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2014 BMW 7 Series KBB Expert Review

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MSRP $78,925

Fair Purchase Price $74,891
Fair Market Range ($73,408 - $76,568)

Invoice $72,685
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 9/24/2013


For those fortunate enough to afford a premium luxury sedan, BMW builds the 2014 7 Series sedan. 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. Available engine choices range from a turbocharged inline-6 to an obscenely powerful V12. 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. Placed against the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Audi A8, the 7 holds its own quite well. It outperforms the Lexus LS 460 and Jaguar XJ, and has no American-based rival to speak of.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you require a car that lives up to your high standards and stature, but you also love spending as much time behind the wheel as you doing in the back seat, the 2014 BMW 7 Series promises to be your new best friend. The exclusive Alpina B7 warrants particular mention.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you don't equate supreme luxury with overwhelming in-cabin technology, the 7 Series may be more frustrating than futuristic. The Lexus LS 460 sedan offers a more user-friendly interface, as does the Audi A8.

What's New for 2014

Changes for the 2014 BMW 7 Series include the addition of a configurable digital instrument cluster (except on hybrid and Alpina models) and an enhanced navigation/iDrive system with a new touchpad controller. The power trunklid gets a motorized open/close feature activated by running one's foot under the rear bumper, and 750 trims can be fitted with the smaller (and less easy to damage) 18-inch wheels at no extra cost.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Despite weighing nearly 4,300 pounds, the 2014 BMW 7 Series sedan has been designed to round corners at high speed and remain as planted and rock steady as the nimblest 1 Series coupe. The brakes are easily modulated and always strong, and the 7's steering feels more in touch with the road than its nearest rivals. The 740i's turbocharged 6-cylinder engine doesn't quite live up to the status of this car and we would opt for the 750's twin-turbo V8 any day of the week. With 445 horsepower on tap, the difference in fuel economy is marginal (although the difference in price is not). Both the all-out-enthusiast Alpina B7 version and the range-topping 760Li deliver performance numbers once reserved for dedicated supercars. In terms of ride comfort, the 2014 7 Series dispatches bumps and road imperfections with a hardly a shake of the cabin. Selecting the Sport or Sport Plus driving mode increases suspension firmness, alters steering effort and improves throttle response.

Favorite Features

HANDS-FREE TRUNK
We have all been there – wrestling our way back to the car, arms piled high with shopping bags, only to struggle further in an attempt to open the trunk without dropping our items. Luckily, BMW offers a solution: an optional hands-free trunk that opens and closes with a simple kicking gesture under the rear bumper.

BMW APPS
iPhone users can access various BMW-developed and 3rd-party smartphone applications like Web Radio, Facebook and Twitter through the 10.2-inch navigation system display.


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