2021 BMW 7 Series

MSRP $86,800 - $103,000

Ranked #2 in Fullsize Sedan

8.3

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2021 BMW 7 Series Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 16, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Full-size luxury sedans are becoming quite the trend these days with the demand increasing day by day for all the luxury that the segment provides. The 2021 BMW 7 Series is the epitome of the German marque’s luxury that was revamped in 2020. It has been carried over for the 2021 model year with some upgrades. 

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Pros

Luxurious Interior

Stylish Exterior design

Composed Driving manners

Multiple engines and customization options on offer

Cons

Lacks the driving dynamics of older variants

Ride quality gets stiff at times

Expensive options list

What's New?

Heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated front armrests, a built-in dash cam, and remote start are standard fitment

Discontinued in-dash CD player 

Optional heated rear seats


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$86800

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

335 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

331 lb.-ft.. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

14.7/14.5 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

126.4 in.

length

207.4 in.

width

74.9 in.

height

58.2 in.

curb weight

4244 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

115 cu ft.

cargo volume

18.2 cu ft.

payload capacity

915 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.3 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

740i$86,800 onwards

750i$103,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 BMW 7 Series in Alpine White color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.8

Engine and Performance

8.2

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.8

Exterior

7.2

Safety

8.8

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

8.2

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.3

Overall Rating


Since the revamp, it has kept well with the rapidly growing full-size luxury sedan industry. It is one of the popular cars from the manufacturer. Some of the main competitors of the 2021 7 Series are the 2021 Lexus LS 500, the 2021 Genesis G90, and the 2021 Porsche Panamera, each one of them equally appealing as compared to the others. Can the 2021 BMW 7 Series emerge as the top luxury sedan in the market? Let’s find out.

2021 BMW 7 Series Sedan front view
2021 BMW 7 Series Sedan rear view

8.2/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.8/10
Interior

7.2/10
Exterior

8.8/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

8.2/10
Final Verdict


2021 BMW 7 Series Features

The 2021 BMW 7 Series can be had in two trims: the 740i and the 750i. The base 740i is powered by an Inline-6 power plant and is very well-equipped for a car at this price. Along with all the expected amenities, BMW loads the 740i with some of the most advanced driver-assistance features along with craftsmanship that is unbeatable for the price. The 750i builds on the 740i and adds a bigger engine along with some improvements to the powertrain and upgraded leather seats. 

Trim

740i

750i

MSRP (FWD)

$86,800

-

MSRP (AWD)

$89,800

$103,000

Key Features

Adaptive air suspension

In addition to or replaces 740i trim features with:

 

Power tailgate 

Steering mounted paddle shifters

 

Leather seats 

Heads up display

 

16-way power-adjustable front seats

Pedestrian detection

 

Heated front seats

Wireless smartphone charging pad

 

Heated armrest

Premium leather upholstery

 

Heated steering 

Standard All-Wheel Drive

 

Digital instrument cluster

 

 

LED headlights

 

 

16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system

 

 

10.25-inch infotainment screen

 

 

Four-zone automatic climate control

 

 

Power-sliding panoramic glass roof

 

 

Surround-view camera system

 

 

Parking sensors

 

With a long list of standard features, BMW also offers many packages for the 7 Series with the most prominent ones being the Autobahn package, Luxury Rear Seating package, and the Driving Assistance Professional package. These packages include features such as Rear-wheel steering, Upgraded adaptive suspension, Adaptive cruise control, Power-adjustable ventilated rear seats, Massaging rear seats, and a Rear-mounted tablet for control media.

Which Trim Should You Buy?

Since the 750i is basically a more souped-up variant of the 740i in terms of comfort and luxury, it is worthwhile to upgrade to the same due to the more powerful engine and a standard AWD system that vastly improves the driving dynamics of the big luxury sedan. Also, the option for the Autobahn package will be a very good choice so as to get the mobility of rear-wheel steering, an essential for the size of the 7 Series.

2021 BMW 7 Series Engine and Performance

8.2/10

The 2021 BMW 7 Series comes in 2 engine options. The first one is a turbocharged 3.0L Inline-6 which is standard in the 740i and produces 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels only as standard. Upgrading to the 750i will get you a 4.4L V8 that increases the power to an impressive 532 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, which is now sent to all four wheels as standard. Even this engine comes paired with an 8-speed automatic responsible for very quick shift times and efficient launches of this luxurious sedan. 

2021 BMW 7 Series Sedan engine bay

Models 

2021 BMW 7 Series

2021 Lexus LS 500

2021 Porsche Panamera

2021 Genesis G90

MSRP

$86,800

$76,000

$87,200

$72,950

Engine

3.0L Turbocharged Inline-6

3.5L Turbocharged V6

3.0L turbocharged V6

3.3L Turbocharged V6 

Drivetrain 

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission 

8-speed automatic

10-Speed Automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

335 hp @ 5500 RPM

416 hp @ 6000 RPM

325hp @ 5400 RPM

365 hp @ 6000 RPM

Torque

331 lb-ft @ 1500 RPM

442 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM

331 lb-ft @ 1800 RPM

376 lb-ft @ 1300 RPM

0-60 MPH (secs)

4.8

4.6

5.4

5.3

Quarter Mile (secs)

13.2

13.7

13.6

13.9

Top Speed (MPH)

155

155

155

155

The BMW 7 Series has impressive performance but falls a bit short in front of the Lexus. The Lexus LS 500, even being on the cheaper side, takes the game in the acceleration. The Porsche Panamera and the Genesis G90, on the other hand, have a rather slow launch and aren’t as quick as the Bimmer or the Lexus. When comparing the price range, the Porsche Panamera is the most expensive option in the competition. 

How well does the 2021 BMW 7 Series handle?

The 2021 BMW 7 Series is a super comfy car to drive in the town, kudos to the superb adaptive suspension on offer that swallows the bumps and irregularities within the city limits well while keeping the cabin stable. The car is huge, and as such, the turning circle takes a hit if not equipped with rear-wheel steering. Accompanying the soft suspension is very light steering which gives a lot of feedback. Parking isn’t much of an issue given that the surround-view cameras do a great job along with all the sensors placed around the car. 

2021 BMW 7 Series Sedan ride and handling

This luxury barge is most at-home on the highways. The drive is very relaxing for both the driver and the occupants on the long-distance drives. The seats are superb in terms of comfort, and the cabin is super quiet kudos to the well-insulated materials in the cabin. The car feels super stable at highway speeds, and the engine-gearbox harmony is perfectly engineered. 

Braking Performance

The 2021 BMW 7 Series has the best in class brakes - 15.8-inch ventilated disc brakes at the front and 13.8-inch ventilated disc brakes at the rear, which are enough to slow down this heavy 4,597-pound car within no time. These large brakes can stop the car from 60-0 MPH in just 109 feet. Also, the ventilated brakes help it to cool down much faster and increase its life as well. 

Models 

2021 BMW 7 Series

2021 Lexus LS 500

2021 Porsche Panamera

2021 Genesis G90

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

14.7

14.0

13.7

14.2

Brakes Rotors: Rear (inches)

14.5

13.1

13.0

13.4

Curb Weight (lbs)

4244 lbs

4696 lbs

4222 lbs

4806 lbs

60-0MPH

109 ft

110 ft

N/A

116 ft

The BMW 7 Series has bigger and better brake rotors than its competitors. The large ventilated disc brakes definitely help. Also, the car is comparatively lighter which apparently takes less time to slow down. The 7 Series is also equipped with Dynamic Brake Controls (DBC) with brake pad wear indicators that improve the overall braking performance. Genesis takes the most length of 116 feet, but that can be understood as it is the heaviest option at 4,806 lbs.

2021 BMW 7 Series Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2021 BMW 7 Series does a decent job when it comes to the fuel economy department. The EPA ratings read 20 MPG for the city, and 28 MPG on the highway, and a combined fuel economy of 23 MPG from a 20.6-gallon fuel tank. The fuel tank size is comparatively small and does take a hit in the range. The sedan manages to offer 412 miles in the city, 576 miles on the highway, and 473 miles combined on a full tank of gas. 

Models 

2021 BMW 7 Series

2021 Lexus LS 500

2021 Porsche Panamera

2021 Genesis G90

MPG (City)

20

19

18

17

MPG (Highway)

28

30

26

25

MPG (Combined)

23

23

21

20

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

20.6

21.7

23.7

21.9

Range (City/ Hwy/ Combined) (miles)

412/576/473

412/651/499

427/616/497

372/547/438

The BMW 7 Series has few impressive mileage figures when compared to its rivals, but the range takes a hit due to the smaller tank. The Lexus LS 500 does a better job in terms of mileage and range as it also offers 23 mpg combined but due to its bigger fuel tank than BMW, it offers a range of 412 miles in the city, 651 miles on the highway, and 499 miles combined.

2021 BMW 7 Series Interior

8.8/10

One will be mesmerized by the interior as soon as s/he enters the cabin due to the impeccable craftsmanship on display. The use of high-quality materials is common practice in this segment, and the 7 Series stands up to it. Even the base 740i trim feels premium with its upscale materials. The doors and the dashboard are so streamlined that it looks like one single piece. The two-tone interior throughout the car looks beautiful, which is made more beautiful by the small bits and pieces of wooden trims. 

2021 BMW 7 Series Sedan front seats

The center console has a lot of buttons with the infotainment system integrated into the dashboard. Leather seats are standard with Sensatec leather upholstery available in three colors, namely Canberra Beige, Cognac Perforated, and Black Perforated. Along with this, there are Dakota leather upholstery and optional Nappa leather upholstery that add to the MSRP. The front seats are cushioned and are very comfortable. The bolstering on the seats makes it look sporty as well. Towards the rear, legroom is abundant. The rear seats are also cushioned and comfortable for long rides. 

Models 

2021 BMW 7 Series

2021 Lexus LS 500

2021 Porsche Panamera

2021 Genesis G90

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) 

(in inches)

39.9/59.2/41.4

37.3/58.8/41.0

NA

41.1/59.1/46.3

Rear Row

(Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(in inches)

38.9/57.7/44.4

37.3/56.4/38.9

NA

38.0/57.9/37.8

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

18.2

17.0

17.6

15.7

The BMW 7 Series is a winner when it comes to the interior passenger space as well as the cargo space. The rivals are not too far behind in this aspect, but the roominess in the Genesis is a bit more than the Bimmer, and that of the Porsche is unknown. Lexus takes a hit here as it offers the least cargo space in the competition at 17 cubic feet. That being said, some of the standout interior features in the Bimmer’s luxurious cabin are:

  • Heated front seats
  • Automatic 4 zone climate control
  • Heated sport steering wheel with power tilting, power telescoping, auto tilt-away
  • Steering wheel memory
  • Massaging seats
  • Ambient lighting

What’s there to keep you entertained?

Coming to the infotainment system, the 2021 BMW 7 Series gets a 12.25-inch touchscreen infotainment display with a 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The display is of excellent quality, and there is no screen glare issue even in bright sunlight. It is controlled by an iDrive touchpad controller that works like a laptop and includes a SiriusXM, AM, FM, HD satellite radio with seek and scan. It has Apple CarPlay but no Android Auto in its tech suite. 

2021 BMW 7 Series Sedan infotainment screen

Along with all that, this system also includes WiFi Hotspot connectivity and a dual-display rear media system that will keep the passengers entertained. The navigation system will help you to reach your destination and works perfectly fine. Finally, a 16 speaker Harman Kardon audio system with a 464W amplifier will take the party to the roads. Some standout infotainment features include:

  • 12.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with multimedia support
  • Wireless device charging
  • iDrive touchpad controller
  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system with a 464W amplifier
  • Voice Recognition system
  • Apple Carplay
  • 4G LTE WiFi hotspot
  • Satellite navigation system 
  • Connected Drive service 
  • Dual-display rear media system

2021 BMW 7 Series Exterior

7.2/10

One of the key factors of its exterior is the kidney grilles. The 2021 7 Series did not receive any drastic changes for its grille like the M4 but is definitely more upsized. The front and the rear headlamps were changed in the 2020 model year and are the same for this year as well. You can easily spot the difference between the base 740i trim and the 750i trim because of the different wheel sizes. The 750i trim comes in 18-inch wheels wrapped in all-season tires. The LED projector headlamps add a mean look to the car. 

2021 BMW 7 Series Sedan 

Models

2021 BMW 7 Series 

2021 Lexus LS 500

2021 Porsche Panamera

2021 Genesis G90

Curb Weight (lbs)

4244

4696

4157

N/A

Length (inches)

207.4

206.1

198.8

204.9

Width (inches)

74.9

74.8

76.3

75.4

Height (inches)

58.2

57.5

56.0

58.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

N/A

4.7

5.1

Wheelbase (inches)

126.4

123.0

116.1

124.4

The BMW 7 Series has a longer wheelbase as compared to its rivals which explains why it has a good interior and cargo space. It is also one of the lightest cars out there. The Porsche Panamera, being a lighter car, feels smooth and nimble to ride. The Lexus LS 500, on the other hand, is the heaviest car in the segment. When comparing the ground clearance, Porsche stands lowest at 4.7 inches. Some of the features that stand out in the 7 Series are: 

  • 18-inch V-spoke alloy wheels
  • LED headlights with cornering function
  • Active kidney grille
  • LED DRLs and LED taillamps
  • Split UV protected sunroof

2021 BMW 7 Series Safety

8.8/10

The 2021 BMW 7 Series has not been crash-tested yet, and it never will be due to the high value and limited production it has. However, the inclusion of the latest driver assistant features and an aluminum body will help the car to score wonders in the crash tests. Some of the standard safety features of the 2021 BMW 7 Series include ABS, 8 airbags, traction control, 3 point rear center seat belts, and Perimeter/approach lights, while some of the highlighting ones are:

  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Frontal Collision Warning w/City Collision Mitigation
  • Active Blind Spot Detection
  • Side-impact bars
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Active Driving Assistant

2021 BMW 7 Series Competition

8.0/10

2021 BMW 7 Series Vs 2021 Lexus LS 500

The Lexus LS 500 looks better and is one of the fan favorites in terms of its exterior design, all thanks to its signature chrome grille. However, the BMW 7 Series is rather subtle but is loaded with the best tech available in the market today. Pair this with the immaculate craftsmanship and sporty driving dynamics, and you have a very well-balanced car that can do it all - comfortable cruising and manic drifting. 

2021 Lexus LS 500

2021 BMW 7 Series Vs 2021 Porsche Panamera

The Porsche Panamera is the most expensive in this segment, but for the price, it has a rather sluggish acceleration and the least cargo space when compared to BMW. Porsche does well in the gearbox department with their PDK, but the overall performance falls behind the Bimmer. The Bimmer has a bigger cabin with loads of room and is also more manageable around the city. 

2021 Porsche Panamera

2021 BMW 7 Series Vs 2021 Genesis G90

The Genesis G90 looks more appealing and futuristic than the Bimmer, but for the other factors, it is simply of no competition to the impeccable poshness that the Bimmer spoils you with. Adding to this is the performance and the bigger cabin along with a big cargo area that helps while planning for a long trip, making the BMW a better choice between the two.

2021 Genesis G90

 

2021 BMW 7 Series Final Verdict

8.2/10

The 2021 BMW 7 Series is a complete package with the latest techs and features with top-notch performance and exceptional handling. The exterior styling of the car may be controversial, but it has an excellent interior and cargo space that makes it practical while being highly luxurious. The ride quality of the car is also very good. So, if you are planning to buy the 2021 7 Series, then you have made the right choice. 

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