Used 2007
BMW 7 Series Sedan

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KBB Editor's Overview

By KBB.com Editorial Staff

There is no sweeter reward in life than vindication, which is why BMW's styling guru Chris Bangle must now be sporting a smile wider than the Mississippi river. Known as the father of the 7 Series, Bangle's critics delivered him a horrible thumping after the car's unveiling, yet the same bulbous curves and distinctive bustle trunk that so offended four years ago have unexpectedly shown up on such stalwart vehicles as the new Toyota Camry and Lexus LS 470. Vindication indeed! For its part, the 7 Series continues to serve as the BWM flagship and offers unparalleled levels of luxury, interior space and overall performance. Available with a choice of a V8 or V12 engine, the 7's appeal grows stronger as its once controversial design becomes the new norm.

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You'll Like This Car If...

If you like a car with an IQ higher than yours, the 7 Series is sure to please. There is almost nothing this car can't do, and the stretched L version makes a perfect rolling office for the businessperson (or rap star) on the go.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You may not like the 7 Series if you are a traditionalist driver who is not willing to relearn the BMW way. Just about every feature, from the gearshift lever to the temperature control to the starter, operates differently than in a standard sedan.

What's New for 2007

New standard features include three-stage heated front Comfort Seats, power folding feature for side mirrors and an auxiliary audio input. Twenty-inch wheels replace 19-inch wheels in the Sport package, but the Sport Seat option is no longer offered. The short-wheelbase 760i is discontinued.

Driving It

Driving Impressions

If you're lucky enough to be the one behind the wheel, you'll be surprised at the level of steering response, control and acceleration the 7 Series possesses. The braking, the way it turns into corners, the turning radius and the vehicle stability are all exemplary. You can push the 7 Series into the tightest turns and never feel as though you will lose control of the vehicle. Even when the traction control is prompted to intervene, a simple easing off of the throttle brings the car back into line.

Assisting you on the drive is BMW's six-speed automatic transmission, which offers crisp, precise shifts and eliminates off-the-line lag. The 4.8-liter V8 is smooth and powerful, and you can feel the added torque when passing. If you are truly power-happy, the 760 offers a direct gasoline injection V12 engine that churns out over 400 horsepower.

Favorite Features

Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls
Just about every function can be controlled from the steering wheel-mounted touch controls. There is even a "soft button" you can set to operate any number of automated functions.

20-Way Comfort Seats
If you can't get comfortable in these, you should lie down in the back seat and let someone else drive.

Vehicle Details

Interior

If you're not driving, the 7 Series is a great place to stretch out and relax. Rear-seat passengers can recline and have their backsides heated or cooled. Front-seat passengers can speak commands to the audio and navigation systems while they get comfy in their 20-way adjustable seats. BMW has improved the functionality of the audio controls, leaving you the option of avoiding the iDrive system when making simple adjustments such as frequency and source settings.

Exterior

The 7 Series strikes an imposing pose even standing still; the car looks substantial because it is. Riding on enormous optional 20-inch wheels and wide tires, the 7 Series takes a bulldog stance that says to all other traffic "don't even try." Its exterior size translates into excellent comfort inside, especially in the long-wheelbase version.

Notable Standard Equipment

When it comes to notable standard features, there are almost too many to list. We like the flawless six-speed automatic transmission with hill-holder device, electronic parking brake, hands-free phone and the myriad of airbags that surround the interior. Other 7 Series goodies include xenon adaptive headlamps, Park Distance Control, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, Active Roll Stabilization and an interior loaded with yards of leather and wood.

Notable Optional Equipment

Options include the Logic 7 premium sound system with 13 speakers and a six-disc CD/MP3 player, Adaptive Ride Package with self-leveling rear suspension, sport suspension, heated steering wheel, power-closing doors, power trunk lid, Adaptive Cruise Control, rear side-impact airbags, the Individual Package that includes Merino leather seating and unique exterior colors, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, Night Vision and rear climate control.

Under the Hood

The 4.8-liter V8 is yet another example of BMW's masterful engine design process. The increased power and torque are much appreciated, as a loaded 7 really packs on the pounds. The V8 is more than adequate for most drivers' needs, but the V12 is as much a status symbol as it is a performer so, if you have the cash, go for it.

4.8-liter V8
360 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
360 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25

6.0-liter V12
438 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
444 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3950 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/22

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Pricing Notes

The 750i has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $75,695, while the extended-wheelbase 750Li stickers for $78,795. The 760Li starts at $123,795 and, when fully loaded, tops out around $148,000. Only a few cars can compete with the power and sophistication of the 7 Series. The Audi A8 is one of them, with fairly competitive pricing and equipment levels, the Jaguar XJ8 Vanden Plas is another, while the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the traditional segment leader. The Mercedes-Benz S430 costs about $7,000 more than the base 750i and does not offer as many high-tech options. These sticker prices offer substantial margins that might be pared down by the sharp negotiators who can afford cars in this class. The 7 Series, like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, also has an enviable resale value history.

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