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BMW 7-Series Review

The 2015 BMW 7-Series ranks 2 out of 6 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.

The 2015 BMW 7-Series’ comfortable cabin, poised ride and new diesel engine impress critics, though they say that some rivals offer sharper handling and more opulent interiors.

Test drivers write that the base BMW 740i’s turbocharged six-cylinder engine provides ample power, though they note that the new diesel-powered 740Ld feels more powerful, and it gets better fuel economy as well. Auto writers say the 750i's muscular twin-turbocharged V8 delivers stunning acceleration. Other available trims include the ActiveHybrid7, the performance-oriented Alpina B7 and the V12-powered 760Li. The 7-Series comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. The 740i gets an EPA-estimated 19/29 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good for the class, while the 740Ld gets 23/31, which is great for a super luxury car. Some reviewers say the 7-Series handles with athleticism, but others think it isn’t as fun to drive as cars like the Jaguar XJ and Porsche Panamera. The 2015 7-Series receives praise for its accurate steering and powerful brakes, and critics say its smooth ride makes it a great companion for high-speed cruising.

While auto writers agree that the 2015 BMW 7-Series has top-quality interior materials, some think the cabin design is too understated compared with its competitors’. Supportive front seats and spacious rear seats, especially in the long-wheelbase (L) models, help enhance the 7-Series’ appeal among critics. The 7-Series offers a good amount of trunk space for the class. Automotive journalists write that the 7-Series’ iDrive infotainment system is user-friendly and has a sharp display. Standard features in the 2015 BMW 740i include leather upholstery, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, quad-zone automatic climate control and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, which includes navigation, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio and smartphone app integration. Available features include forward collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, a surround-view parking camera system, active parallel park assist, night vision with pedestrian detection, a Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system, a head-up display, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, ventilated and massaging front seats and a heated steering wheel. Long-wheelbase models are available with features like power-adjustable rear seats with heating, ventilating and massaging features.

  • "BMW's flagship big sedans boast executive-jet levels of comfort, sophistication, and power... with price tags to match." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It's hard to call the 2015 BMW 7 Series disappointing by any measure, as it is still a truly amazing car, but some newer flagship luxury sedans may get your heart beating a bit faster." -- Edmunds
  • "If you still want to take your big sedan on mountain roads, then the BMW 7 Series is what you're looking for. It sacrifices next to nothing when it comes to luxury, but still offers up a compelling driving experience that's often hard to come by in high-end luxury sedans." -- Kelley Blue Book

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Other Cars to Consider

Many automotive journalists say the Mercedes-Benz S-Class’ opulent cabin and sublime ride quality set the standard for the class. Critics are especially impressed with the S-Class’ high-tech options, which include massaging rear seats and driver aid features that enable the S-Class to nearly drive itself.

Reviewers love the Audi A8’s nimble handling, and they say it has a very attractive and well-built interior. Like the 7-Series, the A8 gets good fuel economy with each of its available engines, and reviewers find that any of the available powertrains has ample power.

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Details: 2015 BMW 7-Series

The 2015 BMW 7-Series seats five and comes in standard- and long-wheelbase (L) body styles. Available trims include the 740i, 740Li, 740Ld, 750i, 750Li, 760Li, ActiveHybrid 7 and performance-oriented Alpina B7. The base 740i comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive (xDrive) is available. The 7-Series receives a new diesel-powered 740Ld trim for 2015, but it hasn’t been fully redesigned since 2009. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 3/23/15

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