New 2019 BMW 7 Series Sedan
BMW 7 Series Sedan
The 2019 BMW 7 Series has all the usual high-class flagship-sedan features, but also weaves in a satisfying degree of driver involvement.
2019 BMW 7 Series Pricing
For Sale Near 20146
2019 BMW 7 Series KBB Expert Review
Within the flagship-sedan landscape, the 2019 BMW 7 Series has carved out its own particular province. While rivals like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Lexus LS and Audi A8 seek to pamper and indulge their customers, the 7 Series brings an additional attribute of driver engagement. Naturally, it can be just as relaxing and sumptuous as the next full-size luxury sedan (this is the largest car BMW has ever built), but the talents are there whenever an owner wants to exploit them. Some variants are better for exploiting than others. For example, the 740e plug-in hybrid version doesn’t stir the blood in the same way as the mighty 601-horsepower V12 in the M760i xDrive. The models between these extremes have their own considerable charms.
You'll Like This Car If...
You’re a high-earner with a fondness for g-forces. The 7 Series offers plenty of luxury and technology features appropriate to its status as a prestigious sedan, but there’s a performance edge that’s distinctly BMW. Those who prefer to be driven will like the option of two power-reclining rear sears with massaging and heating/ventilation.
You May Not Like This Car If...
You keep an eye on finances. There are rivals that cost less and yet have stronger predicted resale values. We’re thinking of the Lexus LS specifically.
What's New for 2019
The entry-level model, the 2019 BMW 740i with rear-wheel drive, now has blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warning among its inventory of standard equipment.
This talk of driver appeal in the latest 7 Series might seem odd given how BMW only imports the long-wheelbase version into the United States and it weighs more than a couple of tons. But BMW has used several radical body construction techniques to save many pounds and, more important, enable the engineers to distribute the mass evenly, so the car still feels well balanced. The standard air suspension lets drivers scroll between comfort and sportier modes. An upgrade for the suspension “reads” the upcoming road conditions and adjusts the suspension to suit. And the optional rear-wheel steering (aka Integral Active Steering) enhances agility even more. The automatic transmission, meanwhile, is linked to the navigation system and will execute shifts if the anticipated conditions demand.
The number of V12-powered luxury sedans is dwindling, which is a shame because these engines are awesome. The M760i faces off against the Mercedes-AMG S65. The BMW is faster than its 621-horsepower Stuttgart rival, sprinting from a standstill to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds as opposed to 4.1. And it’s around $76,000 cheaper.
DISPLAY KEY FOB
We all love a gadget. The key fob for the 2019 7 Series has a small touch screen for controlling onboard security systems as well as monitoring maintenance schedules, fuel level and range. The optional Remote Control Parking feature even lets users ease the car into a space while they’re standing outside.
Fine leather, smooth wood trims, and elegant metallic accents adorn the cabin of the BMW 7 Series right from the 740i, adding plushness as we ascend the levels. Occupant space is generous throughout, while a standard panoramic moonroof adds to the expansive feeling. The default rear-seat setup is for three passengers, but the Luxury Rear Seating package replaces those with a pair of adjustable reclining/massaging chairs, while adding a retractable footrest. Outward vision is excellent, thanks in part to the relatively thin A-pillars. Generous trunk space of 18.2 cubic feet (14.8 in the plug-in hybrid) can be accessed by moving a foot under the rear bumper and letting the powered lid do the rest.
The 2019 7 Series is undoubtedly a BMW, with the usual design features like the double-kidney grille and Hofmeister kink (the shape of the rearmost side windows and C-pillars) in evidence. Fans won’t be disappointed; detractors won’t be swayed. An M aerodynamic kit is available for the M760i xDrive model, while the Alpina B7 version (Alpina is an independent tuner, but its products are available with full new-car warranties from BMW dealers) brings a special design of multi-spoke alloy wheel and comes in a beautiful deep blue.
Notable Standard Equipment
It seems the days of sparsely equipped German cars are disappearing in the rearview mirror. Even the 740i has features like 14-way power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, adaptive air suspension, quad-zone climate control, soft-closing doors, wireless device charging, gesture control for the infotainment system, full LED exterior and interior lighting, parking sensors at both ends, 10.2-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, Wi-Fi, and a 16-speaker/600-watt Harman Kardon audio setup. Safety equipment includes rain-sensing wipers and forward-collision mitigation. BMW’s Active Protection System pre-tensions seatbelts, closes windows and the moonroof, and engages post-crash braking.
Notable Optional Equipment
A more comprehensive array of safety additions comes in the Driving Assistance Plus package (adaptive cruise control, active lane keeping and Traffic Jam Assist). All-wheel drive (AWD, known as xDrive) is optional in the 740i and 750i. The Autobahn package has the road-reading/suspension-tweaking function that also includes rear-wheel steering and variable-ratio steering. Other extras include a head-up display, heated rear seats, multi-contour front seats, cabin fragrance system, remote-control parking, side-view/top-view cameras, night vision, and a 16-speaker/1,400-watt Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system.
Under the Hood
The 2019 rear-wheel-drive (RWD) BMW 740i kicks things off with a 320-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 (a classic BMW configuration). Turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engines propel the 2019 750i and Alpina B7. The M760i enjoys the aforementioned 6.6-liter turbocharged V12, and the 740e has a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that’s augmented by an electric motor running off a lithium-ion battery back for a total of 322 horsepower. Both the Alpina B7 and M760i are capable of phenomenal acceleration. Enthusiasts will lean toward the Alpina since it has less weight in the nose, but that V12 in the M760i is a remarkable feat of engineering.
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4/AC Synchronous electric motor (740e xDrive)
322 horsepower (total)
369 lb-ft of torque (total)
EPA combined fuel economy: 27 mpg/64 MPGe (with 14 miles of electric-only range)
3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 (740i, 740i xDrive)
320 horsepower @ 5,500-6,500 rpm
330 lb-ft of torque @ 1,380-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/29 mpg (RWD), 20/29 mpg (AWD)
4.4-liter turbocharged V8 (750i, 750i xDrive)
445 horsepower @ 5,500-6,000 rpm
480 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 mpg (RWD), 17/25 mpg (AWD)
4.4-liter turbocharged V8 (Alpina B7 xDrive)
600 horsepower @ 5,750-6,250 rpm
590 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 mpg
6.6-liter turbocharged V12 (M760i xDrive)
601 horsepower @ 5,500-6,500 rpm
590 lb-ft of torque @ 1,550-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/20 mpg
The 2019 BMW 7 Series range starts with the rear-drive 740i, whose Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $83,650 is added to a $995 destination charge for a total of $84,645. The 2019 750i begins around $98,000. All-wheel drive adds $3,000. The 740e xDrive plug-in hybrid is priced from $92,245; the Alpina B7 costs $140,345 and the M760i xDrive comes in at $157,695. For comparison, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class begins at $91,250, the new-for-2019 Audi A8 starts at approximately $85,000, and the Lexus LS undercuts with a starting price of around $76,000. Cheaper large luxury sedans include the Genesis G90 (around $69,500), Volvo S90 (under $50,000) and Acura RLX (mid-$50,000 range). Check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new BMW 7 Series. Resale values are expected to be about average, which means below those of the Lexus LS.
BMW 7 Series Consumer Reviews
January 22, 2019
Don't make the MB mistake
I owned two 7 series in a row and then got a MB S Class because I fell in love with the looks of the car. Six months later I hated the S...
December 27, 2018
Best Ride, smooth yet very quck
Without a doubt the 750i Drive Sedan is the finest car I have ever driven. Smooth agile and very, very quick. We have the Executive...
June 16, 2018
I have recently changed my 2015 750i for a 2018 model. Both similarly equipped, with the M Sport package. I have owned many cars in my...
May 24, 2017
Great Luxury experience!
I have owned a few Bmws, from a 1999 5 series, a 2007 3 series, a 2011 X3, and this car, a 2017 BMW 750i. The 8 cyl engine is powerful....
December 25, 2016
I have a 2017 750i. Replaces a 2015. Vast improvement in features and luxury. Beautiful interiors - lot's of technology that works. So...
January 22, 2017
BMW sacrificed drivng experience for comfort
I have owned 7 BMWs before this one, four 5 series (1997,2006, and two 2010s), a 2005 six series, a 2015 X4 and a 2015 7 series. The...
September 27, 2016
Owned BMW's since 2001 and never again ...
Been loyal BMW owner and have always found it to be impossible to speak to a BMW corp person when dealer had difficulty solving the...