2020 BMW 7 Series

2020 BMW 7 Series Review: A Luxury Thriller

by Deiondre van der Merwe

The 2020 BMW 7 Series hardly needs an announcement; the large (possibly offensive) grille alone has already gained notoriety, and you're either going to love it or detest it. The large luxury sedan hosts a range of different engines across the four trims that all employ an eight-speed automatic transmission, starting with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that provides 335 horsepower for the 740i, and continuing all the way up to a slightly intimidating turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 powerhouse in the M760i, which punches out a tremendous 600 hp. But this unforgiving brute isn't unmatched, however, with rivals including the Audi A8, Lexus LS, and of course, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

You have a fantastic range of engines, powertrains and interior options to select from, giving you the freedom to choose how you want to live your luxurious life with your 7 Series, and, with prices ranging from $86,450 to $157,700, there's a 7 Series to cater to every millionaire's needs. Can the merits of the 7 Series justify that hefty price tag and diabolical front end?

2020 BMW 7 Series Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 7 Series?

The new 7 Series has undergone quite a makeover and this is especially noticeable when one has a glance at the front end that is now nearly two inches taller - almost all of that taken up by the 40% increase in the kidney grille's surface area. The headlights are laser-sharp and more intimidating than the previous generation, and as we move to the back, we are met with a stunning, seamless light band across the back end that's flanked by two redesigned taillights. Elsewhere, features have been reshuffled slightly, with items like a heated steering wheel and Comfort Seats now standard from the base 740i.

Pros and Cons

  • Loads of comfort from standard air suspension
  • Plenty of standard features
  • Opulent cabin
  • Comfortable Ride
  • Great performance from any of the engines
  • No Android Auto...yet
  • Subscription-based Apple CarPlay
  • Questionable exterior redesign
  • Expensive options

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2020 BMW 7 Series Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
740i Sedan
3.0-liter Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$86,450
740i xDrive Sedan
3.0-liter Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$89,450
750i xDrive Sedan
4.4-liter Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$102,650
M760i xDrive Sedan
6.6-liter Twin-Turbo V12 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$157,700

7 Series Exterior

The exterior of the 7 Series has undergone some massive changes and remains classically BMW with unmistakable design characteristics. There are new contours to be seen on the hood that lead down to the full LED adaptive headlights, which are longer and more defined, with a 40% larger kidney grille situated front and center. The rear lights are 1.4 inches slimmer than those of its predecessor and they now flank a new two-inch light strip that runs across the back end. The front fenders have been redesigned to complement a larger front end and air deflectors now overlay the lower intakes on the front bumper. We see a new range of 18-,19-, and 20-inch light-alloy wheels depending on the trim, while the available M Sport styling package is standard on the M760i for a more aggressive aesthetic.

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Dimensions

The 7 Series is a long and graceful car measuring in at a length of 207.4 inches, shorter than the Audi A8 by 1.3 inches. In terms of outright length, it is on par with competitors, however, it boasts a slightly longer wheelbase than the Lexus LS and the A8 at 126.4 inches. As long as the 7 Series is, it's just as wide, measuring 74.9 inches from side to side excluding the wing mirrors. The width and length remain unchanged from before, though the front end is significantly taller by 1.7 inches. The 7 Series is a true heavyweight in the segment, with curb weights ranging from 4,244 pounds on the 740i to 5,159 lbs on the M760i xDrive.

  • Length 207.4 in
  • Wheelbase 126.4 in
  • Height 58.2 in
  • Max Width 74.9 in
  • Front Width 63.4 in
  • Rear Width 64.6 in

Exterior Colors

BMW makes a color palette of 13 exterior hues available for the 7 Series, including the standard no-cost options of Alpine White and Jet Black; if you wish to select something with a little more sparkle, the metallic options include Bernina Grey Amber Effect, Royal Burgundy Red, and Imperial Blue, to name a few. The M760i gets access to a limited palette of just seven hues, however, including the two no-cost options, Bernina Grey, and exclusive access to Donington Grey and Carbon Black.

  • Azurite Black II Metallic, Priority 1. Available: 07/01/2019
  • Azurite Black Metallic, Priority 1. Build Out: 06/30/2019
  • Individual Aventurin Red Metallic, Priority 1
  • Dravit Grey Metallic, Priority 1
  • Tanzanite Blue II Metallic, Priority 1
  • Bemina Grey Amber Effect
  • Alpine White
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Glacier Silver Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Carbon Black Metallic
  • Donington Gray Metallic
  • Jet Black
  • Cashmere Silver Metallic
  • Imperial Blue Metallic
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7 Series Performance

The BMW 7 Series comes in four trim levels and has three different engines spread across the range. All but the 740i are equipped with all-wheel-drive as standard, with the 740i being RWD by default with AWD equipped on the 740i xDrive. Performance varies depending on powertrain, but neither of the three setups is exactly weak. The straight-six in the 740i, for example, is potent enough to see the big 7 run from 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds, though the xDrive-badged version will get the job done slightly quicker at 4.8 seconds. The 750i xDrive continues upward in terms of performance by appointing a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 to get you from zero to 60 in just 3.9 seconds. The quickest of the range, the M760i xDrive, recruits a monstrous twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 engine that hurls you to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds on your way to a (limited) top speed of 130 mph, although the limit can be raised to 155 mph with select options.

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Engine and Transmission

The 7 Series employs the same ZF eight-speed Sport Steptronic automatic transmission across the range and provides smooth-as-silk changes from gear to gear. A wider ratio and standard launch control create a good recipe for improved transmission and better driving. Six, eight and 12-cylinder engine options with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology await you, spread between the four trims from the 740i up to the M760i xDrive.

In the 740i and 740i xDrive, a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six punches out 320 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque and performs rather impressively. Both accelerating from standstill and overtaking slower vehicles on the highway should be relatively hassle-free, with smooth power delivery from the BMW. The 750i xDrive's turbocharged 4.4-liter, V8 engine pushes out 523 hp and 553 lb-ft with more performance accompanied by more noise. But it's the big daddy in the range that impresses the most, with the M760i xDrive's 6.6-liter, V12 engine pumping out 600 hp and 627 lb-ft. While it may only be 0.3 seconds quicker than the 750i from 0-60, it's the way the V12 delivers its power so effortlessly throughout the rev-range that makes it so sublime.

  • 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

The 7 Series's performance and design is nothing short of sublime, but all that is nothing without comfort and control. Ensuring the comfort and handling of a vehicle whose base weight is as heavy as a hippo is no easy feat, but BMW went right ahead and did it, turning the 7 Series into the most composed and driver-focused sedan in its segment.

The 7 Series has the assistance of air suspension that can be lifted up to 0.8 inches via a button for steep angles, but it's the ability of this suspension to dampen the effects of bumpy roads that ensures comfort is never compromised. The system meticulously manages handling and comfort traits and provides a plush and comfortable ride in Comfort and Comfort+ modes, while sportier modes firm up the dampers and mitigate body roll to maximize on the 7 Series' impressive chassis.

The base model 740i is not lazy by any means, but prepare for less grip than any of the xDrive-equipped derivatives due to the RWD. This does, of course, mean more potential to take this model sideways with some heavy-handedness, but we wouldn't want you swinging about and dropping your cigars on the genuine leather, so it's probably a good thing the long wheelbase endows even the RWD model with a fair amount of stability and predictable handling dynamics. However, if you're buying one of these to find the keenest driver's tool, you have to go all the way with the M760i xDrive. Not only is the V12 engine a work of art, but the semi-M model gets uprated M suspension components that provide unparalleled handling and ride comfort balance within the segment.

7 Series Gas Mileage

The 7 Series' gas mileage ranges from acceptable to borderline insane, all depending on which powertrain you opt for. The 740i manages EPA estimates of 22/29/24 mpg city/highway/combined while equipping AWD sees the figures drop to 20/28/23 mpg. The 750i xDrive's consumption shows only a minor drop in fuel efficiency, with estimates of 17/25/20 mpg. The M760i xDrive is constantly longing for a drink, though, with the EPA granting it rather shocking estimates of 13/20/16 mpg. This results in a theoretical 334 miles out of a full tank, as all models in the 7 Series range have a fuel tank capacity of 20.6 gallons. A 740i, however, can manage a vastly more palatable 494 miles in mixed conditions.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    20.6 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 22/29 mpg
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7 Series Interior

The interior of the 7 Series is opulent, alluring, and highly customizable, depending on your choice of trim, and BMW all but skimped on quality when it came to the design of its halo sedan. Ample space can be found in the cabin of the large luxury sedan, and premium materials and superb build quality are seen throughout the interior with varying types of leather, color choices, and stitching methods available. The infotainment sees significant upgrades with the addition of iDrive 7 and multiple add-ons are available to make an already spectacular interior even better, depending entirely on your needs and preferences. A new, completely digital instrument panel greets you from the driver's seat, and a standard 10.5-inch infotainment touchscreen stands proud in the middle of the dashboard, although the signature iDrive rotary controller is still present for those who like to avoid fingerprints.

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Seating and Interior Space

The large, luxury sedan was designed with passengers in mind and has a seating capacity of five. The front offers 39.9 inches of headroom and 41.4 inches of legroom. The longer wheelbase becomes strikingly obvious in the back seat, where a capacious 38.9 inches of headroom and 44.4 inches of legroom awaits passengers, enough for someone over six-feet tall to sit comfortably and stretch their legs out. Two adults can easily fit in the back with no discomfort, too, but it becomes somewhat tight with three adults (although it is manageable on shorter trips). The expansive space plays a significant role in the ease of access when entering the car via the four large doors on either side, and once inside, multi-way power-adjustable seats with available heating, ventilation, and massaging functions ensure occupants are lavishly accommodated.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.4 in
  • Front Head Room 39.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 44.4 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.9 in

Interior Colors and Materials

Premium materials and an array of color options are present throughout the 7 Series range, allowing for extensive customization. Dakota leather comes standard with the 740i and 740i xDrive and is available in five lavish colors, like Canberra Beige, Black, Mocha, Cognac, as well as an Ivory White and Black combination. The 750i xDrive and BMW M760i xDrive offer Nappa leather upholstery in all of the same colors as the Dakota range with the addition of Zagora Beige. The available extra Luxury Package sees the addition of Mocha and Cognac Nappa leather with quilted stitching as an option. In the case where the buyer opts for BMW Individual, upholstery is a choice of premium Merino leather with contrast stitching and piping available in six colors. One also has the choice of six different standard wood trims and three options within the BMW Individual range - although these interior options come with a considerably hefty price tag.

7 Series Trunk and Cargo Space

Trunk space is ample in the 7 Series, with 18.2 cubic feet of space available, which is enough for four sets of golf clubs for your corporate four-ball. The trunk size is half a cubic foot bigger than that of the Audi A8, and it's 1.2 cubic feet bigger than the trunk of the Lexus LS. It's notable that those luxurious back seats do not fold down, though, so don't expect any extra real estate to work with.

A hands-free liftgate and rear-pass through are standard features across the range and large front and rear door pockets add to the abundance of storage space in the cabin. Two cupholders are present in the center console up front, with a further two located in the center rear armrest. There's a generous storage bin beneath the center armrest. The glovebox is a little on the small side, however, but you're never at a loss for places to keep your keys and wallet.

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  • Trunk Volume
    18.2 ft³

7 Series Infotainment and Features

Features

The 7 Series comes equipped with fantastic standard features befitting of being the brand's halo sedan; all models come standard with a multifunction steering wheel, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hotspot, head-up display, 360-degree camera, heated seats, push-button start, dynamic cruise control, keyless entry, automatic four-zone climate control, automated parking assist, ambient lighting, and a panoramic sunroof. As standard, the 740i also features 20-way power-adjustable front seats with three-stage heating, and a heated steering wheel. The M760i xDrive gets the inclusion of remote start, massaging front seats, ventilated front and rear seats, a power-tilt/telescopic steering wheel, and a heated front armrest. In terms of driver assists, BMW's Active Driving Assistant adds forward collision warning with city auto-braking, lane departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring as standard, while equipping the optional Driving Assistance Plus Package includes active cruise control with stop and go, lane keeping assist, a traffic jam assistant, and evasive steering. Need even more tech? Then an available night-vision camera should have you covered.

Infotainment

BMW's halo sedan wouldn't be complete without a halo infotainment system. That's why a 10.5-inch touchscreen is a standard, with BMW's iDrive 7.0 software and full AM/FM radio functionality, SiriusXM satellite radio, and HD radio compatibility is standard fare. The most notable downfall with the 7 Series in terms of infotainment is the fact that Apple CarPlay is only included as a one-year trial subscription, and Android Auto isn't available at all - to remedy this oversight, BMW has announced that Android Auto will be available from July 2020.

The system can be controlled in a few different ways, with the traditional iDrive rotary controller, touchscreen inputs, steering wheel inputs, voice controls, or optional gesture control. The voice control and gesture commands are somewhat clumsy and aren't particularly efficient, though, and they act more as a gimmick than anything else. A 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system is standard, but those looking for extra auditory pleasure will look forward to the optional Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system.

7 Series Problems and Reliability

Despite being relatively new to the world, the facelifted 7 Series has already been the subject of three recalls, although one pertains only to the plug-in hybrid. The remaining two were for the failure to display the back-up camera visual on-screen, and for a potentially leaky high pressure fuel pump. However, BMW is one brand that tends to issue recalls preemptively, which brings peace of mind, as does basic warranty coverage of four years /50,000-miles. BMW also makes 24-hour roadside assistance available for the first four years of ownership at no extra cost.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

7 Series Safety

There is no safety data available from the NHTSA or IIHS as neither agency has performed any crash tests on the 7 Series.

Key Safety Features

The 7 Series is no stranger to safety, despite the lack of available safety scores, and it comes equipped with the same standard safety features across all models including semi-autonomous driving functionality, a standard surround-view camera, lane-change assist as well as lane departure warning, cornering lights, daytime running lights, stability control, tire pressure monitoring, pre-collision safety system, four-wheel ABS, emergency braking preparation, blind-spot monitoring, and an accident avoidance system. Dual front, dual front knee and side curtain and airbags are provided as standard throughout the 7 Series range, taking the standard count to six. Additionally, you can spec a night vision camera with pedestrian detection, too.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 BMW 7 Series a good car?

The new 7 Series is truly something to behold with the stunning exterior redesign making a statement from the moment that massive grille rolls out of the garage. The performance is fantastic with any of the available engines, and the ride is pillow-like with very little disrupting the 7 Series' ability to get you to your destination comfortably and pleasantly. The brawny sedan is the epitome of luxury with a long list of standard features, but many of these features come standard on rivals, and the list of available features in rival sedans is longer and more tech-focused, as well as cheaper in several areas. Rivals like the Audi A8 and Lexus LS are slightly cheaper, and arguably more luxurious than the 7 Series, but neither of these are capable of delivering driver thrills in addition to comprehensive luxury. At the end of the day, the BMW's strong points far outweigh the weak ones, and the 7 Series is a noteworthy contender in the large luxury sedan segment for a reason.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 BMW 7 Series?

As BMW's halo luxury sedan, one can hardly expect a budget price tag to be attached to the big-toothed beast. The cheapest model, the 740i, begins at an MSRP of $86,450, while the 740i xDrive starts at $89,450. Stepping out of the six-cylinder range and into a V8 in the 750i sees the price rise to a starting MSRP of $102,650. The most expensive model, the M760i xDrive, asks a hefty $157,000 for the luxury of its V12, though you should expect to pay a bit more once all of your desired additional features have been added. A destination fee of $995 is applicable to your purchase of any of the 7 Series models.

2020 BMW 7 Series Models

The 7 Series range comprises four trims; the 740i, 740i xDrive, 750i and M760i.

The base 740i and the 740i xDrive both come equipped with the same standard features, except the xDrive models come with AWD as standard. Both the 740i and the 740i xDrive come with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Standard features across all models are inclusive of a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple Carplay (one-year subscription), a Wi-Fi hotspot, Dakota leather upholstery, 20-way adjustable front seats, dynamic cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, air suspension, automatic four-zone climate control, and on the 740i twins, 18-inch alloy wheels.

Moving up to the 750i xDrive swaps in a more powerful twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine that's paired with standard AWD, and will see the addition of standard Nappa leather, automatic parking, a power-adjustable steering wheel, head-up display, and bigger 19-inch alloy wheels.

The M760i xDrive is the most powerful and expensive of the lot, and employs a 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine. This model comes standard equipped with heated and ventilated seats all-round, but the big changes are hinted at by the M prefix. An M-Sport exhaust system is added along with the Sport mode option, while also standard is a rear spoiler, aerodynamic body kit, Cerium Grey exterior accents, 20-inch wheels, rear-wheel steering, and a sharper suspension setup. Aiding luxury, you'll find power rear sunshades, a heated steering wheel and front armrests, and massaging front seats.

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Additional Packages

BMW is known for its unique customization options and the selection of additional packages is by no means underwhelming. There are nine packages to choose from. Among those, one of the most notable is the $1,700 Driving Assistance Professional Package, which includes a virtual assistant and extended traffic jam assist. The Luxury Rear Seating package is available across all trims and adds rear massaging seats, rear comfort seats, a heated steering wheel, ventilated rear seats, and heated seats all-round for $3,900. Only available on the M760i, the Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package sees the addition of reclining seat and footrest as well as a rear center console, dropping seating capacity to four for a $5,750 premium.

The M Sport Package comes at an additional cost of $3,400 and includes an M-Sport exhaust system, aerodynamic kit, Fineline Wood trim, and on all but the M760i, 19-inch wheels.

An Autobahn Package is available for $4,100 on all but the M760i, and includes a variable steering ratio with passively steered rear wheels, resulting in improved stability as well as Active Comfort Drive, which goes hand in hand with the air suspension and electronically controlled dampers to provide even more comfort.

🚗What BMW 7 Series Model Should I Buy?

The best model in the 7 Series to buy would be the 750i xDrive. You aren't lacking any power with the inclusion of a twin-turbocharged V8, while plenty of comforts and added standard conveniences such as a head-up display, luxurious Nappa leather, automatic parking, a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, and bigger, 19-inch alloy wheels are added. The standard AWD on the 750i doesn't hurt, either. With a little over $55,000 separating the 750i from the M760i, it's quite obvious that the M760i's performance versus value proposition is nowhere near as strong as the one posed by the 750i.

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2020 BMW 7 Series Comparisons

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BMW 5 Series Sedan BMW
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
BMW 7 Series335 hp22/29 mpg$86,800
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan 362 hp19/28 mpg$94,250
BMW 5 Series Sedan 248 hp25/33 mpg$53,900

2020 BMW 7 Series vs Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan

Perennial rivals in the segment, the S-Class has always been the luxury benchmark for the 7 Series to aim for. In their latest iterations, the Mercedes comes in at a higher price than the BMW, with a difference of roughly $8,700, despite both base models having relatively similar power outputs: the BMW's horsepower figure is 335 hp, while the S-Class provides 362 hp. Both the S-Class and 7 Series have very similar dimensions and share roughly the same backseat room, however, the BMW has considerably more trunk space, with an extra 5.9 cubic feet over the Merc. But while there are many similarities, these two differ fundamentally when it comes to their focus. The S-Class is all about luxury, with a more premium interior and a plusher ride, while the 7 Series pairs high-quality materials with a chassis capable of being enjoyed as a driver and not just a passenger. The C-Class is also loaded with tech features and has the most abundant list of safety features in the segment. As to which is better, the 7 Series is the better driver's sedan and the more practical car overall, but in every other aspect, the S-Class is the better luxury sedan.

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2020 BMW 7 Series vs BMW 5 Series Sedan

The BMW 5 Series is substantially cheaper than the 7 Series with a starting price of $53,000 for the base model, which is a $32,550 difference between the two. The 7 Series offers more power and a bigger engine, but the 5 Series is more economical with an EPA estimate of 23/33/28 mpg versus the 7 Series' 22/29/24mpg estimate. Additionally, the 5 Series offers slightly more trunk space than the 7 Series, despite its smaller size.

It must be said that the 7 Series has more standard paint and interior options to choose from, which is easy to justify given the astronomical difference in price between the two. The 5 Series doesn't lack many standard features offered by the 7 Series, apart from a premium sound system, automatic parking, heated seats and the option for a Luxury Rear Seating package. So, if your goal is to purchase a bigger, passenger-focused luxury sedan, the BMW 7 Series is for you; however, if you're after an abundance of standard features, comfort and you'd like to keep an extra $32,550 in your pocket, the 5 Series is the better buy.

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