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2018 BMW 7 Series Hybrid Sedan

#108
in Midsize sedans
2018 MODEL

$90,700

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Overview

Paramount luxury is what the Bimmers are known for and this holds well in the case of 2018 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance. The super luxury car is not only known for its debonair nature but also for being an eco-friendly vehicle due to its hybrid powertrain.

The extraordinary looks of the 740 xDrive iPerformance may deceive one to believe that it’s only a vehicle for displaying extreme beauty. However, when it comes to performance, the super luxury car is a road beast with its hybrid petrol-electric engine that provides an ample amount of power to its wheels.

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Pros

Stunning exterior design

Exceedingly comfortable with plentiful interior space

Equipped with sophisticated features

Decent fuel economy

Driver-friendly cabin

Cons

Affording the vehicle is not everyone’s cup of tea

Limited standard safety features

Missing Android Auto

What's New?

The 740e xDrive iPerformance was released in 2016 and since then very little changes have been made in the vehicle. For the 2018 batch of 740e, BMW has planned not to introduce any modifications, which makes it nearly impossible to differentiate between the 2018 version and the outgoing model.


Features

Power

322 hp

369 torq

Engine

i4 cyl

2.0 disp

transmission

8-Speed Automatic

0 to 60

5.1



Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 BMW 7 Series hybrid Sedan 740e xDrive iPerformance

740e xDrive iPerformance

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$90,700

Configurations
740e xDrive iPerformance 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A)
Seating: 5 HP: 255-hp @ 5,000 rpm
Torque: 295 lbs.-ft. @ 1,550 rpm MPG(Combined): MPG(27)

Expert Review


carhp editor October 20, 2018

The extraordinary looks of the 740 xDrive iPerformance may deceive one to believe that it’s only a vehicle for displaying extreme beauty. However, when it comes to performance, the super luxury car is a road beast with its hybrid petrol-electric engine that provides an ample amount of power to its wheels.

Features

The 2018 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance is only available in a single trim level, which is priced roughly at $90,700. For this price, the buyer will get various advanced features such as power trunk lid, four-zone climate control, Harman Kardon sound system, extended cabin heating/cooling, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

 

Trims

740e xDrive iPerformance

MSRP

$90,700

Features

adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams

Automatic windshield wipers

A power trunk lid, and power-closing doors

14-way power-adjustable leather seats with heating

Wood trim

Four-zone climate control  

Panoramic Moonroof

Auto-dimming rearview mirror.

 

We Recommend

The plug-in hybrid 740e xDrive iPerformance has no other variants, so a recommendation cannot be made. 

Engine

“Whether you're rolling in the base model, the plug-in hybrid, or one of the high-horsepower versions, there's no shortage of power in the 2018 BMW 7 Series. Yet what is even more impressive is the surprising agility of this large sedan. Following through on its luxury focus, the ride is superbly quiet and smooth.”- cars.usnews

The super luxury Bimmer employs a hybrid engine, which is the combination of a 2.0-Liter turbocharged V4 engine and an electric motor.  Consequently, the combined power and torque figures of the hybrid engine correspond to 322 hp and 369 lbs.-ft., which is quite impressive. For the efficient transmission of engine power to the wheels of the 2018 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance, an 8-speed shiftable automatic gearbox is utilized.

Models

BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance

Porsche Panamera 4 (E-Hybrid)

Lexus LS 500h AWD

MSRP

$90,700

$99,600

$82,730

Engine

2.0 I4 + electric motor

2.9L Twin-Turbocharged V6 electric motor

3.5L DOHC V6 Dual VVT

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-speed automatic

4-Speed Automatic

Power

322 hp

462 hp

354 hp

Torque

369 lb-ft

516 lb-ft

257 lb-ft

 

The power figures of both Porsche Panamera 4 and Lexus LS 500h are greater than that of the BMW 740 iPerformance. Whereas, the torque of the BMW 740e is second best after the massive 516 lbs.-ft. of torque produced by the Panamera’s hybrid engine. For gear shifting, the Panamera 4 relies on an 8-speed automatic transmission while the Lexus LS 500h comes with the less efficient 4-speed automatic transmission.

 

Acceleration

Having only a 2.0-Liter engine in a big luxury sedan like the 2018 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance may look insufficient but in reality, it’s not. In fact, the Bimmer is capable of touching the 60 mph speed mark from a complete standstill in only 5.1 seconds after pushing the throttle to its limits. Furthermore, by continuing the aggressive acceleration, the vehicle can cover the quarter-mile distance in just 13.7 seconds.

 

Models

BMW 740e

Porsche Panamera 4 (E-Hybrid)

Lexus LS 500h AWD

0-60 MPH

5.1 sec

4.4 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter mile

13.7 sec

11.6 sec

12.0 sec

Engine

2.0L

2.9L

3.5L

Emission

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

N/A

2.5

6.8

 

The 0-60 mph time of Lexus LS 500h is only 0.1 seconds more than the BMW 740e Sedan but the quarter-mile time of LS500h is lesser. On the other side, the Porsche’s Panamera is the quickest with its unparalleled 0-60 mph time of merely 4.4 seconds and quarter mile time of 11.6 seconds.   

 

Ride and Handling

With a fancy engine performance, driving the sedan makes one feel peppy especially when the Sport mode is selected. Furthermore, the AWD drivetrain and 8-speed automatic transmission allow the 740e to glide smoothly on roads. The electric motor coupled with the turbocharged engine works well and allows the users to save few bucks on the gas.

At the suspension section, the 740e employs a double wishbone suspension at the front while the multi-link suspension is incorporated at the rear that works perfectly to make the cabin comfortable even on bad roads.

Additionally, the aerodynamic designing of the vehicle is done with high precision to keep it completely stable while cruising at high speeds. Coming to the handling of the sedan, its power steering makes the handling responsive but due to the extra-long body, maneuvering becomes an issue in congested areas.  

 

Braking

The materials used in the construction of the 740e xDrive iPerformance results in it to become lighter vehicle than its major rivals. However, despite having a lightweight body, the sedan requires a significant braking distance of 123 feet while slowing down from 60 mph to 0. The braking mechanisms of both the Porsche Panamera 4 and the Lexus LS 500h are better with their 60-0 mph distances being 104 and 113 feet respectively.   

Model

BMW 740e

Porsche Panamera 4 (E-Hybrid)

Lexus LS 500h AWD

Brake Front(in.)

14.7

15.3

14.0

Brake Rear(in.)

14.5

14.3

13.1

Curb weight(lbs.)

4740

4787

5027

60-0 MPH (ft.)

123

104

113

Fuel Economy

Being a hybrid car, the fuel economy delivered is a chief parameter to assess the overall worth of the vehicle. The sedan offers a combined fuel economy of 27 miles, which is outstanding. If we look at the competition, the fuel economies of both the Porsche Panamera 4 and Lexus LS 500h are inferior to that of the BMW 740e and corresponds to 22 MPG and 26 MPG respectively.    

 

Model

BMW 740e

Porsche Panamera 4 (E-Hybrid)

Lexus LS 500h AWD

MPG e (City)

N/A

N/A

23

MPG e (Highway)

N/A

N/A

31

MPG e (combined)

27

22

26

 

Interior

“Inside, the 2018 BMW 7 Series is both modern (replete with high-tech entertainment and safety technology) and classic (nothing says timeless like real wood and leather). All four travelers will have no problem getting comfortable, with individual climate controls and ample space for everyone. This car also has one of the largest trunks among super luxury cars.”- cars.usnews

Seating and Comfort

The cabin of the luxury sedan offers a total passenger volume of 121.9 cubic feet, which is generous enough for accommodating 5 passengers. Amidst the competition, the Porsche Panamera offers 122.0 cubic feet of passenger space but its seating capacity is limited only to 4 people.

 

Model

BMW 740e

Porsche Panamera 4 (E-Hybrid)

Lexus LS 500h AWD

Passenger capacity

5

4

5

Passenger Volume (ft cube)

121.9

122.0

99.4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.9/59.2/41.4

38.0/51.9/41.9

37.3/58.8/41.0

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.9/57.7/44.4

38.2/51.7/39.2

37.3/56.4/38.9

Pertaining to the space availability at the front row, the BMW 740e offers a headroom of 39.9 inches and shoulder room of 59.2 inches with both of them being greater than that of the rivaling sedans. Furthermore, the legroom of 740e measures 41.4 inches, which is a little less than the 41.9 inches offered by the Porsche Panamera 4.

At the back row of the BMW 740e, the space available for passengers is just superlative as compared to the Porsche Panamera 4 and Lexus LS 500h. To be exact, the headroom, shoulder room and legroom available in the BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance are 38.9, 57.7 and 44.4 inches respectively.

 

Infotainment System

Inside the BMW 740e, one can easily spot the BMW’s proprietary iDrive 6.0 infotainment system with the 10.2-inch display screen. The infotainment system is highly interactive and supports voice commands and gesture control. Moreover, it also offers an embedded navigation system for getting precise traffic information. The infotainment system is coupled with the 600 W Harman Kardon Speaker system, which is capable of delivering a remarkable sound experience to the passengers.    

 

Interior Features

With the premium finishing inside the cabin, the  BMW 740e lives up to the expectations of being a super luxury car. The leather upholstery steals the show and at the same time delivers unmatched comfort level. There are numerous handy features available inside the 740e sedan with some of them listed as below:

  • Keyless ignition
  • Electro chromatic rearview mirror
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Four-zone climate control
  • Air filtration system
  • 4 one-touch power windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Power driver and passenger seats

 

Cargo Capacity

Carrying large quantity of luggage in this sedan is an easy task with its large 14.8 cubic feet cargo space. So whether it’s the plan for a long road trip or a family vacation, the 740e makes sure that nothing has to be left behind for the sake of bringing down the luggage size.

Model

BMW 740e

Porsche Panamera 4 (E-Hybrid)

Lexus LS 500h AWD

Trunk volume (ft.cube)

14.8

14.3

15.2

 

The Lexus LS 500h offers a slightly more of luggage space than the BMW 740e, which measures to be 15.2 cubic feet. Whereas, the boot of the Porsche Panamera is little smaller and accommodates little lesser with its 14.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

 

Exterior

“The 6th-generation BMW 7 Series sedan can best be described as an evolution of the previous model despite its all-new sheet metal and extended overall length. The twin-kidney grille is more pronounced, and it incorporates an active-shutter system to improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.”- Kelley Blue Book

 

Dimension and Weight

Having extra-long wheelbase and overall length is a signature of luxury sedans and the 2018 BMW 740e perfectly meet the expectations. Between the front and rear bumpers, the 740e measures around 206.6 inches and its wheelbase length is 126.4 inches that makes it the longest car among the rivalry. Moreover, its height of 58.2 inches is also higher than the other two luxury sedans.   

Model

BMW 740e

Porsche Panamera 4 (E-Hybrid)

Lexus LS 500h AWD

curb weight(lbs)

4740

4787

5027

Length(in)

206.6

198.8

206.1

Width(in)

74.9

76.3

74.8

Height(in)

58.2

56.0

57.9

Ground clearance(in)

5.3

5.3

5.8

Wheelbase(in)

126.4

116.1

123.0

Track width(in) F/R

63.4//64.6

65.8/65.0

64.2/64.4

 

 

The distance between the ground and the base of the 740e’s chamber is limited to 5.3 inches, which is equal to that of the Porsche’s Panamera 4. However, the Lexus LS 500h offers the highest ground clearance of 5.8 inches. 

 

Exterior Features
As soon as the eyes meet the 2018 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance, it becomes impossible to miss the executive styling of the vehicle. The split double grille at the front looks amazing with the trendy headlights. In addition, the major exterior highlights of the sedan include chrome window strips, daytime running lights, LED taillight, and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Safety

Along with promising luxurious ride experience, BMW also ensures a sense of security to the passengers sitting inside the 2018 740e xDrive iPerformance with its advanced safety features. Some of the standard safety features of the BMW 740e include ABS system, multiple airbags, emergency braking assist, and self-leveling headlights.

For stepping up the safety to even a higher level, one can also opt for additional safety features such as lane keeping assist, blind spot monitor and cross-traffic alert.

 

  • Driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags, front thorax side airbags, knee airbags, and Sideguard head curtain airbags
  • Front passenger occupant detection
  • Power central locking system with safety unlock feature if airbags deploy
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and brake assist
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with secondary collision brake assist and traction control (ASR)
  • Anti-theft alarm system with immobilizer
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) in rear seats
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Safety belt reminder for driver and front passenger

Competition

BMW 740e xDrive VS Porsche Panamera 4 (E-Hybrid)

Firstly coming to the price of the Porsche Panamera 4, it has an MSRP of $99,600, which makes it approximately $9,000 expensive than the 2018 BMW 740e. With a higher capacity 2.9 L twin-turbocharged V6 engine, the overall power and torque figures of Panamera 4 are significantly higher than that of the BMW 740e.

Furthermore, the Panamera offers faster acceleration, lesser 60-0 mph distance and greater passenger volume as compared to the 740e sedan. Whereas, the 2018 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance excels in parameters including fuel mileage, passenger capacity, and cargo volume.  

 

BMW 740e xDrive VS Lexus LS 500h AWD

Coming to the Japanese counterpart of the BMW 740e, the Lexus LS 500h is priced a little aggressively at $82,730. Despite having lower selling price than the BMW’s 2018 740e, the LS 500h has better figures in various parameters like the engine power, quarter mile time, ground clearance and trunk volume. However, the BMW 740e easily outshine the Lexus LS 500h when it comes to engine torque, 0-60 mph acceleration time, fuel economy and cabin space.  


 

Final Verdict

The 2018 BMW 740e xDrive delivers exciting on-road performance with its hybrid powertrain that also helps in lowering down the carbon emissions. Moreover, the features offered both inside and outside of the sedan are state-of-the-art and allows the users to experience the true luxury from the house of BMW. Other luxury sedans also prevail in the auto market but going for a Bimmer will never let you down for your decision.     

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