2022 BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan

MSRP $95,900

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2022 BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 9, 2021

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Plug-in Hybrid vehicles were only limited to the affordable price brackets and were implemented on regular cars. Now, premium and flagship sedans and SUVs are also fitted with mild-hybrid or plug-in hybrid systems along with internal combustion engines as well.

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Pros

A smooth and responsive powertrain for a plug-in hybrid 

Plush and tech-rich interior

Cushiony ride quality

Excellent fuel economy

Cons

Gesture controls of the navigation are almost a gimmick

Lackluster handling

Offers fewer luxury features than the rivals

What's New?

The 2022 BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid sedan will get no upgrades and will be a carry-over model. It will also retain the 3.0-liter gas-electric powertrain as well.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$95900

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

389 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

443 lb.-ft.

transmission

CVT

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

14.7/14.5 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

98 in.

length

173.6 in.

width

67.8 in.

height

58 in.

curb weight

2578 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

85.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.8 cu ft.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

745e xDrive$95,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan in Alpine White color
Alpine White

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The 2022 BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid sedan will arrive with no updates over the previous model. With a price of $96,895, the sedan will compete with the Audi A8 hybrid and the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid sedans in the segment.

2022 BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Features

To differentiate the plug-in hybrid model from the rest of the trims, BMW named the sedan 745e xDrive. With the xDrive badge, it is evident that the car comes with an AWD layout as standard. The sedan comes in a fully equipped form right out from the factory and is only different from the base 740i in terms of some unique interior accents. Since the upcoming sedan will come with no change, the interior features and specs will also remain the same. Some standout features include four-zone automatic climate control, power-operated panoramic roof, adaptive air suspension system, and surround-view camera system among other features.

Model

745e xDrive

MSRP 

$96,895

Key Features

4-Corner Auto-Leveling Suspension

 

10.25-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay

 

16-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system

 

Panoramic moonroof

 

Quad-zone automatic climate control

 

Heated steering wheel and front armrests

 

18-way power-adjustable front seats with 4-way power lumbar adjustments

 

Adaptive LED headlights

 

Regenerative braking system

Which trim should you buy?

Since the sedan is itself a trim level of the 7 Series lineup there are no further sub-trims on offer. However, you can opt for the Autobahn Package and the Luxury Rear Seating package for an enhanced experience.

2022 BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Engine and Performance

The 2022 BMW 7 Series PHEV will house the same hybrid powertrain as the previous year’s model since the sedan is going to be a carryforward model. The hybrid powertrain comprises a 3.0-liter turbocharged I-6 motor coupled with a 12kWh electric motor. The powertrain can dish out a combined power output of 389 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. The powertrain surprises with its responsive nature and the added advantage of the electric motor can be felt under brisk acceleration. The sedan also manages a sub 5-sec 0-60mph time of 4.9 seconds and completes the quarter-mile stretch within 13.2 seconds, impressive for a hybrid full-size luxury sedan.

Models

2022 BMW 7 Series PHEV

2021 Audi A8 L PHEV*

2021 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid*

MSRP

$96,895

$95,900

$103,800

Engine

3.0L Turbo Inline-6 with Electric Motor

3.0L Turbo V6 with Electric Motor

2.9L Turbo V6 with Electric Motor

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

Power

389 hp @ 5,500 RPM

453 hp @ 5,500 RPM

455 hp @ 5,400 RPM

Torque

443 lb ft. @ 1,550 RPM

487 lb-ft. @ 1,800 RPM

516 lb-ft. @ 1,800 RPM

0-60 MPH

4.9 sec

4.9 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

13.2 sec

13.6 sec

13.3 sec

Top Speed

155 MPH

130 MPH

174 MPH

*2021 data taken for reference

The outgoing Audi A8 hybrid has significantly more power and torque ratings compared to the 745e xDrive but its acceleration times are almost similar to the 745e’s numbers. The Porsche Panamera hybrid has the maximum power and torque output among the three here but is only faster than the 745e by some fraction of seconds, indicating how brilliant the Beemer’s drivetrain and power management is.

How well does the BMW 745e handle?

The new 7 Series is slowly losing the brilliant driving dynamics it once used to offer and is focusing more on ride comfort. For day-to-day driving purposes, the sedan handles decently but you will feel the heft and a pronounced body roll while taking a sharp corner at high speeds.

The steering is extremely light and feels numb at lower speeds, lacking feel and feedback. At higher speeds, it weighs up but the experience is a bit more artificial for an enthusiast’s liking. The ride quality is overwhelming though and the adaptive air dampers do a superb job of soaking up a majority of the undulation on the asphalt.

Braking performance

As with other hybrid vehicles, the BMW 745e also comes with standard regenerative braking which helps to recharge the battery pack on the go. But surprisingly, the braking feel and feedback are quite responsive and you won’t find any difference between the regular models and this hybrid model while driving. The brake rotors are sizable and the braking performance is exemplary for a big luxury sedan, requiring only 112 ft to come to a halt from 60mph.

Models

2022 BMW 7 Series PHEV

2021 Audi A8 L PHEV*

2021 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid*

Brake Rotors: Front (in.)

14.7

14.8

13.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (in.)

14.5

13.8

13.0

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,848

5,335

4,967

60-0 MPH (feet)

112

118

N/A

*2021 data taken for reference

The Audi A8 hybrid disappoints here as well with its braking performance but it gets smaller brakes for the rear wheels and weights over 5,000 lbs too, which might be the reason. The Porsche Panamera gets the smallest brake rotors here but considering it’s a Porsche vehicle, its performance is expected to be at par with the 745e if not better.

2022 BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Fuel Economy

The BMW 745e returns some excellent fuel economy ratings for the segment. Without the hybrid mode, the sedan returns a decent 22mpg of combined mileage, making it at par with the rivals. However, with the hybrid system active, it delivers an impressive 56mpg of combined mileage and it is one of the highest in the class. 

Models

2022 BMW 7 Series PHEV

2021 Audi A8 L PHEV*

2021 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid*

MPGe (City)

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPGe (Highway)

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPGe (Combined)

56

53

52

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

12.1

17.2

21.1

Range (City/Highway/Combined; miles)

NA/NA/290

NA/NA/420

NA/NA/480

*2021 data taken for reference

The Audi A8 hybrid delivers a decent combined mileage of 53mpg and the Panamera hybrid returns a lower 52mpg. The overall driving range and fuel capacity are where the Beemer falls behind heavily. The 845e has the smallest gas tank capacity of 12.1 gallons and fails to offer even 300 miles of overall driving range whereas the A8 and the Panamera return 420 miles and 480 miles of driving range respectively.

2022 BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Interior

The 2022 BMW 745e interior is a nice and cozy place to be in. The cabin gets almost all the luxury and comfort features but lacks some high-end ones when compared to its immediate rivals like the Audi A8 hybrid.

The headroom and legroom are more than adequate and the trunk capacity is quite generous despite housing the hybrid system’s battery pack. The cabin is covered with high-quality materials and premium metal inserts, soft-touch surfaces, and leather upholstery gives off a rich sensation every time you step inside the cabin. The 16-way power-adjustable front seats with heating function and the quad-zone automatic climate control take care of the comfort levels of both the driver and the passengers. The overall interior design does deserve applause but the sedan’s rivals do offer a better interior and features.

Models

2022 BMW 7 Series PHEV

2021 Audi A8 L PHEV*

2021 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid*

Seating Capacity

5

5

4

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

39.9/59.2/41.4

38.3/59.1/41.5

N/A

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

38.9/57.7/44.4

38.5/57.6/44.3

N/A

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft.)

14.8

10.4

14.2

*2021 data taken for reference

The Audi A8’s cabin is as good as the 745e’s cabin but in terms of features and overall build quality, the Audi sedan jumps ahead. The Porsche Panamera’s interior dimensions are not known but it is a spacious sedan along with some premium materials inside and a commendable trunk space.

Some interior features are:

  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Heated front seats, armrests, and steering wheel
  • 16-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • A power-sliding panoramic glass roof

What’s there to keep you entertained?

Every BMW vehicle shops with the brand’s iDrive infotainment system and it is one of the best in the industry as compared to Audi’s MMI. The 745e also comes with the same system accessible through a big 10.25-inch touchscreen display. The interface is superbly fluid and there is no lack of features too. 

Some infotainment features are:

  •  16-speaker Harman Kardon Surround Sound Audio System
  • BMW Tele-services
  • BMW Connected Drive Services
  • Apple CarPlay Compatibility
  • Satellite navigation system
  • Dynamic Cruise Control
  • Real-Time Traffic Information
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio

2022 BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Exterior

BMW messed up big time while it placed that ugly and huge front grille on the 7 Series too apart from its other vehicles. SOlely because of the grille, the front end looks awkward to most people, and even with a set of sleek yet powerful all-LED headlamp units, the overall appeal fails to come up. Apart from that the rest of the sedan looks quite elegant and the rear fascia gets an impressive design. The side profiles are neat with nicely sculpted lines on the sheet metal running across the sedan.

Models

2022 BMW 7 Series PHEV

2021 Audi A8 L PHEV*

2021 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid*

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,848

5,335

4,967

Length (in)

207.4

208.7

198.8

Width (in)

74.9

76.6

76.3

Height (in)

58.2

58.6

56.1

Ground Clearance (in)

5.3

4.8

5.3

Wheelbase (in)

126.4

123.2

116.1

*2021 data taken for reference

The Audi A8 is quite a long sedan and wide too as compared to the 745e but has a shorter wheelbase and a lower ground clearance too. The A8 looks quite the opposite of the Beemer with an aggressive yet elegant front fascia. The Porsche Panamera is way shorter than both the A8 and the 745e, having a shorter wheelbase as well. But the Panamera looks as beautiful as other Porsche vehicles with its smooth and curved edges.

Some exterior features are:

  • Adaptive LED headlights and taillights
  • Power-folding auto-dimming exterior mirrors
  • Chrome body-side moldings
  • Dual exhaust chrome tips
  • Chrome window trim

2022 BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Safety

With a steep price tag, the 7 Series sedan was never crash-tested by both the IIHS and the NHTSA. But BMW, as is expected from the brand, has equipped the 745e with a plethora of safety aids and a strong body structure to keep the occupants unscathed in major incidents. 

Some of the safety techs include:

  • Parking sensors
  • Surround-view camera system
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane departure warning 
  • Forward collision mitigation 
  • Adaptive cruise control with enhanced highway driving aids(optional)
  • Improved lane-keeping assist system(optional)

2022 BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Competition

BMW 745e vs Audi A8 hybrid

In the segment, the Audi A8 hybrid gives stiff competition to the BMW 745e with its similar price tag, significantly more features than the Beemer, and an overall better exterior design. The Beemer, however, takes back its lost points in terms of overall fuel economy and performance but loses again when it comes to the overall driving range.

BMW 745e vs Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

The Porsche Panamera hybrid is a strong competitor of the BMW 745e in terms of comfort, design, and performance. But the Panamera lacks in the fuel economy department owing to its sporty performance. It is perfectly suited for those who seek performance with a decent fuel economy.

2022 BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Final Verdict

If you’re out to get a luxury sedan for yourself which will provide a carpet-like ride quality, impressive fuel economy, a strong performance, and a plethora of interior feature, the BMW 745e would be a nice option. However, the sedan’s awkward front fascia design and a low driving range can pose as a deal-breaker for some.