 740i has the best-estimated economy figures of 21/29/24 mpg, while the 740i xDrive gets 20/29/23 mpg. The V8 in The 750i gets estimated figures of 18/26/21 mpg on the RWD model and the 750i xDrive gets an estimated 17/25/20 mpg. The M760i gives the best performance but pays for it with economy figures of 13/20/16 mpg. A 20.6-gallon tank is used across the range, and using the combined figures, the 740i has a range of 515 miles, the 750i has a range of 414 miles and the M760i has a range of 329 miles.

Comparatively the Mercedes S450 gets estimated figures of 19/28/22 mpg. The S63 gets figures of 17/26/20 mpg, and the S65 gets an estimated 13/22/16 mpg.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    20.6 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 21/29 mpg
* 2019 BMW 7 Series 740i Sedan

7 Series Interior

The interior of the 7 Series oozes class and luxury with a range of premium wood grain and carbon fiber trims, as well as high-quality leather upholstery to choose from. The dashboard has a very business-like approach with many straight lines and angles but maintains an aura of sophistication. The controls are all well-placed and easy to reach and every button and knob feels sturdy. The seats are comfortable and are available with many options including heating and ventilation. Being a top of the range sedan, BMW has added certain tricks like the Skylounge, which adds thousands of LED lights to the roof. It also has selectable ambient lighting colors, as well as the option to have different fragrances dispensed in the car at the touch of a button.

2019 BMW 7 Series Steering Wheel
2019 BMW 7 Series Dashboard
2019 BMW 7 Series Front Seats
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Seating and Interior Space

Five adults can sit in absolute comfort in the standard configuration, but with the executive-style rear seats, the number goes down to four. Heated ten-way power-adjustable seats are standard, with the option of 14-way seats with ventilation and massage function also available. For those who prefer to be driven around, there's also the option of the Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package, which adds reclining rear seats with extendable footrests.

The BMW has more than enough space for most people with front headroom of 39.9 inches, and front legroom of 41.4 inches. The space for rear passengers is one of the best in its class with 38.9 inches of headroom and a huge 44.4 inches of legroom by virtue of the standard long-wheelbase all US-spec models are sold in.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

BMW offers an extensive range of premium quality trims and upholstery for buyers to choose from and they add a unique touch to the already upmarket feel of the 7 Series. There are nine different wood finishes available such as Light Poplar Wood, Eucalyptus Smoke Brown, and Piano Black.

When it comes to upholstery, the 740i gets Dakota Leather in Canberra Beige, Mocha, and Cognac amongst other colors. Both the 750i and the M760i get Nappa Leather in similar colors but with the addition of Zagora Beige. BMW takes the upholstery materials to new heights with Merino Leather in a choice of exclusive colors such as Caramel/Black, Fiona Red/Black, Cashmere Beige/Black, and more, but at a price of $5,500.

7 Series Trunk and Cargo Space

The 7 Series is a fabulous cruiser for even the longest of trips and has copious amounts of space, even for those who travel heavy. The trunk is one of the largest in its class with a capacity of 18.2 cubic feet as well as folding rear seats to further increase the space. The BMW is marginally bested by its perennial rival, the S-Class, which offers 18.7 cubic feet, but with a greater focus on interior luxury than trunk volume, the difference is negligible.

Not only does the 7 Series have tons of trunk space, but it's also equipped with many storage nooks for passengers to store their odds and ends. Front occupants get a glove box, front cup holders, a center console storage bin, as well as some shallow door pockets. Rear passengers have to make do with a storage tray, as well as cupholders in the rear armrest.

2019 BMW 7 Series Rear Angle View
2019 BMW 7 Series Rear View
2019 BMW 7 Series Rear Angle View
  • Trunk Volume
    18.2 ft³

7 Series Infotainment and Features

Features

Top of the range luxury sedans normally showcase the newest technology and features, which eventually trickle down to the other models in the range, and the 7 Series is no different. It has many features that are expected in a car of its stature such as four-zone climate control, a panoramic moonroof, automatic high beams, a power trunk, 14-way power-adjustable seats, and front and rear parking sensors as standard equipment

Where the 7 Series really shines is in the new technologies that come as optional extras like the ability to choose different scents, and having a tablet to control many of the car's functions like the seats, climate control, and more. The keyfob even has the ability to remotely control the car to get in and out of parking spaces. Further advancement is brought to the party in the form of an advanced driver head-up display and a range of driver assistance features. The Driver Assistance Plus Package equips tech like evasion aid and front cross-traffic alert, semi-autonomous driving functionality, and adaptive cruise control with lane-keep assist and side collision avoidance.

Infotainment

There's a state of the art infotainment unit in the 7 series, as well as some optional extras to make it even better. Some of the standard features include a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system with two subwoofers, AM/FM radio, Sirius XM Satellite Radio with one year's subscription, USB input, and a rearview camera. These are all paired to a 10.2-inch touchscreen, onboard navigation, wireless charging, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth connectivity, and BMW's iDrive controller. One of the newer features is gesture control, which allows the passengers to make hand gestures in the air to control various infotainment functions. Also available is the option of having two rear entertainment screens and a seven-inch tablet to control the car's functions. A Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround system is also available for the sound aficionados out there.

While highly equipped, it's unfortunate that for such a high-end car, there's no Android Auto at all, while Apple CarPlay is only free for the first year, after which it becomes a paid annual subscription.

7 Series Problems and Reliability

The 2019 year model has only seen one recall affecting the 740i. It's part of a wider recall affecting 5,309 BMW vehicles for a faulty crankshaft sensor, which can cause the car to stall.

In terms of warranties, the 7 Series has a four year/50,000-mile basic warranty, a four-year powertrain warranty, as well as an unlimited warranty on perforation and corrosion. The service plan, known as BMW Ultimate Care, runs for three years/36,000 miles, while BMW also offers four-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance.

7 Series Safety

Unfortunately, there are currently no test scores available for the BMW 7 Series from either the NHTSA or the IIHS. BMW is a leader when it comes to safety and the 7 Series is expected to maintain the same high safety standards present in other BMW models.

Key Safety Features

The 7 Series has many standard safety features, as well as many optional driver aids. Some of the standard driver aids include lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, and low-speed automatic emergency braking, while standard driver aids are inclusive of a rearview camera, four-wheel ABS, front and rear parking sensors, tire pressure monitoring, and emergency braking in addition to the eight standard airbags.

To further increase the safety features, the Driving Assistance Plus Package adds active driving assistant, traffic jam assistant, front cross-traffic alert, and the evasion aid. A night vision camera and surround parking camera are also available.

Verdict: Is the 2019 BMW 7 Series a good car?

The BMW 7 Series is a car that many people wish to own, but few can afford. It's one of the best sedans that money can buy and is a showcase for BMW's technical prowess and status as one of the best luxury car makers out there.

In every trim, the performance is excellent and is complemented by the brilliant ride and handling dynamics. Passengers sit in the utmost luxury and shielded away from the world in what feels like a mobile lounge complete with some of the most comfortable seats found in any car. With features like the tablet to control the car's infotainment functions, the ability to park remotely using the keyfob, and being able to choose the scent of the vehicle, the 7 Series sits on the forefront of what is possible in this day and age.

When it comes to the best balance of luxury, performance, and technology there are few better cars than the BMW 7 Series.

What's the Price of the 2019 BMW 7 Series?

The entry-level 740i starts at an MSRP of $83,650 while the 750i starts at $96,950. The all-wheel-drive models come at an added cost of $3,000. The range-topping M760i comes in at a price of $156,700. These prices exclude registration, licensing, and taxes, as well as the destination fee of $995.

2019 BMW 7 Series Models

There are three trims available in the 7 Series range: the 740i, 750i, and M760i xDrive. All use an eight-speed automatic transmission, and come in either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, except for the M760i, which comes in all-wheel-drive only. Primary differences come down to drivetrain, with the 740i powered by a turbo six-cylinder engine, the 750i a bi-turbo V8, and the M760i a massive twin-turbo V12.

The entry-level 740i comes standard with18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, power-folding mirrors, a power trunk lid, and power closing doors, as well as an adaptive air suspension. It also comes with 10-way power-adjustable heated seats, a panoramic sunroof, four-zone climate control, Dakota leather upholstery, a power sunshade, and power-adjustable steering wheel. The standard infotainment features include a 10.2-inch infotainment screen with BMW iDrive interface, Wi-Fi hotspot, onboard navigation, wireless charging, a one-year trial subscription to Apple Carplay, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

The 750i has similar features to the 740i, but has the option to upgrade the wheel size to 20 inches, and upgrades the front seats to multi-contoured ventilated seats in Nappa leather, while also adding 14-way-power adjustable passenger seats and a driver's seat thigh extension.

The M760i adds some unique styling and color elements, as well as a head-up display, surround-view camera, and massage function seats. It also comes with Nappa leather but has 20-way power-adjustable front seats.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
740i Sedan
3.0-liter Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$83,650
740i xDrive Sedan
3.0-liter Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$86,650
750i Sedan
4.4-liter Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$96,950
750i xDrive Sedan
4.4-liter Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$99,950
M760i xDrive Sedan
6.6-liter Twin-Turbo V12 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$156,700
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Additional Packages

There are a number of packages to choose from for the 740i and 750i including the famous M Sport Package at an MSRP of $3,400, which adds the M Sport exhaust system, aerodynamic kit, M Sport design elements, as well as the option of the Shadowline exterior trim, Anthracite headliner, Fineline Black Wood Trim, and run-flat tires. Much of the M-Sport equipment is already equipped as standard on the M760i. The Executive Package at $4,000 adds front ventilated seats, power rear and side window sunshades, multi-contour seats, ceramic controls, a head-up display, and Nappa leather-wrapped instrument panel.

Other packages available include the BMW Individual Composition Package at $7,100, Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package at $3,900, Driving Assistant Plus Package at $1,700, Autobahn Package at $4,100, Interior design Package at $1,800, as well as the Cold Weather Package at $400 and Parking Assistance Package at $700.

What BMW 7 Series Model Should I Buy?

There's no way to go wrong with any of the 7 Series models. Even the entry-level 740i has great performance, as well as more features than most cars out there. It also has a comfortable ride, as well as a quality interior which most cars can't match. The 750i takes the performance up a notch with its V8 engine and incredible sound. While both of the lower models are brilliant in their own right, the pick of the bunch has to be the M760i with its jaw-dropping 601 hp turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 engine. It might be over $50,000 more expensive than the 750i, but it delivers unmatched performance not to mention status of a V12 super-sedan.

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2019 BMW 7 Series vs Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan

The S-Class is the perpetual nemesis of the 7 Series, with the two battling for the crown of most technologically advanced sedan for many years now. They both take a different approach with the S-Class focusing more on being as luxurious as possible while being at the forefront of new technology. The 7 Series on the other hand also wants to be luxurious, but has more of an emphasis on driver dynamics and being a bit more sporty.

When it comes to the current generation, the Mercedes has a more luxurious interior and is loaded with features including both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard. Even in its entry-level S450, it has 362 hp, which is more than the 340 hp from the 740i.

The range-topping M760i is a steal at $156,700 compared to the equivalent S65 at a whopping $232,550, but those wanting "the best or nothing" will happily pay the premium.

See Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan Review

2019 BMW 7 Series vs Jaguar XJ

The Jaguar XJ is a bit of a dark horse alternative to the 7 Series and while a bit dated, still has sexy lines and a bold and elegant look. The Jaguar may not be the most technologically advanced car and has limited space compared to the 7 Series, but it has charm to spare and a classy interior that comes across a little more special than the 7's - which has more than just a subtle hint of 3 series about it. Unlike other cars in this class which focus more on luxury, the Jaguar has fabulous ride and handling, making it the driver's pick.

The entry-level XJL Portfolio makes 340 horsepower and starts at $84,500 compared to the 320 horsepower 740i at $83,650. At the top end, the Jaguar has no V12 engines in its lineup and has to make do with the 575 hp XJR575, with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 and a starting price of $122,400. The 7 series, on the other hand, has the M760i with its 601 horsepower 6.6-liter V12, but a much higher price of $156,700.

Between the two, the Jaguar has style and some appeal, but the 7 Series is a far better all-round performer and is the better of the two.

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