Buyer's Guide

2021 BMW 7-series
Select a Different Model (6 Available): 740i Sedan
Fuel Economy $ 22 / 29 mpg
Horsepower 335@5,500
Torque 331@1,500
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2021 BMW 7 Series MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Strong powertrains
  • High-quality interior materials
  • Comfortable ride

Cons

  • Not fun to drive
  • Bland interior design
  • That enormous grille

What's New

  • Now standard on all models: A dashcam as well as heated front seats, heated armrests, and a heated steering wheel
  • M Sport brake pads with black calipers are now available as an option on less powerful models

The 7 Series is BMW's flagship sedan, and it's usually the first to get the automaker's latest technologies. Because it's available with an extensive powertrain selection, there's a 7 Series for every taste and desire. If you're after a full-size luxury sedan that's fast and exclusive, choose between the M760i xDrive and Alpina B7 xDrive, both of which offer extensive customizability.

A refresh for 2020 added a new front fascia featuring thin headlights and massive gaping kidney grilles. BMW 7 Series sedans focus on luxury first, with six-, eight-, and even 12-cylinder engine options.

What We Think

The 7 Series is a luxury sedan with an identity crisis. Although the large executive sedan must be luxurious and posh, it needs to drive like a BMW, too. Unfortunately, the current 7 Series doesn't succeed on the latter unless you get the super expensive variants. The standard suspension provides a good ride but makes the car feel bulky and ponderous when maneuvering through tight spaces. Numb steering doesn't help, though the Alpina B7 and M760i handle better than you'd expect of such a big car.

Inside, the interior is well-appointed with high-quality materials and plenty of tech features. If only the cabin had a bit more flair. Despite all the gadgets and excellent build quality, the 7 Series' interior doesn't feel special; it's too conservative, especially compared to other flagship sedans like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Audi A8.

At least BMW still knows how to engineer superb powertrains. All versions, including the 745e plug-in hybrid, provide strong acceleration. Move up to the Alpina B7 and M760i xDrive, and you'll get immense power on tap; so much so that both sedans accelerate as quick as some sports cars despite their size. Plug-in hybrid models, while smooth, suffer from poor brake calibration that made the brake pedal of our most recent test car feel like an on-off switch.

In short, the 7 Series lacks the pizzazz you expect out of a flagship luxury sedan.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2021 7 Series is offered in a wide range of powertrains including a plug-in hybrid and a powerful V-12 engine. An eight-speed automatic is included on every variant.

Model: 740i, 740i xDrive
Engine and Transmission: 
3.0-liter turbo I-6 - eight-speed automatic
Power:
335 hp/331 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy:
22/29 mpg city/highway (740i); 20/27 mpg (740i xDrive)

Model: 745e xDrive
Engine and Transmission: 
3.0-liter turbo I-6 + electric motor - eight-speed automatic
Power:
389 hp/ 443 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy:
19/26 mpg; 17 miles total EV mode range; 290 miles total range with a full tank and charge

Model: 750i xDrive
Engine and Transmission: 
4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 - eight-speed automatic
Power:
523 hp/553 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy:
17/24 mpg

Model: Alpina B7 xDrive
Engine and Transmission: 
4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 - eight-speed automatic
Power:
600 hp/590 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy:
17/24 mpg

Model: M760i xDrive
Engine and Transmission: 
6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 - eight-speed automatic
Power:
601 hp/627 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy:
13/20 mpg

Safety

BMW's Active Driving Assistant suite is standard on the 2021 7 Series. That includes forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and front automatic emergency braking. The Driving Assistance Professional package adds adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, evasion assist, and traffic jam assist.

Technology

On the 7 Series, BMW's infotainment system features a 12.3-inch digital cluster, built-in navigation, a 10.3-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay compatibility, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. You can upgrade the audio system to a 16-speaker, 1,400-watt Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound unit, a standalone option.

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2021 BMW 7-SERIES SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 6-Cyl Turbo 3.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Steptronic 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (8HP51)
Trim
740i Sedan
Class
Luxury Passenger Car
Horsepower
335@5,500
Standard MPG
22/29
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
RWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
144
Powertrain Warranty Miles
50,000
Full Warranty Miles
50,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
48
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$1000 BMW announces Lease/APR Credit on select models for eligible College Graduates. 12-31-2020
$4000 BMW announces a Military Program for cash customers. 01-04-2021
$500 BMW announces a Military Program for customers who Lease/OwnersChoice/Retail Finance/Select Finance through BMW Financial Services that is good towards a purchase or lease of select models. 01-04-2021