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2021 BMW 7 Series Review: Classy and Sumptuous

by Aiden Eksteen

There's no better way to show up to, well, just about anywhere, than in a 2021 BMW 7 Series. That is, of course, as long as there's a tar road that leads there. This is an executive 4-door luxury sedan sporting BMW's implicitly assertive and professional demeanor and the performance chops to match its look. It does, however, forgo some of the driver-focused connectedness that's become so synonymous with the brand but only in order to bring more focus to the premium driving experience it aims to deliver. The 7 Series sedan does just that, exceptionally. There are three engine options presented in the range - a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6, a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8, and a twin-turbo 6.6-liter V12 with outputs ranging between 335 and 601 horsepower. As is typically the case, this BMW saloon competes with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan and Audi A8 sedan.

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2021 BMW 7 Series Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the difference vs 2020 BMW 7 Series?

The sixth-generation 7 Series was updated in the US for the 2020 model year, but 2021 still sees a number of changes being made to the lineup. In terms of standard equipment, the 2021 7 Series sees the removal of the in-dash CD player, and the addition of a drive recorder, heated front seats, armrest, and steering wheel. Remote engine start is now standard, whereas before it was a standalone option. Another standalone option, night vision with pedestrian detection, has been removed. The color palette has been significantly rejigged with no less than six options falling away and new choices being added, including Frozen Bluestone metallic and Phytonic Blue metallic. Numerous other small changes to the equipment list have also been made.

Pros and Cons

  • Commanding and dapper presence
  • Unique, driver-focused experience
  • Charismatic and refined engines
  • Commodious and high-end interior
  • Impressively spacious rear cabin
  • A bit too disconnected from the driver for a BMW
  • High sticker price with expensive options
  • Many cabin parts are borrowed from lesser BMWs
  • Subpar reliability expectations

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2021 BMW 7 Series Trims and Prices

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
740i Sedan
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
740i xDrive Sedan
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
745e xDrive Plug-In Hybrid
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Hybrid
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
750i xDrive Sedan
4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
M760i xDrive Sedan
6.6L Twin-Turbo V12 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive

7 Series Exterior

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  • 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
  • Curb Weight 4,244.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Dravit Grey Metallic, Priority 1 +$1,950
  • Tanzanite Blue II Metallic, Priority 1 +$1,950
  • Individual Aventurin Red Metallic, Priority 1 +$1,950
  • Frozen Bluestone Metallic, Priority 1 Late Availability +$5,000
  • Alpine White
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Jet Black
  • Cashmere Silver Metallic
  • Dark Graphite Metallic
  • Carbon Black Metallic
  • Donington Gray Metallic
  • Bernina Grey Amber Effect
  • Phytonic Blue Metallic, Late Availability

7 Series Performance

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Engine and Transmission

Powering either the rear- or all-wheel drivetrain of the 7 Series 740i Sedan is the lineup's 3.0-liter turbo 6-cylinder, which is tuned to develop 335 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque. In the 750i is the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 gas unit, which is dialed for 523 hp and 553 lb-ft, it can also be set up to power either the RWD or AWD. Finally, thundering beneath the hood of the M760i, is the monstrous 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12, which has been modulated for 601 hp and 627 lb-ft, all of which is exclusively put down through all four wheels. All three engines come paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. With momentous hp outputs and a wide torque band offered from even the inline-6, sprightly acceleration and precise throttle responses are guaranteed throughout the 7 Series line.

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

7 Series Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    20.6 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 22/29 mpg
* 2021 BMW 7 Series 740i Sedan

7 Series Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

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

7 Series Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    18.2 ft³

7 Series Safety and Reliability


  • 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

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2021 BMW 7 Series a good sedan?

There's a very obvious vocation for the 2021 BMW 7 Series and that's to transport the rich and famous around in high-class sophistication and extravagant luxury. In that regard, the 7 Series does its job perfectly. It's a striking vehicle that's not overly sporty or too garish, with multiple refined engine options to suit your need for speed, all of which are strapped with an intuitive and silky automatic transmission. The 7 Series is not as much of a driver's car as one may expect from BMW, but it certainly still has the performance prowess to thrill. It prioritises a serene and relaxed driving experience, which is what someone buying this type of car should be looking for. That tranquil ride is complemented by an exquisite and commodious cabin brimming with high-grade materials and the latest features and technologies. And while the 2021 BMW 7 Series hasn't undergone review by the NHTSA nor the IIHS, the extensive list of advanced driver-assists and active safety systems it comes with as standard would surely earn it a first-rate safety rating.

๐Ÿš—What BMW 7 Series Model Should I Buy?

The 740i entry-spec 2021 BMW 7 Series Sedan carries a price of $86,800, which we feel is all one would need to spend on this premium saloon. The inline-six it comes with offers plenty of oomph and will even launch the 740i from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. This unit is also the most fuel-efficient, if that's something you may be concerned about. Despite being the entry-spec trim, the 740i comes with all the creature comforts, conveniences, and luxuries one would expect from a car at this price point, including 20-way power-adjustable front seats, quad-zone auto climate control, Wi-Fi connectivity, and even a 16-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system.

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