In contempo years, the BMW 7-series has acquired from sports auto to costly luxobarge, and the 2021 archetypal follows suit. Its bendable suspension, quiet cabin, and accommodating affluence appearance accomplish it an ambrosial limo for flush buyers, best of whom won’t apperception if their chauffer isn’t decidedly entertained by the car’s about asleep helm. A host of powertrain options is offered, alignment from the 320-hp inline-six to a fire-breathing twin-turbo V-12. But no amount which comminute is underhood the 7-series charcoal a calm, calm cruiser that won’t breach a diaphoresis on continued alley trips and will leave you activity active and airy back you ability your destination.
Little differentiates the 2020 and 2021 7-series models. Acrimonious advanced seats, acrimonious advanced armrests, a acrimonious council wheel, a congenital birr cam, and alien alpha are all accepted appearance now, but the in-dash CD amateur has been discontinued. Acrimonious rear seats are additionally now a standalone option.
The abundant amid us may disagree, but the abject powertrain—a turbocharged inline-six—in the 740i is altogether adequate for this car’s airy nature. It still provides affluence of ability back you charge it, but contrarily it’s quiet and smooth, so it’s the one we’d recommend. Plus, its lower starting amount frees up your money to go against some affluence autogenous features. We’d splurge on the Active Assistance Professional package—a semi-autonomous active approach that is decidedly advantageous in cartage jams—so we can relax and let the car do some of the work.
Engines and transmissions are at the top of the abbreviate account of highlights here. Every distinct one, from the 740i’s 320-hp turbocharged inline-six to the M760i’s batty 601-hp twin-turbo V-12, is buttery bland and feels added able-bodied than its official application abstracts indicate. Alike the 745e plug-in’s aggregate of a turbocharged six-cylinder agent and an electric motor is able and manages to drive with a accustomed feel that’s absent from best hybrids. Every 7-series shares some aberration of the aforementioned slick-shifting eight-speed automated transmission; all-wheel drive (xDrive in BMW business speak) is alternative on the 740i and accepted on the blow of the lineup. No amount which of the car’s drive modes you select, the abeyance is pillowy bendable and anatomy ascendancy is in abbreviate supply. The 7-series has able cornering grip, but the suspension’s moves in general—and the numb, ablaze council in particular—discourage their exploration.
The 745e constituent amalgam archetypal uses a 12.0-kWh array backpack amid in the block and is said to accommodate up to 16 afar of electric-only driving. The backpack can be recharged application 110-volt, 220-volt, or DC fast-charging systems, the closing two of which are the recommended means to add abstract quickly.
If not for the agog 12-cylinder M760i, the 7-series calendar all-embracing would accept an absorbing set of EPA fuel-economy ratings. The six-cylinder 740i and 750i both alternate better-than-average ammunition abridgement on our 200-mile real-world artery fuel-economy analysis avenue at 30 and 29 mpg, respectively.
For decades, BMW’s autogenous artful has been austere and businesslike. That was adequate back its cars were added about the austere business of driving. Lacking that ethos, the latest 7-series affords occupants the bandwidth to apprehension body quality, materials, and architecture that are alone boilerplate for this affluent class. Sure, it’s spacious, but so is every auto in this class. Sure, it’s luxurious, but one about-face in a Mercedes-Benz S-Class or alike the Genesis G90, and you’ll be larboard absent added from a car that starts able-bodied arctic of $80,000. Volumetrically speaking, the BMW’s block has competitors such as the Cadillac CT6 and the G90 licked. Its 18-cubic-foot block is at atomic two cubic anxiety above than the trunks of those sedans, but the absoluteness of packing it with real-world-size attache accoutrements reveals a altered outcome. We could alone fit three of our attache accoutrements central the block of our 740i analysis vehicle, admitting the others captivated alert as many.
BMW’s iDrive infotainment arrangement has continued back confused above its aboriginal teething problems to become a straightforward, adorable interface. The latest version, dubbed iDrive 7.0, can be manipulated via touchscreen or a quick and automated ascendancy on the centermost console. Every 7-series offers two USB ports for front-seat cartage and four 12-volt plugs broadcast throughout. Bluetooth is standard, and a Samsung book with a berth amid the rear seats is optional, giving cartage alien admission to some infotainment features. Apple CarPlay is standard; curiously, Android Auto isn’t available.
Today’s latest driver-assistance appearance are accessible or accepted on every 7-series, from blind-spot ecology to semi-autonomous self-steering artery cruise control. No 7-series, however, has been crash-tested by the two above assurance apparel actuality in the U.S.; as a result, we cannot animadversion on its crashworthiness. Key assurance appearance include:
BMW’s three-year or 36,000-mile adulatory appointed aliment plan—included on every 7-series—lags abaft some competitors. Jaguar offers bristles years or 60,000 afar of adulatory aliment with the acquirement of a new XJ sedan, and Black Label models of Lincoln’s Continental appear with four years or 50,000 afar of service.
2020 BMW 750i xDrive
VEHICLE TYPE front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE AS TESTED $125,645 (base price: $103,645)
ENGINE TYPE twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, absolute ammunition injectionDisplacement 268 cu in, 4,395 ccPower 523 hp @ 6,000 rpmTorque 553 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm
TRANSMISSION 8-speed automated with chiral alive mode