Excellent engines; choice of two wheelbase lengths; sumptuous interior with tons of features; capable handling; fuel-efficient 740Ld diesel model
Bland styling; mediocre fuel economy (except the 740Ld)
The latest model year debuts the diesel-powered 740Ld xDrive and adds a few standard features (including LED headlights and extended leather trim) to the 750 models. See the 2015 BMW 7 Series models for sale near you
The 750i is an immensely satisfying car at a price that's pretty reasonable for this segment.
The 2015 BMW 7 Series sedan is offered in five basic trim levels distinguished mainly by engine type: 740i, 740Ld, ActiveHybrid 7, 750i and 760Li. The 740i and 750i are short wheelbase by default but offer an optional long wheelbase (740Li and 750Li) that adds a few grand to the bottom line; the 740Ld, 760Li and ActiveHybrid 7 are long wheelbase only. Note that the long-wheelbase models ride on a self-leveling air suspension.
The 740i ($74,950) comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlamps, fog lights, electronically adjustable suspension and performance settings, front and rear parking sensors, a sunroof, leather upholstery, power front seats with lumbar support and memory functions, a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel, quadruple-zone automatic climate control, iPod/USB and Bluetooth connectivity, a 12-speaker audio system (including dual subwoofers) and the hard-drive-based iDrive infotainment system with navigation, digital music storage and a 10.2-in widescreen display with a rearview camera.
The 740Ld ($83,450) is similarly equipped but features the turbodiesel engine.
The ActiveHybrid 7 ($85,250) tacks an electric propulsion system onto the 740i's inline 6-cylinder and includes hybrid-specific information displays, among other eco-themed tweaks.
The 750i ($88,250) adds a twin-turbocharged V8, LED headlights, 19-in wheels and niceties such as power automatic soft-closing doors, a head-up display, a hands-free power trunk lid, 20-way Multi-contour heated front seats, Nappa leather upholstery and a leather-trimmed dashboard.
The 760Li ($143,850) goes to town with such indulgences as a twin-turbo V12, rear bucket seats with power adjustments, a Harman Kardon audio system and side- and top-view cameras.
Many of the higher trims' standard features are available as options on lesser models. Among the choice extras are an M Sport appearance package, a Bang & Olufsen audio system and a radar-based self-parking system. The Rear Entertainment package boasts twin 9.2-in screens that "appear to be 'floating' on" the front headrests, according to BMW.
The very rare, high-performance Alpina B7 model ($129,250) boasts a stronger version of the 750i's twin-turbo V8, 21-in wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and various Alpina-specific styling cues.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class -- The new S-Class is once again the car to beat in this class. It's not as involving to drive as the 7, however.
2015 Jaguar XJ -- The XJ doesn't have the consistent excellence of the German models across the board, but it compensates with loads of British driving character and easily the most expressive styling of the lot.
Used Aston Martin Rapide -- If you're looking for a used car that's out of the ordinary, the ravishing 4-door Rapide delivers with its V12 engine and inimitable British style.