The BMW 740 received a complete overhaul in the 2016 model year that included a new carbon core structure and an evolutionary redesign. While the minor visual tweaks may make buyers think this is the same old sedan in a slightly different wrapper, we've spent some time behind the wheel and are here to quash that idea.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2017 BMW 740 is a big, cushy, expensive sedan. With its massive footprint and price that starts from $85,295 (destination fees included), there is a lot of space to sneak in various high-end features. The standard features on this big sedan include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Adaptive LED headlights and fog lights
  • 10-way power seats with Dakota leather
  • 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster
  • BMW Navigation with a 10.2-inch screen and 20 GB of storage

Unlike most sedans, the 740 doesn’t have various trim levels to choose from. Instead, it has a slew of optional packages that up the features, like the Autobahn Package ($3,730), the Driver Assistance Plus ($1,730), and the Executive Package ($3,730).

Performance Pros

The 2017 BMW 740 is the base model in the 7 Series lineup, but it still packs plenty of punch from its 3-liter TwinPower Turbo engine. The new year also ushers in the arrival of all-wheel drive for this base model.

  • 320-horsepower six-cylinder moves the big sedan with authority
  • xDrive all-wheel drive added as an option
  • Chassis pairs well with the more-rigid carbon core construction
  • 24 mpg combined is not too bad for a full-size luxury sedan

Performance Cons

While the 740 is comfortable, we found that the ride can get uncharacteristically rough with larger wheels. There are also a lot of nannies that chime in and try to correct the driver way too often.

  • Big wheels can result in harsh bumps filtering into the cabin
  • The safety gadgets and gizmos in the 740 can get a little overwhelming at times

Interior Pros

BMW 740

As we expect from any Bimmer, the 740’s cabin is whisper quiet. BMW also continues to push boundaries with interior styling, resulting in a great mixture of class and style.

  • We found the cabin extremely quiet at all speeds and various road conditions
  • BMW’s infusion of the i8's influence into the 740’s cabin design adds a modern touch
  • Premium features everywhere we looked and still plenty of options to add
  • Lots of room for adults in the front and rear

Interior Cons

There’s not much we didn’t like about the interior of the 740, but if we had to list one minor flaw, it would be the iDrive 5.0 system. No, it’s not bad by any stretch, but it does have a few flaws that could turn off a few buyers.

  • iDrive 5.0 system takes some learning to get used to
  • Fingerprint on the easily smudged center screen could annoy some owners

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The tossability of this big sedan was a huge surprise to us. BMW has always created great-handling machines, but for a sedan of this size to handle the twist like a champ is impressive. The carbon core construction and updated chassis definitely have a huge hand in this improvement.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Nannies, nannies everywhere. There are so many safety features that beep, buzz, vibrate, and flash at you that they can become a hazard themselves. Okay, maybe that’s a bit exaggerated, but they still get pretty aggravating at times.

The Bottom Line

Finding flaws in the 2017 740 required some digging as it is simply one of the best full-size luxury sedans for the money. With its ample power, loads of features, countless options, and a starting price under the Mercedes-Benz S550, it is definitely worth some consideration.