The Germans very well know how to build full-size luxury sedans. While Mercedes is doing wonders with its S-class, BMW couldn't 't be far behind. The 7 series has always been on the toes of the S-Class and in its present guise with a wide range of engine options including a plug-in hybrid, it is quite literally the most versatile full-size luxury sedan you could buy today. Within the flagship-sedan scene, the 2020 BMW 7 Series has created its own particular province.
The BMW 750i sits in the middle of the 7 series range and is powered by a 4.4l, twin-turbo, thumping V8 engine which produces 443 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque with some bits of aural pleasure. It comes loaded with all the niceties of life you can imagine to pamper you in rewards of $96,950 of your hard-earned money. Although it swims upstream from buyers migrating to megabuck crossovers, the 7-Series coddles and cossets drivers and owners in leather, wood, horsepower, and technology.
If you're into big, expensive sedans—or you're blessed enough to have your own chauffeur—the 2020 BMW 7-series is an elegant and suitable choice. The 7 series is obviously contested by the Mercedes S-class and that is really the car it has to beat to be the best in the segment. It’s joined by two other German biggies – Audi A8L and Porsche Panamera GTS – who also happen to understand the concept of luxury quite well.
8.6/10 Engine and Performance
2020 BMW 7 Series Features
The 7 series comes in three trims – 740i, 750i and the M760i. The 740i is powered by a 3.0L, turbocharged Inline-6 cylinder engine whereas the 750i is powered by a 4.4L, turbocharged V8 engine. The top of the line M760i comes powered by 6.0L, turbocharged, V12 engine. Unfortunately, we do not get the long-wheelbase variant in any of the trims but there is a plug-in hybrid variant that comes with a 2-0L, inline-4 engine coupled with an electric motor. You can also choose between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive variants. The M760i comes in AWD variant only.
5 Spoke light-alloy wheels
750i includes all standard features of 740i in addition with:
Adaptive LED Headlights
4.4L, Turbocharged, V8 engine
Automatic high beams
Double Spoke light alloy wheels
Power-folding, heated side mirrors
Icon Adaptive LED Headlights
Chrome accent finishes
20-way power Multi-contour front seats
14-way power front seats
Nappa Leather upholstery
Dakota Leather upholstery
High-gloss Fineline Wood interior trim
Black panel center console with brushed aluminum, touch-sensitive controls
Power trunk-lid opening and closing
Soft-close automatic door operation
Power rear-window sunshade
Automatic 4-zone climate control
Micro-filter ventilation system with replaceable active-charcoal filters
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
Park Distance Control, front and rear
Ground-illuminating lights in exterior door handle
LED Light Carpet
Interior courtesy lights with automatic-dimming function
Extended Ambient Lighting
3-stage heated front seats
We Recommend :
BMW's twin-turbo V8 is the perfect addition to the 7 Series. We'd recommend the 750i as that is the sweet spot in the entire range. It's adequately powerful, has a V8 engine and is plenty of fun to drive. However, if you really have your money, the M760i is really the one you should pick.
2020 BMW 7 Series Engine and Performance
“Even though V-8s are a traditional pick for full-size buyers, this one feels like an outlier. It’s understandably not as efficient as the hybrid, nor is it strictly necessary” – The Car Connection
The BMW 750i comes powered by a 4.4L, twin-turbocharged, inline-6 cylinder engine which produces 443 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. The 750i is dominated by the relentless surge of torque when you put your foot down. It feels more than adequately powerful and unlike the 740i, it really has some grunt and the V8 is sonorous too. Still, the 750i is better enjoyed at a leisurely pace and it suits the character of the car well. If you really want to go fast, it can do that too.
The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and it’s very smooth and efficient. It will change gears seamlessly without you even noticing it. This is a luxury car and the gear shifts are optimized for comfort. It does not necessarily rev out the engine before shifting the cogs. There are even sensors that read the road ahead of you and pre-select the gears for you so that you are always in the right gear at the right time. If you really want your manual control, you can tap on the paddles mounted on the steering wheel at your pleasure.
Mercedes-Benz S 450
Audi A8 L
Porsche Panamera GTS
4.4-liter TwinPower V8 Engine
4.0L, Biturbo, V8 Engine
3.0-Liter TFSI 6-Cylinder and Electric motor
4.0L, Twin-Turbocharged, V8 engine
All cars in the competition are powered by turbocharged 8-cylinder engines mated to 8-speed gearboxes except for the Mercedes which comes mated to a 9-speed gearbox. The Audi is however powered by a hybrid powertrain only and in this competition of turbo V8s, it is a little underpowered. The rest make relatively the same amount of power.
The BMW 750i sprints from nought to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. That may not sound like much but consider that this weights over 4000 lbs and is a luxury sedan and that time does not seem that bad after all. It is really in sports car territory. The Mercedes ties it with the Beemer and the Audi is the slowest. The Porsche Panamera is the fastest at 3.9 seconds and also fastest across the quarter-mile mark. The Porsche is also the lightest of the lot and in this competition, who else would fare well if not a Porsche. The BMW 750i is still adequately fast.
Mercedes-Benz S 450
Audi A8 L
Porsche Panamera GTS
4.4L, TwinPower V8 Engine
3.0-Liter TFSI 6-Cylinder Engine
4.0L, Turbocharged V8
Emission (Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)
Ride and Handling
The 750i comes with air suspension as standard and as you would expect, the ride is silky smooth. It irons out every bump and pothole on the road like a road roller. However, the really sharp bumps and imperfection does manage to filter through a little. That’s a consequence of large wheels and low profile tires more than a problem of the suspension. The ride quality is still very smooth, refined and comfortable. It’s not S-class comfortable but still pretty competent. The 750i comes with three driving modes – Comfort, Eco, and Sport. As you dial up the modes, the suspension gets stiffer and throttle response and gearshifts become more aggressive. In the Sport mode, the ride is considerably firm and it can take on corners pretty well. This is really a barge but it wraps itself around the driver quite well to feel like a much smaller car and even when you push it around a corner, it maintains It's composure well to come out sailing on the other side
If you have equipped your car with the optional all-wheel drive, then the traction from the AWD system is really amazing and confidence-inspiring. There’s even an adaptive driving mode which adapts the throttle response, suspension and gearshifts depending on your driving style. However, it’s not quite as sporty as you would expect a BMW to be. It’s largely let down by its steering which is light even at higher speeds and does not allow for much feedback. BMW’s are particularly known for their steering but it’s a letdown in 750i. Seems like this is really meant to be a luxury cruiser as the steering does not inspire much confidence. The steering is light and easy and it really helps in effortless driving but you might just realize the size of the car in tight city streets.
The BMW 750i comes with 14.7-inch brakes at the front and 14.5-inch brakes at the rear. In fact, they are one of the larger ones in the competition and it brings this massive car to a stop from 70 mph in just 158 ft which is really impressive for such a car. The pedal feel is strong and consistent and it maintains its composure well under hard braking as well.
Porsche Panamera GTS
Brake Front (in.)
Brake Rear (in.)
Curb Weight (lbs.)
60-0 MPH (ft.)
The braking performance when contrasted with the rivals is almost similar and there is not much of difference in between them.
2020 BMW 7 Series Fuel Economy
The BMW 750i returns 21 miles to the gallon combined which is an impressive number for such a heavy and luxury car. In fact, it’s at par with the competition but the Audi fares a little better at 22 mpg because of its hybrid powertrain. While you wouldn’t care much about fuel economy if you are buying a 7 series but it’s good for you to know that your car is not a gas guzzler.
Audi A8 L
Porsche Panamera GTS
2020 BMW 7 Series Interior
“We begrudge the imminent robot-car future with very few exceptions. The 2018 BMW 7-Series is among those special cases.” – The Car Connection
The interiors in the 750i is really a class apart. It has one of the best layout and ergonomics of all the luxury sedans. A large 10.1-inch floating infotainment screen takes centre stage on the dashboard. The AC vents sit below it and the wood trim nicely carves its way around the AC vents which is a very nice detail. Below the AC vents are two bands of switches for the climate controls and music system and unlike every other manufacturer, BMW obliged to give physical switches for these controls and not screens which are very cumbersome to use.
Still, to satisfy the tech-obsessed people, the screens for the climate controls and music controls are haptic touch screens but they feel like regular buttons to use. The centre console flows down to make for some cup holders neatly hidden away under a wooden trim and then comes the centre console controls with the gear selector and the i-drive rotary wheel. All materials used within the cabin are either brushed aluminium, leather or wood, and built quality is sensational with every surface feeling luxurious to touch and feel. The aesthetics are not as pleasing as the S-Class but it’s the best combination of practicality, form, technology, and luxuriousness. Characterized by sharp lines all around, the 750i boasts of quite a bold interior.
The instrument cluster is all digital but there are physical outlines on the screen for the tachometer and the speedometer which is again a nice little detail. All the screens in the car are themselves high definition with very clear graphics and are very convenient to use as well. In fact, several controls like the gesture control, touch controls, and the rotary knob make it very easy to interact with the car.
Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan
Audi A8 L
Porsche Panamera GTS
Passenger Volume(ft. cube)
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
The BMW 750i has the best space of all the sedans in the competition. It has the longest wheelbase and it largely benefits because of that allowing it to have maximum space for the rear seats. The seats themselves are very comfortable. They are heated and cooled and come with several massage functions. The headrests are cushioned and seats are wrapped in Nappa Leather with quilted stitched. They are very well sculpted to hold you well, in utmost comfort. The rear seats can be had in either a bench option or you could have individual seats as well. When had in the bench seat configuration, you can seat three people comfortably. You also get rear entertainment screen from where you can control almost every function in the car as well.
The armrest folds down to reveal the seat controls and even a pop-out tablet from where you can do your massage, set up the ambient light or anything you could fancy really. When you have opted for the individual seats, you get a fixed centre console with the pop-out tablet, heated/cooled cupholders, executive seats which can be configured in several ways, rear foldable tray tables and even a refrigerator to keep your champagne chilled. There’s also a panoramic sunroof that adds further to the premium-ness of the cabin. Stretch out your seats, pull out your champagne bottles, pour out your drink and enjoy a sky full of stars under your panoramic roof as the world passes by.
BMWs i-drive system is certainly the best infotainment system in the entire car industry. With multiple ways of interacting with the system, it’s very convenient on the go and the system itself is very intuitive and responsive. The 7 series is BMWs flagship and they have loaded it with every technology they could think of. The screens have crystal clear graphics and the interface itself is very smart.
The 10.3-inch screen can be used as a touch screen or you can use the rotary knob on the centre console. The coolest party trick is the gesture control by which you can change volume or configure it do some specific function. The digital instrument cluster is quite configurable too and is operated by buttons on the steering wheel. You will get the following features :
16-speaker sound system
SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
WiFi Hotspot Mobile Hotspot Internet Access
Smart Device Integration
4 12V DC Power Outlets
The BMW 750i has 18.2 cu.ft of cargo space which is, in fact, the best in the competition. You could pack all you could ever need for a weekend trip for your entire family and still be left with some space to spare probably. It more than any other rival, while the Audi lacks in terms of cargo space despite being a long-wheelbase variant.
Mercedes-Benz S 450
Audi A8 L
Porsche Panamera GTS
Cargo Volume (ft.3)
2020 BMW 7 Series Exterior
“The highlight is the bodyshell. BMW made use of techniques and production methods devised for the i3 and i8 to trim 40kg from the 7’s chassis, which incorporates bits of carbon fibre for added stiffness, strength and lightness.” – Top Gear
The BMW 7 series is certainly one of the better-looking luxury sedans out there, better than the ones from Mercedes and Audi. There’s a distinctive sporty character in the looks and it still manages to have a sense of poise and sophistication you would expect from a luxury sedan.The face is dominated by the large kidney-shaped grille which has grown broader over the years. The grille is flanked by the wrap-around headlights right from the edge of the grille and it really gives the 7 series quite an aggressive look. The detailing inside the LED lamps are different from 750iand the 750i even gets laser light technology. The bumpers are quite simple with some chrome accents and fog lamps around a black mesh grille. If you have equipped your car with the M Sport package, the bumpers look better as they are more aggressively designed with cuts and creases and proper air intakes and it seems more in line with the rest of the design.
The side profile is very neat, garnished with a band of chrome running along the length of the car along the sills from the front fenders. The window line is typically BMW again garnished with some chrome and when had with nice rims, the long, sleek profile of the Beemer really looks elegant. At the rear, there’s another chrome band on the boot joining the two LED tail lamps. The tail lamps are themselves much sleeker than before and the look is finished off with well-designed dual exhaust pipe housings accentuated with some more chrome. The entire design is neat but aggressive with sharp character lines on the sides and the bonnet with an undertone of classy-ness.
Audi A8 L
Porsche Panamera GTS
Curb weight (lbs.)
Ground clearance (in)
Track width (in) F/R
The BMW 750i is not the largest sedan but sits somewhat in the middle of all its competitors. It is the second-longest after the Audi A8L, it’s wider than the Mercedes but sleeker than the Porsche and the Audi. It’s the second tallest and has the maximum wheelbase as well. The 750i is very proportionate and looks like a proper stately sedan. In fact, all the cars here look very stately indeed.
This is the absolute pinnacle of luxury on wheels from BMW and with the kind of people who would be buying this car, safety is utmost important. This is a car with an array of sensors gauging everything on the road and knows what's up ahead even better than you. The steering, the brakes, the suspension every aspect of the car can jump in to protect you if the need arises. It even knows when you are dozing off behind the wheel and would urge you to take a break. Your life couldn't be better protected on any other set of wheels.
BMW's Active Protection System detects imminent accidents, then prepares by automatically pre-tensioning safety belts, closing windows and moonroof, and activating post-crash braking; includes Fatigue and Focus Alert.
Front and rear Head Protection System
Active Front Headrests
Driver's and passenger's front airbag supplemental restraint system
3-point safety belts with force limiters and head restraints at all seating positions
Seat-mounted front side-impact airbags
Acoustic safety-belt warning
Front safety belts with automatic pretensioners
LATCH attachments for child-restraint safety installation
Impact sensor that activates Battery Safety Terminal disconnect of alternator, fuel pump and starter from battery; automatically unlocks doors; and turns on hazard and interior lights
Daytime Pedestrian Protection
Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation
Speed Limit Info
Lane Departure Warning
Active Blind Spot Detection
Rear cross-traffic Alert
Programmable LED Daytime Running Lights
2020 BMW 7 Series Competition
BMW 750i vs Mercedes Benz S450
The Mercedes S-class is the benchmark in the luxury sedan segment and for the 7 series to succeed, it has to beat the S-Class. On the performance front, both cars are very similar indeed. The Mercedes is more powerful but the 7 series is lighter, therefore neutralizing each other’s performance. The BMW is still a little better to drive but the S-class has the best ride quality in the entire segment.
However, when it comes to luxury, the S-Class remains unbeatable. The aesthetics of the S-Class and the entire ambience in the cabin is simply unmatched. The 7 series is luxurious enough and with the right ergonomics and bold look inside and out, it makes for a very good package but there’s something about the S-class which exudes luxury like no other. On the upside, the 7 series is better with its technology and gadgets. The Mercedes is a little more expensive than the 7 series and because the 7 series makes for a better package and is also better value for money, it would be our pick of the two.
BMW 750i vs Audi A8 L
Very surprisingly, the Audi A8 is the best driving luxury sedan when compared to the BMW or the Mercedes. It comes powered by a hybrid powertrain only and is quite underpowered when compared to the 750i’s V8 and it's certainly not as fast but it certainly has relatively the best dynamics among all of them. It is also the most technologically advanced car here with autonomous driving technology and an obsession with digital screens.
That said, it not quite as luxurious as the 750i and perhaps too much technology takes away a lot of the feeling from the A8L. It feels more robotized than a conventional car. It does not look quite that great and the interiors are just full of screens, lacking some classiness. The Beemer too is loaded with technology but it still feels natural in a lot of areas. It’s is quite cheaper than the Beemer though. If you fancy gadgets, the Audi A8L would be your favourite pick but for a proper luxury sedan, the BMW 750i is still the better buy.
BMW 750i vs Porsche Panamera GTS
The Panamera GTS and the BMW 750i are very different cars. While one takes luxury very seriously, the other is quite performance-focused. The Porsche Panamera GTS is the fastest sedan here and being a Porsche, it naturally inherits all that dynamics and handling you would expect from a Porsche. On the downside, it rides quite firm and the feeling is nowhere close to the luxurious ride of the 750i. It’s not harsh per se, but it’s significantly stiff for a luxury car.
The Porsche Panamera has become better looking over the years and in its present guise, it perhaps looks the most attractive. The interiors are very finely designed and it comes with a lot of technology and screens too. However, it does not feel near as luxurious as a 750i and it does not even intend to. The Panamera is about going fast with four people in an executive sedan with all creature comforts but not luxury overdone. Priced a little more than the Beemer, a choice between these two is pretty easy. If luxury is all you care about, get the 750i. If you like going fast and if you want to enjoy driving your executive sedan, buy the Panamera GTS.
2020 BMW 7 Series Final Verdict
The BMW 750i is a very competent luxury sedan in the face of the S-Class. It looks sporty and classy, the interiors are fantastic with the right ergonomics, all possible creature comforts and the right amount of technology. The engine is good and it drives fine if not as great as other BMWs, still a better driver’s car than the Mercedes. On the downside, the ride quality is still not S-Class level and the Mercedes S-Class just has that ambience of luxury which is really unmatched by other manufacturers. That said, the BMW 750i is still a great offering which is actually cheaper than the S-Class and a good alternative to a Mercedes.
FAQ's about BMW 7 Series
The 7 series is one of the most luxurious car present in the market today but is it the right sedan for you? Without further adieu, let’s look at some of the most common questions asked about the 7 series.
What's a good price for a New 2020 BMW 7 Series?
The average price paid for a new 2020 BMW 7 Series 750i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $14,964 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
When did BMW change the 7 series?
The major redesign occurred in 2015, and they kept on updating it. A major redesign is expected in 2020.
What is the top speed of the BMW 7 series?
The BMW 7 series can zip to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds and it can top out at 162 mph in 26 seconds.
Does BMW have a V12?
You can find BMW’s 6.6L M Performance TwinPower turbocharged V12 engine on the 2020 M760i xDrive trim.