Quick Summary A technological tour de force, the new 2016 BMW 7 Series is a full-size luxury sedan that sits at the top of the automaker's lineup. From its carbon-fiber-infused chassis to its gesture control electronics interface, it spares no expense in an effort to deliver a cutting-edge driving experience.
What Is It? The 2016 BMW 7 Series is the company's flagship luxury sedan. The range-topper. The big boss.
Riding on an all-new chassis, the new 7 Series is a front-engine, five- (or four-) passenger sedan that drives either the rear or all four wheels, depending on which variant you choose. It is currently available in two flavors: the six-cylinder, rear-drive 740i and the eight-cylinder, all-wheel-drive 750i xDrive.
Before the end of the year, BMW will add a 740i xDrive, a 750i and a 740e plug-in hybrid model. The first two add and subtract all-wheel drive, respectively, and the latter is a plug-in hybrid model that replaces the 7 Series ActiveHybrid.
Though the new 7 Series will be sold in short- and long-wheelbase versions overseas, the U.S. will get the long-wheelbase model only. Thus, all versions of the new 7 Series, riding on a 126.4-inch wheelbase, are effectively the L without the L. The car grows 1.1 inches in overall length, but barely changes in nearly every other dimension, inside and out.
Comfort and technology have received particular attention in this, the sixth generation of the 7 Series. The new structure brings together a medley of steel, aluminum and carbon fiber in an effort to shave weight while increasing stiffness. Compared to the 2015 750i xDrive it replaces, the new car sheds 190 pounds. That's directionally good in every respect.
What's New Under the Hood? Though nearly everything about the 2016 7 Series is new, the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 and the eight-speed automatic transmission are carried over directly from the 2015 model. Replete with twin-scroll turbos, direct injection and variable valve lift, the engine in the 750i xDrive generates 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. It's got enough oats to hurl the 4,610-pound sedan to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds in our testing.
The 740i receives BMW's latest 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine first introduced in the 2016 340i sport sedan. It generates 320 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque, and BMW says it allows the 4,225-pound 740i to reach 60 in 5.4 seconds.
The EPA rates the 750i xDrive at 19 mpg combined (16 city/25 highway). We measured 17.3 mpg in mixed driving and 23 mpg on our highway-heavy test loop.
What Else Is New? Air suspension and variable dampers are now standard on all models. This allows BMW to offer its Active Comfort Drive system across the board. It's essentially a predictive chassis and powertrain system, whereby navigation system data provides an early warning for road irregularities and hills. In response, the suspension can relax momentarily to soften the blow, or the transmission can pre-emptively alter its shift strategy.
An Autobahn package combines Active Comfort Drive, rear-wheel steering and bigger brakes that carry more aggressive European-style pads (read: higher tolerance for hard use and more dust). The M Sport package includes the Autobahn package, plus additional body trim and unique wheels.
Two items available in other markets that haven't yet secured the approval of U.S. regulators are the driverless self-parking function and laser headlights, which feature enhanced adaptive capability, increased light output and less power consumption compared to the LED headlights we get. Oddly enough, it's the FDA that will give thumbs up or down on the latter, as anything with a laser is classified as a medical device. Yay, bureaucracy!
The key fob includes a touchscreen interface that relays certain vitals of the car, like whether it's locked or the sunroof is open. Neat, but this would probably be better suited to a smartphone app instead.
How Does It Drive? The 750i is more nimble than a car like this has a right to be, particularly in rapid transitions. Cornering was particularly flat, and the V8 punches the car forward with ease. The brakes, however, stand out the most (our test car was equipped with the Autobahn package). Even hard track testing didn't cause the pedal to sag appreciably. For any car this heavy, never mind a full-on luxury sedan, that's impressive.
On every road we experienced, the 750i xDrive is confident and comfortable. While there are three settings for the ride and powertrain (Comfort, Comfort Plus and Sport), Comfort Plus in particular is simply too soft. We found Sport is really all that's needed, as it allows the suspension to pick up its feet well over bumps without any harshness, yet corner with very little body roll. Power from the V8 is ample, smooth and responsive. Backed by the keen-shifting eight-speed autobox, it's a fine powertrain.
Driver assistance technologies feature heavily in the new 7 Series. It's not quite at the level of a semi-autonomous car, but it does offer a peek into that inevitable future. The adaptive cruise handles slowing the car with aplomb, but could be better about accelerating; it takes its sweet time realizing that the car ahead, for example, has turned off the road. Its lane-keeping system has a narrow operating window and strikes us as more of a gimmick than a truly useful aid.
What's the Interior Like, and What Features Are Available? Where to begin? There's simply an onslaught of features in this car.
Backseat passengers can be treated to an available seating package that reclines, shoves the front passenger seat out of the way and deploys a footrest. The space back there is colossal. Two screens facing the rear passengers can be controlled independently via a removable Samsung touchscreen tablet. It also has the ability to control nearly every amenity on the car — the navigation system, seats, window shades and sunroofs, Internet connectivity, climate control, interior lighting schemes, even the intensity of the optional perfume dispenser. Yes, you can choose between two different scents stored in cartridges that live in the glovebox, and there are eight different cartridges to choose from when those run out.
There's wireless cell phone charging, heated front and rear armrests and a way to control certain functions using nothing more than hand gestures. This system worked for us most of the time, though we're confident that familiarity would breed more success with its use. In any case, it's simply another way to interact with the car. Meanwhile, operating the pinch-zoom touchscreen navigation is second nature, as it responds just like a smartphone, though it is more subject to sunlight washout than the outgoing hooded non-touchscreen display.
While a double panoramic moonroof is standard (which, we imagine, induced despair among the engineers who came up with the carbon-fiber roof structure specifically to save a few pounds), an optional LED-lit roof adds art overhead during nighttime drives. Likewise, the "light sword" decorative appliqué on the inside of the B-pillars provides an unusual touch of flair to the cabin for backseat occupants.
It gets even sillier. BMW's 3D surround view goes far beyond the now-mundane above-view by enabling seemingly impossible quarter-view camera perspectives. Imagine the view provided by the object you're about to hit with the front or rear corner of the car. Viewed while moving, the feature is likely as distracting as it is useful.
How Much Does It Cost? Prices rise slightly over last year's 7 Series. The entry-level 740i now starts at $81,300, an increase of $3,300 over the equivalent outgoing 740Li, while the 2016 750i xDrive commands $97,400. That's an additional $3,700 over the old 750Li xDrive.
Our test car was fitted with a slew of options including the Autobahn package, Executive Package, Luxury Seating package with Cold Weather and the M Sport package. All in, our test car totaled $128,445, which is within a few thousand dollars of a similarly equipped 2016 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic.
To be sure, there's an awful lot of content here, especially as the clever mixed-material chassis' implementation of carbon fiber is truly groundbreaking. That stuff isn't free.
What Competing Models Should You Also Consider? Audi A8L 4.0T: With a twin-turbo V8 and all-wheel drive, the A8L is a strong competitor in the segment.
Porsche Panamera: The large luxury sedan for those who really want a sport sedan, the Panamera is the most athletic car in this class.
Why Should You Consider This Car? Space is plentiful, though the 7 Series doesn't "drive large," and despite all the hardware (and software) onboard it doesn't feel overtly synthetic, either. Comfort is notably enhanced over the outgoing car, especially for backseat passengers.
Why Should You Think Twice About This Car? Despite its swiftness and capability, this is not a performance-oriented luxury sedan.
The manufacturer provided Edmunds this vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.
2016 BMW 7 Series Overview
The 2016 BMW 7 Series is offered in the following submodels: Sedan. Available styles include 750i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A), 740i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and 750i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A). 7 Series models are available with a 4.4 l-liter gas engine or a 3.0 l-liter gas engine, with output up to 445 hp, depending on engine type. The 2016 7 Series comes with all wheel drive or rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2016 7 Series comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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Price comparisons for used 2016 BMW 7 Series trim styles:
The 2016 BMW 7 Series 750i is priced around $71658 with average odometer reading of 2210 miles.
The 2016 BMW 7 Series 750i xDrive is priced around $81625 with average odometer reading of 12554 miles.
The 2016 BMW 7 Series 740i is priced around $64993 with average odometer reading of 17234 miles.
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Vehicle 750i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
Review I have owned my 750 for a few weeks and LOVE it! Had been a Porsche guy for a long time, but nothing matches the ride/ engine of the big 7! Wife has a Range Rover....not even close. This is a great luxury ride that offers more room, more exhilarating performance, and better handling than Benz S Class. Not hating them, I have an SL550, but the BMW is un paralleled as a daily driver or on a trip. I had a BMW before and hated iDrive, but love the new system. The air conditioner is excellent, the new interface is more friendly, and visibility in the car is excellent. Give one a try....you will be glad you did!
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2016 bmw 7-series 750i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required) 19 combined MPG 16 city MPG/25 highway MPG
2016 bmw 7-series 740i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required) 24 combined MPG 21 city MPG/29 highway MPG
2016 bmw 7-series 750i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required) 20 combined MPG 17 city MPG/25 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2016 BMW 7 Series?
Available BMW 7 Series 2016 Submodel Types: Sedan, Diesel, Hybrid, M760i xDrive
Exterior Colors: Titanium Silver Metallic, Dark Graphite Metallic, Carbon Black Metallic, Space Gray Metallic, Glacier Silver Metallic, Titanium Gray Metallic, Sterling Gray Metallic, Toledo Blue Metallic, Azurite Black Metallic, Cashmere Silver Metallic, Midnight Blue Metallic, Monaco Blue Metallic, Black Sapphire Metallic, Deep Green Metallic, Milano Beige Metallic, Orient Blue Metallic, Citrin Black Metallic, Magellan Gray Metallic, Michigan Blue Metallic, Imperial Blue Metallic, Mineral White Metallic, Singapore Gray Metallic, Special Order Color, Alpine White, Arctic Gray Metallic, Barbera Red Metallic, Dark Graphite Metallic II, Deep Sea Blue Metallic, Jatoba Brown Metallic, Jet Black, Midnight Blue, Orinocco Metallic, Ruby Black Metallic, Slate Green Metallic
Interior Colors: Black premium leather, Black Dakota leather, Saddle/Black Nappa premium leather, Beige premium leather, Black/Black, Oyster premium leather, Amaro Brown Full Merino premium leather, Basalt Gray/Flannel Gray, Canyon Brown Full Merino premium leather, Light Saddle Dakota leather, Oyster Nappa premium leather, Champagne premium leather, Amaro Brown premium leather, Black Nappa premium leather, Cognac Nappa premium leather, Veneto Beige Nappa premium leather, AmaroBrown premium leather, Black/Black premium leather, Flannel Gray premium leather, Dark Beige/Beige III premium leather, Opal White Full Merino premium leather, Dark Beige/Beige III, Ivory White/Black Nappa premium leather, Saddle/Black premium leather, Basalt Gray/Flannel Gray premium leather, Black leather, Black/Natural Brown, Black/Natural Brown premium leather, Champagne Full Merino premium leather, Cognac Dakota leather, Gray, Ivory White/Black Dakota leather, Mocha Nappa premium leather, Oyster/Black premium leather, Platinum premium leather, Beige III, Canberra Beige Nappa premium leather, Cream Beige premium leather, Flannel Gray, Mocha Dakota leather, Natural Brown, Natural Brown premium leather, Oyster Beige/English Green, Oyster/Black Nappa premium leather, Rust Brown premium leather, Smoke White/Black Full Merino premium leather, Tartufo Full Merino premium leather, Zagora Beige Nappa premium leather
Popular Features: Aux Audio Inputs, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Adaptive Cruise Control, Alarm, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Back-up camera, Bluetooth, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Heated seats, Keyless Entry/Start, Leather Seats, Mobile Internet, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Navigation, Parking sensors, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Power Liftgate/Trunk, Pre-collision safety system, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Upgraded Headlights, Upgraded Stereo, Heads up display, AWD/4WD, 360-degree camera, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Entertainment System, 2nd Row Bucket Seats, Cooled Seats