The BMW 7 Series is a symbol of old-school German luxury, a full-size four-door sedan that places as much emphasis on rear-seat comfort as driver enjoyment.
BMW redesigned the 7 Series in 2016 and refreshed it last year; for 2021, there are no significant changes.
BMW offers the 7 Series in standard and long-wheelbase formats, and with a variety of powertrains. Only the base 750i spec is available in both body styles with its twin-turbo 4.4L V8. The other propulsion systems come only in the long-wheelbase version: the 745Le plug-in hybrid with its six-cylinder engine and electric motor; the Alpina B7 and its pumped-up version of the base car’s V8; and the M760Li, powered by a 6.6L turbocharged V12.
All 7 Series models are standard with an eight-speed transmission and AWD.
The BMW 750i’s exterior comes standard with remote engine start with auto start/stop, a sport exhaust, passive keyless entry, soft-close doors, an M Sport package, BMW’s display key, run-flat tires with tire pressure monitoring, an alarm system, and an aero package with rear spoiler.
Inside, there’s an integrated garage door remote, a sunroof, black roof lining, a rear-window sun shade, front comfort seats with lumbar support, front and rear heated seats, four-zone climate control, ambient lighting, and a heated leather-trimmed steering wheel.
The 750i’s high-tech kit comprises BMW’s driving assistant, gesture control, a head-up driver display, a Harman/Kardon stereo with satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, wireless smartphone charging, BMW’s live cockpit professional, and a WiFi hotspot.
Standard safety items include front and rear parking sensors, active LED headlights with automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic parking, forward collision mitigation, and adaptive cruise control.
The 745Le’s cabin gains a panoramic sunroof.
The Alpina B7 and M760Li add integral active steering, active comfort drive with road preview, laminated glass, a panoramic sunroof, rear side sun shades, front and rear ventilated seats with massage, a heated comfort package, leather-trimmed dash panels, traffic jam assistant, BMW’s driving assistant professional package, laser headlights, and a parking assistant with surround-view cameras.
To the 750i you can add an advanced driver assistance package of steering/lane control, front cross traffic alert, active cruise with stop-and-go, a traffic jam assistant, and lane keeping assistance.
There’s also a rear-seat entertainment package, and a dynamic handling package brings active comfort drive with road preview and integral active steering.
The executive package adds a parking assistant with surround-view, climate comfort laminated glass, rear side sun shades, and front ventilated seats with massage.
In the 745Le you can add a tier 1 executive lounge package of heated surfaces, touch command, and ventilated rear comfort seats with massage. A tier 2 upgrade gets two-place rear lounge seating with rear console, and rear-seat entertainment. The tier 2 lounge pack is also the only option offered in the Alpina B7 and M760Li models.
BMW’s fuel consumption estimates for the 7 Series are 14.0/9.7 for 750i, 750Li and Alpina B7 models, and 17.8/11.9 in the M760Li. The 745Le is rated 12.2/9.1 when running as a gas-electric hybrid, and 4.2 Le/100 km in full electric mode.
Though the market for big luxury sedans has shrunk, the 7 Series still competes with a couple of other long-standing German full-size four-doors: the Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. You can get similar luxury for a lower price in the Genesis G90. Otherwise, you’ll have to spend even more money for a big sedan from Bentley or Rolls-Royce.
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