2020 BMW 7-Series


Where do we start? The 2020 BMW 7-Series is available with seemingly limitless features and options ranging from very luxurious to extremely extravagant. We give it 9 out of 10 for features, docking it a single point for value.

The base 740i comes with 18-inch wheels, a power moonroof, leather upholstery, quad-zone climate control, power-adjustable heated front seats, heated rear seats, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a full suite of active safety technology for $87,445 including destination. Adding all-wheel-drive costs $3,000 extra, but the rest of the 7-Series range gets all-wheel drive standard.

The 750i xDrive costs $103,645 and includes a 523-horsepower turbocharged V-8, and bigger wheels, while the insanely powerful turbo V-12 M760i xDrive will set you back a breathtaking $158,695 but gets 20-inch M-Sport wheels and bigger sport brakes, as well as other improvements. We’re torn between all three versions, but bet BMW buyers are most interested in the V-8 editions.

Our backup pick of the bunch would be the 745e xDrive with its plug-in hybrid powertrain for $96,545, for its luxuriant take on efficiency. 

Across the lineup, options include the executive rear-seat package, premium audio from Bowers & Wilkins, a display key with remote-controlled parking, and more. Fully loaded, the 7-Series can push $200,000 easily, and you’re unlikely to find even a base model that costs less than $100,000. But then again, few vehicles can match the opulence of this Bimmer.

BMW iDrive

We’re a far cry from the very first iteration of iDrive which had a particularly rough introduction. The updated system in the 7-Series is among the best in the business, featuring both dial- and touchscreen-controlled functions that are smooth, intuitive, and clear. 

With optional packages, the rear cabin features twin touchscreens on the seat backs that can play media and control nearly everything in the car, including the infotainment system up front. A removable 7-inch tablet is also available and can be used like a remote for nearly every feature as well.

The 7-Series also features gesture control for the center screen, but it’s finicky to use and more of a party trick than a truly useful function.

Apple CarPlay is available, and runs wirelessly. BMW has charged a yearly fee for its use in the past, but says the user fee will end this year.

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