2018 BMW 7 Series

#26
in Midsize sedans
2018 MODEL

$83,100 - $156,700

8.4

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With the all-new 2018 BMW 7-Series, the European carmaker has tried to be something more than just ;Sheer Driving Pleasure, as they have advertised their cars till now. The sedan offers a spacious rear seat and extensive technological features than its rivals like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which offers a choice of chauffeur-driven luxury over the conventional self-driven thrill.

The 2018 7-series sure has too much to offer but most of the additional cabin and driving assist features aren't included in the base package. So, if a buyer still has some money left on him, he may get some add-ons which are pretty expensive just like the car.


9.6/10
Features

 

7.4/10
Engine

 

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.5/10
Interior

 

7.4/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The 2018 7-series BMW comes with four engine options distributed across all trim levels. The traditional base variant M740i comes with a 3-liter V6 which works just fine. The debutant 740i Performance packs a plug-in iDrive electric motor along with a smaller 2-liter V6 engine. The 4.4-liter V8 powered 750i steps up the game with the sweet balance between comfort and performance. At the top of the range is the monster M760i with the mammoth 6.6-litre turbocharged V12 engine which is all performance and comfort.

2018 BMW 7 Series Features

9.6/10

The base 740i variant is packed with a 3-liter V6 turbocharged engine to produce a maximum power of 320 hp. A level up on the stairs, 750i adds a few additional standard features and steps up the engine to a turbocharged 445-hp 4.4-litre eight-cylinder one. An option of all-wheel drive(AWD) is offered with both trims.

Trims BMW 740i BMW 740e BMW 750i BMW M760i
MSRP $83,650 $90,700 $96,950 $156,700
Features
  • 18-inch wheels
  • LED Headlamps
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Four Zone Climate Control
  • Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
  • Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
  • Same as 740i plus a hybrid drivetrain.

Adds to or replaces features offered on 740i:

  • 14-Way Power Driver Seat
  • 14-Way Power Passenger Seat
  • Front Ventilated Seats
  • Driver Seat Thigh Extension
  • Premium leather
  • 19-inch wheels

Adds to or replace features offered on 750i:

  • Massaging Ventilated Driver Seat
  • Ventilated Passenger Seat
  • Lane Departure Warning Accident Avoidance System
  • Rear Power Adjustable Headrests
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • 20-inch wheels

The 740e xDrive plug-in hybrid features a 2-liter V4 turbocharged engine and an eDrive electric motor to produce a maximum power of 322 hp. The beast M760i xDrive is powered by the humongous 6.6-litre turbocharged 12-cylinder engine that churns out 601 hp. These two variants are only available in default all-wheel-drive (AWD).

We Recommend

The mid-level eight-cylinder turbocharged BMW 750i hits the perfect balance of looks, performance, and price. We'd recommend a buyer to let go of the luxurious rear lounge seating package unless he also hires a chauffeur. In place of the executive lounge seats, one would rather add the Autobahn package which includes the remarkably comfortable air suspensions, adaptive cruise control and active steering which will be quite helpful in long commutes or trips.

2018 BMW 7 Series Engine

7.4/10

"Equally smart is the 8-speed automatic transmission that is tied into the navigation system. This link allows the transmission to anticipate sudden changes in the road ahead, adjusting its shift patterns to be more responsive." - Kelley Blue Book

Engine and Transmission

The 7-series comes with 4 engine options which depend on the trim variant. The 2018 BMW 740i base variant comes loaded with the 3-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine which produces a maximum power of 320 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. It is backed up by the 8-speed automatic transmission which is the only option in all variants.

Models BMW 740i Sedan Audi A8 L Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan Lexus LS 500 RWD
MSRP $83,100 $82,500 $89,900 $75,000
Engine

3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder

Engine

3.0-Liter TFSI 6-Cylinder

Engine

3.0-Liter  V6 Biturbo engine 3.5-Liter Twin-Turbo V-6 engine
Transmission 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 9-speed automatic 10-speed automatic
Power 320 hp 333 hp 362 hp 416 hp
Torque 332 lb-ft 325 lb-ft 369 lb-ft 442 lb-ft

Despite its high price and same sized engine as that of its competitors, the 740i hits rock-bottom in the segment when it comes to power and just ahead of Audi A8 in terms of torque. Well, luxury and craftsmanship come at some cost.

Acceleration

Despite its poor performance in terms of torque and power, the sedan steals the show when it comes to acceleration. The BMW 740i pulls up from 0-60 in just 5.4 sec which is pretty good a figure in the segment and fastest after Lexus LS 500. Even after using a smaller engine than Lexus, BMW beats it and become the segment topper in the quarter-mile mark.

BMW has also taken care of the environment while crafting this beast, the 740i has the lowest emission levels in the segment that too by a fair amount of marks.

Models BMW 740i Sedan Audi A8 L Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan Lexus LS 500 RWD
0-60 MPH 5.4 sec 5.5 sec 5.4 sec 4.6 sec
Quarter mile 13.4 sec @ 104 mph 13.8 sec @ 101.3 mph 13.8  sec @ 102 mph 13.8 sec @ 102.8 mph
Engine 3.0L 3.0L 3.0L 3.5L

Emission Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.4 8.1 8.1 8.3

Lexus LS 500 is the fastest to 60 Mph, and by quite a margin. It is a whole second quicker than the others, but then slacks off towards the top end, finishing last in the quarter mile run. The other cars here post similar acceleration and quarter mile figures.

Handling and Ride Quality

The sedan can be called a corner master when it comes to steep turns at higher speeds. The 740i provides amazing feedback and moves around quite easily without making the driver feel like he's driving a 4600 pounds sedan.

The suspension can be manually adjusted to sport or comfortable. In sport mode, the suspension becomes firm and ride quality is affected to improve handling. In case of comfortable mode, the cabin has minimal vertical movement and quiet enough to make a baby sleep. Another noteworthy feature is the terrain-active transmission mode where the shifting characteristics and gear ratios change according to curves and terrain based on the data acquired from the navigation system.

Braking

The 740i's braking matches with its acceleration and performs extraordinarily as compared to its competitors in the segment. The car can come to a halt from 60 mph in just 112ft. The ABS works seamlessly and the sedan maintains its stability and composure even when the driver goes hard on the pedal.

Model BMW 740i Sedan Audi A8 L Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan Lexus LS 500 RWD
Brake Front(in) 17.7 15.0 13.2 14.0
Brake Rear(in) 14.5 14.0 11.8 13.1
Curb Weight(lbs) 4195 4464 4630 4707
60-0 MPH (ft.) 112 118 ------- 113

The Beemer is the lightest car here and enjoys strong braking performance due to that. The Lexus is the heaviest here and does not sport the biggest set of discs, yet still posts phenomenal braking figures.

2018 BMW 7 Series Fuel Economy

6.5/10

The BMW 740i runs 21 miles in city traffic after a meal of 1-gallon fuel. It has a mileage of 29 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg combined. As a luxury sedan, 740i puts up quite a good figure in terms of mileage.

Model BMW 740i Sedan Audi A8 L Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan Lexus LS 500 RWD
MPG (City) 21 19 19 19
MPG (Highway) 29 29 28 30
MPG (Combined) 24 22 22 23

BMW tops the segment in this field while all others are just short by a figure or two. None come close to the 7-Series in terms of city efficiency, although Lexus wins the highway efficiency.

2018 BMW 7 Series Interior

9.5/10

"Build quality is top-notch and refined, with high-quality materials throughout. There's incredible interior space, and the extra-long doors make it easy to get in and out of this big sedan. Controls are easy to locate and use, and the iDrive technology interface continues to improve." - Edmunds

Seating and comfort

The interior exhibits premium aesthetics with exquisitely stitched diamond leather, as expected from BMW. Heated armrests in front and rear, ambient carpet lighting and futuristically designed customizable dashboard don't just look amazing but also works fluently with every move of the passenger.

Apart from aesthetics, the 2018 BMW 740i dwells more space than any of its competitors and we can't emphasize this enough because the balance between luxury and sport is quite rare and this sedan just manages to reside in this sweet spot. The car can easily accommodate five passengers and offers them comfort with ample legroom and headroom in the front and rear cabins.

Model BMW 740i Sedan Audi A8 L Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan Lexus LS 500 RWD
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume(ft cube) 122.3 121.9 122.5 116.3

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.)

39.9/59.2/41.4 37.2/59.1/41.4 39.7/59.7/41.4 37.3/58.8/41.0

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.)

38.9/57.7/44.4 39.1/57.8/42.9 37.4/59.1/34.1 37.3/56.4/38.9

Audi A8 L offers the most interior space, especially in the back. It does fall short of the BMW though, primarily due to its smaller wheelbase. The Merc and Lexus, have a lot less room in the rear seats, noticeable if you decide to stretch your legs.

Cargo Volume

Though the battery impinges on the trunk, the 2018 BMW 7-Series is still the segment topper when it comes to trunk volume. With a volume of 18.2 ft cube, the BMW provides more than enough space to host small luggage, picnic baskets, etc.

Model BMW 740i Sedan Audi A8 L Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan Lexus LS 500 RWD
Volume (ft cube) 18.2 14.2 16.3 16.95

The A8 L has a disappointingly small boot and offers cargo space comparable to a small sedan. S450 and LS500 have much better trunks, but nothing compared to the 7-Series.

Infotainment System

The 2018 BMW 740i comes with a  10.2-inch infotainment screen with navigation and BMW's iDrive. Other infotainment features include:

  • A touchpad controller with gesture control
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity
  • A wireless Qi charging station
  • A 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
  • An array of Internet-connected features that work online or with special BMW apps.
  • Apple CarPlay (Optional)
  • Android Auto (Optional)
  • MirrorLink (Optional)

The sound output produces an immersive surround sound experience which is pretty amazing as compared to its competitors.

2018 BMW 7 Series Exterior

7.4/10

“The 2018 BMW 7-Series’ looks can range from nerdy to butch, but all trims are closer to elegant than most anything else on the road.” - carconnection

Dimensions and Weight

The 7-Series styling is exclusively elegant, the wedges and swirls just show BMW's efforts over decades in this field. Use of glass and sheet metal gives a premium finish to the sedan. The headlamps provide an aggressive look to the front face of the car which is fairly assisted with the traditional dual grill which also serves as the airflow vent.

The 2018 BMW 740i is shortest in the segment but there is still ample headroom in the cabin. The car comes with the largest wheelbase and ground clearance and hence all its competitors fall far behind when it comes to legroom in the rear cabin.

Model BMW 740i Sedan Audi A8 L Mercedes-Benz S 450 Sedan Lexus LS 500 RWD
Curb weight(lbs) 4195 4464 4630 4707
Length(in) 206.6 207.3 206.5 206.1

Width(in.) (w/o mirror)

74.9 76.7 74.8 74.8
Height(in) 58.2 57.9 58.7 57.5
Ground clearance(in) 5.8 4.9 5.0 6.5
Wheelbase(in.) 126.4 122.9 124.6 123.0
Track width(in.) F/R 63.4/64.6 64.7/64.4 63/63.2 64.2/64.2

The sedan is 190 pounds lighter than its predecessor. The credit goes to the optimal use of high strength steel, die-cast aluminum and reinforced carbon fiber plastic. This is the secret to this monster's top-notch acceleration and agility yet uncompromised stability and safety.

Exterior Features

The exterior features consist of the following:

  • Adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams
  • Automatic windshield wipers
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Power-closing doors
  • Panoramic Moonroof
  • Auto-dimming electric rear-view mirror

2018 BMW 7 Series Safety

The 2018 BMW 740i comes with all the essential safety features as per standards. The features include:

  • Front and rear Head Protection System (HPS)
  • Seat-mounted front side-impact airbags
  • Front safety belts with automatic pretensioners
  • 3-point safety belts with force limiters and head restraints at all seating positions
  • Active Front Headrests
  • Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger-seat safety belts
  • Adaptive Headlights
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Stability Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring

The NHTSA and IIHS safety ratings aren’t available as luxury automobiles like the 7-series rarely see the crash test but rest assured because a brand like BMW won’t compromise with the safety of the passengers.

2018 BMW 7 Series Competition

BMW 7-Series vs Mercedes-Benz S Class

The Mercedes-Benz S Class comes packed with a 3-liter V6 Biturbo engine which produces a max power of 362 hp and 369 torque which is way ahead of BMW  7-series, however, the latter beats the former at fuel economy, cabin space, acceleration, handling and all of this at 5 grand less.

BMW 7-Series vs Audi A8 L

The Audi A8 L has a more powerful engine with greater torque but BMW basically one-ups Audi in all the rest of the parameters, be it features such as intelligent cornering lights, moonroof or cabin with futuristic instrument panel or the fuel economy.

BMW 7-Series vs Lexus LS 500

The Lexus LS 500 priced at $75000 is the greatest competitor of the 2018 BMW 7-Series for it has a bigger 3.5-litre engine with the 10-speed automatic transmission which churns out better power and torque. But soon, the price difference between Lexus and BMW starts to make sense when one looks at the fact that 7-series provides additional features, fabulous aesthetics and more premium and spacious interiors. But still, if there's a competitor to the sixth revision of this Bavarian beast, its none other than Lexus LS 500.

 

2018 BMW 7 Series Final Verdict

The 2018 BMW 7-series perfectly blends luxury with sport and offers driving pleasure along with chauffeur-driven experience. The sedan not only looks futuristic but also provides a similar experience when it comes to driver-assistance and terrain guidance system. Though it has got heavily expensive upgrades, the base package itself looks complete enough unless you want to go with something fancier.

Pros

Premium design and build quality

Spacious rear cabin with good legroom

Adaptive and soft suspension

Integral Active Steering works seamlessly

Cons

Expensive across all trim levels

No driver assist features with the base trim

Limited safety features

What's New?

Introduction of Plug-in hybrid variant 740e xDrive

Powerful V12 turbocharged variant M760i launched

Active Steering and Watchdog sensors along with cabin features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$83100

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

126 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu. in.

horsepower

320 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

330 lb.-ft. @ 1380 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11.8 in. ventilated disc brakes/12.3 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

126.4 in.

length

206.6 in.

width

74.9 in.

height

58.2 in.

curb weight

4195 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

cargo volume

18.2 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/29 mpg

highway range

597.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2018 BMW 7 Series in Carbon Black Metallic color  2018 BMW 7 Series in Black Sapphire Metallic color  2018 BMW 7 Series in Arctic Gray Metallic color  2018 BMW 7 Series in Alpine White color  2018 BMW 7 Series in Almandine Brown Metallic color
Carbon Black Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.6

Engine

7.4

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

9.5

Exterior

7.4

Comfort

10

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 BMW 7 Series 740i

740i

power
320 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$83,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
740i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $83,100 MSRP (21/24/29) 320 hp @ 5200 rpm, 3 L, I6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5   Almandine Brown Metallic
  Alpine White
  Arctic Gray Metallic
  Black Sapphire Metallic
  Carbon Black Metallic

 2018 BMW 7 Series 740i xDrive

740i xDrive

power
320 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$86,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
740i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $86,100 MSRP (20/23/29) 320 hp @ 5200 rpm, 3 L, I6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Almandine Brown Metallic
  Alpine White
  Arctic Gray Metallic
  Black Sapphire Metallic
  Carbon Black Metallic

 2018 BMW 7 Series 750i

750i

power
445 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
20 combined

$96,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
750i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $96,400 MSRP (17/20/25) 445 hp @ 5500 rpm, 4.4 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5   Almandine Brown Metallic
  Alpine White
  Arctic Gray Metallic
  Black Sapphire Metallic
  Carbon Black Metallic

 2018 BMW 7 Series 750i xDrive

750i xDrive

power
445 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$99,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
750i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $99,400 MSRP (16/19/25) 445 hp @ 5500 rpm, 4.4 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Almandine Brown Metallic
  Alpine White
  Arctic Gray Metallic
  Black Sapphire Metallic
  Carbon Black Metallic

 2018 BMW 7 Series M760i xDrive

M760i xDrive

power
601 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
16 combined

$156,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
M760i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (6.6L 12cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $156,700 MSRP (13/16/20) 601 hp @ 5500 rpm, 6.6 L, V12, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Almandine Brown Metallic
  Alpine White
  Arctic Gray Metallic
  Black Sapphire Metallic
  Carbon Black Metallic