2020 BMW 7 Series

MSRP $86,450

Ranked #6 in Fullsize Sedan

7.7

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2020 BMW 7 Series Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 30, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The BMW 7-series is a road-going luxury yacht or a private jet on wheels. So opulent that you'd forget where you were going while relaxing in the back. The 2020 BMW 7 Series sedan offers a smooth and comfortable ride, a quiet cabin and with the new updates on the exterior, an exceptional design language. That said, other than two basic trims, a performance-oriented and a plug-in-hybrid trim is also on offer. 

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Pros

Spacious and silent interior

Punchy engines

Loads of standard features

Cons

No Android Auto

Gestures based Infotainment doesn’t work well

What's New?

Revised front and rear styling 

Power pump to 750i xDrive

Updates in interior and infotainment 

Updates in the safety section 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$86450

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

335 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

330 ft-lb. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension , Independent rear multi-link suspension (optional)

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.

standing 1/4-mile

13.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/29 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

740i$86,450 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 BMW 7 Series in Imperial Blue Metallic color
Imperial Blue 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

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.9

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


The 2020 BMW 7 series has a starting price of $86,450 and boasts an array of tech and safety features. A number of optional packages are also given for customization. The BMW 7 Series challenges the milestones once set by its rival, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Meanwhile, the Audi A8 L and the Porsche Panamera complete the all-German standoff of premium luxury sedans.

2019 BMW 7 series front view
2019 BMW 7 series rear view

9.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.9/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2020 BMW 7 Series Features

9.0/10

The 2020 BMW 7-Series comes in two fundamental trims which are named 740i and 750i. The 740i is also available as the 740i xDrive where a standard AWD drivetrain is given. There is also an M760i trim which is more performance-oriented and a 745e plug-in hybrid variant but they will be covered in different articles, so do check them out. That said, the base trim 740i starts at $86,450 while the 750i xDrive will cost you over $100 grand. 

The standard features which 740i brings are 18-inch wheels, Dakota Leather upholstery, 14-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, power-closing doors, power trunk, 12.3- inch dynamic digital gauge cluster, forward collision warning, blind-spot warning, and more. Select the 750i xDrive and you will get upgraded upholstery, bigger wheels, a head-up display, and importantly a more potent power plant. 

Trim

740i

750i

MSRP (RWD)

$86,450

NA

MSRP (AWD)

$89,450

$102,650

Key Features

3.0-liter twin power turbo inline-6

4.4-liter twin power turbo V8

 

Adaptive air suspension

Adds/Upgrades to 740i Features:

 

18-inch V-spoke Alloys

4.4 Liter turbocharged V-8

 

Panoramic sunroof

19-inch alloy wheels

 

Dakota Leather Upholstery

Nappa leather upholstery

 

Heated front seats 

Head-up Display

 

Quad-Zone Automatic climate control

 
 

10.25-Inch Infotainment System

 
 

Wireless charging

 
 

Apple CarPlay

 
 

Lane Keep Assist 

 

The Luxury Rear Seating Package will provide you rear-seat entertainment system, rear ventilated seats, rear massaging seats, heated steering wheel with front & rear heated seats and armrests, and rear comfort seats. The Executive Package($2,500) on the base trim offers front ventilated seats, panoramic sky lounge LED roof, Nappa leather trim on the instrument panel but the same package on the 750i xDrive offers front massaging seats, power rear sunshade & rear side window shades, in addition for extra $1,400.

Which Trim should you buy?

We’d settle for the base 740i trim, it comes with a 3.0L Turbo inline-six which gives enough power. You can add the xDrive system if you need an AWD for an additional $3000.The trim comes at a lower starting price and you can add on various packages such as the Cold weather and a driver Assistance Professional Package for an increased level of safety and comfort.

2020 BMW 7 Series Engine and Performance

8.0/10

There are two powertrain options available, both of them coupled to an 8-Speed automatic transmission. The standard powertrain, 3.0L TwinPower turbocharged inline-6 comes on the base 740i trim. It churns out 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque and takes the 7 Series from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. The power is transferred to rear wheels as standard but when it is supplied to all wheels, 7 Series sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. 

2019 BMW 7 Series engine bay

 The 750i xDrive is packed with a bigger, 4.4L twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. It is churning out 523 hp which is around 76 hp more than last year. This power plant also gives 553 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, 750i is only available with the xDrive system which leaves AWD as the only drivetrain option for the 2020 model. With this arrangement, the 7 Series does the 0-60 mph target in a mere 3.9 seconds. 

Models

2020 BMW 7-Series 740i

2020 Audi A8 L 55 Quattro

2020 Mercedes Benz S-Class S450

2020 Porsche Panamera

MSRP

$86,450

$85,200

$94,250

$87,200

Engine 

3.0L twin power turbo inline-6

3.0L turbo V-6

3.0L Biturbo V-6

3.0L twin-turbo V-6

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed PDK Automatic

Power 

335hp @5500rpm

335 hp @ 5000 rpm

362hp @5500rpm

330 hp @ 5400rpm

Torque

330lb-ft @1500rpm

369 lb-ft @ 1370 rpm

369lb-ft @1600rpm

330 lb-ft @ 1340 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.3

5.6

5.0

5.4

Quarter mile (sec)

13.5

13.9

13.4

13.5

Top Speed (MPH)

155

130

130

NA

The horsepower of the BMW 7 Series and the fellow rivals is in the same ballpark but if we talk about torque then the Audi A8 and the Mercedes Benz S-Class have the lead. Furthermore, all sedans in the competition have the same base engine capacity. Only the Bimmer has an inline engine while the other three come with a V configuration. S Class is the most powerful in the lot when it comes to performance figures on paper and completes the 0-60 mph faster than anyone else. Lastly, the A8 is the slowest of all as it reaches 60 mph from a standstill in 5.6 seconds. 

How well does the 2020 BMW 7-Series handle?

The 335 horsepower which comes through the 8-speed automatic transmission makes a potent system for such a hefty vehicle. The 2020 BMW 7 Series curves through the corners smoothly; however, there is a noticeable body roll. On the track, this sedan shows stability and provides a controlled and quiet ride. 

The steering is very nimble and responsive. The car comes in various modes to adapt to the driving style as well as the passenger comfort. Moreover, you get adaptive air suspension as standard which soaks up all the undulations on the road and increases the interior comfort. Overall, it floats like a luxury yacht on wheels.

2020 BMW 7 Series Braking Performance

The 2020 BMW 7 Series boasts an extraordinary braking setup with 14.7-inch brake rotors at the front and 14.5-inch brake rotors at the rear. It brings the luxury sedan to a stop from 60 to 0 mph in 112 feet.

2019 BMW 7 series wheel and disk brake

There are other features on the car as well that assist the driver in braking including ABS and vented discs, dynamic cornering control making the car an exceptional halter.

Models

2020 BMW 7-Series 740i

2020 Audi A8 L 55 Quattro

2020 Mercedes Benz S-Class S450

2020 Porsche Panamera

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

14.7

14.8

13.2

13.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

14.5

13.8

11.8

13.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,224

4,773

4,553

4,157

60-0 MPH (feet)

112

NA

113

NA

Thanks to its biggest brake rotors and comparatively low curb weight as compared to its rivals, the BMW 7 Series pulls off the best performance in the braking segment while the Mercedes-S-Class takes the runner-up spot. However, we expect the Panamera can also display a good braking performance because it is exceptionally light and nimble in terms of handling. As for the Audi A8, it is the heaviest in the bunch and comes with the biggest set of front brake rotors. 

2020 BMW 7 Series Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The 2020 BMW 7 Series returns the best in class fuel economy. It provides 29 MPG on the highways, 22 MPG in the city, and 24 MPG combined. Although it suffers due to the smaller fuel tank, the combined ranges still extend almost up to 494 miles. If you opt for the 740i xDrive, the number will go down by 2,1,1 MPG in the city/highway/combined respectively. Go with the 750i xDrive and fuel efficiency will again take a hit and compared to the base trim, you will get 5,4, and 4 mpg less in the city, on the highway, and combined respectively. 

Models

2020 BMW 7-Series 740i

2020 Audi A8 L 55 Quattro

2020 Mercedes Benz S-Class S450

2020 Porsche Panamera

MPG (City)

22

17

19

19

MPG (Highway)

29

26

28

27

MPG (Combined)

24

21

22

22

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

20.6

21.7

21.1

23.7

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

453/597/494

369/564/456

401/591/464

450/640/521

The BMW 7 Series is the most efficient sedan but when it comes to the driving range, the Porsche Panamera takes the crown despite being a fuel chugger. Panamera has an exceptionally large fuel tank at 23.7 gallons which put its driving range well over 600 miles on the highway. Meanwhile, the Audi A8 has the thirstiest engine whereas the Mercedes Benz S-Class consumes less fuel on the highway compared to the rivals from Porsche and Audi. 

2020 BMW 7 Series Interior

8.9/10

The interior of the 2020 BMW 7-Series is designed to make you feel like a king ruling over the course the car takes. The layout on the inside is the same as the outgoing model with a three-layer dashboard. The dashboard comes equipped with a 10.25-inch inch infotainment screen and a 12.3-inch inch digital gauge cluster. There’re the conventional trapezoidal AC vents in the center and down the line is a control panel which is mirrored accordingly. Dakota Leather now comes as the standard upholstery while Nappa Leather is standard on the 750i trim. There’s some change in materials throughout the cabin with the steering wheel having some chrome inserts added freshly. Also, for 2020, different trims have been given in the cabin to upscale it and the insulation is better than before. 

2019 BMW 7 series Cabin and dashboard

Some optional features include acoustic side glass to prevent outside noise, ceramic controls, a built-in fragrance system, an anthracite Alcantara headliner, and some wood inlays. The front row seats are extremely spacious and come with an 18-way power adjustment, while the rear passengers are here for a treat with best-in-class legroom. Moreover, you get heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and armrest, a panoramic sunroof with a power sunshade, and quad-zone automatic climate control, soft-close automatic door operation, keyless entry, power tilt, and telescopic steering column as standard. That said, the new 7 Series have a stainless steel insert in the loading sill. 

Models

2020 BMW 7-Series 740i

2020 Audi A8 L 55 Quattro

2020 Mercedes Benz S-Class S450

2020 Porsche Panamera

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.9/59.2/41.4

38.3/59.1/41.5

42.1/59.7/41.4

NA

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.9/57.7/44.4

38.5/57.6/44.3

39.2/59.1/34.1

NA

Cargo Capacity (cu ft)

18.2

12.5

12.3

17.6

All the cars can seat 5 people except the Porsche. The S-Class provides class-leading front-row headroom but goes short on the rear-row legroom. The Bimmer provides the best rear-row legroom. The BMW also has the best in class cargo capacity at 18.2 cu-ft while the least cargo capacity is offered on the opponent from the Mercedes Benz. Standout interior features include:

  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Dakota Leather upholstery
  • 20-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Quad-Zone Climate Control
  • Heated Steering wheel
  • Power tilt and power telescopic steering column 
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror 
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Universal garage-door opener
  • Ambient lighting 
  • Head-up display 

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2020 BMW 7-Series comes with an iDrive7 infotainment system. There’s a 10.25-inch touchscreen that has crisp graphics and is simple to use. BMW has added a ton of features focusing more on hands-free control- includes gesture and voice-based controls. The features are very gimmicky and become difficult to use as well as control, so we wouldn’t suggest using that till BMW optimizes it for good. 

 2019 BMW 7 Series rear infotainment

Standard features include Apple CarPlay, wireless device charging, a 16-Speaker Harman-Kardon Sound system, navigation system, SiriusXM, HD Radio, 2 USB ports, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi Hotspot. Unfortunately, Android Auto isn’t available and that can bug some of the owners. In the optional features, a 7-inch touch command tablet in the rear-seat entertainment system is given. Standout infotainment features are:

  • Apple CarPlay
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Voice-commands and gesture controls
  • 16-Speaker Harman-Kardon Premium Sound System
  • A 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 12.3-inch instrument cluster 
  • Rear seat entertainment system 

2020 BMW 7 Series Exterior

8.0/10

The 2020 BMW 7-Series has received many changes on the exterior. The engineers at BMW have put a 40 percent bigger grille than before. We say the grille is subjective and the rest is quite brilliantly redesigned to catch your attention. New front and rear bumpers are given and new tailpipe covers are given. At the front new Icon LED headlamps are present which have been slimmed down and made sleeker compared to previous headlamps. The front has been revised to fit the massive grille, the side is now more flat and square, and air intakes have also received some changes. The hood has been elevated by around 1.7-inches. 

The rear gets some new treatment on the tail light which is more modern-looking. Overall, the new design looks more muscular and angular. Although it sacrifices elegance to some extent, the modern and futuristic approach makes the 2020 BMW 7 Series stand out in the crowd. The base trim runs on 18-inch V-Spoke aluminum wheels which can be upgraded to 19-inch double-spoke orbit grey aluminum wheels. That aside, LED daytime running lamps, power heated side mirrors, power trunk lid, and rain-sensing windshield wipers are some standard exterior features. 

Models

2020 BMW 7-Series 740i

2020 Audi A8 L 55 Quattro

2020 Mercedes Benz S-Class S450

2020 Porsche Panamera

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,244

4,773

4,553

4,157

Length (inches)

207.4

208.7

206.9

198.8

Width (inches)

74.9

76.6

74.8

76.3

Height (inches)

58.2

58.5

58.8

56

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.3

4.9

5.0

NA

Wheelbase (inches)

126.4

123.1

124.6

116.1

The 2020 BMW 7-Series gets the highest ground clearance which is something to be considered if you don’t want those accidental bumps. The Porsche Panamera is slightly shorter in length compared to all other rivals and is the reason its interior space isn’t as good as the others. The Audi A8L is the heaviest of the lot and design-wise it isn’t as lively as the 7 Series. Standout exterior features include:

  • 18-inch V-spoke wheels 
  • Icon Adaptive LED headlamps with automatic high-beams
  • 3D geometry tail lamps 
  • Power trunk lid 
  • Dual exhaust pipes
  • LED DRLs

2020 BMW 7 Series Safety

8.0/10

Given that the BMW 7-series is a high-end luxury car, it hasn’t been crash-tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS. On the other side, being a high-end luxury car, BMW manages to push many advanced safety features in the 7 Series. Standard safety features in the 2020 BMW 7-Series include a surround-view parking camera system, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Get the Driving Assistance Professional Package for $1,700 and features such as active lane-keeping assistant, front cross-traffic alert, side collision avoidance, ACC with stop and go, and more. Standout safety features in the 2020 BMW 7 Series are:

  • Seat belt alert
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Surround-view camera parking system
  • Front collision warning
  • Night Vision
  • Evasion assistant with front cross-traffic alert

2020 BMW 7 Series Competition

7.0/10

BMW 7-Series vs. Audi A8 L 55 Quattro

The home rival, Audi A8 L comes at a very similar price tag as the BMW 7 Series. Both cars boast a 3.0L turbocharged engine but the net torque output in the A8 is higher than the 7 Series. However, the similarities end here, the Bimmer has a tech-rich cabin compared to the Audi, better mileage numbers, and more cargo space. Also, with the flatter and stale design, you wouldn’t expect the Audi A8 L to turn heads while the BMW is a show-stealer

BMW 7-Series vs Mercedes Benz S-Class S450

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the most expensive sedan among the rivals. It also comes with a similar 3.0L engine but puts out more power than the BMW 7 Series which results in better performance. The S-class lacks in the fuel economy and cargo space compared to the 7 Series, but it has a more premium, quiet, and comfortable cabin in comparison. 

BMW 750i vs Mercedes Benz S450

BMW 7-Series vs Porsche Panamera

The Porsche Panamera cost $720 more than the BMW 7 Series. Both sedans have nearly similar acceleration from 0-60 mph but if we talk about the overall driving capabilities then the competitor from the Porsche has the upper hand. The Panamera has lower fuel efficiency than the 7 Series but its large fuel tank compensates for it. 

2020 BMW 7 Series Final Verdict

Except for the new controversial front-grille design which is very subjective, the 2020 BMW 7 Series is an example of class and perfection. It tops the table in almost every category and displays an impressive performance as well. The 2020 BMW 7-Series imposes a statement of elegance and premium lifestyle for the owners. Therefore, the BMW 7 Series is a great choice for you to bring home. 

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