2020 BMW 7 Series

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$86,450 - $102,650
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2020 BMW 7 Series Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: December 18, 2019
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Swapnil Kulshrestha

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Always dreamt of rolling in the lap of luxury, with the latch of power? Look no more, the BMW 7 series is here *drumroll*. First introduced in the year 2016, the BMW 7-series was one of the few rides, that could make it to the milestone of comfort, luxury, and performance, that rides such as the Mercedes-Benz S-class had previously set.

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Pros

Authoritative acceleration 

Extraordinary space for rear passengers

Plush interior

Great driving dynamics

Cons

Too long to fit into tight parking spaces

Not as driver-focused as the previous generations

What's New?

Resculpted exterior styling

Updated interior

Reworked powertrains


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$86450

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

335 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

330 lbs.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

126.4 in.

length

207.4 in.

width

74.9 in.

height

58.2 in.

curb weight

4244 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

cargo volume

18.2 cu ft.

payload capacity

915 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/24/29 mpg

ev range

453.2 mi.

highway range

597.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited


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Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.9

Exterior

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 BMW 7 Series 740i

740i

power
335 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$86,450 - $89,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
740i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $86,450 MSRP (22/24/29) 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3L, Inline 6, premium unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
740i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $89,450 MSRP (20/23/28) 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3L, Inline 6, premium unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 BMW 7 Series 750i

750i

power
523 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$102,650


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
750i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $102,650 MSRP (17/20/25) 523 hp @ 5500 rpm, 4.4L, V-8, premium unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

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Come the year 2020, this elongated marvel from the house of Bimmer has taken its magnificence further up a notch, with the help of a resculpted exterior, and redesigned interiors. Well, the changes do not remain to be mere cosmetic, as the technology on-board has also been paddled-up. 

The BMW 7-series offers 3 engine options - a 3.0 L Turbocharged I6, a 4.4L twin-turbo V8, and finally the “M”ammoth of this series, a 6.6L twin-turbo V12. The BMW 7 series goes against some high-class competitors such as the Audi A8, the Mercedes-Benz S-class, and of course, a Japanese wildcard entry among these Germans - the Lexus LS 500. 

2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Front View
2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Rear View

9.0/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.9/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2020 BMW 7 Series Features

9.0/10

The BMW 7-series is available in two prime trims, namely- the BMW 740i and the BMW 740i. The 740i is the base model and houses a 3.0 L Turbocharged I6 engine, which can generate 335 hp and 390 lb.-ft. Of torque. The 740i is available in two drivetrain options - RWD, and the xDrive, which is the Bimmer’s AWD configuration. 

The 750i is the upper model and packs more punch than the 740i. The 750i obtains power from a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 engine, which is capable enough of generating 523 hp and 553 lb.-ft. Of torque.

Model

BMW 740i

BMW 750i

MSRP (RWD)

$86,450

-

MSRP(xDrive)

$89,450

$102,650

Key Features

Auto Start-Stop function

Adds to 740i features:

 

Driving Dynamics Control

Electronic throttle control

 

Dakota Leather upholstery

Nappa Leather upholstery

 

12.3" Dynamic Digital Instrument Cluster

Full-color Head-up Display

 

Dynamic Damper Control

 
 

Servotronic power-steering assist

 

We recommend

The BMW 740i does great in terms of performance, the car delivers punchy acceleration and great power delivery. However, if only the best of the best can impress you, we’d suggest you to go for the 750i as it packs much more oomph than the 740i.

2020 BMW 7 Series Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The BMW 7-series seems like an elite car that is meant to massage all of your senses with the luxury it offers. However, the ride has more than what meets the eye. Behind that artistically-sculpted kidney-grille rests a 3.0L Inline-6 engine, which is further assisted by turbos, and is capable of generating a punchy 335 hp along with 330 lb.-ft. Of torque, which kicks in as early as 1380 rpm. The 2020 BMW 740i receives a bump of 13 hp over the previous model, but also undergoes a depreciation of 2 lb.-ft.

Regardless of the trim, the entire 7-series lineup employs an 8-speed sport automatic transmission that can be used in automatic sport or manual shift modes. The transmission is bound to deliver the power to the rear wheels as standard, however, you can also opt to go for the xDrive models for a couple of additional bucks. 

Models

BMW 740i

Audi A8

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

Lexus LS 500 F Sport

MSRP

$86,450

$85,200

$94,250

$81,450

Engine

3.0 L Turbocharged I6 engine

3.0L TFSI Turbocharged V6

3.0 L Twin Turbo V6

3.5 L Twin Turbo V6 

Transmission

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

9 Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

335 hp @ 5500 rpm

335 hp @ 5000 rpm

362 hp @ 5500 rpm

416 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

330 lb.-ft. @ 1380 rpm

369 lb.-ft. @ 1370 rpm

369 lb.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

442 lb.-ft. @ 6000 rpm

The transmission arrangement in the 2020 7-series models is a great improvement over the previous-gen as it features new control electrics and torsion dampers. Moreover, this arrangement also gets a wider spread of gear ratios, which makes each and every upshift and downshift absolutely seamless. 

How fast is the BMW 740i?

The BMW 7-series may look like a heavy ride that will drive like a chariot rather than like a bolt, but guess what, it’s breathtakingly fast. The 740i, which happens to be the base model of the 7-series is potent enough to sprint from 0-60 in just 5.2 seconds. The second’s clock keeps on shrinking, as you elevate to the upper, more lethal models. 

The 740i of the 7-series is potent enough to sprint from 0-60 in just 5.2 seconds.

The BMW 740i delivers power at the slightest tap of the throttle pedal and can go the quarter of a mile distance in just 12.5 seconds at a speed of 113 mph. The ride gets an electronically capped top speed of 155 mph.

Model

BMW 740i

Audi A8

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

Lexus LS 500 F Sport

0-60 MPH

5.3 sec

5.6 sec

5.4 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.5 sec

13.8 sec 

13.8 

13.7

Engine

3.0L

3.0L

3.0L

3.5L

The Lexus LS 500 F Sport has the best in class off-the-mark capabilities as it can shoot from 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds, while all the other cars need more than 5 seconds to showcase this skill. Major credit for this sprint goes to the power figure difference between the Lexus LS 500 F Sport and all the other rides.

What about the braking performance of the BMW 740i?

The BMW 740i, along with being a super-sprinter is also a great-halter. The ride gets 14.7-inch brake rotors at its front wheels and 14.5-inchers towards the backside. All four wheels of the 2020 M760i get ventilated discs with anti-locking function. These rotors help the car come to a standstill from a speed of 60 mph in a distance of just 112 feet. 

2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Front Brake is 14.7 in.

The brakes offer similar power and consistency throughout, and the BMW 740i decelerates with utmost confidence, and there is not the slightest hint of sway under panic braking conditions. 

Model

BMW 740i

Audi A8

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

Lexus LS 500 F Sport

Brake front

(in.)

14.7

15.0

13.2

14

Brake Rear

(in.)

14.5

14.0

11.8

13.1

Curb Weight

(lbs.)

4244

4751

4553

4850

60-0 MPH (ft.)

112

118

N/A

N/A

The BMW 740i gets one of the biggest brake rotors in the segment, thus pulling off the best in class stopping distance. 

What about its driving dynamics?

Every model of the 7-series lineup offers a treat to your senses and delivers powerful performance along with posh driving dynamics. The 3.0L turbocharged inline-6 engine that the 740i houses is a potent power-mill that delivers on-demand acceleration, and will make you believe that luxury cars, can also perform greatly. The peak torque has a wide rev-band and can last from 1800 to 4600 rpm. The remaining task is accomplished by the ZF 8-speed automatic transmission which makes sure that you are not left high and dry, after a certain point. 

2020 BMW 7 Series Front View

Speaking of the driving dynamics, the car handles the curves like a seasoned master, though there is a major body roll as the 740i dips into the corner, which considering the ride’s hefty weight is an acceptable fact. However, the body roll does not really affect this car’s stability, as the ride feels planted at all times without ever losing its line. 

All the 7-series models, except for the 740i and 730d offer BMW’s hottest xDrive AWD drivetrain as standard, that works in concurrence with the Dynamic Stability Control which also features an electronically-assisted multi-plate clutch that sends the ideal amount of torque to the front and rear wheels, depending upon the driving mode, and the road conditions. 

The BMW 7-series models offer a number of driving modes such as - Eco Pro, Adaptive, Comfort, Comfort+, Sport and Sport+. All these modes alter the steering and throttle responses, as well level of damping, accordingly.

2020 BMW 7 Series Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The BMW 7-series lineup offers a number of engine options, however, what the 740i runs on is a 3.0L inline-6 engine, which is further assisted by a turbocharger. The BMW 740i is a heavy set of wheels with curb weight ranging over the 4000 lbs. Mark. 

Eyeing all these stats, we can say that BMW 740i may get perceived as a fuel-chugger but it definitely is not. The ride can go a distance of 22 city miles or 29 expressway miles for every single gallon of gasoline. Summing it up, we get a combined mpg figure of 24. These are the figures for the standard RWD model, employ the xDrive AWD system and the combined mpg figure comes down to 23. 

Model

BMW 740i

Audi A8

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

Lexus LS 500 F Sport

MPG (city)

22

19

19

19

MPG (highway)

29

27

28

30

MPG (combined)

24

22

22

23

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

20.6

21.7

21.1

21.7

Range (city/highway) (miles)

433/597

412/586

401/591

412/651

The BMW 740i is the lightest heavyweight in this comparison and also the most fuel-efficient offering. The Lexus LS 500 F Sport rakes in the second spot with a combined mpg of 23, followed by the Merc and the Audi, with both the rides offering a combined mpg figure of 22. 

2020 BMW 7 Series Interior

8.9/10

The insides of the 2020 BMW 7-series are built with the motive to give the occupants the experience of a godly chariot every time they commute in it. The interior layout of the 740i remains mostly unchanged from the previous generation. It features the same orientation with a three-layer dashboard dominating the panel, followed up by a trapezoidal configuration of the ac vents, and finally the mirrored control panel, which sits at the bottom of the stack. 

2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Front Seats

What has changed for the cabin of the BMW 7-series in the year 2020 is mostly in the form of the materials used to ornament the ride’s cabin. The steering wheel, now, has a completely different lookout with chrome inserts expanding on all the three spokes. Moreover, for seats and door panels, Dakota leather is now been established as the standard upholstery, and if Dakota does not have what it takes to allure you, you can always go for Nappa leather. The veneer adornments have also undergone certain changes, as the company now places American Oak across the cabin. 

Model

BMW 740i

Audi A8

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

Lexus LS 500 F Sport

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.9/59.2/41.4

38.3/59.1/41.5

39.7/59.7/41.4

37.3/58.8/41

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.9/57.7/44.4

38.5/57.6/44.3

37.4/59.1/34.1

37.3/56.4/38.9

The BMW 740i’s 126.4-inch wheelbase ensures that its occupants are not given a single chance to complain regarding space on offer in the ride. The front passengers are catered with more than 41-inches of leg space, while the rear-seat passengers enjoy a legroom of 44.4 inches, which is more than enough to stretch out to the fullest. 

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

The 2020 BMW 7-series employs an iDrive 7 operating system to look after all the infotainment needs of the ride. This panel beams all the data on a 10.25-inch touchscreen unit, that further presents this information to you in the form of crisp graphics. Moreover, what’s interesting is the voice commanding in the 2020 BMW 7-series models, that is prompted by the wake-up phrase - “Hey BMW” and can be used to control several functions. 

2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Rear Seat Infotainment Display
  • Premium amplifier
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan, single in-dash CD player
  • 16 Harman/Kardon speakers
  • WiFi Hotspot
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Logic 7 digital signal processor
  • WiFi hotspot
  • Gesture control
  • ConnectedDrive service
  • Voice commands

What about utility?

The BMW 740i offers a generous amount of space beneath its trunk hood, with a cargo volume of 18.2 cubic feet. The layout of the trunk has a wide and deep orientation which makes it suited to store a number of bags. 

The trunk opens wide, which makes the process of loading and unloading stuff a mere cakewalk. 

Model

BMW 740i

Audi A8

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

Lexus LS 500 F Sport

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

18.2

12.5

18.7

16.9

The BMW 740i stands its ground against the cavernous cargo capacity of 18.7 cubic feet that the Mercedes-Benz S 450 sedan offers. The Lexus LS 500 F rakes in the third position with 16.9 cubic feet of trunk space, followed up by the Audi A8.

Creature comforts on offer in the BMW 740i

The BMW 740i is a premium luxury sedan that packs in a number of comfort features and along with being highly capable, is also very comfortable. Some of the most prominent convenience features on the BMW 740i are: 

  • Memory seats
  • Navigation system with voice activation
  • Retained accessory power
  • Day-night rearview mirror
  • Autonomous cruise control with lane change
  • Rear dual zone A/C
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Heated sport steering wheel with power tilting, power telescoping, auto tilt-away
  • Steering wheel memory
  • Gesture control
  • Garage door transmitter
  • Cell phone pre-wiring
2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Interior
2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Interior
2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Interior
2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Interior
2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Interior
2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Interior
2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Interior
2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Interior
2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Interior
2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Interior

2020 BMW 7 Series Exterior

8.0/10

The Bavarians have placed their best foot forward, in the form of the 2020 BMW 7-series lineup. The car has received significant styling updates in this iteration. Starting upfront, the kidney-grille that has been a trademark of the Bimmer for quite a long time has been enlarged by up to 40 percent for the 2020 BMW 740i, as compared to the previously outgoing models. The grille now also gets surrounded by a single-piece frame. 

2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Three Quarter View

The headlights have also been toned down and now appear sleeker than before and are fitted with adaptive LED lamps. The engine hood has also been revised, in order to fit with the magnified grille, and houses a smaller lower bumper vent, in order to improve the aerodynamics. 

Model

BMW 740i

Audi A8

Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan

Lexus LS 500 F Sport

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4244

4751

4553

4850

Length (in.)

206.6

208.7

206.9

206.1

Width (in.)

74.9

76.6

74.8

74.8

Height (in.)

58.2

58.5

58.9

57.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.3

4.8

5.0

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

126.4

123.1

124.6

123

Track Width (in.) F/R

63.4/64.6

64.7/64.3

63/63.2

64.2/64.4

The 2020 BMW 7-series houses a number of upgrades which play a crucial role in improving the ride’s aerodynamics. The most noteworthy of these changes is the enlargement of the air vents in the front fenders which makes it easier for the engine to gulp more air. Secondly, the mirror caps are now placed on the window frame with slimmer posts. 

What are those eye catching features?

The 2020 BMW 7-series exudes elegance and machoism with every inch, cut, and curve of its body. The ride was always a handsome car, but come 2020, it’s appeal has increased many folds. Some of the most prominent exterior features of the 2020 BMW 740i are: 

  • Galvanized steel/aluminum body material
  • Chrome rear bumper insert
  • Chrome grille
  • Chrome front bumper insert
  • Chrome bodyside insert
  • Chrome door handles
  • Chrome tip exhaust
  • 18-inch V-spoke alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Exterior
2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Exterior
2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Exterior
2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Exterior
2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Exterior
2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Exterior
2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Exterior
2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Exterior
2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Exterior
2020 BMW 7 Series Sedan Exterior

2020 BMW 7 Series Safety

The BMW 740i packs in a wide range of safety features that ensure the safety of all the occupants of the ride. The facelifted BMW 7-series models have in them, what it takes to be high on technology. Some of the most prominent safety and driver-assist features that this ride offers are: 

  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Side-impact bars
  • Traction control
  • 4 ABS channels
  • 8 airbags
  • ABS and driveline traction control
  • 3 point rear center seatbelt
  • Frontal Collision Warning w/City Collision Mitigation
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Tracker system

2020 BMW 7 Series Competition

BMW 740i vs. Audi A8

Priced at $85,200 the A8 is the closest competitor of the BMW 740i, with an almost similar price tag, and exactly the same number of ponies. The A8 houses a 3.0L TFSI V6 engine, which can generate 335 hp and 369 lb.-ft. Of torque, making the car sprint from 0-60 in 5.6 seconds. The A8 is a good looking car, but it definitely not gonna attract eyeballs as the Bimmer 7 can. The Audi A8 houses a plush interior, but definitely not as uptown as the 7. 

2020 Audi A8

BMW 740i vs. Mercedes-Benz S450 Sedan

The Mercedes-Benz S450 Sedan is the priciest offering of this segment, with prices starting from $94,250. The ride houses a 3.0L twin-turbo V6, which churns out 362 hp, along with 269lb.-ft. Of the spinning force. These power figures can make the car sprint from 0-60 in just 5.4 seconds. The Auto-marquee has always been a renowned name in the universe of comfort, and the S450 carries this legacy forward in an astounding way. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz S450 Sedan

 

2020 BMW 7 Series Final Verdict

The BMW 7-series has always been one of those cars, which we can without a single doubt, call “perfect”. Though it is believed that perfection cannot be made better, but come 2020, the Bavarians have totally nailed this task of making perfection even better. The BMW 7-series is an ideal car that imposes a strong lifestyle statement while performing impeccably.