2020 BMW 7 Series

Buyer's Guide

Introduced in 2016, BMW calls the sixth generation of its 7 Series the most successful version of the brand's full-size sedan model to date. That's a trend the German automaker is clearly keen to continue with the rollout of a refreshed 7 Series for the 2020 model year.

As refreshes go, this is a significant one. There are the expected cosmetic updates, but also big changes to the 7 Series sedan's powertrains and luxury and tech offerings.

The 7 Series entry point in Canada remains the 750i, which gets a reworked 4.4L V8 that gains 80 hp and 74 lb-ft of torque, for new totals of 523 hp and 553 lb-ft.

A plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain returns in the 745e, but switches out last year's 740e's four-cylinder gas engine for a more potent six-cylinder. That new motor and a larger battery pack boast an extra 72 hp and 73 lb-ft for 394 hp and 442 lb-ft when working together. UPDATE THISAs of this writing, BMW had yet to publish the car's promised all-electric driving range, but we suspect it will be better than the outgoing car's 45 km.UPDATE THIS

The flagship M760i's 6.6L V12 is carried over with its 600 hp and 627 lb-ft.

All three versions of the car use an eight-speed transmission and xDrive AWD.

The changes help BMW keep up with high-tech competitors like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Audi A8. These are not cars that many people can afford, but those who do expect to get a lot for their money, and the 7 Series' new luxury and technology quotients help fulfill that desire.

While the 745e and 750i's new engines promise more performance, BMW says it added sound deadening materials to the car's body to create a more serene environment regardless of what's under the hood.

There is new stuff in the cabin, too. iDrive 7.0 is here, along with a new digital gauge cluster, standard wireless phone charging and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, which responds to voice commands to operate certain functions.

Leather seating is standard, naturally, but a rear executive lounge seating option turns the 7 Series -- especially in its long-wheelbase form -- into a veritable limo, with ventilated and power-adjustable seats and a Blu-ray player that broadcasts to a pair of 10-inch screens.

Standard safety items include cruise control with braking, frontal collision and pedestrian warning with automatic city-speed braking, alerts for lane departure and unsafe lane changes, rear collision prevention and cross-traffic alert. The M760i comes standard with what BMW calls the driving assistance professional package, which brings semi-autonomous driving capability. There's a traffic jam assistant, active lane keeping assist with side collision avoidance, automatic lane changes, evasion assist and cross traffic alert. This package is an option in the V8 and PHEV versions of the 7 Series.

We don't expect much change to fuel consumption estimates for the 750i and M760i models, which were 13.3/9.2 L/100 km (city/highway) in the former and 17.7/11.9 for the latter.

We do suspect the 745e's new setup to at least match the outgoing 740e's 3.6 Le/100 all-electric estimate, and do better than the 9.5/8.0 L/100 km (city/highway) figures for the old car running on a combo of gas and electricity.

2020 BMW 7 Series Specifications

There are 4 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $119,800 MSRP
11.3
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
523 hp @5500 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Body style Sedan
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
750i xDrive Sedan $119,800 5 Sedan
750i xDrive Sedan 523 hp @5500 rpm 553 ft-lb @1800 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
750i xDrive Sedan 201.1" 74.9" 57.8" 120.9"
750i xDrive Sedan
750i xDrive Sedan Leather Seats
750i xDrive Sedan
750i xDrive Sedan
745Le xDrive Sedan $122,300 5 Sedan
745Le xDrive Sedan 391 hp @0 rpm 442 ft-lb @0 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
745Le xDrive Sedan 207.4" 74.9" 58.2" 126.4"
745Le xDrive Sedan
745Le xDrive Sedan Leather Seats
745Le xDrive Sedan
745Le xDrive Sedan
750Li xDrive Sedan $126,400 5 Sedan
750Li xDrive Sedan 523 hp @5500 rpm 553 ft-lb @1800 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
750Li xDrive Sedan 207.4" 74.9" 58.2" 126.4"
750Li xDrive Sedan
750Li xDrive Sedan Leather Seats
750Li xDrive Sedan
750Li xDrive Sedan
M760Li xDrive Sedan $173,100 5 Sedan
M760Li xDrive Sedan 600 hp @5500 rpm 627 ft-lb @1550 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
M760Li xDrive Sedan 207.4" 74.9" 58.2" 126.4"
M760Li xDrive Sedan
M760Li xDrive Sedan Leather Seats
M760Li xDrive Sedan
M760Li xDrive Sedan

Owner Reviews: 2020 BMW / 7 Series

Average Rating

1995 BMW 7 Series

Trim: 740IL sedan
by Driving on 10-30-2012
BMW 7 Series
Elegant styling/comfort/luxury/speed/safety all rolled into one makes this the Ultimate Machine to own.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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1998 BMW 7 Series

Trim: 740IL 4-door Sedan
by IvanTrader on 10-17-2012
Great car (except for fuel economy)
This is an all-in-all a great car inside and out. Very reliable, extremely quite inside with tech options built in that only became available in entry level vehicles in late 2000s (backup sensors, separate climate control for passenger/driver, rear-view mirror dims when a bright light is being projected onto it from a vehicle behind you, etc...)
It has economy mode (where it uses only 4 cylinders out of 8), but even then fuel consumption is quite high (11L to 15L per 100KM) and the only way to control it is pretty much with your foot, but lightly pressing on the gas pedal. In sports mode it's a lot of fun, but with all the speed limits, etc... you can't really have TOO much fun with it. There's plenty of cargo room for a sedan. It even has a specialized compartment for carrying skis. I found this vehicle very reliable, but costly to maintain. If you're not concerned about environmental footprint and maintenance costs, this is an amazing luxury vehicle to own.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
2/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2006 BMW 7 Series

Trim: 760LI
by LarryWard on 10-12-2012
Luxury with power
The BMW 760LI is a stylish ride with lots of comfort and tons of power under the hood. The wine fridge between the back seats is a nice option! It really is luxury and performance combined to a very nice driver experience.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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