2021 BMW 7 Series

MSRP range: $86,800 - $157,800
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MSRP$96,295
Edmunds suggests you pay$83,280

What Should I Pay

2021 BMW 7 Series Review

  • Strong engine options, including a plug-in hybrid and a turbo V12
  • Standard adaptive air suspension delivers a comfortable, controlled ride
  • Exceptional rear passenger space
  • Abundant standard equipment including safety tech
  • No standard-wheelbase model available
  • Not the driver-focused benchmark it once was
  • Expensive options menu
  • No significant changes for 2021
  • Part of the sixth 7 Series generation introduced for 2016

After undergoing a significant update in 2020 that included tweaked exterior styling, a refreshed engine lineup and more in-car tech, the BMW 7 Series continues into 2021 essentially unchanged. We're fine with that, as last year's updates helped the 7 Series maintain its second-place Edmunds ranking among large luxury sedans. The 7 Series is loaded with all the latest tech BMW has to offer and is impressively spacious and comfortable.

Of course, there are alternatives. There's the Audi A8, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Porsche Panamera from Germany as well as the Lexus LS 500 and Genesis G90 from Japan and South Korea, respectively. Each one represents the best these automakers have to offer, from the latest driver aids and in-car tech to powerful yet fuel-efficient engines. We think the sixth-generation 7 Series is just about the best around and well worth consideration if you're in the market for a big, comfortable and tech-laden sedan.

  • EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
    8.4/10
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Which 7 Series does Edmunds recommend?

The 2021 7 Series is available in a variety of trims and configurations. While the base 740i and its turbocharged inline-six offer good performance and lots of features, we think it's worth stepping up to the V8-powered 750i xDrive for the additional performance and standard all-wheel drive.

BMW 7 Series models

The 2021 BMW 7 Series is available in five trim levels: 740i, 740i xDrive, 750i xDrive, 745e xDrive iPerformance and M760i xDrive. The major difference between the trims comes down to the powertrain, though some features and options further separate the trims.

740i and 740i xDrive
The base 740i is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine (335 hp, 330 lb-ft) and sends power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 740i xDrive is the same but with all-wheel drive. Standard feature highlights for both models include:

  • Adaptive air suspension
  • LED headlights
  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • 10.25-inch infotainment screen with navigation
  • Apple CarPlay smartphone integration (late availability for Android Auto)
  • Heated front seats, armrests and steering wheel
  • 16-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • Power-sliding panoramic glass roof

The 7 Series also comes with:

  • Parking sensors (alerts you to obstacles that may not be visible behind or in front of the vehicle when parking)
  • Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the 7 Series and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Blind-spot monitoring (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Lane departure warning (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)
  • Forward collision mitigation (applies the brakes automatically to stop the vehicle to avoid or minimize a collision)

745e xDrive iPerformance
This is the plug-in hybrid 7 Series variant. It pairs a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with an electric motor and battery pack for a combined 389 hp. It also improves fuel economy and can do an estimated 16 miles of all-electric driving. Features mirror those on the 740i xDrive, including all-wheel drive, although the 745e xDrive iPerformance has unique interior accents.

750i xDrive
The 750i xDrive has a more powerful turbocharged V8 (523 hp, 553 lb-ft). All-wheel drive is standard. It has everything on the 740i plus:

  • Head-up display
  • Premium leather upholstery

M760i xDrive
The M760i xDrive is the range-topping model. It's powered by a turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 (601 hp, 627 lb-ft). As with other xDrive models, all-wheel drive is standard. The M760i xDrive is loaded with features, including:

  • 20-inch wheels with performance tires
  • Faux suede headliner
  • Laminated glass for a quieter interior
  • Massaging, heated and ventilated front seats
  • Power-adjustable heated rear seats

Optional Packages
The 7 Series is available with a number of option packages that bundle additional features together.

Autobahn package

  • Rear-wheel steering for better handling and a tighter turning circle
  • Upgraded adaptive suspension that preemptively adjust to match road conditions

Driving Assistance Professional package

  • Adaptive cruise control with enhanced highway driving aids
  • Improved lane-keeping assist system

Luxury Rear Seating package

  • Power-adjustable ventilated rear seats
  • Massaging rear seats
  • Rear-mounted tablet for control media and more

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 BMW 7 Series.

Average user rating: 5.0 stars
2 total reviews
5 star reviews: 100%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

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    Most helpful consumer reviews

    5/5 stars, The best
    LIsa Bancer,
    M760i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (6.6L 12cyl Turbo 8A)
    Love my car. Nothing else compares to the included luxury and comfort.
    5/5 stars, Powerful land yacht
    Stephen Johnson,
    750i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
    I’ve had mine for four months now. Very powerful engine! Nice quiet ride in comfort mode. A thrill to drive in sport mode. A lot of technology loaded in this car, some have questionable value like gesture control. Very spacious interior.


    Features & Specs

    Base MSRP
    $86,800
    MPG & Fuel
    N/A City / N/A Hwy / N/A Combined
    Fuel Tank Capacity: 20.6 gal. capacity
    Seating
    5 seats
    Drivetrain
    Type: rear wheel drive
    Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
    Engine
    Inline 6 cylinder
    Horsepower: 335 hp @ 5500 rpm
    Torque: 331 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
    Basic Warranty
    4 yr./ 50000 mi.
    Dimensions
    Length: 207.4 in. / Height: 58.2 in. / Width: 74.9 in.
    Curb Weight: 4244 lbs.
    Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 18.2 cu.ft.

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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite 7 Series safety features:

    Collision Mitigation
    Alerts the driver if a collision is imminent and can automatically apply the brakes if necessary.
    Side Collision Prevention
    Applies automatic steering input to guide the car away from potential side impacts.
    Daytime Pedestrian Protection
    Warns the driver and can automatically apply the brakes if a pedestrian suddenly appears in front of the car.


    BMW 7 Series vs. the competition

    2021 BMW 7 Series

    2021 BMW 7 Series

    2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

    2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

    BMW 7 Series vs. Mercedes-Benz S-Class

    The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been the benchmark for the large luxury sedan segment for decades. It's loaded with Mercedes' latest and greatest tech and driver aids, though what's available in the BMW is generally comparable. It offers nearly identical passenger and cargo space as the 7 Series, though you should expect to pay slightly more for the Benz. We rate the S-Class slightly higher than the 7 Series, but it's hard to go wrong with either car.

    Compare BMW 7 Series & Mercedes-Benz S-Class features 

    BMW 7 Series vs. Audi A8

    The Audi A8 was recently redesigned, helping it look and feel a little more fresh than the 7 Series. We like the Audi's comfortable, handsome and well-crafted interior as well as its surprisingly engaging handling, though we feel the ride quality is a bit too soft at high speeds and too bumpy around town. It also lacks the 7 Series' available engine lineup and falls short of the BMW in interior and cargo space.

    Compare BMW 7 Series & Audi A8 features 

    BMW 7 Series vs. Porsche Panamera

    It should come as no surprise that the Panamera is easily the best-driving vehicle in its segment. It's available with a wide array of engines, including a twin-turbocharged V8 plug-in hybrid model. It's not as spacious inside as the 7 Series, but the standard hatchback and available wagon variant mean there's a huge amount of cargo space. The Panamera lacks some of the 7 Series standard features, and options can quickly send the price much higher than the BMW.

    Compare BMW 7 Series & Porsche Panamera features 

    FAQ

    Is the BMW 7 Series a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 7 Series both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.4 out of 10. You probably care about BMW 7 Series fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 7 Series gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg to 23 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the 7 Series ranges from 14.8 to 18.2 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a BMW 7 Series. Learn more

    What's new in the 2021 BMW 7 Series?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 BMW 7 Series:

    • No significant changes for 2021
    • Part of the sixth 7 Series generation introduced for 2016
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    Is the BMW 7 Series reliable?

    To determine whether the BMW 7 Series is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 7 Series. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 7 Series's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2021 BMW 7 Series a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 BMW 7 Series is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 7 Series and gave it a 8.4 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 7 Series is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 BMW 7 Series?

    The least-expensive 2021 BMW 7 Series is the 2021 BMW 7 Series 740i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $86,800.

    Other versions include:

    • 750i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $103,000
    • 740i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $86,800
    • 740i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $89,800
    • M760i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (6.6L 12cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $157,800
    • 745e xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $95,900
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    What are the different models of BMW 7 Series?

    If you're interested in the BMW 7 Series, the next question is, which 7 Series model is right for you? 7 Series variants include 750i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A), 740i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 740i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and M760i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (6.6L 12cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of 7 Series models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2021 BMW 7 Series

    2021 BMW 7 Series Overview

    The 2021 BMW 7 Series is offered in the following submodels: 7 Series Sedan, 7 Series Hybrid, 7 Series M760i xDrive. Available styles include 750i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A), 740i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 740i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), M760i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (6.6L 12cyl Turbo 8A), and 745e xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A). BMW 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 523 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 BMW 7 Series comes with all wheel drive, and rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 BMW 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.

    What do people think of the 2021 BMW 7 Series?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 BMW 7 Series and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 7 Series 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 7 Series.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 BMW 7 Series and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 7 Series featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2021 BMW 7 Series?

    2021 BMW 7 Series 740i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

    The 2021 BMW 7 Series 740i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $96,295. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW 7 Series 740i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $13,015 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $13,015 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $83,280.

    The average savings for the 2021 BMW 7 Series 740i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 13.5% below the MSRP.

    2021 BMW 7 Series 740i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

    The 2021 BMW 7 Series 740i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $97,645. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW 7 Series 740i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $12,733 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $12,733 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $84,912.

    The average savings for the 2021 BMW 7 Series 740i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 13% below the MSRP.

    2021 BMW 7 Series 745e xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A)

    The 2021 BMW 7 Series 745e xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $108,945. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW 7 Series 745e xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $14,237 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $14,237 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $94,708.

    The average savings for the 2021 BMW 7 Series 745e xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 13.1% below the MSRP.

    2021 BMW 7 Series 750i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)

    The 2021 BMW 7 Series 750i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $114,545. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW 7 Series 750i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $13,208 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $13,208 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $101,337.

    The average savings for the 2021 BMW 7 Series 750i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) is 11.5% below the MSRP.

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    2021 BMW 7 Series M760i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (6.6L 12cyl Turbo 8A)

    The 2021 BMW 7 Series M760i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (6.6L 12cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $172,145. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW 7 Series M760i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (6.6L 12cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $15,099 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $15,099 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $157,046.

    The average savings for the 2021 BMW 7 Series M760i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (6.6L 12cyl Turbo 8A) is 8.8% below the MSRP.

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    What is the MPG of a 2021 BMW 7 Series?

    2021 BMW 7 Series 750i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
    19 compined MPG,
    17 city MPG/24 highway MPG

    2021 BMW 7 Series 740i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)

    2021 BMW 7 Series 740i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
    23 compined MPG,
    20 city MPG/27 highway MPG

    EPA Est. MPG19
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Drive Trainall wheel drive
    Displacement4.4 L
    Passenger VolumeN/A
    Wheelbase126.4 in.
    Length207.4 in.
    Width74.9 in.
    Height58.2 in.
    Curb Weight4722 lbs.

    Should I lease or buy a 2021 BMW 7 Series?

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