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MSRP: $74,000 - $141,200
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MPG: 19 City / 29 Hwy
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BMW 7-Series Review

The 2014 BMW 7-Series ranks 6 out of 12 Super Luxury Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the BMW 7-Series, as well as reliability and safety data.

Test drivers agree that the 2014 BMW 7-Series has powerful engine choices, a luxurious interior and comfortable ride, but rival luxury sedans are more engaging to drive.

Auto writers say that the turbocharged six-cylinder engine in the base 740i has ample power in all situations, though many prefer the added thrust of the 750i's twin-turbo V8. The V12-powered 760Li and high-performance, twin-turbo V8-powered Alpina B7 have sports car-like acceleration, according to test drivers. A diesel engine and hybrid powertrain are also available in the 2014 7-Series. All trims come with an eight-speed automatic transmission that is praised for its smooth, fast shifts. According to the EPA, the 740i returns 19/29 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good for the class, and the ActiveHybrid 7 is rated at 22/30 mpg. Reviewers say that the 7-Series has a comfortable, serene ride quality. Critics agree that the 7-Series is more comfort-oriented than handling-focused and although they say it feels fairly composed through turns, some rivals are more engaging to drive. Some say its steering is precise, but others mention that it feels a bit numb.

Reviewers say the 2014 BMW 7-Series' cabin is lined with luxurious materials and high-quality trim. They write that the 7-Series' front seats are very comfortable and supportive, especially models fitted with the available massaging seats. Test drivers add that regular-wheelbase models have ample rear space and long-wheelbase models offer very generous legroom. The 7-Series has a bit less trunk space than some rivals, though most reviewers still find it useful. Test drivers say that the standard iDrive system, which controls most navigation and stereo functions, is fairly intuitive to use. Standard features include four-zone automatic climate control, a 12-speaker stereo system, a rearview camera, navigation and adaptive cruise control. Available features include a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo system, a rear-seat entertainment system, top- and sideview cameras and power soft-closing doors, as well as heated, ventilated, power-adjustable and massaging rear seats.

  • "Overall, the 2014 7 Series is the best-yet version of what was already a nearly faultless car. BMW easily could have stood pat over the past couple of years, but instead it has put the 7 Series right back in the conversation about the best sedan in the world." -- AutoTrader
  • "In other words, the 'gotta-have-it' force isn't particularly strong with this one, at least not anymore. Still, we can see how a rational shopper might identify the 7 Series as a compelling choice. After all, the engines really are great, the seats are stellar and the technology offerings are both comprehensive and clever." -- Edmunds
  • "Comfort and convenience features on BMW's flagship exceed the norm - almost to the point of excess - yet the 7 Series offers more than just plush accommodations for five. … Whether you choose the standard model or long-wheelbase 'Li' trim with six inches of additional rear legroom, you'll be getting a big sedan that loves to drive as much as it does impress." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2013 7-Series is well worth your consideration, with the Alpina B7 being an especially attractive option for those who value exclusivity and sporty driving dynamics." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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Other Cars to Consider

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is fully redesigned for 2014, and test drivers say it is the standard bearer for the class in terms of interior comfort, design and opulence. Reviewers are impressed with the S-Class' advanced technology and safety features, as well as its sublime ride quality.

According to automotive journalists, the Audi A8 has nimble handling and a range of impressive engine options, including a diesel engine that they say has ample power and torque and helps the A8 return great fuel economy for the class. They're also taken with the A8's posh interior materials and attractive cabin design.

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Details: 2014 BMW 7-Series

The 2014 BMW 7-Series seats five and has standard rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available (designated xDrive). Regular- and long-wheelbase models are available, the latter of which offers more back-seat legroom. Trim levels range from the base 740i with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine to the 760Li with a turbocharged 6.0-liter V12. Also available are the hybrid ActiveHybrid7 and high-performance Alpina B7 models. A diesel trim, the 740Ld, is new for 2014. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on all trims. Aside from some minor updates, the 7-Series is largely unchanged from the 2009 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 to 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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