Full-size luxury cars are the ultimate way to ride in style. Models like the BMW 7 Series offer premium features and a balance of performance that make them some of the best cars to own.

Pricing and Equipment

As a large luxury sedan, we expect a pretty high MSRP on the 2016 BMW 740i, and that we saw, as it starts from $81,300. At this price point, however, there are plenty of standard features including:

  • Pushbutton start/stop
  • 18-inch wheels with run-flat tires
  • Adaptive lighting with automatic high beams
  • Dakota leather upholstery
  • A 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system

As is usual with BMWs, there are nearly endless lists of options and packages to make your 740i your own. These packages include the Autobahn Package, Driver Assistance Package, Executive Package, Interior Design Package, and more.

Performance Pros

BMW 740

We think the 2016 740i has a bit of an identity crisis -- but in a good way. Not only does it deliver a stellar ride, but its turbocharged 3-liter six-cylinder is both potent and efficient.

  • The 320-horsepower engine launches the sedan to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds.
  • Fuel economy of 29 mpg highway
  • Precise transmission
  • A luxurious ride.

Performance Cons

Picking a downside to the 740i’s performance is something with which we struggle. However, if we can be nitpicky, we can say that its steering is a little on the numb side at times. Also, a city rating of 21 mpg is good for a big luxury car, but not exactly eco-friendly.

Interior Pros

The BMW 740i’s cabin is a great place to spend a lot of time. We find it spacious front and the rear, plus its premium features and options are abundant.

  • The massive rear seat can easily haul three adults.
  • The cabin is whisper quiet.

Interior Cons

Again, picking out bad parts of the 740i’s interior feels as if we are being overly critical. It’s just that nice. However, if we were to choose one thing, it’s that the new, stiffer chassis transmits more feedback from the road into the cabin. It’s not especially noticeable, but it is there.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

BMW 740

While we assumed the cabin would be roomy, the perceived space is even more than we expected. Sure, the measurements are all there, but the airiness of the cabin and the shapes that BMW uses make it feel like there is more room, particularly in the front seats.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The quickness in which the 740i's price jumps with its available options is somewhat of a shock. Things like the $3,600 Executive Package and the $4,100 Autobahn Package all increase that MSRP quickly.

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a luxurious full-size sedan and money is not your biggest worry, then the 740i is the car for you. It is loaded with premium features, has lots of high end (and high-cost) premium features, and plenty of pep in its step.